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In Reserve: D.C. comes back on New England, trialist paces San Jose and more

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Joseph Ngwenya and Academy player Collin Martin scored in the final 21 minutes to seal D.C. United's two-goal comeback in the club's 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution in MLS Reserve League play on Tuesday.

Kenny Mansally scored twice for the Revs (0-2-1), doing so from the penalty spot and off a free kick, the latter of which put New England ahead, 2-0, in the 65th minute.

Ngwenya pulled one back for D.C. (3-0-1) four minutes later after running onto a long pass from Academy player Tyler Rudy in the 69th minute, and Martin finished on a low shot in the 82nd to level the score.

Charlie Davies started and played 42 minutes for United before giving way to Junior Carreiro, who made his return from a preseason ankle injury.

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


Turkish trialist Surcen Guvenisik scored twice in the first half, and rookie forward Ellis McLoughlin scored an insurance goal on a blast from distance late to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Monday.

Rookie goalkeeper David Bingham posted the shutout for San Jose (3-1-0).

Veteran defenders Frankie Hejduk and Gregg Berhalter went the full 90 for Los Angeles, which is still without a Reserve League win (0-3-0).


Trailist Cillian Sheridan and Roger Levesque scored in the first 26 minutes to carry the Seattle Sounders to a 2-0 triumph over Northwest foe Vancouver Tuesday night.

The two clubs' first teams will meet this weekend in the first installment of their Cascadia rivalry, but the Sounders (5-0-0) dominated the reserve meeting, with Sheridan, a former CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria) striker opening the scoring in the 7th minute.

2011 first-round MLS SuperDraft picks Omar Salgado and Michael Nanchoff started and played 90 minutes for Vancouver (0-2-1).


Houston Dynamo rookie Kofi Sarkodie scored from a shot inside the area in the 76th minute to lift the Dynamo over the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, on Tuesday.

Colorado's Brian Mullan started and played the first half in his first game in Houston since last summer's trade with the Rapids.

With the win, Houston improved to 3-2-0, while Colorado dropped to 0-1-4 with the loss.


It's no wonder that Chris Cortez' Reserve League form has earned him more minutes with the first team.

Cortez scored his fifth goal in Reserve League play, but he was also ejected in the 28th minute in Chivas USA's 3-3 draw with the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Undermanned Chivas (1-2-2) battled back from a 3-1 deficit, with Tristan Bowen and Victor Estupinan scoring goals in the 63rd and 68th minutes, respectively, to seal the draw. Mariano Trujillo assisted on both of those scores.

Eddie Johnson scored twice, Freddie Braun tallied as well and Brian Umony accounted for two assists for the Timbers (1-2-1).


What do you think about the latest batch of Reserve results? Think Sarkodie should see more time for the first team? Hope that Gurvenisik signs with San Jose? Impressed at the Sounders' reserves perfect record? What do you think of Cortez' rise this season?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. How many strikers does San Jo need? Wondo, Johnson, Lenhart….They need midfield help escpecially with Convey in the back

  2. Agreed, and I love that it gives the teams like Seattle a chance to see a trialist in game action before a potential signing. I hope the former Celtic product Sheridan is signed.

  3. Probably because his touch has been very poor and his finishing average (except for PKs). Hopefully because Brettschneider and Wolff are starting over him for the first team.

  4. I watched Gurvenisik play in that reserve match and the Quakes could use his scoring ability up front. Salary cap is the problem though. If Sealy doesn’t justify his salary soon, I would think Gurvenisik has a chance at signing in July. The Quakes have filed a discovery claim.

  5. Totally agree. PLUS, it’s good to see academy players getting major minutes as well. Not sure but when I looked over the roster, I thought DCU started 3 academy players against NE and played a 4th.


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