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D.C. United and New England go for three
by Ridge Mahoney, July 30th, 2014 11:58PM

TAGS:  d.c. united, mls, new england revolution


[MLS: Wednesday] D.C. United confirmed its credentials and New England broke an eight-game losing streak in 3-0 victories Wednesday night. Two other games ended in ties.

United won its fourth straight game and moved to within one point of Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City by overpowering Toronto FC, 3-0. Eddie Johnson headed home a Perry Kitchen cross in the eighth minute, and -- as did New England -- D.C. stood firm before netting twice in the second half to clinch the victory. Chris Rolfe scored just before the hour mark and an own goal rounded out the result.

Starting with a 1-0 defeat of SKC on May 31, United has won six of eight and lost only once. It plays at Houston Sunday.

The Revs edged into the playoff tier by ending a run of futility dating back more than two months. A Drew Moor own goal gave them a 1-0 lead they nursed until the final 15 minutes, during which Lee Nguyen struck a superb free kick and then set up Kelyn Rowe for his first goal of the season.

In all of those eight losses, New England had conceded the first goal. It took the lead when a low shot by Nguyen hit Moor in the foot and ricocheted past keeper Clint Irwin into the net.

CLASH OF CONFERENCES. The Red Bulls rallied after falling behind Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium with a shrewd finish by Thierry Henry and departed with their fourth tie (1-1) in the last six games.

Joao Plata’s team-leading ninth goal of the season in the 18th minute pushed RSL in front. Javier Morales collected a partially cleared corner kick and fired a shot that Luis Robles saved, but no Red Bull player followed the ball out to Plata, who struck a sweet shot into the bottom corner from about 15 yards out.

Henry equalized 12 minutes into the second half when Tim Cahill laid a ball back to him a few yards beyond the penalty arc. The former French international stroked a firm shot along the ground that keeper Nick Rimando, backed up nearly to his goal line, failed to reach with a desperate lunge.

TEAMS OF TIES. A 0-0 final score at Toyota Park leaves Chicago and Vancouver mired in ambiguity. The ‘Caps tied their fourth straight game and with a record of 6-4-11, are surpassed in deadlocks only by the Fire (3-5-12). Keepers Sean Johnson and David Ousted each had two saves.

MLS WEEK 21, Results:
Wednesday, July 30
D.C. United 3 Toronto FC 0.
DC: Eddie Johnson (Perry Kitchen, Sean Franklin) 8
DC: Chris Rolfe (Nick DeLeon, Luis Silva) 59
DC: own goal 67
Att.: 16,171.

New England 3 Colorado 0.
NE: own goal 10
NE: Lee Nguyen (unassisted) 75
NE: Kelyn Rowe (Lee Nguyen) 78
Att.: 13,831.

Chicago 0 Vancouver 0.
Att.: 13,532.

Real Salt Lake 1 New York 1.
RSL: Joao Plata (Chris Wingert) 18
NY: Thierry Henry (Tim Cahill, Bradley Wright-Phillips) 57
Att.: 20,295.

Monday, July 28
Seattle 0 LA Galaxy 3.
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Landon Donovan, Marcelo Sarvas) 8
LA: Landon Donovan 18
LA: Stefan Ishizaki (Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan) 36
Att.: 39,304.

MLS WEEK 21: Schedule:
Friday, August 1
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
Saturday, August 2
2:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Portland, NBC
5 pm ET
Montreal vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
New York vs. New England
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Columbus
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Real Salt Lake
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Seattle, NBCSN
Sunday, August 3
8 pm ET
Houston vs. D.C. United, UDN
10 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas

MLS Standings:
38 Sporting KC 11-5-5 31/19
37 D.C. United 11-5-4 32/20
26 New England 8-11-2 28/33
26 Toronto FC 7-7-5 27/28
26 Columbus 6-7-8 25/27
25 New York 5-6-10 33/32
23 Philadelphia 5-8-8 33/35
21 Chicago 3-5-12 27/33
19 Houston 5-11-4 22/40
14 Montreal 3-12-5 21/37

38 Seattle 12-5-2 35/27
33 Real Salt Lake 8-4-9 32/267
30 LA Galaxy 8-4-6 29/16
30 Colorado 8-7-6 31/27
30 FC Dallas 8-7-6 34/31
29 Vancouver 6-4-11 31/29
27 Portland 6-6-9 35/35
23 Chivas USA 6-9-5 21/33
20 San Jose 5-8-5 22/20
MLS: Leading Scorers
17 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
14 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
10 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
9+1 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
9 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
8 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia

MLS WEEK 22: Schedule:
Wednesday, August 6  
9:30 pm ET
MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich, ESPN2, UniMas
Friday, August 8   
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose, NBCSN
Saturday, August 9
7 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Montreal
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Colorado
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. D.C. United
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Chivas USA
Sunday, August 10
8 pm ET
Chicago vs. New York, UDN
Vancouver vs. Sporting KC
10:30 pm ET
Seattle vs. Houston, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes

MLS WEEK 23: Schedule:
Friday, August 15
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
Saturday, August 16
2:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle, NBCSN
6:30 pm ET
Montreal vs. Chicago
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. LA Galaxy
New England vs. Portland
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver
San Jose vs. FC Dallas
Sunday, August 17
8 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Colorado, UDN

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