By Ridge Mahoney
conjured up a few flashbacks to his most productive days, Colorado gained a point despite
playing most of the match a man down, and D.C. United stumbled to a second straight defeat on the second weekend of league play.
A heavy rainstorm inundated Giants Stadium Sunday, and in
soggy conditions the Red Bulls ran rings around a Dallas team that had flown cross-country after beating Los Angeles, 2-1, at Home Depot Center Thursday. Mathis set up the first goal and scored his
first in a NYRB uniform as the Red Bulls romped, 3-0. Jozy Altidore
struck in the 18th minute and then redirected a Dane Richards
cross for Mathis to slam into the net. Dave van den Bergh
added the third goal three minutes into stoppage time.
FC Dallas comes back from a three-game road trip to open the season with four points. NYRB also has four, which is enough to top the Eastern Conference along with Chicago. Yes, the Red Bulls are in
Panamanian striker Roberto Brown
had scored to commemorate the opening of Dick's Sporting Goods Park, and his impact on Sunday's game
against Chicago was just as dramatic. He was sent off for a hard tackle in the sixth minute, yet the Fire squandered good chances for Chad Barrett
and Gonzalo Segares
. Colorado took the lead through Herculez Gomez
in the 62nd minute and nearly held out the rest of the
way, but Barrett ran onto a nice Chris Rolfe
chip with six minutes left to garner the Fire a 1-1 tie.
Defensive woes plagued D.C. in the latter part
of last season, and in two games this year, it has conceded six goals. Eddie Johnson
and the Wizards attack shredded United in a 4-2 thumping, with Johnson
setting up rookie Michael Harrington
and Sasha Victorine
for goals and netting himself to restore Kansas City's lead
at 3-2 after United had tied the match with goals by Christian Gomez
and Luciano Emilio
. All this occurred in the
first half before 22,358 stunned fans. Scott Sealy
pounced nine minutes into the second half to drill home the rebound of a point-blank Johnson
shot that had been saved by Troy Perkins
, who'd been marooned once again to the extreme displeasure of D.C. coach Tom
Also fuming is Toronto FC coach Mo Johnston
. New England scorched TFC's back line repeatedly in a 4-0 rout. Two goals by Taylor Twellman
in the first 18 minutes and second-half shots from Shalrie Joseph
washed away the frustrations of a 1-0 loss to Chicago in the season opener and left Toronto with a goal difference of minus-6 after its first two MLS games.
After being shut
out in its opener against the Galaxy, 0-0, defending champion Houston labored through more than another hour of play before scoring against Chivas USA, but that goal by Brian Ching
was enough for a 1-0 win.
Chivas USA had two good looks at goal in the first half, but Dynamo keeper Pat Onstad
and Jonathan Bornstein
. Ching escaped the Chivas USA marking to head in a Brad Davis
free kick and Onstad finished with five saves to preserve Houston's unblemished defensive record.
There were saves galore, and not just by the goalkeepers, as
host Real Salt Lake and Columbus scraped out a 0-0 tie. Mehdi Ballouchy
and Eddie Pope
cleared away goal-bound shots
to help keeper Nick Rimando
, whose five saves included a flying deflection of Eddie Gaven
's 25-yard rising blast. The
best of Crew goalie Andy Gruenebaum
's six saves came when he stoned Jeff Cunningham
on a through ball in the 54th
minute. RSL and Columbus are in fifth place in their respective conferences with two points apiece after their first two matches. GAME
RESULTS: April 14 in Salt Lake City Real Salt Lake 0 Columbus 0. Att.:
16,157. April 14 in Foxboro, Mass. New
England 4 Toronto FC 0.
Goals: Twellman (Cristman) 12, Twellman (Ralston) 18, Joseph pen. 60, Dorman (Ralston, Noonan) 72. Att.:
April 14 in Washington, D.C. D.C. United 2 Kansas City 4.
Goals: Emilio (Erpen,
Carroll) 11, Gomez 34; Harrington (Johnson, Burciaga) 3, Victorine (Johnson, Sealy) 8, Johnson 46+, Sealy 54. Att.:
22,358. April 14 in Houston Houston 1 Chivas USA 0.
Goal: Ching (Davis) 65. Att.:
16,519. April 15 in East Rutherford, N.J. New York 3 FC Dallas 0.
Goals: Altidore (Mathis) 18, Mathis (Altidore, Richards) 34, van den Bergh 93+. Att.:
8,865. April 15 in Commerce City, Colo. Colorado 1 Chicago 1.
Goals: Gomez (Hernandez, Coundoul)
58; Barrett (Rolfe) 85. Red card:
Colorado -- R.Brown 6. Att.: