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Teen scores in debut; Cool coach loses it
by Mike Woitalla, July 14th, 2008 7AM
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Toronto continued its dismal road run but enjoyed a bright spot when 16-year-old Abdus Ibrahim scored in his league debut. ... Real Salt Lake made some club history. ... And an MLS coach probably considered least likely to loss his temper was ejected.

ABDUS IBRAHIM, 16, who in 2007 became the second youngest player to be selected in a MLS SuperDraft (after Freddy Adu), made his made his first MLS appearance on Saturday. Ibrahim was drafted by FC Dallas and traded to Toronto FC last month. He entered Saturday's game against Chicago at halftime, latched onto a pass from Amado Guevara and rounded keeper Jon Busch for Toronto's lone goal in a 2-1 loss. At age 11, Ibrahim emigrated from Ethiopia to Minnesota, where he played his first organized soccer. He was in U.S. Soccer's U-17 Bradenton Residency Program before getting drafted. Ibrahim turns 17 next month.

4. Chris Rolfe and John Thorrington each got their fourth goals of the season in Chicago's 2-1 win over Toronto - Thorrington's coming two minutes into second-half stoppage time. The home victory ended the Fire's five-game winless streak. Toronto, although unbeaten at home, is now 1-6-0 on the road.

110 games have been played by Real Salt Lake since joining the league in 2005. Now, for the first time in club history, Salt Lake is in first place of its conference, albeit with a .500 record. On Saturday, goals by Argentine Javier Morales and Arizona product Robbie Findley gave Salt Lake a 2-0 win over Columbus to up its record to 6-6-5. Los Angeles and Chivas USA, each with 6-6-4 records, are tied for second place, one point behind Salt Lake but with a game in hand. Real Salt Lake's 23 points would only put it in fourth place of the Eastern Conference.

281 minutes without scoring ended for the San Jose Earthquakes when Ryan Johnson headed them ahead in the 62nd minute against Colorado in Santa Clara, but they failed to win their first game since June 7 because Conor Casey headed the equalizer in the 70th minute. The Quakes are last in the West with a 3-10-3 record.

FRANK YALLOP, San Jose's coach, was ejected for the first time in 163 games after protesting Casey's goal, claiming the big forward pushed defender Jason Herandez to score. "I think they thought it was a foul; I have no idea," Casey said. [VIDEO]



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