DALLAS, which missed the playoffs the past two seasons, downed defending
champ D.C. United, 2-0, upping its record to 6-1-3, which has it in first-place
of the Western Conference. CARLOS RUIZ scored both Dallas goals,
including a bicycle kick from 12 yards after receiving a nicely chipped pass
from Roberto Mina.
CHRIS ARMAS celebrated his 200th MLS game with a goal and an assist in
CHICAGO's 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake, which had been undefeated in its
previous four home games. A crowd of 17,861 attended the game at
CLUB AMERICA thumped UAG, 6-3, in the second leg of the Mexican Clausura
final in front of 100,000 Azteca Stadium fans to win the series, 7-4, on
aggregate. It marks Club America's 14th Mexican title.
The USA fell,
2-1, to England, which was missing more than a dozen regulars. Clint Dempsey
struck for the USA in the second half after Kieran Richardson, an England
debutant, scored twice in the first half.
Chivas USA, after a 2-0 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday dropped its
record to 1-8-1, relieved THOMAS RONGEN of his head coach position and
named him sporting director. Replacing Rongen is fellow Dutchman Hans Westerhoff,
who previously coached Chivas Guadalajara, PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and Willem II.
EDDIE LEWIS and PRESTON NORTH END will return to the second-tier
of English soccer, having lost, 1-0, to
West Ham in the final of the promotion playoffs for the Premier League.
Lewis was rated a 7 (out of 10) by The Sun for his 90-minute performance.
American defender OGUCHI ONYEWU played the full 90 minutes of both legs
in STANDARD LIEGE's 4-3 aggregate loss to Racing Genk in a playoff for
the Belgian League's UEFA Cup spot.
Arsenal has released American DANNY KARBASSIYOON, a 21-year-old
Virginia product who joined the English power in 2003. In the 2004-05 season,
Karbassiyoon made two League Cup appearances for Arsenal, scoring once, and five
league appearances while on loan to second-tier Ipswich. Arsenal also released
American defender FRANKIE SIMEK, 20, who made no appearances for Arsenal
last season but, on loan, played five games for second-tier Queens Park Rangers
and eight for third-tier Bournemouth.