THE ALL-TIME LEADER. In Dallas' 1-1 tie with D.C. United, 9-year MLS veteran Jason Kreis scored his 89th career goal to become MLS's all-time leading goalscorer. He leads Roy Lassiter (88) and Raul Diaz Arce (82), who are no longer in the league. The highest scoring active players after Kreis are Kansas City's Preki (77), Chicago's Ante Razov (77) and D.C. United's Jaime Moreno (74).
BEST GOALS: Only 14 goals were scored in six games, yet there was no shortage of quality strikes, including all three of the Metros' goals in their 3-0 pasting of L.A. last Wednesday at Home Depot Center.
Amado Guevara opened the scoring with a 25-yard blast, and Eddie Gaven added a pair of goals after nimbly picking his way past sprawling defenders. Gaven cut inside two defenders to fire home right-footed from the left side, and escaped tacklers in tight space to curl in a shot from the penalty arc with his left foot.
Kansas City's Jose Burciaga Jr. scored the first goal of his MLS career with a thunderous first-time shot of a ball rolled into his path by Chris Klein. The Wizards came out of San Jose with a 1-1 tie and thus posted a 3-0-2 record during their five-game road trip.
Clint Dempsey and Felix Brillant sailed through the Metros defense to score goals in a 2-1 Revs win that extended their unbeaten streak against the Eastern Conference rivals to eight straight games.
Jovan Kirovski capped off a gritty Galaxy performance at Soldier Field with a 50-yard chip for the only goal of the game. Keeper Henry Ring came out of his penalty area to
clear an Andreas Herzog through ball, but his clearance along the ground went right to Kirovksi, who met it first-time to loft the ball into the empty net.
BEST ASSISTS: Pat Noonan set up the goals for Brillant and Dempsey with incisive passes that split open the defense, although only on the Dempsey goal did he receive an assist.
Brillant outran a posse of three Metros to push a shot past Jonny Walker after Noonan had prodded the ball off a defender, and Dempsey zipped past Craig Zaidie and rounded Walker to score following a cleverly clipped ball from Noonan.
Bobby Convey took a short pass from Joshua Gros and drove it low across the goalmouth for Alecko Eskandarian to bang into the net as United rallied for a 1-1 tie in Dallas. Eskandarian's goal was his third in the last two games. BEST SAVES: Several goalkeepers were bailed out by field players as defenders and midfielders served as shot-stoppers.
Ryan Suarez slid behind goalie Kevin Hartman to clear a shot from Damani Ralph and later denied Ralph again as he tried to follow up the rebound of a blocked shot in the Galaxy's 1-0 victory. Hartman reacted superbly to tip away a Nate Jaqua header in the 70th minute.
Chris Henderson, standing under his own crossbar, repelled a Chad Marshall header to preserve a 2-1 Rapids' win in Columbus and Oscar Pareja turned away a Jaime Moreno header with his own noggin in the Burn-United match.
ROOKIE NUMBERS, BY TEAM: Dempsey notched his fourth goal of the season and Brillant bagged his first for the Revs. Metros midfielder Gilberto Flores' fourth start of the season was cut short by a crunching tackle from Dempsey. Defender Jeff Parke's start was his 10th. Brian Carroll maintained his record of playing every minute (1,260) for D.C. this season and keeper Troy Perkins started his sixth straight game. Gros' assist was his third.