Rough times for the Crew and Galaxy continued, and the Fire lost at home again. D.C. United, Houston and Chivas USA extended their winning streaks, and FC Dallas kept its lead in the Western
Conference. For Ridge Mahoney's breakdown on all the MLS action ... CREW CRISIS.
A record of one win in 10 games deepens the troubles of
Columbus after losing at home to Houston, 2-1, Sunday. Tim Ward
replaced Frankie Hejduk
at right back for
the Crew (1-4-5), and Coach Sigi Schmid
started with Alejandro Moreno
together up top for only the second time this season. The Dynamo (5-5-1) was deprived of three starters because of Gold Cup duty, but Canadian keeper Pat Onstad
returned to the team after playing for his country while suspended for Houston's 2-1 defeat of Colorado Thursday.
The players traded by these teams a few weeks
ago, Joseph Ngwenya
and Moreno, scored headers three minutes apart on corner kicks. Ngwenya's glancing shot bounced off the inside of the post for his third
goal in three games, and Moreno replied for the Crew with a powerful bolt that flew into the top corner. Brad Davis
and Guillermo Barros Schelotto
served up the corners. Kelly Gray
, playing alongside Richard
in central midfield with Ricardo Clark
on U.S. duty, got up the right wing to center a low ball Chad
steered into his own net. For most of the game, he and Mulrooney blotted out the Columbus attempts to break through the middle, and while a roaming Schelotto saw much of the ball,
seldom did he reach shooting range.
The defending champion Dynamo played its third game in eight days and by winning all of them has moved into second place in the Western Conference.
In nearly a decade of pro competition, midfielder Ben Olsen
had never scored a hat trick. His
first one beat his former college and pro head coach Bruce Arena
in a 4-2 United win over Red Bull New York (6-3-2) at RFK.
Olsen latched onto a
curling diagonal ball from Josh Gros
to head past RBNY keeper Ronald Waterreus
in the 15th minute for the first goal,
and then struck twice within 12 minutes to blow open a 2-1 game with United down to 10 men. He took a Brian Carroll
feed and cut inside to fire a left-footed
that deflected past Waterreus, and with six minutes left controlled a bouncing ball from Jaime Moreno
outside the penalty area and smashed a right-footed
blast a yard underneath the crossbar.
New York had tied the game, 1-1, on a low, 20-yard drive from former D.C. midfielder Dema Kovalenko
fell behind again four minutes into the second half when Fred, not for the first time, sliced through the middle. This time, he played a ball Luciano Emilio
banged past a stranded Wattereus. A second yellow to Bobby Boswell
in the 60th minute gave Red Bull a man advantage it couldn't exploit. Juan Pablo Angel
scored his seventh goal a minute after Olsen completed his hat trick. United (4-3-2) moved into a tie for fourth place with Chicago, over which it
has two games in hand. TOYOTA RECALL.
A packed house couldn't inspire the flickering Fire, which lost to Chivas USA, 1-0, for its second home
defeat of the season. Paulo Nagamura
pounced on a loose ball to score in the 79th minute as Chivas USA (4-3-2) won on the road for the first time
this season. Chicago (4-5-2) has lost five of its last seven. Calen Carr
, Chad Barrett
and Willian Oliveira
displayed some good touches but the decisive serving ball and strong shot were seldom produced. Orlando Perez
took over for
(with the U.S.) at left back and a solid defensive effort marshaled by Jesse Marsch
and Sasha Kljestan
blunted Chicago's attack.
Chivas USA controlled much of the play, and launched 11 shots to three for Chicago, whose total matched that of
former Fire striker Ante Razov
. He tested Fire keeper Matt Pickens
midway through the second half and Pickens made
his only save of the match.
Razov and Maykel Galindo
forced their way into the penalty area and when the ball squirted loose after a tackle
Nagamura drilled it into the net. Chivas USA keeper Brad Guzan
earned his only save of the game and fourth shutout of the season by holding a shot from Diego Gutierrez
. BIG D DEMOLITION.
Tied at halftime on the road after trailing, 1-0, the Galaxy might have
believed its season could be turned around.
Instead, FC Dallas scored twice in the second half to win, 3-1, and extend the winless skid of Los Angeles (1-4-3) to five league games. Juan Toja
, Abe Thompson
and Drew Moor
scored for FCD (6-5-1). The equalizer by
is the only goal LA has scored in the last three matches.
Toja squeezed a shot between the posts from a nearly impossible angle after
Thompson ran down a long ball as the Galaxy players appealed for offside. Findley put away the rebound of a Cobi Jones
shot that had been blocked on the
goalline by Chris Gbandi
to tie the score.
The Galaxy back line scrambled to negate the speed of Thompson and Dominic Oduro
, who were starting together in a three-forward alignment with Arturo Alvarez
. Defender Ty
's late challenge on Oduro resulted in a penalty kick, and Thompson's successful attempt should have been retaken, as Oduro encroached by yards before the ball was struck. But
referee Jair Marrufo
let the kick stand.
Slack defending plagued LA on the third goal in the 73rd minute. A Dax
free kick from the right side skipped through the goalmouth to the far post and Moor stooped to head it over the goalline.
A great day for FCD turned sour when substitute Kenny Cooper
suffered a broken right leg in a rough tackle by Tyrone Marshall
, who was ejected. GAME SUMMARIES: June 9 in Frisco, Texas FC Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1.
Goals: Toja (Thompson, Ricchetti) 24, Thompson pen. 54, Moor (McCarty) 73; Findley 41. FC Dallas -
Sala, Gbandi, Goodson, Moor,
Yi, Saragosa, Ricchetti, Toja (Wagenfuhr, 87), Alvarez (McCarty, 64), Thompson (Cooper, 68), Oduro. Los Angeles -
Cannon, Sturgis, Marshall, Veris,
Harden, Jones, Martino, Vagenas, Quaranta (Randolph, 82), Findley, Jaqua (Kirk, 72). Yellow Cards:
FC Dallas - Gbandi 27; Los Angeles - Harden 53,
Sturgis 55. Red Card:
Los Angeles - Marshall 89. Referee:
Jair Marrufo. Att.:
14,640. June 9 in Bridgeview, Ill. Chicago 0 Chivas USA
Goal: Nagamura 79. Chicago -
Pickens, Robinson, Brown, Curtin (Banner, 86), Plotkin, Gutierrez, Soumare, Oliveira (Franks, 70), Segares,
Barrett, Carr (Monteiro, 87). Chivas USA -
Guzan, Zotinca (Hernandez, 82), Suarez, Thomas, Perez, Kljestan, Marsch, Nagamura, Mendoza, Razov, Galindo
(Taylor, 83). Yellow Cards:
Chicago - Soumare 24, Brown 47+; Chivas USA - Kljestan 21. Referee:
20,407. June 10 in Washington, D.C. D.C. United 4 New York 2.
Goals: Olsen (Gros, Fred) 15, Emilio (Fred, Erpen) 49, Olsen (Carroll, Gomez) 72, Olsen (Moreno, Gomez) 84; Kovalenko (Schopp) 18, Angel
(Altidore, Parke) 85. D.C. United -
Perkins, Namoff, Boswell, Erpen, Gros, Fred (McTavish, 88), Carroll, Gomez, Olsen (Burch, 91+), Emilio (Moose, 74),
Moreno. New York -
Waterreus, Graham (Ubiparipovic, 73), Mendes, Stammler, Schopp (Parke, 66), Richards, Kovalenko, Reyna, van den Bergh (Altidore, 57),
Angel, Mathis. Yellow Cards:
D.C. United - Boswell 12, Erpen 43. Red Card:
D.C. United - Boswell 60.
Brian Hall. Att.:
18,066. June 10 in Columbus, Ohio Columbus 1 Houston 2.
Goals: Moreno (Schelotto) 25; Ngwenya (Davis) 22, own goal 29. Columbus -
Gruenebaum, Ward, Gonzalez, Marshall, Pierce (Garey, 81), Schelotto, Grabavoy, Oughton, Rogers, Moreno, Herron (Gaven, 72). Houston -
Onstad, Waibel, Cochrane, Robinson (Ianni, 62), Barrett, Mullan, Gray, Mulrooney, Davis (Ashe, 58), Ngwenya, Wondolowski (Holden, 74). Yellow Cards:
Columbus - Schelotto 27; Houston - Ngwenya 43. Referee:
Kevin Stott. Att.: