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MLS hits goal drought
by Ridge Mahoney, July 2nd, 2007 7AM

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On a barren weekend of just five goals in five games, Columbus beat Red Bull New York, 1-0, for its third straight victory; zeroes were posted in the Dallas-Houston and Chicago-Colorado showdowns; the Revs ran aground at Home Depot Center; and Toronto's backup to the backup goalie helped it tie Kansas City, 1-1.

DALLAS DENIED. There were more fouls than shots as Texas rivals Houston and Dallas scrapped and battled to a goalless tie at Pizza Hut Park. Keepers Zach Wells and Dario Sala each had three saves as the teams combined for 22 shots and 41 fouls.

Wells got the start after Pat Onstad wrenched his back in the pregame warmup but wasn't seriously tested. Carlos Ruiz misfired on a pair of good opportunities and Juan Toja shot wide from close range.

Sala stoned Dwayne DeRosario after he'd burst through a makeshift back line in the 85th minute to preserve a point. With Drew Moor (U.S.), Chris Gbandi (suspension) and Alex Yi (strained hamstring), unavailable, FCD deployed Bobby Rhine, David Wagenfuhr and Aaron Pitchkolan, respectively, to limit Houston to eight shots and post its third shutout of the season.

Yet the 0-0 tie marked the third time this season opponents have blanked Dallas (8-6-2) at Pizza Hut Park. The tie keeps Houston (7-5-2) three points behind the conference leader with two games in hand.

NEW CREW ROPES BULLS. Coach Sigi Schmid benched his Designated Player, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, for the visit of the New York Red Bulls (6-4-3) and their two DPs, Juan Pablo Angel and Claudio Reyna. The absence of three U.S. under-20 players and U.S. midfielder Eddie Gaven, as well as Schelotto, didn't prevent Columbus (4-4-6) from winning its third straight game.

Two minutes after coming on as a sub, Andy Herron swung a cross that Kei Kamara headed into the net for the game's only goal. Herron had just replaced Jacob Thomas, one of several Crew players who disrupted New York's attack with relentless running and tracking.

Central defenders Chad Marshall and Marcos Gonzalez kept the shackles on Angel and Clint Mathis, Thomas, Duncan Oughton and Ned Grabavoy pressured in midfield, and Frankie Hejduk harassed opponents for the full 90 minutes.

Santino Quaranta, acquired in a trade with Los Angeles during the week, came on in the 79th minute but saw little of the ball and ex-Toronto left back Kevin Goldthwaite made his RBNY debut as a starter. Right back Hunter Freeman, out since May 5, came back into the team and was outjumped by Kamara on the goal.

By winning three and tying one in its last four matches, the Crew has doubled its point total from 10 to 20.

REVS HALTED. Two clinical strikes and a spirited effort start to finish propelled Chivas USA past New England, 2-0, at Home Depot Center.
Jesse Marsch drilled a low shot off the inside of the post, and Maykel Galindo sent a spectacular golazo into the top corner as Chivas USA maintained its unbeaten (5-0-1) home record.

The Revs had chances. Andy Dorman pounced on a Claudio Suarez giveaway but shot wide, Pat Noonan headed right to keeper Preston Burpo from close range, and Adam Cristman backpedaled to reach a ball at the back post but his header flashed past the upright.

Ante Razov missed an open header early in the second half but in the 60th minute dribbled into the penalty area and drew three defenders before playing a ball that Marsch met first-time for his first goal of the season.

Chivas USA (6-4-2) were reduced to 10 men in the 81st minute after Suarez elbowed Cristman. The Revs (6-3-4) failed to exploit the advantage and Galindo broke away to run down a long ball from Orlando Perez and fire high into the far corner for his seventh goal.

NEW LOOKS, NO GOALS. Both Chicago and Colorado displayed revamped back lines and though chances were created at both ends of Pizza Hut Park, the defenses held sway as the teams played a goalless tie that did little to help either in the standings.

Fire interim head coach Denis Hamlett moved midfielder Diego Gutierrez to central defender, and the former left back (while with Kansas City) anchored a three-man back line with C.J. Brown and Gonzalo Segares. Colorado fielded Facundo Erpen, acquired late in the week from D.C. United in exchange for Greg Vanney, in central defense.

Colin Clark squandered a pair of opportunities for Colorado, and late in the first half Chicago forward Chad Barrett knocked a long ball around keeper Bouna Coundoul but couldn't reach it in time to finish. Near the end of the half Coundoul saved from William Oliveira.

Nicolas Hernandez forced a good save from Fire keeper Matt Pickens with one of his four shots; at the other end sub Chris Armas played in Jerson Monteiro, whose chip shot sailed high. The Fire went down to 10 men in the 83rd minute when rookie Bakary Soumare shoved Clark during a melee, and the Rapids nearly scored in the final minute when an attempted clearance caromed off Roberto Brown and hit the crossbar. Colorado lobbed the rebound back into the goalmouth but Pickens charged out to grab it.

The Rapids (4-7-4) ended a five-game losing streak while tying on the road for the first time this season. Chicago (4-6-3) has won only one of its last five home games.

EMERGENCY STOP. Kansas City launched 25 shots at emergency callup keeper Sam Reynolds but could only beat him once in tying Toronto, 1-1, at Arrowhead Stadium.

For the first time in the last eight games, the Wizards scored first. Carlos Marinelli pushed forward after collecting a clearance and played a ball to the right flank for rookie Michael Harrington to fire low inside the far post. Yet TFC's attack, joined for the first time by recent signing Collin Samuel, probed successfully, forcing Kansas City goalie Kevin Hartman to thwart Ronnie O'Brien and Jeff Cunningham, and defender Jack Jewsbury to block a shot from Danny Dichio.

Just a minute into the first half, Toronto tied the game on a Dichio header from O'Brien's looping cross: it fell inside the six-yard box yet Hartman declined to challenge. Kansas City stepped up its attacks, fueled by sub Yuri Movsisyan, but were denied by Reynolds. He saved spectacularly from Scott Sealy, and then saved from Marinelli, Movsisyan and Ryan Pore in a wild final 15 minutes following the ejection of Toronto defender Andrew Boyens for a second caution.

For the second straight week, Kansas City (6-4-3) blew a chance to take over first place in the Eastern Conference and instead moved into a second-place tie with New York, a point behind New England. Toronto (4-7-2) is still winless on the road.

GAME SUMMARIES:
June 30 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 0 Houston 0.
FC Dallas - Sala, Rhine, Goodson, Pitchkolan, Wagenfuhr, Alvarez, Saragosa, Toja, Ricchetti, Oduro (Thompson, 71), Ruiz.
Houston - Wells, Waibel, Cochrane, Robinson, Barrett, Mullan (Wondolowski, 89), De Rosario, Mulrooney, Davis (Ashe, 74), Ching, Ngwenya (Holden, 74).
Yellow Cards: FC Dallas - Saragosa 21, Pitchkolan 37; Houston - Barrett 23, Robinson 29.
Referee: Brian Hall.
Att.: 13,887.

June 30 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus 1 New York 0. Goal: Kamara (Herron) 69.
Columbus - Hesmer, Hejduk, Gonzalez, Marshall, Pierce, Thomas (Herron, 67), Grabavoy, Oughton, Miglioranzi (Zayner, 91+), Kamara (Garey, 86), Moreno.
New York - Waterreus, Freeman (Ubiparipovic, 86), Mendes, Parke, Goldthwaite, Richards, Reyna, Stammler, van den Bergh (Quaranta, 79), Mathis (Wolyniec, 79), Angel.
Yellow Cards: New York - Mendes 93+.
Referee: Jozef Batko.
Att.: 11,435.

June 30 in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA 2 New England 0. Goals: Marsch (Razov, Galindo) 60, Galindo (Perez) 89.
Chivas USA - Burpo, Zotinca, Hernandez, Suarez, Vaughn (Merlin, 71), Perez, Nagamura, Marsch, Mendoza, Galindo (Solorzano, 92+), Razov (Cunliffe, 84).
New England - Reis, Heaps, Riley, John, Ralston, Dorman, Flood (Smith, 67), Parkhurst, Thompson, Cristman, Noonan.
Yellow Cards: Chivas - Perez 21, Vaughn 70, Nagamura 80, Zotinca 92+; New England - Thompson 65.
Red Card: Chivas USA - Suarez 81.
Referee: Michael Kennedy.
Att.: 9,028.

July 1 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago 0 Colorado 0.
Chicago - Pickens, Brown, Gutierrez, Segares, Pause, Guerrero, Plotkin, Soumare, Monteiro (Carr, 67), Barrett (Thiago, 70), Oliveira (Armas, 56).
Colorado - Coundoul, Gargan, Erpen, Ihemelu, Prideaux, Cooke (Brown, 71), Clark, Kirovski, Mastroeni (Wasson, 38), Peterson, Hernandez.
Yellow Cards: Colorado - Prideaux 22, Ihemelu 41, Clark 84.
Red Card: Chicago - Soumare 83.
Referee: Ramon Hernandez.
Att.: 10,626.

July 1 in Kansas City
Kansas City 1 Toronto FC 1. Goals: Harrington (Marinelli) 18;?Dichio (O'Brien) 46.
Kansas City - Hartman, Jewsbury (Pore, 81), Garcia, Hohlbein (Wahl, 46), Burciaga Jr. (Movsisyan, 46), Victorine, Marinelli, Zavagnin, Harrington, Arnaud, Sealy.
Toronto FC - Reynolds, Boyens, Brennan, Dunivant, O'Brien, Edu, Pozniak, Robinson, Samuel (Welsh, 80), Cunningham, Dichio (Reda, 80).
Yellow Cards: Kansas City - Burciaga Jr. 40, Arnaud 85; Toronto FC - Boyens 48.
Red Card: Toronto FC - Boyens 76.
Referee: Ricardo Salazar.
Att.: 9,485.



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