RALSTON'S RECORD. Andy Dorman's searing strike into the bottom corner not only downed the Red Bulls (7-6-3) and moved the Revs (7-3-5) into first place, it brought Steve Ralston the 115th assist of his MLS career.
He thus passes Carlos Valderrama as the all-time league assist leader. Ralston and Valderrama were teammates with the now defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny for six seasons.
In the 38th minute, Ralston fed the ball to Shalrie Joseph, who laid it into Dorman's path for him to hit his seventh goal of the season. Seth Stammler cleared another Dorman shot off the goal line during a scramble, and NYRB keeper Jim Conway saved smartly from Taylor Twellman and Adam Cristman.
New York had its chances, but Clint Mathis smashed a shot against the post and Juan Pablo Angel nicked the top of the crossbar. Angel also headed over a Dane Richards cross from close-range and, after several scuffles in the final minutes prompted referee Ramon Hernandez to hand out four cautions, in stoppage time Angel earned a straight red card for elbowing Joseph going up for a header.
SEIGE MENTALITY. Kansas City (7-5-4) bombarded the Real Salt Lake goal with 20 shots, two of which produced the only goal in a 1-0 victory that broke a six-game winless streak and moved it into second place, one point behind the Revs.
Eddie Johnson, in his MLS return following more than a month of U.S. duty, chested down a diagonal ball from Jose Burciaga, blasted a shot off the base of the post, and tapped home the rebound for his 10th goal of the season.
RSL (1-8-6) keeper Nick Rimando kept his team in the game, somewhat, by turning away a vicious drive by Carlos Marinelli and also saving from Davy Arnaud. Real Salt Lake, for which midfielder Chris Wingert debuted following a midweek trade with Colorado, managed just three shots on goal, yet in the final minutes Kansas City keeper Kevin Hartman had to punch away a back header from Burciaga and blocked a point-blank rocket off the foot of Atiba Harris.
D.C. DOWNER. United (7-5-3) rolled out to a 3-0 lead early in the second half with two goals by Luciano Emilio and one by Fred, but Juan Carlos Toja scored two of his own to bring FC Dallas back for a 3-3 tie.
Jaime Moreno set up the first two goals, the second of which - nodded in by Fred from just a yard in front of the far post - FC Dallas players furiously protested was offside. Drew Moor and Carlos Ruiz were booked for their objections, though it seemed Fred was level with the ball when Moreno played it across the goalmouth. Replays didn't show if Moreno had been offside when he received a long ball from Bobby Boswell prior to clipping a pass to Fred.
Keeper Troy Perkins erred on all three Dallas (9-6-3) goals. He came a long way off his line goal for crosses he couldn't reach on the first goal (by Ruiz) and the third (Toja), and stood transfixed on the second goal as Toja overpowered Brian Carroll to blast the ball into the net. Had Perkins come forward another step or two Toja's shot would have hit him in the shoulder.
With six goals this season, Toja is the second leading scorer among midfielders behind Dorman. Emilio's goals tie him with Johnson for the league lead (10).
COOKING AT HOME. Chivas USA, bolstered by the return of its three U.S. internationals yet deprived of two starters to injury and suspension, toppled Columbus, 2-1, to remain unbeaten (6-0-1) at Home Depot Center.
Ante Razov scored his fifth goal of the season and Francisco Mendoza fired a shot that deflected into the net off Eddie Gaven for an own goal. Stefani Miglioranzi's second goal of the season, from another precise assist by Guillermo Barros Schelotto, had tied the match 1-1 midway through the first half and just four minutes after Razov's tap-in of a Maykel Galindo pass.
Jonathan Bornstein returned to Chivas USA (7-5-3) but played left mid instead of left back, where Orlando Perez earned his seventh straight start. The absence of Paulo Nagamura (sprained knee) and the suspended Alex Zotinca moved Bornstein into midfield. Keeper Brad Guzan and midfielder Sacha Kljestan made their first MLS appearances since late May.
Galindo hit the post in the 74th minute and the miss nearly cost Chivas USA a win, but Guzan's save of a Miglioranzi header in the final minutes preserved the victory and dropped Columbus to .500 at 5-5-7.
Yet the fifth-place Crew, with 22 points, is only four points behind Eastern Conference leader New England as it sits in the eighth and final playoff spot. Chivas USA is one of three teams (along with D.C. United and NYRB) with 24 points.
DYNAMO DENIED. Houston did set a league record for consecutive shutout minutes (695) but couldn't break through a stubborn Toronto FC defense in a 0-0 tie Sunday at Robertson Stadium
Toronto (5-7-4) played with 10 men following the ejection of rookie midfielder Maurice Edulate in the first half for a fearsome challenge on Brian Mullan, who needed several minutes to recover after Edu crashed into him head-on. He returned to the game but was replaced at halftime due to fears he'd suffered a concussion.
TFC, which threatened in first-half stoppage time when Collin Samuel raced into the penalty area to overpower Eddie Robinson and shoot a low shot that was saved, bunkered in to frustrate Houston as it poured forth in the second half.
Houston (10-5-3) shredded the TFC 10 and peppered keeper Srdjan Djekanovic's goal but he needed to save only four of 16 shots. Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark, and substitute Nate Jaqua all narrowly missed good opportunities. Joseph Ngwenya, scorer of six goals in 12 games since being acquired from Columbus, lacked his usual spark, and hit a tame shot from close range with his best chance. Jaqua replaced him in the 60th minute.
July 14 in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United 3 FC Dallas 3. Goals: Emilio (Moreno, Fred) 8, Fred (Moreno, Boswell) 45, Emilio (Olsen) 47; Ruiz (Alvarez) 51, Toja (Ruiz, Alvarez) 71, Toja (Thompson) 81.
D.C. United -Perkins, McTavish, Boswell, Vanney, Gros, Olsen (Simms, 91+), Carroll, Gomez, Fred, Emilio, Moreno (Kpene, 55).
FC Dallas - Sala, Moor, Goodson, Serioux (Thompson, 66), Gbandi, Rhine, Toja (Pitchkolan, 84), Alvarez, Saragosa, Oduro (Wagenfuhr, 86), Ruiz.
Yellow Cards: FC Dallas - Ruiz 46+, Moor 46+, Saragosa 86.
Referee: Tim Weyland.
July 14 in East Rutherford, N. J.
New York 0 New England 1. Goal: Dorman (Joseph, Ralston) 38.
New York - Conway, Freeman, Parke, Stammler, Goldthwaite, Richards, Mathis (van den Bergh, 62), Reyna, Vide, Angel, Wolyniec (Quaranta, 76).
New England - Reis, Heaps, Parkhurst, Riley, Smith (Thompson, 67), Ralston, Dorman, Joseph, Larentowicz, Twellman, Noonan (Cristman, 78).
Yellow Cards: New York - Goldthwaite 72, Freeman 75, Richards 81; New England - Thompson 76.
Red Card: New York - Angel 91+.
Referee: Ramon Hernandez.
July 14 in Kansas City
Kansas City 1 Real Salt Lake 0. Goal: Johnson 19.
Kansas City -Hartman, Jewsbury, Conrad, Garcia, Burciaga Jr., Victorine, Marinelli (Movsisyan, 57), Zavagnin, Harrington, Johnson, Arnaud.
Real Salt Lake - Rimando, Lancos, Pope, Torres, Kotschau, Kipre, Harris, Talley, Wingert (Watson, 46), Findley (Cutler, 69), Brown (Williams, 46).
Yellow Cards: Kansas City - Jewsbury 44, Conrad 73, Harrington 81; Real Salt Lake - Wingert 30, Lancos 82, Harris 89.
Referee: Mark Geiger.
July 14 in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA 2 Columbus 1.Goals: Razov (Galindo, Marsch) 19; own goal 69; Miglioranzi (Schelotto) 23.
Chivas USA - Guzan, Vaughn, Suarez, Thomas, Perez (Merlin, 60), Mendoza, Kljestan, Marsch, Bornstein, Galindo, Razov.
Columbus -Hesmer, Hejduk, Gonzalez (Hendrickson, 68), Marshall, Pierce, Gaven, Miglioranzi (Kamara, 81), O'Rourke, Schelotto, Moreno, Herron (Grabavoy, 62).
Yellow Card: Chivas USA - Galindo 76.
Referee: Brian Hall.
July 15 in Houston
Houston 0 Toronto FC 0
Houston -- Onstad, Waibel, Ianni, Robinson (Wondolowski, 86), Barrett, Clark, De Rosario, Holden, Mullan (Mulrooney, 46), Ching, Ngwenya (Jaqua, 60).
Toronto FC -- Djekanovic, Boyens, Brennan, Dunivant, O'Brien, Edu, Marshall, Robinson, Wynne, Dichio (Pozniak 44), Samuel (Lombardo, 56).
Yellow cards: Houston -- Robinson 66, Edu 42; Robinson 53.
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja