Soccer: Freddy Adu scores twice as Philadelphia beats Houston

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Chester, Pa. • Freddy Adu scored twice and the Philadelphia Union beat the Houston Dynamo 3-1 on Sunday to snap an eight-game winless streak and avoid dropping out of playoff contention.

Adu opened the scoring in the 28th minute, and gave Philadelphia (8-14-6) a 2-1 lead on a penalty kick in the 50th. Josue Martinez added his first MLS goal, connecting in the 70th minute.

Boniek Garcia scored for Houston (12-8-10) in the 44th minute.

United 1, Chivas USA 0 • In Washington, Branko Boskovic's first goal of the season lifted D.C. United over Chivas USA. Lionard Pajoy's cross set up Boskovic's header, and United (15-10-5) earned their third straight win.

Rapids 2, Whitecaps 2 • In Vancouver, British Columbia, Jamie Smith, a second-half substitute, scored in the 86th minute to lift Colorado into a tie with Vancouver.