Union tied for first in the East

A drab 0-0 tie against the Seattle Sounders was enough to return the Philadelphia Union to the top of the Eastern Conference, level on points with DC United.

The point Philadelphia gained left the Union and DC United tied on 24 points, but Philadelphia has the better goal difference.

The draw snapped a three-game winning streak for the Union who had got the better of FC Cincinnati, the New England Revolutions and Toronto FC.

In turn DC United were falling to the Houston Dynamo, 2-1 at the BBVA Compass Stadium.

Wayne Rooney gave the visitors the lead just after the half time break only to see Memo Rodriguez and Thomas McNamara score a minute apart later in the half.

Rooney had the easiest of chances when he opened the scoring, turning in a Ulises Segura cross at the far post.

Rodriguez equalized with a shot that it appeared goalie Bill Hamid in the DC United net should have saved although there was little the United keeper could do with the second as McNamara arrive to bundle home a bouncing cross from Adam Lundqvist.

Next Saturday the Union will return to action when they host the Portland Timbers at the Talen Energy Stadium.

That's also the venue the following Wednesday when the Western Conference cellar dwellers, the Colorado Rapids, arrive in town.

Meanwhile DC United travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to face the New England Revolution, and new manager Bruce Arena, also on Saturday and then host the Chicago Fire four days later.

Seattle are 12/1 to win the MLS Cup this season, with Los Angeles FC 3/1 and DC United 10/1.

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DC United visit Toronto FC

Wayne Rooney and DC United can move into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday when they take on Toronto FC at BMO Field.

Tied with the Philadelphia Union on 23 points, with both teams having played 12 games so far this campaign, DC United lead the Montreal Impact in third, New York City FC in fourth and Atlanta United FC and Toronto FC in fifth and sixth respectively.

The visitors come into the game in Toronto having won both of their previous games in the month of May, defeating Sporting Kansas City and the Columbus Crew SC.

Struggling mightily when Rooney joined the team towards the end of last season, DC United made a late push to make the playoffs before being knocked out in the opening round by the Crew on penalties.

DC United are 4/1 to win the game, with Toronto 8/13 and the draw priced at 3/1.

The defending MLS champion Atlanta United FC are also in action on Wednesday when they travel to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps.

Atlanta stumbled badly out of the gate to start this season, but can move into third in the Eastern Conference table ahead of Montreal should they get the better of Vancouver.

Atlanta has kept a clean sheet in their four previous games over the Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and last time out against Orlando City SC, and faces a Whitecaps side that has won two in a row and is undefeated in three.

Also on the slate are the Houston Dynamo entertaining the Portland Timbers while Orlando City FC joins Atlanta in the Pacific Northwest when they play the Seattle Sounders.

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Union edge Toronto FC

The Philadelphia Union moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference on Saturday with a 2-1 triumph over Toronto FC at BMO Field.

A tantalizing cross from Kai Wagner in the 24th minute led to the opening goal as Philadelphia striker Fabrice Picault and Toronto defender Chris Mavinga arrived at the same time.

The latter was ultimately credited with an own goal, as Quentin Westberg in the Toronto goal had no chance.

Alejandro Pozuelo equalized early in the second half with a well taken free kick, but the Union would not be denied as Jamiro Alvarenga played a nice give and go with Kacper Przybylko for the final margin of victory.

Since losing to the Los Angeles Galaxy a month ago, Philadelphia have been undefeated with victories over the Montreal Impact, FC Cincinnati and the New England Revolution along with Saturday's triumph. The Union also drew with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Sunday DC United can draw even with Philadelphia on points when they welcome in Sporting Kansas City to Audi Field in Washington DC.

Sporting Kansas City are second bottom of the Western Conference, tied with the Portland Timbers, with only the winless Colorado Rapids below them in the standings.

Colorado's futility continued on Saturday as they lost 3-2 to Real Salt Lake at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

With the LA Galaxy up next Sunday, followed by the Columbus Crew and the Union, it may be a while before the Rapids get their first win of the campaign.

Philadelphia are 14/1 to win the MLS Cup this season with LA Galaxy 7/1 and DC United 9/1.

Union are 10/11 to win next Sunday's clash with Seattle Sounders 12/5 and the draw is 3/1.

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DC toothless without Rooney

The value of Wayne Rooney to DC United was fully on display on Tuesday evening at Audi Field when the hosts drew 0-0 with the Montreal Impact.

Without Rooney in the line-up, suspended because of his red card against LAFC, DC United could not muster a single shot on the Montreal goal.

Rooney, the former Manchester United and Everton star, was instrumental in the late charge of DC United into the postseason last year and their quick opening to the campaign this year.

The point gained leaves United all alone in second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Columbus Crew.

Toronto FC and the Philadelphia Union are a point back in third and fourth respectively with Toronto having only played four games so far this season.

Montreal's point gives the Impact eight points in six games and sees the club in seventh place in the Conference.

FC Cincinnati, who are fifth and Orlando City sitting in sixth also have eight points, but a better goal difference in the early going.

This weekend DC United will travel to Colorado to face the Rapids while the Impact has a tough ask when the Columbus Crew are the visitors to Saputo Stadium.

Wednesday the Seattle Sounders were due to be in action against the Rapids.

However a rapidly developing blizzard situation, saw Seattle return home to prepare for their game over the weekend against Toronto FC. The game between Seattle and Colorado has been rescheduled for early September.

DC United are 11/8 to win their next game at Colorado. The Rapids are 9/5 while the draw is 5/2.

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Rooney ready for MLS challenge

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has completed a move to MLS outfit DC United, ending his second spell with Everton after just one season.

The 32-year-old forward has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with United, ending his Premier League career with 208 top-flight goals to his name.

He also netted a national team record 53 goals in 119 appearances for England, while also enjoying a lengthy trophy-laden stint with Manchester United, where he won the Premier League five times and the Champions League in 2008.

However, Rooney says he is now ready for a new challenge and has promised to do all he can to make his time Stateside a success.

He told his new club's official website: "Moving to America and MLS fulfils another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give DC 100 per cent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.

Meanwhile, DC United general manager Dave Kasper has backed Rooney to bring some much-needed leadership characteristics to his new team, as well as his undoubted quality.

He added: "Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goalscoring record for club and country speaks for itself.

"He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work ethic and winning mentality."

Meanwhile, Everton are 6/1 to finish in the top six in the Premier League enxt seaosn, with Arsenal priced at 1/5 and Leicester City 7/1.

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