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MLS Weekend Roundup

Recap of this weekends games in major league soccer.

Chivas 2 Chicago 1

Sacha Kljestan and Justin Braun scored first-half goals to lead Chivas to a 2-0 upset victory over the Chicago Fire on Thursday night. The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Chivas (5-6-2), which had been shut out by identical 1-0 scores and had failed to register a goal for 275 minutes before Kljestan connected. U/S/ goalkeeper Brad Guzan made one save for his third shutout of the season and 23rd of his career.

The Fire (6-5-1), who tumbled to their third straight defeat could have easily won this game, if not for some woeful finishing by Chad Barrett.

NY Red Bulls 1, FC Dallas 0

Kevin Goldthwaite scored an early goal for the undermanned New York Red Bulls, who held on for a 1-0 win and spoiled the debut of FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman on Saturday night. Goldthwaite’s goal came on a header in the 16th minute. It was the second of the season for Goldthwaite, who was then forced to leave the game with hamstring strains in both legs. This is the same injury that kept captain Claudio Reyna and leading scorer last season Juan Pablo Angel out of the game. Can someone send a list of stretching exercises to the Red Bulls?

The win moved New York to 5-4-4 while FC Dallas fell to 4-6-4 after losing for the third time in four matches.

Wizards 0, Toronto FC 0

Toronto FC’s three-game home winning streak was snapped by struggling Kansas City, which is winless in seven games. It was the third time this season that Toronto (6-4-3) had been held scoreless. Toronto is 5-0-3 at home.

The Wizards (3-5-4) are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings and haven’t scored in three games this month.

Real Salt Lake 2, Revolution 1

Rookie Tino Nunez scored his first MLS goal and Real Salt Lake remained unbeaten at home with a surprise victory over New England. Nunez, who entered the game in the 41st minute after Robbie Findley was injured, scored the winning goal in the 60th minute for RSL (5-5-4).

The Revolution (8-4-3) had a seven-game unbeaten streak snapped. RSL is 4-0-4 at home this season and is unbeaten in five games.

Dynamo 0, Rapids 0

There was a power outage that delayed the game for 18 minutes as Houston and Colorado battled to a scoreless tie. The two-time MLS defending champion Dynamo are now 4-4-6 while the Rapids (5-7-1) are 0-2-1 in their last three matches.

Crew 3, Galaxy 3

Second-half substitute Stephen Lenhart netted the tying goal in the 88th minute for Columbus, which scored three times in the final 23 minutes and earned a draw with Los Angeles.

Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick in the 83rd minute, but Lenhart erased the second one-goal deficit of the half for the Crew (7-4-2).Edson Buddle was on the score sheet again as this match marked the first time since May 24 that Donovan and David Beckham played together for the Galaxy.

The Galaxy lead the Western Division with a 6-4-3 record.

DC United 3 San Jose 1

Gonzalo Martinez snapped a tie early in the second half with his first goal of the season and Luciano Emilio continued his hot streak with another tally as D.C. United posted a 3-1 triumph over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Clyde Simms also scored for United (6-7-1), which won its third straight game and ran its unbeaten streak to five straight games, matching Real Salt Lake for the longest in the league.

Martinez snapped a 1-1 tie in the 55th minute, blasting a right-footed shot from the left side of the box just off the inside of the far post and into the net, giving the home team the lead for good. Martinez had made a run down the left side of the penalty area and pulled the ball back to his right foot before beating San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon to the far post.

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