MLS WEEK 21 WRAP: Ruiz scores twice in Galaxy win

By Ridge Mahoney

San Jose and Chicago pull away at the top, the Revs and Wizards still can't win, Columbus subdues the 10-man Burn, and the Galaxy remains imposing at home and winless on the road.

BEST GOALS: Carlos Ruiz's overtime strike in the Galaxy's 2-1 overtime victory over New England was a vintage solo finish.

Ruiz, who also scored the Galaxy's first goal, ran onto a ball from Hong Myung Bo, faked defender Jay Heaps off his feet at the edge of the penalty area, then cut right to drive a shot just over keeper Adin Brown's left shoulder and off the underside of the crossbar.

Fire rookie Damani Ralph scored yet another incredible goal in the Fire's 2-1 win over the Metros at the Meadowlands. He spun past Craig Zaidie near the midfield line and veered to goal on a dribbling run he ended with a 25-yard rocket past Jonny Walker.

STATS: The Galaxy is 6-1-3 at the Home Depot Center but 0-6-5 away from it. New England is 1-6-6 in its last 13 games.

Chicago is 5-0-2 in its last seven games and at 11-4-6 (39 points) holds an eight point lead over the Metros in the Eastern Conference.

BEST ASSIST: Wes Hart intercepted a clearing pass and first-timed a perfect lob to John Spencer, who controlled the ball and blasted it past Tony Meola for second Rapids goal in Colorado's 2-2 tie with Kansas City Friday night.

BEST SHOT AS A PASS: Freddy Garcia picked up an assist on the first Crew goal in its 2-1 victory over the Burn. He collected a long cross on the left side of the box, and wound up to drill a low ball that Edson Buddle redirected into the roof of the net.

STATS: Columbus snapped a winless run of seven games (0-4-3) by beating Dallas, which played a man down for more than an hour after Chad Deering was sent off for a second yellow card.

BLANKS: San Jose posted its ninth shutout as the Quakes defeated D.C. United, 1-0, on Ramiro Corrales' first goal of the season.

STATS: San Jose has the best record in MLS (11-3-7, 40 points) and leads second-place Kansas City by 11 points in the Western Conference. Its 21 goals allowed also leads the league.

RETURNS: Josh Wolff played for the first time since suffering a meniscus tear on July 4 and Brian McBride came back for his first MLS action since July 5 after suffering a fractured orbital bone during the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

MLS: Game Summaries (Aug. 22-24)

Aug. 22 in Kansas City
KANSAS CITY (7-6-8, 29 pts) 2 COLORADO (8-9-4, 28 pts) 2.
Goals: Arnaud (Preki) 1, Preki pen. 93+; Henderson (Spencer, Mastroeni) 29, Spencer (Hart) 41.
Att.: 12,778.

Aug. 23 in Carson, Calif.
LOS ANGELES (6-7-8, 26 pts) 2 NEW ENGLAND (5-8-8, 23 pts) 1 (OT).
Ruiz (Jones, Hong) 22, Ruiz (Hong) 98; Cancela pen. 86.
Att.: 20,377.

Aug. 23 in Southlake, Texas
DALLAS (4-13-4, 16 pts) 1 COLUMBUS (6-9-6, 24 pts) 2.
Goals: Rhine (Hendrickson) 75; Buddle (Garcia) 43, Paule 62.
Att.: 7,950.

Aug. 24 in East Rutherford, NJ
METROSTARS (8-6-7, 31 pts) 1 CHICAGO (11-4-6, 39 pts) 2.
Goals: Wolyniec (Ziadie) 28; Ralph 46+, Razov (Ralph) 86.
Att.: 20,082.

Aug. 24 in San Jose
SAN JOSE (11-3-7, 40 pts) 1 DC UNITED (7-8-6, 27 pts) 0.
Goal: Corrales 1 (De Rosario 1) 80.
Att.: 13,107.

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