RFK ROUT. D.C. United and Chicago kicked off Saturday tied with 14 points, but the opposite paths they'd taken to that crossroads quickly materialized as United rolled to a 3-1 win.
United (5-3-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Rod Dyachenko pounced on a bad fumble by Fire keeper Matt Pickens for his first professional goal. Luciano Emilio added his fourth and fifth goals of the season, and though Jerson Monteiro got one back for Chicago (4-6-2) with 36 minutes remaining, D.C. - which dominated in shots, 15-5 - extended its unbeaten streak to seven games. Chicago has lost six of its last eight.
Devon McTavish replaced the suspended Bobby Boswell in central defense and Dyachenko made his first MLS start in place of Jaime Moreno, who had joined the Bolivian national team. Bakary Soumare started for the Fire, which was missing five starters because of injury or national-team duty. His runs caused D.C. a few problems, including a shot he rolled just wide in the first half. Rookie Monteiro ran through the United defense to score his first MLS goal after coming on as a halftime substitution.
EASTERN BEASTS. Juan Pablo Angel has been playing in MLS all of two months and he's already setting records.
Angel put away a penalty in stoppage time to earn New York Red Bull (6-3-3) a 3-3 tie in which it had led, 2-0, yet conceded three consecutive Wizards' goals, including two by Yuri Movsisyan. Angel's eighth and ninth goals set a team record of scoring in six straight games and he's within one of the league record of seven consecutive matches.
Angel opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a looping header and Clint Mathis doubled the lead nine minutes later, but Kansas City (6-2-2) refused to buckle. Kerry Zavagnin lashed home a shot from well outside the penalty area with two minutes left in the first half, and. Movsisyan scored his goals nine minutes apart after replacing Scott Sealy in the 66th minute. A long ball from Sasha Victorine dropped perfectly for Movsisyan to evade defender Jeff Parke and chip the ball over keeper Ronald Wattereus to give Kansas City a 3-2 lead.
John Wolyniec collided with defender Jose Burciaga and amid heated protests referee Abiodun Okulaja pointed to the spot, from which Angel converted. The point keeps New York in first place, one point ahead of Kansas City.
REVS RELENT. New England had a chance to grab a share of first place in its home game against the Crew, but squandered a two-goal lead to tie, 3-3.
Alejandro Moreno headed home a Guillermo Barros Schelotto cross in the 85th minute to complete the Columbus comeback. It had conceded three straight Revs goals after U.S. under-20 Robbie Rogers had provided a 1-0 lead with his first MLS goal in the ninth minute.
Pat Noonan netted his first goal of the season in between sharp finishes by rookie Adam Cristman, who pounced on a misplayed Crew throw-in to score in the 13th minute. After a great long ball by Andy Dorman sent Noonan in alone to tuck a shot past keeper Will Hesmer, Noonan played a square ball that Cristman drilled into the net for his third goal.
New England (5-2-4) relaxed in stoppage time of the first half and Schelotto took advantage, putting away a pass from Ned Grabavoy - who earned his second assist of the game - for his first MLS goal.
Cristman hit the crossbar and a Noonan goal was disallowed before the Revs' defense relaxed again, allowing Schelotto the time he needed to swerve a ball that a wide-open Moreno headed into the net to give Columbus (1-5-6) a point.
BMO BLOWOUT. Toronto FC rode out quick starts to each half by FC Dallas and exploited the fatigue of the league's busiest team to post its biggest win, 4-0.
Playing its second game of the week for the fourth time this season, Dallas missed an early chance when Arturo Alvarez fired wide and fell behind in the 22nd minute after Dari Sala twice stopped Daniel Dichio. Rookie Maurice Edu fired home the second rebound for his second goal of the season.
Dichio scored TFC's second goal and his fourth by heading in Carl Robinson's free kick, and 20 minutes into the second half it was Robinson scoring with a header from a cross by Kevin Goldthwaite. Dallas had produced a pair of shots early in the second half in its effort to get back into the game, but succumbed after the third goal and allowed Jeff Cunningham an easy path to knock in Robinson's cross to score his first TFC goal in stoppage time.
Toronto (4-6-1) hits the road for the next six matches as the FIFA U-20 World Cup takes over. Dallas (7-6-1) has played at least two more games than any other MLS team and is 2-4 in Sunday games.
ZERO HOUR.When Chivas USA management named then-assistant coach Preki to replace Bob Bradley, it expected the legendary attacker to maintain the team's tradition of stylish, attacking play, which it has.
But it's also turning into a defensive stronghold, thanks to some stringent defending and superb work by Brad Guzan. He and his mates earned their third straight shutout to down Colorado, 2-0, with an own goal and another classy strike from Maykel Galindo.
Guzan stoned Herculez Gomez in the 15th minute after a Chivas giveaway and wasn't really called upon again until late in the match, when he stopped Roberto Brown on a breakaway and smothered a Brandon Prideaux header.
By then, Chivas led, 2-0. Terry Cooke scored into his own net four minutes after halftime when a Sacha Kljestan cross was flicked into his chest by Francisco Mendoza and rebounded past startled keeper Bouna Coundoul.
A sharp save by Coundoul denied Galindo a few minutes later, but when Jesse Marsch played a ball up the right flank, Galindo raced past Prideaux to turn the corner and slide home his sixth goal of the season.
Unbeaten in five ames, Chivas USA (5-3-2) sits in second place and has the league's best defensive record with just eight goals allowed. Colorado (4-5-3) has lost three straight.
GALAXY GLORY.Contributions from recent arrivals Edson Buddle and Abel Xavier helped Los Angeles down Real Salt Lake, 3-2, at Home Depot Center for just its second win of the season.
Buddle ran onto a Xavier long ball in the 25th minute to score his first goal for the club since arriving in a trade from Toronto and restore a Galaxy lead it had squandered when Chris Brown equalized after an early goal by Nate Jaqua, his first of the season. Brown had buzzed past Xavier to score as Coach Frank Yallop tried yet another combination in the back line, with Xavier in the middle alongside Kyle Veris and Quevas Kirk and Ty Harden as outside backs.
Veris triggered the sequence for a third goal by finding Kyle Martino, who rounded off a strong showing by chipping the ball perfectly for Cobi Jones to drill it into the net first-time. Jones celebrated his 37th birthday Saturday, but the mood was dampened when Brown broke free of Harden's marking to knock home Freddy Adu's corner kick in the 73rd minute.
Los Angeles (2-4-3) left RSL (0-5-6) alone in the Western Conference basement.
June 16 in Foxboro, Mass.
New England 3 Columbus 3. Goals: Cristman 13, Noonan (Dorman) 17, Cristman (Noonan) 32; Rogers (Grabavoy) 9, Schelotto (Grabavoy, Moreno) 46+, Moreno (Schelotto, Rogers) 85.
New England - Reis, Heaps, Riley, John, Smith, Dorman, Joseph, Larentowicz, Thompson, Cristman, Noonan.
Columbus - Hesmer, Ward, Gonzalez, Marshall, Pierce (Miglioranzi, 46), Schelotto, Grabavoy (Gaven, 64), O'Rourke, Oughton (Szetela, 56), Moreno, Rogers.
Yellow Cards: New England - Dorman 87; Columbus - Pierce 40, O'Rourke 43.
Referee: Ramon Hernandez.
June 16 in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United 3 Chicago 1. Goals: D.C. United - Dyachenko 6, Emilio (Gomez) 25, Emilio 51; Monteiro 54.
D.C. United - Perkins, Namoff, Erpen, McTavish, Gros, Fred, Carroll (Simms, 71), Gomez (Moose, 66), Olsen (Addlery, 83), Dyachenko, Emilio.
Chicago Fire - Pickens, Robinson (Plotkin, 70), Brown, Curtin, Segares, Franks (Monteiro, 46), Gutierrez, Soumare, Russolillo (Oliveira, 46), Barrett, Carr.
Yellow Cards: D.C. United - Namoff 91+; Chicago - Jeff Curtin 73.
Referee: Tim Weyland.
June 16 in East Rutherford, N.J.
New York 3 Kansas City 3. Goals: Angel (van den Bergh) 6, Mathis (Richards, Stammler) 15, Angel pen. 90; Zavagnin (Marinelli) 43, Movsisyan (Arnaud, Raybould) 70, Movsisyan (Victorine) 79.
New York - Waterreus, Parke, Regan, Graham (Wolyniec, 82), Mendes, Richards (Ubiparipovic, 71), Reyna, Stammler, van den Bergh, Angel, Mathis (Altidore, 70).
Kansas City - Hartman, Jewsbury (Raybould, 69), Conrad, Garcia, Burciaga Jr., Arnaud, Marinelli (Morsink, 84), Victorine, Zavagnin, Harrington, Sealy (Movsisyan, 55).
Yellow Cards: New York - Mendes 41; Kansas City - Arnaud 24.
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja.
June 16 in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA 2 Colorado 0. Own goal 49, Galindo (Marsch, Mendoza) 63.
Chivas USA - Guzan, Zotinca, Suarez (Hernandez, 65), Thomas (Taylor, 81), Perez, Kljestan, Marsch, Nagamura, Mendoza, Galindo (Merlin, 84), Razov.
Colorado - Coundoul, Prideaux, Ihemelu, Petke, Gargan, Cooke, Kirovski, LaBrocca (Cancela, 66), Peterson (Brown, 57), Casey, Gomez (Hernandez, 80).
Yellow Cards: Chivas USA - Perez 34, Zotinca 91+; Colorado - Brown 59.
Referee: Brian Hall.
June 17 in Toronto
Toronto FC 4 FC Dallas 0.Goals: Edu 22,?Dichio (Robinson) 25, Robinson (Goldthwaite, Welsh) 65, Cunningham (Robinson,O'Brien) 92+.
Toronto FC - Djekanovic, Boyens, Brennan, Goldthwaite, O'Brien (Melo, 92+), Edu, Robinson, Wynne, Welsh (Gala, 74), Dichio (Lombardo, 46), Cunningham.
FC Dallas - Sala, Moor, Goodson, Yi (Rhine, 71), Gbandi, McCarty (Ruiz, 46), Saragosa, Toja, Alvarez, Oduro, Thompson (Nunez, 46).
Yellow Cards: Toronto FC - Edu 23, Cunningham 39;?FC Dallas - Saragosa 46+, Oduro 53, Ruiz 54, Gbandi 60.
Referee: Silviu Petrescu.