The first MLS opener for David Beckham
into the worst drubbing of his brief Galaxy career, two young Gambians led the Revs to a spanking of Houston in a rematch of MLS Cup 2007, and the ballyhooed offseason FC Dallas signing turned
victory into disappointment. For the first week of MLS 2008, we'll examine how much impact was wielded by some of the players signed for that purpose. DUAL THREAT.
During preseason when asked about Argentine DP Claudio Lopez
, Kansas City coach Curt Onalfo
never forgot to mention that other South American striker
signed, Colombian Ivan Trujillo
. They scored the goals Saturday as Kansas City beat D.C. United, 2-0, in front of a rowdy, roaring sellout crowd (10,385) at CommunityAmerica
"Basically, in one week our team has changed tremendously, with obviously Claudio arriving and the same thing with Ivan Trujillio," said Onalfo when the Lopez signing was
announced. "We want to have competition in that spot and it's going to make us a team that is deep and is able to win games consistently."
Trujillo tucked away a first-time feed from
to break open a scoreless deadlock early in the second half and in the 61st minute Ryan Pore
chipped a ball over the D.C. back line that Lopez
lofted off the fingertips of leaping goalkeeper Zach Wells
and into the net. FIRST GOAL FLYER.
Anybody who wanted to bet on a longshot scoring the
first goal of the MLS season - in what turned out to be a 2-0 Crew victory over Toronto -- could have heeded the words of Sigi Schmid
two weeks ago:
"I think someone
who is going to surprise people is Adam Moffat
," said Schmid of the second-year midfielder signed last September who scored against UAG in a postseason friendly and in a March
preseason match versus Blackburn.
With the Crew and TFC tied 0-0 in the 26th minute, Moffat hit a long-range shot of no great power that bounced past goalkeeper Brian
, who got the start in goal as Greg Sutton
sat on the bench, a decision that Coach John Carver
may want to re-think. GOMEZ
POWER. Christian Gomez
potted a penalty kick in a 4-0 thrashing of the Galaxy that marked his Rapids debut, and his central presence opened up space for Colorado's flank
players, especially after his PK widened the gap to 2-0.
Right mid Terry Cooke
scored the first goal on a rebound and set up two more with passes, one of which
found left mid Colin Clark
to score the final goal. On the day, Cooke got the best of Beckham, his former teammate - and housemate - when they were youth players at Manchester
United. DAVINO DUFF.
FCD Dallas was about six minutes away from opening its season with a 1-0 victory against Chivas USA when the play of two major offseason
Swiss midfielder Raphael Wicky
lofted a ball across the center line that Mexican defender Duilio Davino
seemed to have measured,
but instead of flicking it to safety with the outside of his left foot, he prodded it into the path of Maykel Galindo
, who sailed in alone to put the equalizer (1-1) through
keeper Dario Sala
's feet. GAMBIA A-GO-GO.
Former U-20 internationals Sainey Nyassi
and Kenny Mansally
, signed near
the end of last season, overran Houston with their power and pace in a 3-0 Revs' thumping of the defending champion.
From his right midfield slot, Nyassi breached the Houston defense
several times and Mansally gave central defenders Eddie Robinson
and Bobby Boswell
plenty of trouble. Nyassi's through ball set up Mansally for a shot that was
saved and fell to Steve Ralston
to score on the rebound, and with seven minutes left Nyassi intercepted a lazy Richard Mulrooney
pass and raced upfield to smash
the third goal over keeper Pat Onstad