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2008 finalists still struggling [VIDEO]
by Mike Woitalla, April 13th, 2009 7AM



[MLS NAMES & NUMBERS] A flurry of red cards included ejections of two U.S. veterans. The 2008 MLS Cup finalists remained winless. FC Dallas got its first point thanks to a spectacular goal.

GREGG BERHALTER. The 35-year-old former U.S. international was red-carded in his MLS debut. Berhalter, who joined the Los Angeles Galaxy after playing in Europe since 1994, coughed up the ball to Alecko Eskandarian, then pulled him down from behind as the Chivas USA forwarded headed toward the goal. Also ejected in the scoreless "Superclasico" were Chivas USA's Paulo Nagamura and Los Angeles' Alan Gordon, each for two cautions. VIDEO

0. New York's scoreless tie at Houston means no Red Bull has scored this season. The Red Bulls' only goal in four games came on a Jay Heaps own goal in a 1-1 tie with New England March 28.

MIKE CHABALA. The 24-year-old who was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in 2006 finally made his MLS debut as an 80th minute sub against the Red Bulls. He was ejected in stoppage time for reckless challenge. The Red Bulls' Carlos Johnson was red-carded in the 79th minute of the stalemate.

3. Crowds at three weekend games broke the 20,000 mark. Toronto (20,272) tied FC Dallas, 1-1; Seattle (28,746) lost its first game of the season, 1-0 to Kansas City; Los Angeles drew 23,317 for its scoreless tie with Chivas USA.

PABLO RICCHETTI. On an assist by Eric Avila, the Argentine scored the late equalizer - a slick back-heel in 87th minute -- in FC Dallas' 1-1 tie at Toronto FC to earn Dallas its first point of the season. It was Ricchetti's first MLS goal in 49 games since arriving in 2006. VIDEO

7,465. Columbus drew a tiny crowd for its 1-1 tie with Colorado. At 0-2-3, the Crew's start is the worst ever for a defending champion. With eight minutes left, Colorado's Conor Casey scored his fourth goal of the season to equalize Guillermo Barros Schelotto's 41st minute strike.

KASEY KELLER. Seattle's veteran keeper was red-carded in the 29th minute for handling the ball outside the penalty area to deny Kansas City's Herculez Gomez a scoring chance. With 10 minutes left, Davy Arnaud beat backup keeper Ben Dragavon to hand the expansion Sounders their first loss of the season. It was Arnaud's third goal of the season.

5. Teams still winless this season: Columbus, New York, Los Angeles, Houston and FC Dallas.

CUAUHTEMOC BLANCO. Chicago's Mexican star, whose salary was upped to nearly $3 million this season, has been complaining about a lack of playing time. He came on as a halftime sub for Chicago against San Jose and assisted on Brian McBride's goal with a headed pass. San Jose regained the lead (3-2) on an Arturo Alvarez penalty kick but Chris Rolfe fired home from long-range to earn the Fire a 3-3 tie on the road. San Jose's Shea Salinas was ejected four minutes before Rolfe's goal.

3. Teams still undefeated this season: Chicago, New England and Chivas USA.

JAVIER MORALES. The Argentine scored with 10 minutes left to earn Real Salt Lake a 2-1 comeback win over D.C. United, which opened the scoring through Brazilian Luciano Emilio. Colombian Jamison Olave equalized two minutes after Emilio's strike as Real Salt Lake remained perfect at home after two games. VIDEO

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