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In Reserve: Trialist’s brace paces Fire; Crew’s Mendoza scores, sees red & more


Gabriel Ferrari had a shot deflect off Houston defender Eddie Robinson for an own goal, and Martin Rivas scored twice as the Chicago Fire topped the Houston Dynamo, 3-0, in MLS Reserve League action on Sunday morning.

Rivas, a 19-year-old Argentine trialist, is hoping to catch on with an MLS club after trialing with D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union last summer. He finished off a pass from Ferrari to give the Fire a 2-0 lead before finishing a rebound of his own shot a few minutes before halftime to finish off the scoring.

Fire Acadamy products Peter Beasley, Manny Rios and Brady Wahl each came on as substitutes; new Dynamo signing Je-Vaughn Watson started and played the first 77 minutes.

Here are a few more results from around the MLS Reserve League:


Chris Davis scored the go-ahead goal in the 66th minute to lead the 10-man Columbus Crew over Toronto FC, 2-1, Saturday night.

Crew Designated Player Andres Mendoza scored an 11th-minute goal but got a straight red card and was sent off for a tackle on Toronto FC's Matt Stinson just before halftime.

Prior to the challenge, TFC's Tristan Jackman leveled the score in the 35th minute.


Rookie Spencer Thompson scored bookend goals to lead the Portland Timbers reserves to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday.

Thompson scored his first goal 10 minutes after Michael Stephens was sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to Portland's Ryan Pore.

Kevin Goldthwaite doubled the lead in the 48th minute, heading home a corner kick from Rodrigo Lopez.

The Galaxy's Bryan Jordan sliced the lead in half with a 79th-minute penalty kick, but Pore and Thompson connected for an insurance goal just a minute from full time, with the rookie finishing off his brace.


The San Jose Earthquakes battled back from an early deficit to topple Chivas USA, 3-1, on Saturday.

Mariano Trujillo, who scored the game-winner in the senior sides' battle earlier in the day, put Chivas ahead in the 20th minute, but the Earthquakes received unanswered, second-half goals from Ryan Johnson, Anthony Ampaipitakwong and Yuri Morales to earn the result.


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