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SEATTLE---Clint Dempsey scored twice in a
five-minute span early in the second half and
set up Lamar Neagle s first-half goal to help
the Seattle Sounders beat the Colorado Rapids
4-1 in Major League Soccer on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Fabian Espindola scored twice
and added an assist to lead DC United past
nine-men FC Dallas and Bradley Wright-Phillips
continued his hot scoring form with the sec-
ond-half equaliser in the New York Red Bulls
1-1 draw with Columbus.
Dempsey leads MLS with eight goals and
has at least a goal or an assist in each of Seattle s
last six games.
Obafemi Martins added a 75th-minute goal
for Seattle to improve the Sounders to 16 points
and top of the Western Conference.
Neagle s blast 2 yards in front of a wide-
open goal gave the Sounders a 1-0 lead 15 sec-
onds into first-half stoppage time, and was his
third goal of the season.
Dempsey made it 2-0 in the 47th minute,
running onto a loose ball at the top of 6-yard
box that Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin had
slapped away, but couldn t latch onto.
Then early in the 52nd minute, Chad Marshall
headed Gonzalo Pineda s corner kick toward
Dempsey, and Dempsey headed it in just over
Irwin s reach.
In Washington, Mauro Diaz put the visitors
ahead early before Dallas defender Zach Loyd
was sent off for a second yellow card in the
Espindola equalised just before the break,
before Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin also
scored for the Washington club early in the
second half. Espindola then added his second
to complete the rout in the 69th.
Dallas Michel also was sent off late by referee
DC forward and US World Cup hopeful Eddie
Johnson assisted on Espindola s first goal just
before halftime, but left in the 51st minute with
an apparent leg injury.
Wright-Phillips followed a hat-trick in a 4-
0 win against Houston on Wednesday with his
fifth goal of the season in the 66th minute to
bring New York back into the game. He settled
a pass from Lloyd Sam on the left side of the
box and put a shot through the legs of Crew
defender Josh Williams and off the right post.
Earlier, Jairo Arrieta gave Columbus the lead
in the 39th minute with a successful penalty
kick after New York defender Kosuke Kimura
fouled Justin Meram.
Teal Bunbury and Lee Nguyen scored in sec-
ond half stoppage time to give the New England
Revolution a 2-0 victory over ten-man Sporting
Bunbury scored in the in 92nd minute, and
Nguyen scored from the spot in the 95th minute
to keep the Revolution unbeaten at home this
Kansas City went down to ten men in the
74th minute when Aurelien Collin was red card-
ed for a hard challenge on Diego Fagundez near
Also Saturday, Felipe Martins scored in the
first half and the Montreal Impact held on to
beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 for its first
MLS victory of the season and Nicolas Mezquida
and Sebastian Fernandez scored late goals to
rescue a 2-2 draw for the Vancouver Whitecaps
at Real Salt Lake.
San Jose beat Chivas USA 1-0 on Yannick
Djalo s 66th minute strike for its first victory
of the season.
ATHENS---Marcus Berg scored a hat trick
to lead Panathinaikos to a 4-1 triumph
over PAOK in the Greek Cup final on Sat-
Nikos Karelis also scored for Panathi-
naikos. Zvonimir Vukic scored PAOK s con-
It was the 18th Cup title, and the first
since 2010, for Panathinaikos.
At least 34 people were arrested before
the game for possession of fireworks, wood-
en and metal poles, and drugs. Most were
arrested around the Athens Olympic Sta-
Berg notched the first goal in the 15th
minute. The Swedish forward met Nano s
corner from the left with a header, which
bounced off the back of PAOK defender
Juan Insaurralde. Berg blasted in the
After dominating the early going,
Panathinaikos fell back on defense, allowing
PAOK to create scoring opportunities toward
the end of the half.
Panathinaikos started the second half
aggressively and soon exposed PAOK s
defense. In the 50th, after PAOK failed to
clear a corner kick, Giorgos Koutroubis
passed to Berg on the right wing. The latter
looked as if he might cross, but, seeing
PAOK goalkeeper Panayotis Glykos out of
position, scored from a tight angle.
Four minutes later, and after Panathi-
naikos missed a couple of chances, Nano
took another corner kick and Karelis rose
over three standing defenders to head the
PAOK coach Giorgos Georgiadis imme-
diately made two substitutions, but this
hardly helped his team s effectiveness.
In the 70th, Panathinaikos Mehdi Abeid
brought down Lino inside the area and
Vukic converted the penalty.
In the 88th, Berg found himself at the
end of a long pass on the break. He wrong-
footed Insaurralde and closed the scoring
with a low drive.
Fear of violence prompted extraordinary
security precautions. About 4,000 police
patrolled the streets of Athens, and fans
were forbidden to congregate in large areas
of the Greek capital.
Also, fears of an ambush against the
more than 300 buses carrying PAOK sup-
porters from their home city of Thessaloniki,
500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Athens,
led the police to recommend the buses
space their arrivals.
The first vehicles left Thessaloniki before
midnight on Friday. Police stopped all buses
at the toll station closest to Athens, some
34 kilometers (21 miles) from the capital,
where all PAOK supporters had to show
their tickets and identification. Buses were
allowed to proceed in groups of 20 and
some PAOK fans were already seated in the
Olympic Stadium more than five hours
before the 8 pm kickoff.
Although the teams fans were separated
by a wide neutral zone, they started throw-
ing flares at each other inside the stadium,
after supposedly having passed through
three control cordons outside the venue.
The incidents subsided quickly, however.
Two couples wearing PAOK s black-and-
white colors were attacked and slightly
injured at a central Athens cafe on Saturday
SYDNEY---Coach Tony Popovic says the
Western Sydney Wanderers won t stumble at
the final step as they did last year when they
face Brisbane in next weekend s final of Aus-
tralian football s A-League.
Western Sydney reached last year s final after
winning the Premier s Plate but lost 2-0 to
Central Coast to miss out on the crowning
achievement of their debut A-League season.
They reversed that result on Saturday, beating
Central Coast 2-0 in a charged semifinal, to
reach the league decider for the second straight
Brisbane, which won the league in 2011 and
2012 before conceding the title to Central Coast,
beat the Melbourne Victory 1-0 on Sunday to
reach the final after winning the regular season
Popovic said after Western Sydney s gritty
semifinal win, secured with goals by Youssouf
Hersi in the first half and Iacopo La Rocca in
the second, that the Wanderers are "mentally
tougher" than last season.
"We are stronger in a few different areas,"
Popovic said. "Last year we had injuries, sus-
pensions and a few coming back from injury.
Also the (Asian Champions League) has maybe
made us mentally tougher.
"We have always been mentally tough but
there is a real resilience about this group now."
Popovic said Western Sydney s win over
Central Coast, in a replay of last year s final,
measured their improvement over their inaugural
"(They showed) that in another big game
they could produce," he said "It shows how far
they have come. This was a big, pressure game.
They stood up and defended when they had
to and were very resolute. It was a tough, typical
semifinal with not an inch given by either team.
"I thought in the first five or ten minutes
we were a bit shaky and Central Coast started
well. This is maybe another sign of the improve-
ment in the team. We didn t panic and remained
patient. Getting that first goal gave us belief."
Winger Hersi scored the opening goal in the
31st minute and La Rocca clinched the Wan-
derers win in the 81st minute.
"It was a big game. Always we are ready for
the big games," La Rocca said. "Today we
showed that again. Now we have to play one
more big game. Hopefully it won t be like last
Brisbane will host the final after its 1-0 win
over the Victory in front of 28,000 fans at Sun-
Albania striker Besart Berisha took his scoring
chance superbly in the 58th minute, receiving
a pass from Thomas Broich, gliding into the
area and waiting until defender Nicholas Ansell
and goalkeeper Nathan Coe committed before
placing his low shot.
Western Sydney, Brisbane to meet in A-League final
Dempsey scores brace as
Sounders blasts Rapids 4-1 Panathinaikos
Cup in style
Sydney FC player Alessandro Del Piero
celebrates after scoring a goal against
Western Sydney Wanderers during their
A-league soccer match in Sydney, Australia.
Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins does a backflip after he scored a goal
against the Colorado Rapids, Saturday, in the second half of an MLS soccer
match in Seattle. The Sounders defeated the Rapids 4-1. AP PHOTO
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