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Beckham strikes from afar for rising Galaxy
by Mike Woitalla, May 27th, 2008 7AM



[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] From the penalty spot, Landon Donovan scored his league-leading ninth goal of the season and David Beckham struck from inside his own half as the Galaxy moved into first place in the West. D.C. United ended its losing streak as last year's leading scorer, Luciano Emilio, finally found the net again.

DAVID BECKHAM. The English star's goal from 70 yards out sealed the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-1 win over Kansas City. Wizards keeper Kevin Hartman had left his goal for a Kansas City corner kick, which was headed to Beckham a few yards outside the L.A. penalty area. Beckham drove the ball into an empty net from deep inside the Galaxy's half. "If he had missed that, his reputation would have been done," joked Los Angeles coach Ruud Gullit.

16. The Galaxy has struck 16 goals in its last five games. Los Angeles, now in first place of the West, has scored a league-leading 22 goals (in nine games).

LUCIANO EMILIO. The Brazilian's close-range goal off a rebound broke a 653-minute drought for the 2007 league MVP and scoring champion. The 3-2 win over Toronto FC on Saturday was D.C. United's first victory in four weeks.

0. D.C. United was called for zero fouls in the first half of its win over Toronto.

JORGE FLORES. The 18-year-old's second goal, in his second appearance this season, provided the gamewinner for Chivas USA, whose 2-1 win at Colorado was its first road victory of the season. Flores, who headed home a Carey Talley free kick in the 79th minute, earned a spot on Chivas USA's roster in last year's Sueno MLS open tryout.

CUAUHTEMOC BLANCO. In Chicago's 5-1 win over New York on Sunday, the Mexican became the fifth player in Chicago Fire history (and the first since 2003) to notch three assists in one game. Blanco, who also scored from the penalty spot, has four goals and five assists this season, matching the stats of fellow "Designated Player" David Beckham. Chicago's win at Giants Stadium kept it the league's only unbeaten team on the road (four wins, one tie).

14. Chicago took the lead against the Red Bulls on an eighth minute goal by Chad Barrett, then scored its next four goals within 14 minutes, starting with Chris Rolfe's 48th minute goal. Blanco struck from the spot in the 55th, Barrett scored his second in the 60th, and Gonzalo Segares scored in the 62nd minute. New York's Jozy Altidore scored his third goal of the season in the 72nd minute.

MARCO FERRUZZI. In his first game as FC Dallas interim coach after last week's sacking of Steve Morrow, Ferruzzi celebrated a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake, which had Ian Joy ejected in the 38th minute for a second yellow card. Real Salt Lake was ahead, 1-0, on a goal by Javier Morales when Joy departed. FC Dallas' Bobby Rhine was ejected in the 48th minute for smacking Morales in the face. Ghanaian Dominic Oduro scored both Dallas goals late in the game, including the stoppage-time winner. It was FC Dallas' first comeback win of the season.

30. New England's Shalrie Joseph, on his 30th birthday, had his 88th-minute penalty kick saved by Columbus goalkeeper William Hesmer but Zimbabwean Kheli Dube hit the net on the rebound to give the Revs a 1-0 win. Ezra Hendrickson caused the penalty kick with a foul on Steve Ralston. Dube has now scored the gamewinner in both of his MLS career starts, having struck last week in the sixth minute against San Jose in a 2-0 Revs' win.

STEVE RALSTON, in the Boston Globe, described what he had to put up with while taking corner kicks in Columbus' Crew Stadium on Saturday: "They were throwing streamers, beer, bananas, smoke bombs, batteries. It's a problem when someone can take a run and get 5 feet from me and throw something at my head. I was just trying to take the [corners] quick and get out of there. I asked Sainey [Nyassi] if he wanted to take them and he said no."

8,000 consecutive minutes played is the streak in which New England goalkeeper Matt Reis is in the midst of.

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