San Jose Stuns New England, Columbus Takes Lead in East
LA Galaxy 2-Chivas USA 2
An intense rivalry between two poor teams. Alan Gordon’s late equalizer gave LA a draw in the match, but a victory in this year’s SuperClasico series, as Cobi Jones managed a draw in his only game as Interim Manager. Without Brad Guzan or Sacha Kljestan, Chivas will have to get a major lift from Paulo Nagamura, Atiba Harris, or Carey Talley if they are going to survive the heated race in the West and make the playoffs.
FC Dallas 1-Columbus Crew 2
Dallas failed to extend its hot streak, as the Crew used two second half goals, both set up by league assist-leader Guillermo Barros Schelotto, to dispose of the visitors. With the victory, the Crew took control of first place in the East. Read the in-depth match review
DC United 1-Chicago Fire 0
Fred’s 27th minute strike was the difference for surging DC, who grabbed a key road win over Eastern foe Chicago. Brian McBride, recently arrived for Beijing, came on as a second half sub and made a few key plays on offense for Chicago. New Liberian Keeper Louis Crayton impressed in his DC United debut. Chicago could have taken the lead in the East with a win, but instead lost ground to DC.
Real Salt Lake 3-Houston Dynamo 4
Houston asserted their dominance in the West in a game that had 6 first half goals. Salt Lake managed an impressive offensive showing on the road (a rarity for Jason Kreis’ team). American international Clint Mathis made his RSL debut after a season abroad in Greece with Ergotelis.
Kansas City Wizards 1-Colorado Rapids 2
Colorado collected a much-needed road win over the struggling, young Wizards team. Conor Casey was a one-man wrecking crew for Colorado, finishing with two goals, and Keeper Preston Burpo seems to have supplanted Bouna Coundoul in the Colorado net. Kansas City, previously on a 5-2-3 streak, failed to escape the cellar of the East.
New England Revolution 0-San Jose Earthquakes 4
Streaking San Jose got a huge shutout win over then leaders in the East New England. English M Darren Huckerby had two assists, and Irish M Ronnie O’Brien notched two goals and an assist. The loss knocked New England out of the top spot in the East, although they have a game in hand on Columbus, but San Jose’s victory failed to catapult them from the cellar in the West.
Toronto FC 0-New York Red Bulls 2
Toronto FC continues their tailspin with a road loss against New York, who was down a man for the second half because of a red card for Venezueland Red Bull loanee D Gabriel Cichero. Mike Magee and Juan Pablo Angel scored for the Red Bulls, who were able to hop over Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings and into a fourth-place tie with DC United. Toronto’s newest face, American U-21 F Johann Smith made his TFC debut, subbing for Abdus Ibrahim, and nearly scored his first MLS goal.