United left Christian Gomez
on the bench and limited Jaime Moreno
to a cameo appearance and still stunned the Revs,
3-0, at Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Two goals by Luciano Emilio
, the co-leader atop the scoring charts with 12, polished off New England
(9-4-6) after Josh Gros
poked home the opening goal midway through the first half. Keeper Troy Perkins
only needed to
make two saves as United (8-6-3) claimed its first MLS win since beating Kansas City on the Fourth of July.
After stopping a shot from Clyde
, Revs keeper Matt Reis
put one hand to the ball barely a nanosecond before Gros' foot jabbed the ball into the net. Referee Alex Prus
pointed to the center.
United burned the Revs back line in the 31st minute when Guy-Roland Kpene
through ball sliced between Michael Parkhurst
and James Riley
for Emilio to shoot low near-post. Taylor Twellman
hit the post with a header and Perkins smothered a point-blank Pat Noonan
shot late in the first half.
United, which committed 24 fouls, kept New England at bay in the second half until Emilio bounced up after being fouled to play a one-two with Ben Olsen
sent him in alone to stroke goal number three past Reis.
PLAYOFF RACE: DYNAMO DENIED.
England 33 points (18 games);
2. Kansas City 32 (19)
1. Houston 34 (20);
2. FC Dallas 33 (19);
1. Chivas USA 27
2. New York 27 (18);
3. Columbus 26 (19);
4. D.C. United 24 (16);
5. Chicago 20 (18);
6. Toronto FC 19 (18);
Colorado 16 (19);
8. Los Angeles 13 (12);
9. Real Salt Lake 12 (17).
Houston rolled into Salt Lake City as the league's
best team, but succumbed to fatigue and a fighting foe, 1-0, on a goal by Robbie Findley
, who is getting scant consideration among the top rookies despite
leading them with five goals.
He scored number five by pouncing on a rare defensive mixup in the 84th minute to celebrate his 22nd birthday in style. The Dynamo back line reacted slowly
to a deflected Chris Lancos
pass and Findley raced free to drill a low shot past Pat Onstad
inside the far post.
Playing a fifth game in 13 days, Houston (10-6-4) labored on a temporary grass field laid down for Real's recent friendlies. Stuart Holden
fired just wide and
RSL (2-9-6) keeper Nick Rimando
stopped a low drive from Richard Mulrooney
. Findley set up Kyle Brown
for a great chance that was squandered and also nicked the top of the crossbar before capitalizing on the error that ended Houston's 11-game winless streak.
MORE COLORADO WOE.
A streak of the opposite kind is plaguing the Rapids, which failed to win for the 10th straight game. Drew
headed home a Dax McCarty
free kick for the only goal FC Dallas (10-6-3) would need to win, 1-0. It trails Houston by just one point.
Keeper Ray Burse
, who made his debut for Dallas in the SuperLiga, thwarted Colorado (4-9-6) several times in his first MLS game. He saved a header from Ugo Ihemelu
and robbed Jacob Peterson
with a fantastic flying tipover of a rising blast toward the top corner. He saved again
from Peterson in the 78th minute when a cross by Mexican international Daniel Osorno
, who made his MLS debut as a sub, fell to Peterson in point-blank range.
Defender Clarence Goodson
helped out his goalie with a vital block and clearance to deny Herculez Gomez
Rapids keeper Bouna Coundoul
sparkled as well, turning away Arturo Alvarez
on two occasions and also smothering a shot
from Dominic Oduro
. But McCarty's swerving free kick escaped his defenders and bounced just outside the six-yard box; his full-stretch touch on the ball
diverted it to Moor, who nodded home from a sharp angle. BENCH VIEW.
Beckham, in a suit and tie, watched from the bench as the Galaxy was outshot,
14-2, and settled for a 0-0 tie that did little justice to another night of chants, roars, and streamers at sold-out (20,522) BMO Field.
Toronto (5-9-5) nearly scored in the opening
minutes when Andrea Lombardo
lofted a shot over keeper Joe Cannon
, but defender Ty
got there just in time to sweep it off the goal line. Lombardo, playing virtually alone up top for a injury-ravaged TFC team missing six starters, shot narrowly wide in the 30th
minute. Cannon blocked Jim Brennan
's follow-up of a deflected free kick and saved a point for his team in stoppage time by charging out to save at the feet of
TFC goalie Kenny Stamatopoulos
, who was acquired on loan from Norwegian club Tromso as an
emergency backup, made just one save in his league debut. Also earning their first MLS starts for Toronto were defender Adam Braz
Another packed house (20,358) and another goalless game frustrated the Fire fans at Toyota Park, as Cuauhtemoc
and MLS debutant Paulo Wanchope
failed to break through the Columbus defense.
Both Blanco and Crew midfielder Guillermo Barros Schelotto
posed problems for the opposition, with Blanco's influence increasing as the match unfolded. A Schelotto free kick bounced to Crew defender
in the opening minutes but Fire keeper Matt Pickens
In the 25th minute, Calen Carr
broke free to rip a shot that Crew goalie Will Hesmer
saved smartly. Wanchope came on as a sub in the 58th minute
and the Crew (6-5-8) tightened up its midfield.
Blanco collected a clearance and evaded a defender only to shoot just wide, then in the final minutes played a through ball that
Wanchope couldn't put past Hesmer.
Pickens saved from Andy Herron
in the last minute of regulation, and in stoppage time a Blanco free kick was
flicked on by Gonzalo Segares
to C.J. Brown
, but his header missed the target, and the Fire (5-8-5) had to settle for a
Chicago has a two-week break from MLS play, which gives Coach Juan Carlos Osorio
some much-needed tweaking time. Following the break, the
Fire plays four of five on the road. GAME SUMMARIES: Aug. 4 in Bridgeview, Ill. Chicago 0 Columbus 0. Chicago -
Pickens, Brown, Segares, Gutierrez (Soumare, 84), Pause, Armas, Guerrero, Robinson,
Blanco, Carr (Rolfe, 71), Barrett (Wanchope, 58). Columbus -
Hesmer, Hejduk, Gonzalez, Marshall, Miglioranzi, O'Rourke, Schelotto, Grabavoy (Oughton, 88),
Szetela, Moreno, Gaven (Herron, 68). Yellow Cards:
Chicago - Gutierrez 13, Brown 27, Soumare 86; Columbus - Szetela 30, Miglioranzi 44, Gonzalez 60. Referee:
Terry Vaughn. Att.:
20,358. Aug. 4 in Frisco,
Texas FC Dallas 1 Colorado 0.
Goal: Moor (McCarty) 31. FC Dallas -
Burse, Gbandi, Goodson, Serioux,
Moor, Toja, McCarty (Rhine, 83), Ricchetti, Alvarez, Oduro (Saragosa, 67), Ruiz (Thompson, 77). Colorado -
Coundoul, Prideaux, Erpen, Ihemelu, Clark,
Cancela, Kirovski (Gomez, 59), Mastroeni, Cooke (Osorno, 59), Hernandez, Peterson. Yellow Cards:
FC Dallas - Gbandi 79, Saragosa 93+; Colorado -
Peterson 46. Referee:
Mark Geiger. Att.:
12,820. Aug. 4 in
Salt Lake City Real Salt Lake 1 Houston 0.
Goal: Findley 84. Real Salt Lake -
(Lancos, 79), Kotschau, Pope, Wingert, Brown (Watson, 66), Beckerman, Sturgis, Talley, Findley, Brown (Harris 79). Houston -
Onstad, Waibel (Ashe, 70),
Cochrane, Robinson, Barrett, Mullan (Ianni, 90), Clark, Mulrooney, Holden (Jaqua, 46), Ngwenya, Ching. Yellow Cards:
Real Salt Lake - Kotschau 87,
Beckerman, 88, Wingert 89. Referee:
Jozef Batko. Att.:
13,003. Aug. 5 in Foxboro, Mass. New England 0 D.C. United 3.
Goals: Gros 22, Emilio (Kpene, Burch) 31, Emilio 12 (Olsen) 76. New England -
Reis, Heaps, Parkhurst (John, 37), Larentowicz (Thompson, 72), Riley, Dorman (Cristman, 46), Ralston, Joseph, Smith, Twellman, Noonan. D.C. United -
Perkins, Boswell, Namoff (Mediate, 78), Burch, McTavish, Gros, Olsen, Dyachenko, Simms, Emilio, Kpene (Moreno, 46; Carroll, 74). Yellow Cards:
New England - Heaps 46, Larentowicz 65, Noonan 76, John 83; D.C. United - Dyachenko 17, Olsen 27, Mediate 84. Referee:
Alex Prus. Att.:
12,618. Aug. 5 in Toronto Toronto 0 Los Angeles 0. Toronto FC -
Stamatopoulos, Reda, Braz, Brennan, Marshall, Pozniak, Edu, Robinson, Dunivant, Samuel (Welsh, 81),
Lombardo. Los Angeles -
Cannon, Roberts (Martino, 47), Harden, Xavier, Jazic, Klein, Donovan, Gray, Vagenas, Harmse (Kirk, 70), Gordon (Pavon, 64). Yellow Cards:
Toronto FC - Robinson 32, Edu 82; Los Angeles - Gray 24, Harmse 50, Jazic 72. Referee: