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Dramatic Dallas win; Red Bulls romp
by Ridge Mahoney, August 13th, 2007 7AM

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[MLS WEEKEND WRAPUP] Dallas takes over top spot in the Western Conference by beating Columbus as Houston loses it second straight; the Red Bulls return from a long hiatus to thump Toronto; and a big crowd at Gillette Stadium sees a victory but not David Beckham.

RED BULLS ROMP. Maybe every team should have a 17-day break, or perhaps rustiness matters less than an opponent missing nearly one-half of its starters.

Two goals by Jozy Altidore and one from Juan Pablo Angel marked a 3-0 Red Bull win over Toronto FC that wasn't nearly as close as the score would indicate. RBNY (9-7-3) outshot TFC, 21-3, and kept Mo Johnston's men without a shot until Tyrone Marshall headed a corner kick wide in the 75th minute.

Before then, Marshall inadvertently played a role in the first two New York goals. Marshall deflected a Clint Mathis cross into the path of Angel, who slammed it into the net for his first goal since June 16 in the 24th minute. Early in the second half, Altidore plucked the ball off Marshall's foot and also finished off the play by touching home Angel's deflected cross.

Altidore connected again in the 63rd minute. After Angel had flicked on a long Jon Conway goal kick, Altidore took it past a defender and keeper Kenny Stamatopoulos for his fifth goal of the season.

The shutout extended a scoreless streak for Toronto (5-10-5) to 462 minutes, the fifth-longest in league history. Johnston, with five starters injured and rookie midfielder Maurice Edu suspended, used captain Jim Brennan at left back, Todd Dunivant in midfield and gave defender Adam Braz just his second start of the season.

PLAYOFF RACE:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1. New England 36 pts (20 games)
2. D.C. United 30 (18)
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WESTERN CONFERENCE
1. FC Dallas 36 pts (20)
2. Houston 34 (21)
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WILDCARDS
1. New York 30 (19)
2. Kansas City 29 (19)
3. Chivas USA 27 (17)
4. Columbus 26 (20)
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5. Colorado 21 (20)
6. Chicago 20 (18)
7. Toronto FC 18 (20)
8. Los Angeles 14 (15)
9. Real Salt Lake 12 (17)

TWELLMAN TRUMPS BECKS. A defensive mixup 10 minutes into the second half enabled Taylor Twellman to score his ninth goal of the season and notch a 1-0 Revs win over the Galaxy, which kept David Beckham on the bench due to a sore ankle.

New England (10-4-6) controlled most of the play before taking the lead when defender Ty Harden scuffed a clearance and Twellman slickly set himself up to drill a low left-footed shot past Joe Cannon. Twellman been unable to convert several chances in a first half dominated by New England, which still needed a sharp save by Matt Reis on a Chris Klein blast to keep the Galaxy scoreless.

The lethargic Galaxy attack awoke but again failed to punch home a chance despite some crisp combination play. Landon Donovan flubbed a point-blank volley, Edson Buddle shot weakly right to Reis and drilled another shot wide, and Jay Heaps blocked a Gavin Glinton effort in stoppage time.

Los Angeles (3-7-5) finished its three-game road trip with Beckham without any goals.

A crowd of 35,408 watched the Revs tie FC Dallas atop the overall standings with 36 points.

DRAMA IN BIG 'D.' Team camaraderie is one reason head coach Steve Morrow wrought rather significant chances to FC Dallas during the offseason by trading experienced veterans and importing the likes of Juan Toja, Pablo Richetti and Adrian Serioux.

The fighting spirit he wished to instill rallied FCD (11-6-3) past Columbus, 3-2, after it had lost Marcelo Saragosa to a red card in the 81st minute. Clarence Goodson headed home the winning goal from a Dax McCarty corner kick in the second minute of stoppage time before one of the loudest crowds (14,818) ever assembled at Pizza Hut Park.

McCarty took over much of the workload normally assumed by Toja, absent because of a high ankle sprain. Adam Pitchkolan replaced Serioux in the 20th minute after the Canadian defender, who'd been beaten to a corner kick by Marcos Gonzalez on the game's first goal, suffered a hamstring pull. Richetti also needed to be replaced because of injury yet still FCD pulled out a memorable win.

Arturo Alvarez secured a loose ball and drove it into the net to tie the game in the 60th minute, but Columbus regained the lead 14 minutes later when Andy Herron converted a penalty kick awarded for a Chris Gbandi foul on Frankie Hejduk. Saragosa served a great cross that Carlos Ruiz headed in for another equalizer with nine minutes left, but just as Columbus (6-6-8) restarted the game, Saragosa forearmed Ned Grabavoy in the throat. Straight red card.

McCarty earned his sixth assist of the season with a corner kick that Goodson headed home for the winner. On Tuesday against Charleston in the Open Cup, the same combination in the same situation produced a goal, and in that game, too, Dallas had fallen behind before rallying to win it late.

NOT SO DYNAMIC. Colorado (5-9-6) ended its 10-game winless streak by handing champion Houston (10-7-4) its second straight loss by a 1-0 score.

Playing their first home game in more than a month, the Rapids scraped out a victory on a Dwayne DeRosario goal in the 62nd minute. Having headed a Terry Cooke corner kick out of play to set up a second one, this time DeRosario made no mistake and buried it past keeper Pat Onstad.

If not for the sharp work of Onstad, Colorado could have taken the lead earlier. He stopped Jovan Kirovski and Herculez Gomez prior to De Rosario's winner. At the other end, Bouna Coundoul frustrated the Dynamo, which outshot Colorado, 10-4, and played the final 13 minutes a man up following a second caution to defender Ugo Ihemelu but despite a flurry of attacks it couldn't net an equalizer.

GAME SUMMARIES:
Aug. 11 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 3 Columbus 2. Goals: Alvarez 60, Ruiz (Saragosa, Gbandi) 80, Goodson (McCarty) 92+; Gonzalez (Schelotto) 6, Herron pen. 74.
FC Dallas - Burse, Moor, Goodson, Serioux (Pitchkolan, 20), Gbandi, McCarty, Ricchetti (Ricardinho, 77), Saragosa, Alvarez, Ruiz, Thompson (Oduro, 46).
Columbus - Hesmer, Hejduk, Gonzalez, Marshall, Miglioranzi, Schelotto, Grabavoy, O'Rourke, Szetela, Gaven (Rogers, 46), Moreno (Herron, 63).
Yellow Cards: FC Dallas - Ricchetti 29; Columbus - Moreno 48+, O'Rourke 57.
Red Card: FC Dallas - Saragosa 81.
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
Att.: 14,818.

Aug. 11 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 1 Houston 0. Goal: Own Goal (De Rosario) 61.
Colorado - Coundoul, Gargan, Ihemelu, Petke (Casey, 85), Prideaux, Cooke, Kirovski, Mastroeni, Clark, Gomez (LaBrocca, 94+), Peterson (Erpen, 78).
Houston - Onstad, Waibel, Cochrane (Ashe, 46), Ianni, Barrett, Mullan, Clark, De Rosario, Mulrooney, Jaqua (Ching, 63), Ngwenya.
Yellow Cards: Colorado - Gomez 4, Petke 71, Prideaux 81; Houston - Waibel 80, Cochrane 44, Ngwenya 71.
Red Card: Colorado - Ihemelu 77.
Referee: Terry Vaughn.
Att.: 18,024.

Aug. 12 in East Rutherford, NJ
New York 3 Toronto FC 0. Goals: Angel 24, Altidore 50, Altidore (Angel, Conway) 63.
New York - Conway, Freeman, Parke, Stammler, Leitch, Richards (Magee, 70), Reyna (Mathis, 22), van den Bergh (Ubiparipovic, 83), Vide, Altidore, Angel.
Toronto FC - Stamatopoulos, Braz, Marshall, Reda, Welsh (Boyens, 59), Brennan, Pozniak, Robinson, Dunivant, Samuel (Melo, 49), Lombardo.
Yellow Cards: Toronto FC - Samuel 11.
Red Card: Toronto FC - Pozniak 65.
Referee: Alex Prus.
Att.: 12,103.

Aug. 12 in Foxboro, Mass.
New England 1 Los Angeles 0. Goal: Twellman 55.
New England - Reis, Heaps, John, Larentowicz, Parkhurst, Ralston (Cristman, 87), Dorman, Joseph, Smith (Thompson, 84), Twellman, Noonan.
Los Angeles - Cannon, Klein, Harden, Randolph, Jazic, Kirk (Glinton, 46), Harmse, Vagenas, Buddle, Donovan, Pavon (Gordon, 66).
Yellow Cards: Los Angeles - Buddle 42, Jazic 71.
Referee: Abiodun Okulaja.
Att.: 35,402.

 



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