GBANDI GOLAZO. FC Dallas coach Steve Morrow juggled his forward tandem yet again, yet the winning goal, and what a winner it was, came from left back Chris Gbandi, whose 22-yard belter in the 82 minute carried FCD (5-3-1) past RSL, 2-1, Sunday.
Carlos Ruiz returned to the first XI, rookie Dominic Oduro got his first MLS start, and Arturo Alvarez joined them up top. After hitting the post in the eighth minute, Alvarez knifed between Jack Stewart and Mehdi Ballouchy to nail a left-footer just inside the far post.
RSL (0-3-4) tied the match in the 69th minute on a Freddy Adu penalty kick whistled when Alex Yi yanked on Atiba Harris' jersey as he took a shot. Adu converted for his first RSL goal.
Morrow inserted Kenny Cooper and Abe Thompson, but Gbandi stole the spotlight - and the three points - by trapping a ball from Pablo Richetti, dribbling up the left side toward the corner of the penalty area, and lacing a rising shot that caromed off the post a foot below the crossbar. Nick Rimando rescued RSL with several fine saves but nothing could stop this one.
Gbandi's first league goal in nearly two years (since July 2, 2005) was worth the wait.
HDC DEADLOCK. A spectacular stoppage-time save by Brad Guzan preserved a 1-1 tie for Chivas USA (2-3-2) against the Galaxy (1-2-2) in the second Superclasico of the season Sunday.
The Galaxy's Chris Albright had to be replaced in the 15th minute because of a hamstring injury. Nathan Sturgis came on, reprising the right-back role he played last year as a rookie early in the season.
Maykel Galindo ghosted behind the Galaxy defense to put away a sweet chip from Ante Razov and give Chivas USA the lead, but Landon Donovan equalized five minutes into the second half after defender Claudio Suarez headed a clearance right to him inside the penalty area. Donovan calmly stroked it a foot inside the post.
But Guzan stunned Donovan with a kick save from point-blank range after Kyle Martino had headed a Santino Quaranta chip into the goalmouth. In 10 meetings between the rivals, Chivas USA has won just one.
D.C. DRAMA. Another red-clad, rowdy crowd filled BMO Field to roar on Toronto FC, but United rallied to win a fierce battle 2-1, with an own goal and a Jaime Moreno penalty kick.
Maurice Edu set up Alecko Eskandarian with a back heel during a goalmouth scramble and the former United man connected to put his former team a goal down a minute before halftime. D.C. (2-3-1) equalized on a Christian Gomez inswinging free kick that glanced off defender Kevin Goldthwaite's head and into the TFC (2-5-0) net.
Moreno won the match and tied Jason Kreis on the all-time scoring list with 108 goals by drilling his penalty kick low to keeper Greg Sutton's right. Right back Marvell Wynne committed the foul by whipping out the legs of striker Luciano Emilio after Emilio cut sharply inside him.
RED BULL ROMP. Colombian Juan Pablo Angel notched his first goal for RBNY and added two assists, yet the winning goal came from Staten Island (N.Y.) native John Woyniec, whose goal in the 17th minute sparked a 4-0 rout.
Wolyniec, given his first start of the season as Angel's forward partner, also assisted on Clint Mathis' goal that doubled the Red Bull (4-1-2) lead. Angel got the third goal, and Sal Caccavale scored in his MLS debut four minutes after coming off the bench.
Gulliermo Barros Schelotto hit the crossbar for the Crew (1-2-4), which outshot New York, 13-12, but couldn't keep up with a patchwork lineup missing Claudio Reyna, Ronald Wattereus, Hunter Freeman, and Jozy Altidore. The first three were injured, and Altidore was excused to attend his high school prom in Florida.
PROBLEM IN HOUSTON. There's nothing dynamic about the Dynamo. The defending champion fell to New England, 1-0, at home on a Shalrie Joseph goal in the ninth minute.
The Revs (5-1-2) took just three shots yet it was Houston (2-4-1) that was shut out for the fifth time this season. Four saves by Matt Reis, including a point-blank deflection and recovery of a Ricardo Clark half-volley, denied Houston, which after winning, 3-1 at Colorado May 5, has been blanked by Toronto FC and New England.
Brian Ching misfired on a pair of headers and couldn't click with forward partner Joseph Ngwenya. Another subpar showing by Dwayne DeRosario disappointed a crowd of 18,232, the largest attendance at Robertson Stadium this season. By winning for the third time on the road, New England tied Dallas with the most victories away from home.
RAPIDS IN A RUT. The euphoria of moving into Dick's Sporting Goods Park is rapidly wearing off. Colorado (3-2-3) can't win in its new home.
The Rapids tied Kansas City, 1-1, Saturday for the third home tie in five games. Not since beating D.C., 2-1, in the grand opening April 7 have the Rapids triumphed.
Jovan Kirovski converted a penalty kick for a 1-0 lead awarded when Nick Garcia committed a handball during a flurry of shots near the end of the first half. Much of the Kansas City (4-2-1) attack flowed through Eddie Johnson, and he got free on the right side to create the chance that Davy Arnaud converted to tie the game.
Herculez Gomez shot so wildly midway through the second half that he injured himself and had to be replaced. Gomez had earlier been cautioned for pushing defender Jimmy Conrad in the face, a rather insensitive act, since two weeks ago Conrad suffered a hairline fracture of the jaw in a collision. Conrad was replaced at halftime.
April 19 in Toronto
Toronto 1 D.C. United 2. Goals: Eskandarian (Edu) 44; Own goal 53, Moreno pen. 79.
Toronto FC - Sutton, Brennan, Boyens, Goldthwaite, Wynne, Edu, O'Brien, Robinson, Welsh, Dichio (Lombardo, 72), Eskandarian (Buddle, 60).
D.C. United - Perkins, Namoff, Erpen (Kpene, 56), Boswell, Fred, Carroll, Gomez (Simms, 80), Olsen, Gros, Emilio, Moreno (deRoux, 87).
Yellow Cards: Toronto FC - Eskandarian 17, Edu 30, Goldthwaite 36, Brennan 81; D.C. United - Erpen 35, Namoff 40.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo.
April 19 in East Rutherford, N.J.
New York 4 Columbus 0. Goals: Wolyniec (Richards, Angel) 17, Mathis (Wolyniec, Angel) 51, Angel 61, Caccavale (Ubiparipovic) 92+.
New York - Conway, Kovalenko, Mendes, Parke, Dunivant, Richards (Ubiparipovic, 76), Stammler, Mathis, van den Bergh (Ikangu, 82), Angel, Wolyniec (Caccavale, 88).
Columbus - Gruenebaum, Hejduk, Gonzalez, Hendrickson, Pierce, Schelotto (Kamara, 67), Grabavoy, O'Rourke, Miglioranzi (Oughton, 59), Evans (Gaven, 58), Moreno.
Yellow Card: Columbus - Pierce 55.
Referee: Richard Heron.
April 19 in Houston
Houston 0 New England 1. Goal: Joseph 9.
Houston - Onstad, Mulrooney, Cochrane, Robinson, Barrett (Holden, 69), Mullan, Clark, De Rosario (Gray, 78), Davis, Ngwenya (Ashe, 69), Ching.
New England - Reis, Heaps, Larentowicz, Parkhurst, Riley, Ralston, Dorman (Thompson, 46), Joseph (Franchino, 60), Smith, Twellman, Cristman (Noonan, 76).
Yellow Cards: Houston - Ching 43, De Rosario 48+, Holden 71, Cochrane 77;?New England - Smith 29, Heaps 82.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar.
May 19 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 1 Kansas City 1. Goals: Kirovski pen. 46+; Arnaud (Johnson, Zavagnin) 58.
Colorado - Coundoul, Gargan, Mastroeni, Petke, Wingert, Cooke (Colaluca, 84), Beckerman, Kirovski (Ihemelu, 59), Gomez (Peterson, 69), Brown, Hernandez.
Kansas City - Hartman, Jewsbury, Conrad (Hohlbein, 46), Garcia, Burciaga Jr., Arnaud, Victorine (Morsink, 86), Zavagnin, Harrington, Johnson, Movsisyan (Marinelli, 53).
Yellow Cards: Colorado - Petke 30, Gomez 34, Mastroeni 47;?Kansas City - Burciaga Jr. 56, Jewsbury 93+.
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
May 20 in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA 1 Los Angeles 1. Goals: Galindo (Razov, Kljestan) 35; Donovan 50.
Chivas USA - Guzan, Vaughn, Suarez, Thomas, Bornstein, Kljestan, Marsch, Nagamura, Mendoza (Perez, 88), Galindo (Merlin, 85), Razov (Taylor, 80).
Los Angeles - Cannon, Albright (Sturgis, 15), Harden, Marshall, Jazic, Jones (Findley, 63), Harmse, Vagenas, Martino, Donovan, Jaqua (Quaranta, 81).
Yellow Card: Los Angeles - Harden 57.
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja.
May 20 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 2 Real Salt Lake 1. Goals: Alvarez 26, Gbandi (Ricchetti) 82; Adu pen. 68.
FC Dallas - Sala, Gbandi, Goodson, Yi, Moor, Toja, Ricchetti, McCarty (Nunez, 58), Ruiz, Alvarez (Thompson, 82), Oduro (Cooper, 67).
Real Salt Lake - Rimando, Stewart, Pope, Torres, Forko (Kipre, 46), Klein, Ballouchy, Talley (Lancos, 10), Adu, Cunningham (Williams, 62), Harris.
Yellow Cards: FC Dallas - Gbandi 34, Yi 68, Ruiz 73, Ricchetti 73;?Real Salt Lake - Adu 39, Ballouchy 53, Klein 58, Kipre 77.
Referee: Jozef Batko.