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San Jose comes alive; D.C. gets a shutout
by Mike Woitalla, August 4th, 2008 7AM

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[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS/VIDEO] The Earthquakes won their fourth game of the season, adding to the woes of the Los Angeles Galaxy, now winless in seven games despite more goals from Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle. D.C. United's defense had its best performance of the year. Kenny Cooper showed why Dallas is so reluctant to let him go. For the weekend's MLS highlights ...

13. Los Angeles' Landon Donovan scored his 13th goal of the season -- a header from David Beckham's eighth assist of the season - and Edson Buddle scored his 12th goal, yet the Galaxy fell, 3-2, in Oakland against San Jose to remain winless in its last seven games. VIDEO

ARTURO ALVAREZ scored eight minutes into his return to the San Jose Earthquakes, where he had started his pro career in 2005 as a 19-year-old. Alvarez played 84 games with FC Dallas before Coach Schellas Hyndman traded him to San Jose, saying, "The demands I was having on him in that position, I don't know if he was willing or capable of doing it. That doesn't mean he is not a good player." The move to San Jose reunites Alvarez with Coach Frank Yallop. After Alvarez's goal against the Galaxy another newcomer came through for the Quakes - Englishman Darren Huckerby scoring his second goal in three games. Defender Ryan Cochrane scored San Jose's winner in the 90th minute.

26,071 was the announced attendance for San Jose's noon Sunday game at the Oakland Coliseum, where 39,872 showed for a Saturday night game in June the first time David Beckham and the Galaxy came to town.

KENNY COOPER, in the wake of FC Dallas turning down a multi-million dollar transfer fee to keep the striker in Texas, scored twice in a 2-0 win over Toronto FC. The loss marked Toronto's first home defeat in 11 games dating back to Sept. 22, 2007. Cooper's first strike came on a penalty kick caused by an off-the-ball red card for a foul on Pablo Ricchetti that earned Amado Guevara a red card. Cooper's second goal came on a 30-yard strike and marked his 13th of the season, tying him with Donovan for the league lead. Referee Baldomero Toledo also sent off Toronto's Marco Velez. VIDEO.

0. For the first time this season, D.C. United shut out an opponent. Luciano Emilio scored his 11th goal of the season and all-time league leading scorer (188 goals) Jaime Moreno scored with a glancing header in the 2-0 win that broke a four-game losing streak in all competitions. It also marked United's fifth league win in its last six outings. VIDEO.

ZACH THORNTON, the veteran goalkeeper acquired by Chivas USA on Friday to replace England-bound Brad Guzan, started on Saturday in a 1-0 Chivas loss at Chicago in front of 20,492 fans at Toyota Park. Thornton, 34, won the 1998 MLS Cup with Chicago. He's been in the league since its inaugural 1996 season, when he played for the MetroStars before moving to Chicago, where he played from 1999 to 2006. After playing one game for Colorado in 2007, he moved back to New Jersey this season and was a backup with the Red Bulls. Against Chicago, Thornton was beaten from 16 yards by Ghanaian Patrick Nyarko, the rookie out of Virginia Tech whose strike marked his first league goal. VIDEO

BRIAN CHING scored his eighth goal of the season and Brad Davis notched his second to give two-time defending champ Houston a 2-0 win over Columbus. The win extended the Dynamo's undefeated streak to five games.

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