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Major League Soccer Weekend Review

By winning against Toronto, the New England Revolutuon assured thta they will have the best record in the east at the half way point of the season and that Revolutuoiin coach Steve Nicol will coach the MLS All-Stars against West Ham United FC of the English Premier League on July 24

Dynamo, FC Dallas tie 1-1
Kenny Cooper scored in the 62nd minute to help FC Dallas tie the Houston Dynamo 1-1 on Thursday night. It was the third time this season FC Dallas and Houston have played to a tie. Brian Ching’s sixth goal in seven games gave Houston (4-4-7, 19 points) the lead before Cooper tied it up.

Houston (4-4-7, 19 points) missed a chance to tie Los Angeles for first in the Western Conference while FC Dallas (4-6-5, 17 points) is tied for fourth with Chivas USA.

New England 2, Toronto 1
Thanks to Steve Ralston, New England got back to its winning ways and beat Toronto FC, 2-1. After having their seven-game unbeaten streak snapped in their last match, the Revolution wasted little time getting on the scoreboard against Toronto.

Ralston scored his team-leading fifth goal in the 12th minute to supply New England with an early 1-0 lead. In the 59th minute Ralston struck again to record his first multi-goal game since September 18, 2004 and the fifth of his career.

In the 78th minute Toronto spoiled Matt Reis’ bid for his league-leading sixth shutout as Amado Guevara sent a free kick into the box and Maurice Edu battled for position and was able to head it past Reis. In the last ten minutes Reis once gain rescused NE with several outstanding saves.

Kansas City 1, Real Salt Lake 0
An own goal in the 89th minute helped the Kansas City Wizards snap a seven-game winless streak with a 1-0 triumph over Real Salt Lake. The Wizards’ last victory was a 1-0 win at Chicago on April 20. The shot was deflected in by defender Tony Beltran off a header by Kansas City’s Davy Arnau, which followed a free free kick 30 yards outside the penalty area.

Real Salt Lake (5-6-4) lost for the first time since a 2-1 defeat at FC Dallas on May 24. It was 3-0-2—a club-record unbeaten streak—over that span.

Chicago 0, San Jose 0
A rare scoreless draw in MLS as Jon Busch posted his fifth shutout of the season, and the once high-flying Chicago Fire extended their winless streak to four games with a 0-0 tie against the San Jose Earthquakes (San Jose (3-8-3, 12 points) ).

Busch, who leads MLS in goals-against average, need just one save to record his 31st career blanking as the Fire (6-5-2) ended a season-long three-game losing skid.Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon made four saves en route to his fifth shutout of the season and 61st career.

NY Red Bulls 1, Chivas USA 1
Ante Razov scored during first-half stoppage time to rally Chivas USA to a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls at The Home Depot Center. Dave Van den Bergh scored in the 26th minute on a free kick for the Red Bulls (5-4-5).

Razov leveled the contest for Chivas USA (5-6-3) after cleaning up a Red Bulls’ miscue in their own end. With time winding down in the half, the Red Bulls turned the ball over, causing goalkeeper Jon Conway to attempt to play the ball. Razov gained possession and alertly fired a shot into the vacant net for his second goal of the season and 111th of his career.

Columbus 2, Colarado 1

Emmanuel Ekpo scored in the 70th minute to snap a tie and lead the Columbus Crew (8-4-2)to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids (5-8-1).

Columbus had opened the scoring when Schelotto scored from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute. The Rapids netted the equalizer just seven minutes later when Conor Casey sent a cross to Nick LaBrocca on the right side of the box. LaBrocca drilled the ball on the ground past Hesmer on the left side.

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