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D.C. United steals the show
by Mike Woitalla, June 30th, 2008 7AM



[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] The two teams with the league's most potent attacks provided an exciting display in Sunday's ABC-televised game as host D.C. United romped past the Los Angeles Galaxy. For this weekend's MLS highlights. ...

35,979 fans showed up for David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy's ABC-televised visit to D.C. United, which stole the show emphatically, winning 4-1 on goals by Brazilian Luciano Emilio (two), Argentine Marcelo Gallardo and Bolivian Jaime Moreno. Emilio's strikes make it 10 on the year and move him within a goal of league-leading scorer Landon Donovan. Edson Buddle also hit the 10-goal mark by scoring Los Angeles' goal, which had tied the game in the 26th minute. The victory was D.C. United's fourth in a row.

GONZALO MARTINEZ, the D.C. United defender, was hit in the groin by a Beckham cross and described the pain to the Washington Post: "From one to 100, it was 100."

5. The Colorado Rapids suffered their fifth straight road loss, falling 2-1 at Columbus, which has now won four straight at Crew Stadium. Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute. Nick LaBrocca equalized with a 20-yard shot. Nigerian Emmanuel Ekpo hit the gamewinner from 21 yards out after dribbling the ball from his own half. Colorado was without playmaker Christian Gomez, because of a shin injury.

ANTE RAZOV's 111th career MLS goal - and his second of this season - came after a comical mixup in the New York defense. Kevin Goldthwaite's pass through the middle deep in the Red Bulls' half was ignored by Jeff Parke as he moved upfield. Razov accepted the ball gratefully and stroked it home to earn Chivas USA a 1-1 tie. New York had taken the lead after when Chivas USA keeper Brad Guzan misinterpreted Dave van den Bergh's curving free kick from the midfield flank as a cross and watched it bounce inside the far post.

333 minutes have past since the Chicago Fire scored a goal. But at least on Saturday it didn't concede one, thus preventing a pointless June. The 0-0 tie at home with hapless San Jose included more yellow cards (7) than total shots on goal (5) but ended the Fire's three-game losing streak.

STEVE NICOL gets to coach MLS All-Stars in their July 24 game against English Premier League team West Ham United because his New England Revolution beat Toronto FC, 2-1, on Saturday. The win gives the Revs' 30 points for the league lead, which earns the Revs' coaching staff the MLS All-Star Game appointment. Steve Ralston twice finished off rebounds off Toronto's posts to led the Revs to victory and upped his 2008 goal total to six. Injury plagued Tayler Twellman, usually the Revs' leading scorer, made his second appearance of the season when he came on in the 79th minute.

7. Kansas City won its first game since April 20, ending a seven-game winless streak. The Wizards hadn't scored in their last three games and needed an own goal by Real Salt Lake's Tony Beltran, who headed Davy Arnaud's free-kick cross into to Real's net in the 89th minute to give the Wizards a 1-0 win.

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