REAL UPSETS D.C. After failing to win in its first 11 games, Real Salt Lake finally broke through by stunning D.C. United, 2-1, Saturday.
Rookie Robbie Findlay, who arrived earlier in the week via trade from the Galaxy, scored from assists by Jean-Martial Kipre and Alecko Eskandarian on either side of halftime to stop D.C. United's seven-game unbeaten streak. Luciano Emilio, one of the few D.C. players to perform well, scored his sixth goal in the 87th minute.
RSL (1-5-6) controlled the play for long periods as United (5-4-2) failed to generate much offense. Carey Talley returned to action after a month-long injury absence and buttressed the midfield as Andy Williams prompted attacks.
Talley nearly scored in the first minute on a corner kick and both teams created opportunities before Kirpe's ball found the D.C. defense napping, and Findlay powered his way past defender Bobby Boswell to tuck his shot past Jay Nolly.
Eskandarian's through ball sent Findlay through to blast a shot past Nolly from the edge of the area five minutes into the second half.
United switched to a 3-5-2 formation when Clyde Simms replaced Facundo Erpen. The move gave United more midfield presence but not many chances. Fred headed down a loose ball for Luciano to score.
REVS ROLL ON. Andy Dorman isn't cut from the same mold as goalscorer Taylor Twellman, but the Welshman more than made up for his teammate's call-up to the U.S. national team by scoring twice in a 3-0 thumping of Toronto FC Saturday that pushed New England into first place.
Dorman opened the scoring in the 13th minute by pouncing on a deflected cross to score his fourth goal of the season, and 20 minutes later the lead grew to 2-0 when Jeff Larentowicz hit a diagonal cross that Pat Noonan headed over Srjdan Djekanovic. Noonan squandered another great chance three minutes later when he ballooned the rebound of his own shot over the crossbar, and Jay Heaps cleared a ball from the goal line after a Matt Reis save of a Jeff Cunningham shot triggered a furious scramble.
Adam Cristman and Dorman nearly scored to put the game away, which the Revs (6-2-4) did in the 83rd minute with a coast-to-coast move that ended with Dorman slotting home a set up from Khano Smith and Cristman.
The victory ended a three-game winless streak for the Revs. Toronto (4-7-1) is still without a win in five road games (0-4-1).
THE TOJA FACTOR. FC Dallas is atop the Western Conference largely because of the players imported by Coach Steve Morrow and none of the newcomers has contributed more than Colombian Juan Toja.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored his third game-winning goal of the season as FCD (8-6-1) dropped Colorado (4-6-3) to its fourth loss in a row. Carlos Ruiz threatened the Colorado goal several times but Rapids keeper Bouna Coundoul came up with the saves when needed, and also acrobatically tipped away a back header from teammate Ugo Ihemelu that would have been one of the best own goals of the season.
Herculez Gomez shot inches wide on the Rapids' final chance to snag an equalizer, and Ihemelu was ejected in stoppage time for a wild tackle on Dallas defender David Wagenfuhr.
MORE WOE AT HOME DEPOT. Los Angeles fired up its sputtering offense only to collapse defensively at home while playing a man up for an hour.
Galaxy fans endured another grim night as Columbus, despite losing ex-Galaxy defender Ezra Henrickson to a red card in the 29th minute for a foul on Chris Klein, belted Los Angeles, 3-2. Each team failed to convert a penalty kick as Los Angeles fell behind early and never caught up.
Chad Marshall headed home a Guillermo Barros Schelotto free kick in the 15th minute to open the scoring and 13 minutes into the second half Ned Grabavoy - yes, former Galaxy midfielder - doubled the lead from a nice setup from Eddie Gaven.
Ex-Galaxy striker Alejandro Moreno headed in the winner after Gavin Glinton had cut the Crew's lead in half, and Edson Buddle scored in stoppage time.
Will Hesmer saved a penalty from ex-Galaxy midfielder Kyle Martino and counterpart Joe Cannon thwarted Grabavoy from the spot as Columbus (3-4-6) won for the second straight time after enduring seven games without a win. Los Angeles (3-5-2) has lost three of its six home games.
UCLA DAY. Two hours after former UCLA midfielder Benny Feilhaber's spectacular goal lifted the U.S. past Mexico, 2-1, ex-Bruin defender Patrick Ianni's first MLS goal brought Houston a 1-0 victory at Kansas City.
Ianni headed in Stuart Holden's corner kick as the Dynamo (7-5-1) narrowed Dallas' Western Conference lead to three points. Kansas City (6-4-2) squandered a chance to take over first place in the East and lost at home for the second time this season while being shut out for the first time.
June 23 in Foxboro, Mass.
New England 3 Toronto FC 0. Goals: Dorman 13, Noonan (Larentowicz) 33, Dorman (Cristman, Smith) 81.
New England - Reis, Heaps, Riley, John, Thompson, Dorman, Joseph, Larentowicz (Flood, 46), Smith, Noonan, Cristman.
Toronto FC - Djekanovic, Boyens, Brennan, Goldthwaite, Wynne, Edu, O'Brien, Robinson, Welsh, Cunningham, Dichio.
Yellow Cards: New England - Smith 83; Toronto FC - Goldthwaite 21, Djekanovic 50, Dichio 70, Wynne 91+.
Referee: Alex Prus.
June 23 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 0 FC Dallas 1. Goal: Toja 62.
Colorado - Coundoul, Vanney, Ihemelu, Petke, Prideaux (Brown, 76), Cooke, Beckerman, Kirovski (Peterson, 61), Casey (Cancela, 37), Gomez, Hernandez.
FC Dallas - Sala, Moor, Goodson, Yi (Rhine, 46), Gbandi, Ricchetti, Saragosa, Toja, Alvarez (Wagenfuhr, 85), Oduro (Thompson, 61), Ruiz.
Yellow Cards: Colorado - Petke 39; FC Dallas - Ricchetti 38, Gbandi 66, Goodson 79, Sala 83.
Red Card: Colorado - Ihemelu 94+.
Referee: Richard Heron.
June 23 in Salt Lake City
Real Salt Lake 2 D.C. United 1. Goals: Findley (Kipre) 41, Findley (Eskandarian) 50; Emilio (Fred) 87.
Real Salt Lake - Rimando, Kipre, Pope, Stewart (Torres, 46), Kotschau, Talley, Harris, Williams, Ballouchy, Findley (Watson, 73), Eskandarian (Brown, 84).
D.C. United - Nolly, Namoff (Addlery, 79), Boswell, Erpen (Simms, 59), Gros, Fred, Carroll, Gomez, Olsen, Emilio, Dyachenko (Kpene, 44).
Yellow Cards: Real Salt Lake - Kipre 23, Ballouchy 46; D.C. United - Erpen 54, Olsen 80.
Referee: Kevin Stott.
June 23 in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles 2 Columbus 3. Goals: Glinton (Jones, Klein) 66, Buddle 91+; Marshall (Schelotto) 15, Grabavoy (Gaven, Oughton) 58, Moreno (Gaven) 84.
Los Angeles - Cannon, Kirk (Vagenas, 46), Veris (Roberts, 52), Xavier, Harden, Jones, Harmse, Klein, Martino, Buddle, Jaqua (Glinton, 55).
Columbus - Hesmer, Hendrickson, Gonzalez, Marshall, Miglioranzi, Grabavoy (Garey, 78), O'Rourke, Oughton, Schelotto (Pierce, 56), Gaven, Moreno (Kamara, 93+).
Yellow Cards: Los Angeles - Harmse 21, Jaqua 34, Roberts 61; Columbus - O'Rourke 54, Moreno 81.
Red Card: Columbus - Hendrickson 29.
Referee: Michael Kennedy.
June 24 in Kansas City
Kansas City 0 Houston 1. Goal: Ianni (Holden) 81.
Kansas City - Hartman, Jewsbury, Conrad, Garcia, Burciaga Jr., Marinelli (Pore, 80), Victorine, Zavagnin, Harrington, Arnaud (Morsink, 67), Sealy (Movsisyan, 51). Houston - Onstad, Waibel, Cochrane, Ianni, Barrett, Holden, Gray, Mulrooney, Davis (Ashe, 67), Mullan (Wondolowski, 86), Ngwenya (De Rosario, 76).
Yellow Cards: Kansas City - Garcia 58; Houston - Ianni 31.
Referee: Jozef Batko.