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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 8:30 pm

FRISCO (AP) — Jackson scored a second-half goal and assisted on assisted on another in FC Dallas' 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Jackson scored in the 81st minute after he stole the ball from goalkeeper Josh Saunders outside of the goalie's box and tapped a shot into the center of the net. Saunders dribbled out of the net attempting to make a clearance before Jackson came around the left side to make the steal.

In the 71st minute, Jackson helped give FC Dallas the lead with a volley over the head of Salt Lake's Lovel Palmer. Fabian Castillo took possession of the pass outside the penalty area before dribbling around Palmer and firing a shot from about 15 yards into the left corner of the net. FC Dallas is 3-0 at home this season and 3-1-0 for the season. Real Salt Lake dropped to 1-2-1.

Dallas defender Matt Hedges saved a goal in the 77th minute when he cleared a loose ball to protect an open net and prevent Salt Lake's Devon Sandoval from scoring. Sandoval would have had a clear shot from inside of 10 yards with Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz on the ground after making a diving save on a shot by Robbie Findley.

Seitz finished with three saves for his first shutout since Aug. 29, 2009, when he was in net for Real Salt Lake in its 1-0 over Sporting Kansas City.

Both teams were short-handed with players called up for international duty, including the stating goalkeepers for each team. Salt Lake was without five starters as Tony Beltran (U.S.), Kyle Beckerman (U.S.), Alvaro Saborio (Costa Rica), Abdoulie Mansally (Gambia) and goalkeeper Nick Rimando (U.S.). Dallas played without starting goalkeeper Raul Fernandez (Peru) and Blas Perez (Panama).

Jackson almost scored his first goal in the 57th minute when he fired a right-footed shot on a breakaway, but Saunders made a two-handed stop.

Creavalle, Barnes lift Dynamo past Whitecaps

HOUSTON (AP) — Warren Creavalle and Giles Barnes scored 6 minutes apart in the second half to help the Houston Dynamo beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on Saturday night.

After Barnes beat goalkeeper Joe Cannon with a header in the 56th minute, Creavalle found a loose ball in the box and kicked it past Cannon in the 62nd minute for the Dynamo (2-1)

The win helped the Dynamo extend their home unbeaten streak to 27 games, dating to July 2011. Houston has never lost at its new home, BBVA Compass Stadium

Ricardo Clark set up Barnes' tying goal with a pass into the box. Barnes moved ahead of his defender and headed a shot just inside the left post for his first MLS goal.

On the winner, Adam Moffett's shot from outside the area was stopped by Cannon, but he couldn't hold on. The ball fell in front of Creavalle, who scored his first goal of the season and the sixth of his career.

Darren Mattocks scored in the 36th minute for the Whitecaps (2-1), who missed being the first visiting MLS team to win in Houston since Columbus on June 18, 2011. Vancouver's best chance to tie came in the 82nd minute when Daigo Kobayashi hit the cross bar on a free kick.

Cannon made two saves for Vancouver, and Tally Hall stopped four shots for Houston, which lost at Dallas last week on a goal in the 90th minute.

Other MLS Capsules

Di Vaio, Impact edge Red Bulls

MONTREAL (AP) — Marco Di Vaio scored in the 14th minute and the Montreal Impact beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 4-0.

New York (0-2-2) finished the match short a man after defender Brandon Barklage was sent off for taking down Patrice Bernier at the edge of the penalty area in the 74th minute.

The Red Bulls had a slight edge in ball possession, but the Impact dominated the scoring chances and wasted a handful of opportunities to pad the lead.

A crowd of 26,259 saw Di Vaio whiff on a perfect setup from Andres Romero, have a shot from the left side blocked by Luis Robles and tip another ball just wide in the second half alone.

The Impact scored first for a fourth straight game in the 14th when goalkeeper Troy Perkins sent a long ball up the middle that was headed down to Bernier. The playmaker slipped a pass through the New York defense to Di Vaio, who beat Robles to the left side for his second goal of the season.

GALAXY 1, RAPIDS 0

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Mike Magee converted a penalty 5 minutes into the second half, and Los Angeles beat Colorado to take the Western Conference lead.

Magee scored after Rapids center back Drew Moor was sent off for elbowing Marcelo Sarvas in the face in an off-the-ball incident, a major setback for Colorado after losing starting midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and center back Diego Calderon to injuries in the first half.

The Galaxy (2-0-1), playing without star striker Robbie Keane and defender Omar Gonzalez, both off on international duty, started teenage forwards Villarreal and Jack McBean, who came close to scoring several times before Magee netted his MLS-best fourth goal of the season.

Colorado (0-3-1) is last in the nine-team West and 18th among 19 clubs in the overall standings.

EARTHQUAKES 1, SOUNDERS 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored just before halftime for San Jose against Seattle.

San Jose (2-1-1) beat Seattle (0-2-1) for the fourth straight time in regular-season play, building on a sweep of three contentious meetings last year.

It was the second score this season for Wondolowski, who tied MLS' career record with 27 goals last season — including two winners against Seattle.

CREW 2, D.C. UNITED 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Speas scored 13 minutes into the second half to lead Columbus past D.C. United.

Josh Williams also scored to help Columbus win for the first time win in Washington since 2010, and snap D.C. United's 17-match home unbeaten run, during which they won 13 matches and drew four.

Rafael Teixeira scored in his club debut for D.C. on a sensational volley, but couldn't prevent United's first home defeat since the 2012 season opener against Kansas City.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0, REVOLUTION 0, TIE

FOXBOROROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England and Sporting Kansas City played to a scoreless tie, the second straight shutout match for both clubs.

New England (1-1-1) is scoreless through 208 minutes, and Sporting KC (1-1-2) is scoreless in 203 minutes.

Sporting KC goalie Jimmy Nielsen didn't have to make a save en route to his second shutout of the season, while New England's Matt Reis stopped five shots in posting his second shutout.

International

El Shaarawy sees future in Balotelli partnership

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Stephan El Shaarawy is relishing his partnership with Mario Balotelli and believes they can lead the attack for Italy and AC Milan for many years to come.

El Shaarawy, 20, and Balotelli, 22, have become symbols of Italy coach Cesare Prandelli's focus on youth.

"Mario and I represent a new and young Italy," El Shaarawy said, ahead of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Malta. "Investing in youth is the most important thing. We're doing well, but we still have margin for improvement to make Italy even stronger.

"I believe it is a turning point for Italian football. There are so many talented Italian footballers in the under-21 side and in Serie B and that gives us good hope for the future."

El Shaarawy has burst into the spotlight this season with 16 goals in Serie A.

The goals have dried up for the youngster recently, and he has scored only once since Balotelli's arrival from Manchester City at the end of January.

"I don't think Balotelli's arrival has hindered me," El Shaarawy said. "In fact it's made a lot of things easier for me. He is a great player and a good guy who is growing a lot. Playing together in Milan helps us in the national team, Mario and I complete each other.

"I don't feel any pressure on me. The goals will come. Prandelli and (Milan coach Massimiliano) Allegri ask me for good performances first, and then goals. I'm not worried. It's just a moment of tiredness and in the last two months, even if it's not an excuse, I had a few problems with my knee."

Balotelli scored a stunning goal on Thursday as Italy came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Brazil in a friendly.

The strike took Balotelli's tally to eight goals in eight games for club and country in 2013.

"Mario is really flying," El Shaarawy said. "I'm happy for him because he is growing as a player and as a man. I see him as much more mature and grown up.

"Balotelli is really doing great things, but he can still do so much more. I believe he can become one of the top three or five players in the world."

Fuentes says he never treated Real Madrid players

MADRID (AP) — Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the center of the Operation Puerto blood-doping trial, says he never treated Real Madrid's players, following the club's announcement that it plans to sue him for giving the impression that he had.

Fuentes told Europa Press news agency on Saturday that "if Madrid wants to sue me, they can go ahead, but I have never treated a Real Madrid player."

"If Madrid understood (what I said) as such, then I think they got confused," Fuentes said. "Madrid has nothing to do with Operation Puerto. I am not nor have I ever been a doctor for Real Madrid, neither directly nor indirectly. I have never given a Madrid player as much as an aspirin."

Fuentes said on Friday that Madrid owed him money without specifying the reason.

The club responded with a statement that the money owed Fuentes was for travel expenses when he testified in a court case against Le Monde newspaper and that he had never worked for Madrid.

The club said it would sue Fuentes for his "intention of confusing the public opinion about his relation with the club with evident bad intent and with the goal of damaging the image of the club."

Fuentes is one of five defendants currently under trial in the Spanish capital on charges of having endangered the health of cyclists with improperly administered blood transfusions designed to boost their performance.

The trial's scope is limited to public health laws since doping was not illegal in 2006 when police began their investigation into the alleged blood-doping ring. Spain has since passed anti-doping legislation and its Parliament will vote on an even tougher law this summer.

"I didn't say what I said with the intention of offending anyone," Fuentes said on Saturday. "But rather in the interest of recovering the money that I am owed."

Eto'o scores twice for Cameroon in qualifier

Samuel Eto'o scored twice to lead Cameroon over Togo 2-1 Saturday and improve its chances of qualifying for next year's World Cup.

Ivory Coast didn't miss Didier Drogba in a 3-0 win over Gambia, and African champion Nigeria needed a goal by Nnamdi Oduamadi in the second minute of second-half injury time for a 1-1 tie against visiting Kenya.

The last World Cup host, South Africa, still has a chance of making it to Brazil next year following a 2-0 win over the Central Africa Republic.

Tunisia improved to 3-0 with a 2-1 win at home against Sierra Leone.

In Europe, Cyprus was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Switzerland, and Russia's game at Northern Ireland was snowed out for the second straight day.

-- Gerald Imray

Northern Ireland-Russia qualifier postponed for second time

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Russia's World Cup qualifier at Northern Ireland has been postponed for a second straight day due to wintry weather.

Heavy snow initially led to the match being postponed on Friday. Additional snow fell on the field Saturday and ice formed.

No new date was set.

Russia (4-0) leads Group F with 12 points, four ahead of Israel and Portugal (both 2-1-2). Northern Ireland (0-1-3) has three points, ahead of Azerbaijan on goal difference, and Luxembourg (0-3-2) is last with two.

Northern Ireland hosts Israel on Tuesday. Portugal, held to a 3-3 draw at Israel on Friday, is at Azerbaijan and will play without Cristiano Ronaldo, suspended for accumulation of yellow cards.

Draxler out of Germany's qualifier vs. Kazakhstan

BERLIN (AP) — Germany midfielder Julian Draxler has been ruled out of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan while Sven Bender has joined the squad.

The German football federation says tests on Saturday confirmed that the Schalke attacking midfielder suffered a concussion from a collision during Germany's 3-0 win over Kazakhstan in the first qualifier between the sides on Friday.

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended for the game in Nuremberg after picking up a booking in Astana, while Bender has recovered from the flu that kept him out of the first game.

Bayern striker Mario Gomez and Schalke defender Benedikt Hoewedes both have thigh problems but have remained with the squad.

Spain defender Alba doubtful for France game

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain defender Jordi Alba is in doubt for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against France after injuring a muscle in his right leg.

Barcelona says the left back has returned to the club for further tests, the results of which will be known on Sunday.

Alba injured his leg during Friday's 1-1 draw with Finland that left Spain two points behind leader France in the group standings.

The winner of Tuesday's game will take a major step to winning the group and securing an automatic berth to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The runner-up is likely to face a playoff.

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