Urawa Reds fall to a surprise defeat at Yokohama in the J-League; MLS round-up goals; New England hit Santos for four in the SuperLiga

Yokohama Marinos 2 – Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (J-League, June 21, 2009) Kazuma Watanabe opened the scoring for Yokohama in the 59th minute and Koji Yamase consolidated the lead in the 65th minute against a lacklustre Urawa defence.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima 4 – Vissel Kobe 3 (J-League, June 21, 2009) Kota Hattori and Tomoaki Makino had given Hiroshima a two-goal lead at the interval but Kobe fought back in the second-half. Yoshito Okubo converted a penalty in the 47th minute before Yosuke Ishibitsu netted the equaliser four minutes later. Hiroto Motegi then scored from the right side of the box to put the visitors 3-2 up but Hiroshima levelled through Kashiwagi in the 86th minute and, one minute later, Sato got the final touch to Yojiro Takahagi’s close-range effort to snatch the points.

Omiya Ardija 2 – Kyoto Sanga 1 (J-League, June 20, 2009) Omiya edged Kyoto thanks to Taishi Tsukamoto’s 72nd minute free-kick.


Real Salt Lake 1 – Houston Dynamo 1 (MLS, June 20, 2009) Fabian Espindola’s opener for RSL was cancelled out by Brian Ching’s 89th minute equaliser.

Colorado Rapids 3 – DC United 0 (MLS, June 20, 2009) In the 11th minute Omar Cummings took a pass from captain Pablo Mastroeni to score the opener. Cummings found the back of the net just before halftime from an acute angle, and four minutes into the second half Cummings dashed into the box and teed up Colin Clark for the third.


New England Revolution 4 – Santos Laguna 2 (SuperLiga, June 21, 2009) New England scored in the 38th minute through Jeff Larentowicz’s 40-yarder. Santos’ Vicente Vuoso equalised in the 51st minute after the Revs fell apart in defende, and the match turned on its head when Juan Pablo Rodriguez sent a shot past Reis in the 55th minute. The lead was short-lived, Kenny Mansally converted a rebound in the 60th minute, Jay Heaps scored in the 63rd minute to put New England back ahead and Kheli Dube slipped home a fourth late on.