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MLS Week Four Review: RSL and Philadelphia Looking Good

A review of the action in Major League Soccer this weekend.

D.C. United 1 LA Galaxy 1
Charlie Davies converted a disputed 90th-minute penalty kick as D.C. United tied the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1.

The goal, Davies’ fourth of the year and third on a penalty, came 78 minutes after Mike Magee put the Galaxy ahead on a header off David Beckham’s corner kick.

Davies drew the penalty by falling to the ground inside the 18-yard box after pushing the ball past Omar Gonzalez. Television replays showed Gonzalez stretched his arm and made contact with Davies, but that Davies made the most of it. Several Galaxy players rushed toward referee Abiodun Okulaja to protest after he blew for the foul.

The Galaxy are unbeaten (3-0-3) in their last six matches against United, but failed to score more than one goal for the fifth straight match this season.

Philadelphia Union 1 New York Red Bulls 0
Philadelphia’s great start to the MLS season continued as substitute Roger Torres 68th minute was enough to send the New York Red Bulls to another defeat.

In the win, Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon earned his third shutout this season. Philadelphia already has more shutouts than in all of last season.

Seattle Sounders 2 Chicago Fire 1
The Seattle Sounders finally got their first MLS victory of the season as O’Brian White scored his second goal in two games and set up another for Steve Zakuani.

Chicago are now 0-3-2 against the Sounders since Seattle joined MLS in 2009.

Toronto FC 1 San Jose Earthquakes 1
Toronto FC’s Alan Gordon ook advantage of a defensive miscue by the Earthquakes in the 27th minute to give Toronto (1-1-2) the early lead. San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch rushed from the net to grab a deflection, but Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin, apparently unaware of Busch’s move, tried to head the ball clear. It landed 4 yards from the goal, where Gordon pounced for his for second score of the season.

Simon Dawkins tied the game up 10 minutes as he took a pass from Chris Wondolowski, held off defender Ty Harden and sent a shot past Stefan Frei.

Columbus Crew 0 Chivas USA 0
Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy and the Columbus Crew’s William Hesmer both had to make two saves as Columbus and Chivas played to a scoreless draw.

Chivas USA (0-2-2) got its first shutout of the season while the Crew moved to 1-1-2 with the point.

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