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April 21st, 2008 6:31AM
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[NAMES & NUMBERS] The Los Angeles Galaxy rallied twice from one-goal deficits to tie defending champion Houston, 2-2. Landon Donovan scored both Galaxy goals, including a spectacular diving header set up by a David Beckham cross.

5 With five goals in his first four games, Landon Donovan leads the league and is on pace to his most productive MLS season ever. In his previous seven MLS seasons, Donovan has hit a career high 12 goals three times. Both his goals in the 2-2 tie with defending champion Houston were set up by David Beckham, who also assisted one other Donovan goal this year.

PATRICK IANNI It was an eventual evening for the 22-year-old Dynamo defender at the Home Depot Center. He escaped the referee's punishment after a cheap-shot shove on Donovan as the Galaxy attacker chased down a long pass, then got an earful from Donovan minutes later when Donovan flew away from Ianni to score on a diving header. Ianni also headed Edson Buddle's 90th minute effort off the line.

223 The reincarnated San Jose Earthquakes' scoreless streak ended at 223 minutes with a 43rd minute goal by Ronnie O'Brien in the Quakes' 2-0 win at Colorado. Kei Kamara provided the second goal as the Quakes improved to 1-2-0. "It was our first win so that was really important," Quakes coach Frank Yallop said. "Getting it in the third game was good; if you wait until the fourth, fifth or sixth game to get it, the season is slipping away. So it is something to build off of."

CHAD BARRETT In what was the miss of the season so far, the 22-year-old Chicago forward shot over the crossbar from eight yards out while facing an empty net after a neat pass from Gonzalo Segares. It marked one of many missed chances for Chicago, which fell, 1-0, to Kansas City on a fourth minute goal by Jack Jewsbury that was set up by a long pass from Claudio Lopez. Chicago outshout the Wizards 19-10. "Barrett had that wide-open net that people will be talking to him about for the next couple of years," Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad said.

9 The New York Red Bulls are now 0-6-3 in their last nine games against the New England Revolution, which tied the Bulls in New Jersey despite playing a man down in the second half after the ejection of Mauricio Castro, who while on the ground kicked Kevin Goldthwaite in the groin while the Red Bull defender taunted him. Jeff Larentowicz later scored on a free kick with to equalize Jozy Altidore's 26th minute goal. The Red Bulls last beat New England in 2005 when they were still called the MetroStars.

20,219 Toronto FC drew a sellout crowd for its first home game of the season, a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake. The win marked the second time in the 2-year-old franchise's history that it notched back-to-back wins. Frenchman Laurent Robert provided the gamewinner on a free kick to give his club a .500 record (2-2-0) for the first time in its history. Last week, Toronto downed the Galaxy, 3-2.

KENNY COOPER. The 23-year-old opened the scoring in FC Dallas' 2-0 win at Chivas USA. Undefeated FC Dallas now has a 15-0-3 win-loss-tie record in games that Cooper has scored, dating back to 2006. "I think it's just a coincidence," Cooper said.

BREK SHEA. The 18-year-old South Texas product made his MLS debut in FC Dallas's win, coming on as an 86th minute sub two days after playing 75 minutes for the U.S. U-20 national team at Portugal.


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