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Huge win for D.C. United
by Mike Woitalla, June 9th, 2008 6:45AM

TAGS:  mls


[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] D.C. United, which started the season so poorly, notched its biggest win of the season. ... The Galaxy kept up its high-scoring ways against a Colorado team that showed up in L.A. without shorts. ... A referee reportedly checks the big-screen replay to make a call. For the weekend's MLS highlights. ...

LUCIANO EMILIO, last season's MLS leading scorer, who went seven games without a goal after scoring in D.C. United's 2008 opener, has scored in the last three games. His stoppage time strike, a low 16-yard drive after evading two defenders, gave D.C. United a 2-1 win at Chicago. It marked United's first road win of the season. The crowd of 19,256 was Chicago's largest of the season.

VIDEO of Chicago-D.C. United highlights.

117. D.C. United's Jaime Moreno added to his MLS all-time leading scorer record when he stabbed home a rebound from Chicago goalkeeper Jon Busch's save of an Emilio shot. Moreno's 63rd minute strike equalized Chad Barrett's 27th minute goal, which came off Cuauhtemoc Blanco's sixth assist of the year. D.C. United was playing a man-down when Emilio hit the gamewinner.

7 players were red-carded in weekend action. D.C. United's Marcelo Gallardo and Chicago's Brandon Prideaux went off early in the second half after they scuffled and D.C. United's Bryan Namoff followed them for his second yellow card in the 88th minute. Columbus' Brad Evans and San Jose's James Riley were ejected late in their game. Los Angeles and Colorado played 10 vs. 10 in the second half because of the ejections of the Galaxy's Alan Gordon and the Rapids' Facundo Erpen.

KEVIN STOTT, according to, made his decision to red card Colorado's Erpen along with Gordon after watching a replay of Erpen's kick to Gordon's groin on the scoreboard big screen.

25 goals have been scored by the Los Angeles Galaxy, the league's most productive team with a 2.27 per game scoring average. Alvaro Pires, Edson Buddle and Ely Allen scored to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 3-0 lead over Colorado, which fought back to lose 3-2 with goals by Colin Clark and Herculez Gomez.

1 of Colorado's equipment bags was misplaced in transit to Los Angeles. As it was the one that carried the team's shorts, the Rapids' players borrowed some from Chivas USA, the Galaxy's Home Depot Center co-tenant.

RONNIE O'BRIEN assisted both goals - by Ryan Johnson and Ramiro Corrales - in San Jose's 2-0 win at Columbus. It was the Quakes' third win of the season.

367 minutes have passed without a Columbus Crew goal. The Crew reeled off a six-game unbeaten streak before getting shut out in its last four games.

BRIAN CHING scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season, and set up Dwayne De Rosario's chip over Toronto FC keeper Greg Sutton, in a 3-1 Houston home win.

99. By scoring Toronto FC's consolation goal, Jeff Cunningham moved within one goal of the century mark in all-time MLS scoring.

KEVIN HARTMAN made seven saves for Kansas City as it tied, 0-0, in Real Salt Lake, which failed again to notch back-to-back wins in 2008.

54,045 fans eventually filled Gillette Stadium, where Brazil was upset, 2-0, by Venezuela in the second billing of a doubleheader that kicked off with New England downing FC Dallas, 2-1. The Revs' Adam Cristman scored his third goal of the season on a fifth minute header and in the 22nd minute Steve Ralston doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Drew Moor's forearm foul on Jeff Larentowicz. Arturo Alvarez scored FC Dallas' goal in stoppage time.


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