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Twellman tallies twice as Revs take top spot in the East
by Ridge Mahoney, May 14th, 2007 6:45AM

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[MLS VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS] Early goals livened up MLS play as Toronto FC broke onto the scoresheet and into the win column with a 3-1 victory over Chicago. Landon Donovan (two assists) and Taylor Twellman (two goals) slugged it out at Home Depot Center, but TT's supporting cast overran that of LD as the New England rallied twice to pull out a 3-2 win over Los Angeles. Colorado spoiled the debut of Juan Pablo Angel by beating the Red Bulls, 1-0, and dumping them from the unbeaten ranks. FC Dallas went to Kansas City, where it hadn't won since 1998, and beat the Wizards, 2-1, with goals by Kenny Cooper and Juan Toja.

REVS REBOUND TWICE. Landon Donovan (two assists) and Taylor Twellman (two goals) slugged it out at Home Depot Center, but TT's supporting cast overran that of LD as the Revs rallied twice to pull out a 3-2 win.

Kyle Martino polished off a nice Galaxy (1-2-1) move and a precisely threaded through ball from Pete Vagenas to open the scoring in the 15th minute but LA's failure to add a second goal drained it of momentum. New England (4-1-2) took the lead with strikes by Adam Cristman and Twellman early in the second half.

Six minutes from time, Tyrone Marshall headed an equalizer from a Donovan corner. Amid the celebrations, New England took the kickoff right back up the field and Twellman slid in at the near post to knock home Pat Noonan's cross.

BEDLAM AT BMO. Two weeks after the inaugural MLS game at BMO Field in Toronto came another day of firsts: first goal, first red card and first win for the expansion MLS team, which beat Chicago, 3-1.
Danny Dichio tucked away an Edson Buddle cross to end 384 minutes of goalless frustration, Chris Rolfe equalized, and near the end of the half Dichio and Diego Gutierrez were sent off after Dichio and Fire keeper Matt Pickens tangled on a corner kick.

Toronto (1-4-1) made the proper adjustments to playing 10-v-10, and exploited atrocious defending of the back post to salt away the victory with goals by Kevin Goldthwaite and Maurice Edu. Chicago (3-2-1), playing without captain Chris Armas, lost its second straight road game by the same score after falling last week to New England.

RAPID REPLY. There wasn't much divine about the debut of Juan Pablo Angel, as Colorado spoiled the occasion by beating the Red Bulls, 1-0.

Colorado (3-2-2) stunned New York (3-1-2) on a brilliant counterattack goal triggered by Kyle Beckerman in the 24th minute. His tough midfield tackle won the ball and his delicate chip up the right wing unleashed Herculez Gomez, who cut the ball back for Nico Hernandez to stab into the net for his first goal of the season.

Angel squandered a sitter early in the second half, hitting a weak left-footed shot during a goalmouth scramble that defender Dan Gargan cleared off the goalline with keeper Bouna Coundoul out of the play. Another great chance went unclaimed when Coundoul scrambled to rob Dane Richards of a tap in from a Clint Mathis feed, and Coundoul thwarted New York's final thrust by stopping a low drive from Richards right at the base of the post in stoppage time.

DALLAS ENDS DROUGHT. Having lost two in a row at home without scoring a goal, FC Dallas went to Kansas City, where it hadn't won since 1998, and beat the Wizards, 2-1, with goals by Kenny Cooper and Juan Toja in the debut of FCD midfielder Carlos Richetti.

Striker Carlos Ruiz, who returned Wednesday from an unexcused absence, watched from the bench as Cooper headed Dallas (3-3-1) into the lead and Toja controlled a long ball from Ramon Nunez to score the second in first-half stoppage time. Ruiz replaced Cooper in the 73rd minute.

Stellar goalkeeping by Dario Sala, who sat out the first six games of the season because of suspension, kept Kansas City (4-2-0) off the board with nine saves until rookie midfielder Michael Harrington headed in a Davy Arnaud free kick. Kansas City outshot Dallas, 22-11.

CHIVAS-CREW STALEMATE. Chivas USA (2-3-1) earned its first road point of the season thanks to an Ante Razov goal in the third minute and came away from Columbus (1-1-4) with a 1-1 tie.

Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum denied Guillermo Barros Schelotto an equalizer with a close-range save, but soon enough Schelotto assisted on Ned Grabavoy's tying goal. Grabavoy also stopped Razov from scoring again with a critical goalline clearance.

The teams produced a total of 30 shots and incurred a combined eight cautions.

GAME SUMMARIES:
May 12 in Toronto
Toronto FC 3 Chicago 1. Goals: Dichio (Buddle) 24, Goldthwaite (Buddle) 51, Edu (Lombardo) 75; Rolfe 36.
Toronto FC - Sutton, Wynne, Goldthwaite, Boyens, O'Brien (Pozniak, 77), Brennan, Edu, Robinson, Welsh (Braz, 87), Buddle (Lombardo, 70), Dichio.
Chicago - Pickens, Brown, Curtin, Robinson (Carr, 70), Pause, Thiago, Gutierrez, Mapp, Segares, Rolfe (Guerrero, 59), Barrett (Bedrossian, 82).
Yellow Cards: Toronto FC - Edu 30, Wynne 38; Chicago - Thiago 27.
Red Cards: Toronto FC - Dichio 44; Chicago - Gutierrez 45.
Referee: Silviu Petrescu.
Att.: 20,041.

May 12 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus 1 Chivas USA 1. Goals: Razov 2; Grabavoy (Schelotto) 18.
Columbus - Gruenebaum, Hejduk, Gonzalez, Hendrickson, Pierce, Gaven (Virtuoso, 64), Grabavoy, O'Rourke, Miglioranzi (Oughton, 84), Moreno, Schelotto.
Chivas USA - Guzan, Thomas, Suarez, Vaughn (Hernandez, 82), Bornstein, Nagamura, Kljestan (Galindo, 68), Marsch, Mendoza, Razov, Merlin (Taylor, 86).
Yellow Cards: Columbus - Gonzalez 1, Hendrickson 54, Pierce 70; Chivas USA - Marsch 13, Kljestan 49, Suarez 75, Vaughn 82, Hernandez 87.
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
Att.: 12,545.

May 12 in Kansas City
Kansas City 1 FC Dallas 2. Goals: Harrington (Arnaud) 91+; Cooper (McCarty, Thompson) 19, Toja (Nunez) 46+.
Kansas City - Hartman, Jewsbury, Garcia, Hohlbein, Burciaga Jr. (Pore, 71), Arnaud, Victorine (Morsink, 83), Zavagnin, Harrington, Johnson, Movsisyan.
FC Dallas - Sala, Gbandi, Yi, Goodson, Moor, Ricchetti, Toja, McCarty (Rhine, 84), Nunez (Saragosa, 74), Thompson, Cooper (Ruiz, 73).
Yellow Cards: Kansas City - Garcia 43; FC Dallas - Thompson 8, Gbandi 37, Toja 77, Ricchetti 85, Sala 93+.
Referee: Mark Geiger.
Att.: 10,141.

May 12 in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles 2 New England 3. Goals: Martino (Vagenas, Donovan) 14, Marshall (Donovan) 84; Cristman (Ralston, Dorman) 47, Twellman 52, Twellman (Noonan, Joseph) 85.
Los Angeles - Cannon, Albright, Harden, Marshall, Jazic, Harmse, Sturgis (Quaranta, 77), Vagenas (Jaqua, 57), Martino, Donovan, Findley (Jones, 63).
New England - Reis, Heaps, Parkhurst, Riley, Ralston, Dorman, Joseph, Larentowicz, Smith, Cristman (Noonan, 72), Twellman.
Yellow Cards: Los Angeles - Marshall 40; New England - Riley 4, Reis 75.
Referee: Brian Hall.
Att.: 22,715.

May 13 in East Rutherford, N.J.
New York 0 Colorado 1. Goal: Hernandez (Gomez, Beckerman) 24.
New York - Conway, Regan (Ubiparipovic, 46), Mendes (Altidore, 77), Parke, Dunivant, Richards, Stammler, Kovalenko, Mathis, van den Bergh, Angel.
Colorado - Coundoul, Gargan, Mastroeni, Petke, Vanney (Wingert, 60), Cooke (Ihemelu, 77), Beckerman, Kirovski, Gomez, Hernandez, Brown (Peterson, 88).
Yellow Cards: New York - Mathis 32, Richards 72; Colorado - Kirovski 37, Coundoul 88.
Referee: Terry Vaughn.
Att.: 7,802.



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