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D.C. United stuns Revs without big guns
by Ridge Mahoney, August 6th, 2007 7AM

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REVS REPELLED. D.C. United left Christian Gomez on the bench and limited Jaime Moreno to a cameo appearance and still stunned the Revs, 3-0, at Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Two goals by Luciano Emilio, the co-leader atop the scoring charts with 12, polished off New England (9-4-6) after Josh Gros poked home the opening goal midway through the first half. Keeper Troy Perkins only needed to make two saves as United (8-6-3) claimed its first MLS win since beating Kansas City on the Fourth of July.

After stopping a shot from Clyde Simms, Revs keeper Matt Reis put one hand to the ball barely a nanosecond before Gros' foot jabbed the ball into the net. Referee Alex Prus pointed to the center.

United burned the Revs back line in the 31st minute when Guy-Roland Kpene's through ball sliced between Michael Parkhurst and James Riley for Emilio to shoot low near-post.

Taylor Twellman hit the post with a header and Perkins smothered a point-blank Pat Noonan shot late in the first half.
United, which committed 24 fouls, kept New England at bay in the second half until Emilio bounced up after being fouled to play a one-two with Ben Olsen that sent him in alone to stroke goal number three past Reis.
    PLAYOFF RACE:
    Eastern Conference
    1. New England 33 points (18 games);
    2. Kansas City 32 (19)
    -------------------------------
    Western Conference
    1. Houston 34 (20);
    2. FC Dallas 33 (19);
    -------------------------------
    Wild Cards
    1. Chivas USA 27 (17);
    2. New York 27 (18);
    3. Columbus 26 (19);
    4. D.C. United 24 (16);
    -------------------------------
    5. Chicago 20 (18);
    6. Toronto FC 19 (18);
    7. Colorado 16 (19);
    8. Los Angeles 13 (12);
    9. Real Salt Lake 12 (17).
DYNAMO DENIED. Houston rolled into Salt Lake City as the league's best team, but succumbed to fatigue and a fighting foe, 1-0, on a goal by Robbie Findley, who is getting scant consideration among the top rookies despite leading them with five goals.

He scored number five by pouncing on a rare defensive mixup in the 84th minute to celebrate his 22nd birthday in style. The Dynamo back line reacted slowly to a deflected Chris Lancos pass and Findley raced free to drill a low shot past Pat Onstad inside the far post.

Playing a fifth game in 13 days, Houston (10-6-4) labored on a temporary grass field laid down for Real's recent friendlies. Stuart Holden fired just wide and RSL (2-9-6) keeper Nick Rimando stopped a low drive from Richard Mulrooney. Findley set up Kyle Brown for a great chance that was squandered and also nicked the top of the crossbar before capitalizing on the error that ended Houston's 11-game winless streak.

MORE COLORADO WOE. A streak of the opposite kind is plaguing the Rapids, which failed to win for the 10th straight game. Drew Moor headed home a Dax McCarty free kick for the only goal FC Dallas (10-6-3) would need to win, 1-0. It trails Houston by just one point.

Keeper Ray Burse, who made his debut for Dallas in the SuperLiga, thwarted Colorado (4-9-6) several times in his first MLS game. He saved a header from Ugo Ihemelu and robbed Jacob Peterson with a fantastic flying tipover of a rising blast toward the top corner. He saved again from Peterson in the 78th minute when a cross by Mexican international Daniel Osorno, who made his MLS debut as a sub, fell to Peterson in point-blank range. Defender Clarence Goodson helped out his goalie with a vital block and clearance to deny Herculez Gomez.

Rapids keeper Bouna Coundoul sparkled as well, turning away Arturo Alvarez on two occasions and also smothering a shot from Dominic Oduro. But McCarty's swerving free kick escaped his defenders and bounced just outside the six-yard box; his full-stretch touch on the ball diverted it to Moor, who nodded home from a sharp angle.

BENCH VIEW. Beckham, in a suit and tie, watched from the bench as the Galaxy was outshot, 14-2, and settled for a 0-0 tie that did little justice to another night of chants, roars, and streamers at sold-out (20,522) BMO Field.

Toronto (5-9-5) nearly scored in the opening minutes when Andrea Lombardo lofted a shot over keeper Joe Cannon, but defender Ty Harden got there just in time to sweep it off the goal line. Lombardo, playing virtually alone up top for a injury-ravaged TFC team missing six starters, shot narrowly wide in the 30th minute. Cannon blocked Jim Brennan's follow-up of a deflected free kick and saved a point for his team in stoppage time by charging out to save at the feet of Andy Welsh.

TFC goalie Kenny Stamatopoulos, who was acquired on loan from Norwegian club Tromso as an emergency backup, made just one save in his league debut. Also earning their first MLS starts for Toronto were defender Adam Braz and Lombardo.

BLANCO BLANKED. Another packed house (20,358) and another goalless game frustrated the Fire fans at Toyota Park, as Cuauhtemoc Blanco and MLS debutant Paulo Wanchope failed to break through the Columbus defense.

Both Blanco and Crew midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto posed problems for the opposition, with Blanco's influence increasing as the match unfolded. A Schelotto free kick bounced to Crew defender Marcos Gonzalez in the opening minutes but Fire keeper Matt Pickens grabbed it.

In the 25th minute, Calen Carr broke free to rip a shot that Crew goalie Will Hesmer saved smartly. Wanchope came on as a sub in the 58th minute and the Crew (6-5-8) tightened up its midfield.

Blanco collected a clearance and evaded a defender only to shoot just wide, then in the final minutes played a through ball that Wanchope couldn't put past Hesmer.

Pickens saved from Andy Herron in the last minute of regulation, and in stoppage time a Blanco free kick was flicked on by Gonzalo Segares to C.J. Brown, but his header missed the target, and the Fire (5-8-5) had to settle for a point.

Chicago has a two-week break from MLS play, which gives Coach Juan Carlos Osorio some much-needed tweaking time. Following the break, the Fire plays four of five on the road.

GAME SUMMARIES:
Aug. 4 in Bridgeview, Ill.
Chicago 0 Columbus 0.
Chicago - Pickens, Brown, Segares, Gutierrez (Soumare, 84), Pause, Armas, Guerrero, Robinson, Blanco, Carr (Rolfe, 71), Barrett (Wanchope, 58).
Columbus - Hesmer, Hejduk, Gonzalez, Marshall, Miglioranzi, O'Rourke, Schelotto, Grabavoy (Oughton, 88), Szetela, Moreno, Gaven (Herron, 68).
Yellow Cards: Chicago - Gutierrez 13, Brown 27, Soumare 86; Columbus - Szetela 30, Miglioranzi 44, Gonzalez 60.
Referee: Terry Vaughn.
Att.: 20,358.

Aug. 4 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 1 Colorado 0. Goal: Moor (McCarty) 31.
FC Dallas - Burse, Gbandi, Goodson, Serioux, Moor, Toja, McCarty (Rhine, 83), Ricchetti, Alvarez, Oduro (Saragosa, 67), Ruiz (Thompson, 77).
Colorado - Coundoul, Prideaux, Erpen, Ihemelu, Clark, Cancela, Kirovski (Gomez, 59), Mastroeni, Cooke (Osorno, 59), Hernandez, Peterson.
Yellow Cards: FC Dallas - Gbandi 79, Saragosa 93+; Colorado - Peterson 46.
Referee: Mark Geiger.
Att.: 12,820.

Aug. 4 in Salt Lake City
Real Salt Lake 1 Houston 0. Goal: Findley 84.
Real Salt Lake - Rimando, Kipre (Lancos, 79), Kotschau, Pope, Wingert, Brown (Watson, 66), Beckerman, Sturgis, Talley, Findley, Brown (Harris 79).
Houston - Onstad, Waibel (Ashe, 70), Cochrane, Robinson, Barrett, Mullan (Ianni, 90), Clark, Mulrooney, Holden (Jaqua, 46), Ngwenya, Ching.
Yellow Cards: Real Salt Lake - Kotschau 87, Beckerman, 88, Wingert 89.
Referee: Jozef Batko.
Att.: 13,003.

Aug. 5 in Foxboro, Mass.
New England 0 D.C. United 3. Goals: Gros 22, Emilio (Kpene, Burch) 31, Emilio 12 (Olsen) 76.
New England - Reis, Heaps, Parkhurst (John, 37), Larentowicz (Thompson, 72), Riley, Dorman (Cristman, 46), Ralston, Joseph, Smith, Twellman, Noonan.
D.C. United - Perkins, Boswell, Namoff (Mediate, 78), Burch, McTavish, Gros, Olsen, Dyachenko, Simms, Emilio, Kpene (Moreno, 46; Carroll, 74).
Yellow Cards: New England - Heaps 46, Larentowicz 65, Noonan 76, John 83; D.C. United - Dyachenko 17, Olsen 27, Mediate 84.
Referee: Alex Prus.
Att.: 12,618.

Aug. 5 in Toronto
Toronto 0 Los Angeles 0.
Toronto FC - Stamatopoulos, Reda, Braz, Brennan, Marshall, Pozniak, Edu, Robinson, Dunivant, Samuel (Welsh, 81), Lombardo.
Los Angeles - Cannon, Roberts (Martino, 47), Harden, Xavier, Jazic, Klein, Donovan, Gray, Vagenas, Harmse (Kirk, 70), Gordon (Pavon, 64).
Yellow Cards: Toronto FC - Robinson 32, Edu 82; Los Angeles - Gray 24, Harmse 50, Jazic 72.
Referee: Mauricio Navarro.
Att.: 20,522.



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