MLS WEEK 12 WRAP: Alecko scores two beauties

By Ridge Mahoney

Double strikes carry Kansas City and D.C. to victories; Pat Onstad saves another Ante Razov penalty as the Quakes and Fire tie again; the youthful Metros stun the Galaxy in the final minute; and goals two minutes apart leave the Burn and Rapids tied. BEST GOALS: Rarely are the top two nominees scored by the same player, but Alecko Eskandarian twice gave Crew keeper Jon Busch no chance in United's 3-1 win that snapped the Crew's unbeaten streak at seven.

Eskandarian's dribble up the left flank prompted clever passes by Dema Kovalenko and Jaime Moreno, and Eskandarian ran onto the Moreno's ball to lash a shot inside the far post. Eskandarian sealed the victory in the final minute of the first half with a bending free kick that beat Busch high to his left.

Rookie Clint Dempsey dived headlong to score a spectacular goal from a Richie Baker driven cross, but the Revs lost their seventh game of the season, 3-1, to Kansas City.

Jason Kreis tied Roy Lassiter for the all-time MLS lead in goals scored with a clever chip over Rapids keeper Joe Cannon as Dallas and Colorado tied, 1-1. TAYLOR MADE: Rookie Matt Taylor got two goals of his own as Kansas City won on the road again. After its 3-1 victory at Gillette Stadium the Wizards are 3-0-1 on their current road trip.

Taylor, drafted out of UCLA, tapped in a cross from Davy Arnaud for a 2-0 lead and after Dempsey's flying header narrowed the margin to one, blew through the Revs defense to clinch the win in stoppage time. SAVES DU JOUR: Pat Onstad stopped Ante Razov on a penalty kick in last year's MLS Cup, and he did it again Saturday as the Quakes came out of Soldier Field with a 1-1 tie.

Onstad saved with his feet while going to his right, the same direction in which he stretched to smother Razov's low kick last year. Razov went low again and aimed for the middle, but Onstad got his foot on the shot to block it. REBOUND: A late-game stumble last week that produced a 3-1 loss in San Jose left Metros coach Bob Bradley fuming instead of using his squad's inexperience as an excuse.

The Metros, deprived of seven regulars because of international callups or injuries, sent out the youngest squad in MLS history Saturday to host the Galaxy, and 19-year-old Mike Magee headed the winning goal in the final minute of regulation for a 2-1 win. The average age of the squad was 22 years, 138 days.

A Magee corner kick was bludgeoned into the net by Kenny Arena, son of U.S. coach Bruce Arena, for the first Metros' goal and the first of his MLS career.

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