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D.C. United rolls on; Donovan strikes twice
June 23rd, 2008 7AM

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[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] D.C. United is making up for its slow start to the season. It has scored 14 goals in a five-game unbeaten streak, which includes Sunday's win over the struggling Earthquakes. The Los Angeles Galaxy remains the league's highest scoring team - its 31 goals seven more than the next most prolific team, D.C. United - but it couldn't get the win this weekend despite hitting three goals for the third game in a row.

11. Los Angeles' Landon Donovan, who also has six assists, upped his league-leading goals total to 11 with two on Saturday in a 3-3 tie with Columbus. Galaxy teammate Edson Buddle scored the Galaxy's other - his ninth, which puts him tied for second to Donovan in the MLS scoring race. The Galaxy squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 - Steven Lenhart scoring the final equalizer in the 88th minute. Donovan had made it 3-2 from the penalty spot after David Beckham was tripped up by Danny O'Rourke. Beckham had a golden chance to score in the 90th minute but struck far over the goal from close range. "I felt like the grass gave way just as I struck the ball," Beckham said. "I don't know. I'll have to watch the video. But to put it over [the crossbar] from that distance, something must have gone wrong."

LUCIANO EMILIO scored in D.C. United's 3-1 win over San Jose to give him seven goals in the last five games and up his season total to nine as his team won its third straight. Emilio, who led the league with 20 goals in 2007, scored D.C. United's third goal in the win over the Quakes. Clyde Simms had given United the lead with a deflected shot. After John Cunliffe equalized, Colombian defender Gonzalo Martinez scored his first goal of the season, juking past a defender on the left wing and shooting inside the far post from 20 yards. Cunliffe scored after D.C. goalkeeper Zach Wells bobbled a cross. D.C. United is now within a win of reaching the .500 mark.

8. Real Salt Lake is unbeaten in all of its eight home games of 2008 after downing New England, 2-1. Rookie Tino Nunez, the 17th overall draft pick out of UC Santa Barbara, scored the gamewinner with his first MLS goal. The Real Salt Lake win, giving it a record five-game unbeaten streak, ended the Revs' seven-game unbeaten run. "I'm very, very happy for Tino, I thought his performance was fantastic," said RSL coach Jason Kreis. "Again, he's just a guy who gets in there and works really hard and takes a lot of pride in the way he holds the ball out for the rest of the team, so he did that well tonight, it was nice to see him rewarded with a goal."

SCHELLAS HYNDMAN's debut as FC Dallas coach was a 1-0 loss at New York, whose Kevin Goldthwaite scored on a close-range header in the 16th minute. "The situation is we've only had a couple days of training with them to try to instill some ideas. It takes time to get those ideas across but I'm really proud of them for trying to implement these ideas and trying their hardest," said Hyndman.

8. Toronto FC extended its eight-game home unbeaten record (5-0-3) with a scoreless tie against Kansas City in front of 20,293.

7. Kansas City is winless in its last seven games.

ROGER ESPINOZA, a Kansas City rookie, received his second red card in six appearances with his stoppag- time ejection in stoppage time against Toronto.

18 minutes is how long the lights went out in Colorado's Dick Sporting Good Park when the Rapids hosted Houston. When the power came back and the game continued, Brian Ching's goal was called back for a hand ball and the game ended 0-0.


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