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Seattle and Chivas USA remain perfect [VIDEO]
by Paul Kennedy, April 6th, 2009 7AM

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[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] Seattle and Chivas USA are 3-0. FC Dallas is 0-3. Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena was furious after the Galaxy fell, 3-2, at home to the Colorado Rapids on a Conor Casey hat trick that included the second-fastest goal in MLS history -- off the Galaxy kickoff!

CONOR CASEY. The Colorado forward had the second hat trick of the MLS season, scoring all three goals in the Rapids' 3-2 win at Los Angeles.

16. Casey's first goal came off the opening kickoff -- by the Galaxy! --  just 16 seconds into the match. It was the second-fastest goal in MLS history behind Dwayne De Rosario's goal 11 seconds into a 2003 match between San Jose and Dallas.

16,709. The crowd of 16,709 for the Galaxy-Rapids game was the second smallest to watch the Galaxy play an MLS game since moving to the Home Depot Center in 2003. It drew only 13,867 fans for its third game in Carson, against the San Jose Earthquakes, in 2003.

KASEY KELLER. With Seattle's 2-0 win at Toronto FC, the veteran keeper has opened with three straight shutouts. He's gone 270 minutes without giving up a goal, making it the second longest shutout streak to open an MLS season. The record was set by the Red Bulls' Ronald Waterreus in 2007 (375 minutes).

3-0. Chivas USA's 3-0 start is its best in club history. It improved to 3-0 with a 2-1 win over the defending MLS champion Columbus Crew on Sunday night at the Home Depot Center.


9. Nine Chivas USA players were missing from the match due to injury: goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (right knee sprain), defenders Bobby Burling (sports hernia surgery), Ante Jazic (concussion), Claudio Suarez (left calf strain) and Lawson Vaughn (left ankle surgery), midfielder Sasha Victorine (left knee surgery), and forwards Justin Braun (right knee sprain), Maykel Galindo (sports hernia surgery) and Ante Razov (right ankle surgery).

STEVE RALSTON. MLS's all-time leader in starts came off the bench at halftime and scored on a penalty kick to give New England a 2-1 win over  FC Dallas.

3. Three starters in the FC Dallas opening game two weeks ago are now out with injuries. Defenders Daniel Torres and Steve Purdy -- both offseason pickups -- were sidelined with strained right hamstrings, while goalkeeper Dario Sala missed his second consecutive game after undergoing knee surgery.

MARCO PAPPA.
The 21-year-old Guatemalan scored his first MLS goal when he scored to give short-handed Chicago a 1-0 win over New York.

0-2-1. With a 1-0 loss to D.C. United, Houston is 0-2-1, the worst start for the Dynamo since its move to Houston in 2006. Its previous starts, though, weren't much better: 0-1-2 in 2008, 1-1-1 in 2007 and 1-0-2 in 2006.

AARON HOHLBEIN. The Kansas City defender scored his first goal in three years in MLS to help the Wizards down San Jose, 2-0, for their first game of the year.

6,922. The smallest MLS crowd ever at CommunityAmerica Ballpark braved rain, sleet and 38-degree temperatures to watch Kansas City-San Jose.



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