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Red Bulls roll on; More woes for Rapids
by Mike Woitalla, August 25th, 2008 7AM

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[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] A win over two-time defending champ Houston signaled that the Red Bulls' rise is for real. The coaching change in Colorado hasn't made a positive difference yet. The Earthquakes failed to score but stayed unbeaten for the sixth straight time. Taylor Twellman displayed his perfect strike rate as a starter. Columbus marched closer to postseason play, which has eluded it since 2004. Kansas City keeps getting its goals from a defender.

5. The New York Red Bulls continued their rise in a big way with a 3-0 win over Houston that extended the Bulls' undefeated streak to five games, and their win streak to three. Houston had entered the game as the league's hottest team with a seven-game unbeaten streak. Juan Pablo Angel, who scored in each of the Bulls' previous two games, opened the scoring and upped his season total to eight strikes. Dane Richards and Mike Magee also connected for the Bulls. Magee, like Angel, has converted in three straight games.

GARY SMITH, interim head coach of the Colorado Rapids in the wake of last week's departure of Fernando Clavijo, started on a bad note as D.C. United cruised past Colorado, 3-0, on goals by Joe Vide, Santino Quaranta and Quavas Kirk. Vide and Kirk struck for the first time this season. D.C. United's final two goals came while playing with a man advantage because Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni left the game with an injury in the 80th minute after Colorado had already made its three substitutions.

3. The Rapids have been shut out in three of their last four games and have now lost six of their last eight road games.

GUILLERMO BARROS SCHELOTTO notched his league-leading 14th assist and scored his fifth goal of the season to guide Columbus to a 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake. Defender Chad Marshall and midfielder Brad Evans scored the Crew's other goals.

9. The Crew has won all nine games this season in which it has scored first. The win over Real Salt Lake puts the Crew, which hasn't reached the playoffs since 2004, in a tie for first place in the East with New England, which tied Toronto FC, 1-1.

TAYLOR TWELLMAN scored his 95th career MLS regular-season goal to earn New England a 1-1 tie in Toronto. Twellmann, who has sat out most of the season with injury, has now scored first-half goals in each of his three starts this season. He scored a fourth after coming off the bench. Chad Barrett equalized for Toronto with his seventh goal of the season.

350. Against Toronto, New England midfielder Steve Ralston made his 350th career start, becoming the first player in MLS history to hit that mark. The 34-year-old, 13-year MLS veteran owns five league records: minutes (31,223), games (353), starts (350), assists (126) and game-winning assists (37).

7. Only seven fouls were committed during the Toronto-New England game. The three fouls committed by Toronto FC were the lowest in a game this season.

JIMMY CONRAD, a defender, is Kansas City's leading scorer after hitting his fifth of the season two minutes into stoppage time to earn the Wizards a 1-1 tied with FC Dallas. The teams entered the game with identical 6-7-7 records. In a game that saw nine yellow cards, Dallas played the final 28 minutes a man down because of Pablo Ricchetti's yellow-red ejection. Andre Rocha's strike from 40 yards had given Dallas an early lead. It was the Brazilian defender's first MLS goal in 20 games. [VIDEO]

5. San Jose took a five-game unbeaten streak into its game against Chivas USA, which was winless in its last five games. Each team added a game to its respective streak as they played to a 0-0 tie in San Jose. The Quakes, because of their dismal start to the season, remain last in the West but are now just five points behind second-place Real Salt Lake.

 



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