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Set-piece goals continue to kill Galaxy
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, August 12th, 2013 12:20AM

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[MLS REWIND: Week 24] The FC Dallas-LA Galaxy, which ended in a 3-3 tie, was one of the most exciting games of the 2013 MLS season, but both teams will have a lot to find fault about in the game.

Landon Donovan scored a hat trick for the Galaxy, but it had to settle for a tie when it conceded another late goal, this time to Panamanian striker Blas Perez, his second of the game. All three Dallas goals came off set pieces, though the Galaxy had claims for offside on the second and third goal.

The Galaxy's shaky defense was just what the doctor ordered for Dallas, which ended its five-game scoreless streak on Matt Hedges' goal with the game's first 15 minutes, but it is still winless in its last seven games, having fallen from first place to seventh place.

The Dallas defense was just as shaky as Donovan doubled his 2013 goal output with three goals.

FC Dallas-LA Galaxy Highlights:

CHIVAS USA-COLORADO. There were more red cards than goals by the time referee Chris Penso blew the final whistle to Sunday night's 1-1 tie between Chivas USA and Colorado at the StubHub Center.

The dismissals of Tony Cascio of Colorado and Tristen Bowen and Gabe Farfan of Chivas USA took some luster off excellent goals by Carlos Alvarez and Martin Rivero and a penalty-kick save by Dan Kennedy. The Chivas USA keeper turned away a spot kick by the Rapids’ Deshorn Brown after Steve Purdy was whistled for handling the ball.

Kennedy dove to his right to make a save in the 27th minute that preserved a 1-0 Chivas USA lead. Alvarez had opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a wonderful left-footed shot into the top corner from outside the penalty area.

Farfan was the first to be dismissed, departing after hacking Shane O’Neil in the 33rd minute. The teams were even four minutes into the second half when Cascio went off with his second yellow, but Chivas USA was shorthanded once again soon enough. Bowen spat on an opponent lying on the ground in the 63rd minute, and Penso pulled out the red card.

Rivero headed home the equalizer in the 80th minute from a superb cross by left back Chris Klute, who found space out wide to curl a ball to his unmarked teammate. Klute leads the Rapids with seven assists.

The road point moved Colorado (9-7-9, 36 points) into a second-place tie with Vancouver in the Western Conference, where Chivas USA (4-13-6) is last, 12 points behind eighth-place San Jose.

Goals:
24/9 GP (2.67 avg.)
Video: Weekend Timeline
MLS Saturday: Rewind

MLS RESULTS, Week 24:
Sunday, August 11
Chivas USA 1 Colorado 1.
CHV: Carlos Alvarez (Erick Torres) 5.
COL: Martin Rivero (Chris Klute) 80.
Red cards: Chivas USA -- Gabriel Farfan 33, Tristen Bowen 63; Colorado -- Tony Cascio 49.
Att.: 8,221.

Sunday, August 11

FC Dallas 3 LA Galaxy 3.
DAL: Matt Hedges (Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira) 15
LA: Landon Donovan (Robbie Keane) 45+1
DAL: Blas Perez (Michel) 48
LA: Landon Donovan (Marcelo Sarvas) 73
LA: Landon Donovan (Hector Jimenez) 82
DAL:  Blas Perez 86
Att.: 18,161.

Saturday, August 10
Toronto FC 1 Seattle 2.
SEA: Mauro Rosales (Eddie Johnson, Brad Evans) 16
SEA: own goal 40
TOR: Jonathan Osorio (Andrew Wiedemann) 46
Att.: 18,766.

Saturday, August 10

Columbus 2 New York 0,
CLB: Federico Higuain (pen.) 62
CLB: Federico Higuain (Wil Trapp) 76
Att.: 19,080.

Saturday, August 10
Vancouver 2 San Jose 0.

VAN: Camilo (Nigel Reo-Coker) 60
VAN: Kenny Miller (Nigel Reo-Coker, Russell Teibert) 74
Att.: 20,151.

Saturday, August 10

Philadelphia 2 D.C. United 0.
PHI: Conor Casey (Sebastien Le Toux, Sheanon Williams) 35
PHI: Conor Casey (Fabinho, Sebastien  Le Toux) 75
Att.: 18,652.

Saturday, August 10

Sporting KC 3 New England 0.
KC -- Kei Kamara (Soony Saad) 27
KC -- Kei Kamara (Soony Saad) 50
KC -- Benny Feilhaber 92+
Red cards: New England -- Dimitry Imbongo 65, Andy Dorman 86.
Att.: 19,988.

Saturday, August 10
Chicago 2 Montreal 1.

CHI: Joel Lindpere 6
CHI: Dilly Duka 23
MTL: Felipe (Sanna Nyassi) 57
Att.: 17,297.

Saturday, August 10
Real Salt Lake 1 Houston 0.
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (pen.) 37
Att.: 19,402.
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

39 Sporting KC 11-7-6 36/24
38 New York 11-8-5 36/31
37 Philadelphia 10-7-7 36/32
35 Montreal 10-7-5 34/34
33 Houston 9-7-6 26/22
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31 Chicago 9-9-4 29/32
30 New England 8-8-6 27/20
26 Columbus 7-11-5 27/30
20 Toronto FC 4-11-8 21/31
13 D.C. United 3-17-4 13/41

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

41 Real Salt Lake 12-7-5 39/26
36 Vancouver 10-7-6 37/29
36 Colorado 9-7-9 31/27
35 Portland 8-3-11 32/21
34 LA Galaxy 10-9-4 35/30
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34 Seattle 10-7-4 29/23
33 FC Dallas 8-6-9 30/33
30 San Jose 8-10-6 25/35
18 Chivas USA 4-13-6 20/40
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
14+1 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9+2 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9+1 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
8+2 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
7+2 Kei Kamara (Sporting KC)
7+2 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
7+1 Kenny Miller (Vancouver)
7 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
7 Fabian Espindola (New York)
7 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
7 Ryan Johnson (Portland)
7 Diego Fagundez (New England)
7 Thierry Henry (New York)
7 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 25:
Saturday, August 17
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. D.C. United
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Chicago
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
8 pm ET
New York vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Seattle
9:30 pm ET
Colorado vs. Vancouver
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
11 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas

Sunday, August 18

11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 26:
Wednesday, August 21
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Friday, August 23
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN

Saturday, August 24
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose
9 pm ET
Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus

Sunday, August 25
5 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland, ESPN2


3 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: August 12, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
    AR: Fail on that second Dallas goal. What was he looking at? And Perez deserved a caution for all the pounding he delivered before the play started. This is when jostling turns into wrestling.

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: August 12, 2013 at 6:07 p.m.
    Another delinquent performance by the ref crew.

  1. Alex G. Sicre
    commented on: August 12, 2013 at 9:08 p.m.
    Dallas was offside on both goals. What are these ARs watching. Donovans 3 goals should have won that match.


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