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MLS Review – Keller back and Seattle win

It was a wild weekend in Major League Soccer. The Seattle Sounders got back to winning games, RSL hammered the Revolution 6-0 and DC United had an amazing comeback to beat the New York Red Bulls.

Sounders FC 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Kasey Keller returned from a one-game red-card suspension to post his fourth straight shutout and set an MLS record as the Sounders FC beat the Earthquakes. Keller hasn’t allowed a goal in 389 minutes to start the season, surpassing the old record of 375 set in 2007 by New York’s Ronald Waterreus.

Steve Zakuani and Brad Evans both scored for Seattle who are now 4-2-0, while San Jose (1-3-2) is now winless in its last four games.

DC United 3, New York Red Bulls 2
Luciano Emilio and Chris Pontius scored in a span of 36 seconds in the closing minute, giving D.C. United a stunning 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday. The United (2-1-3) snapped a two-game winless streak and the Red Bulls (1-4-2) lost their second straight.

Two major defensive breakdowns enabled D.C. to come back after it trailed 2-1 with less than a minute left. Emilio scored the tying goal in the 89th minute when he secured the ball after a collision with two Red Bulls defenders and slid a shot past keeper Jon Conway.

Pontius assisted on that goal then scored one of his own, capitalizing on another defensive mistake to get the ball before pushing it past Conway in the first minute of added time.

Toronto FC 1, Kansas City Wizards 0
Danny Dichio’s first goal of the season ended the Wizards’ unbeaten run at four games. Goaltender Stefan Frei recorded his second consecutive shutout as Toronto (3-2-2) moved one point ahead of Kansas City (3-3-1) and Chicago and into first place in the Eastern Conference.

It was the first game for Toronto after coach John Carver’s sudden resignation Saturday. Assistant Chris Cummins served as interim coach Sunday. Carver’s replacement is expected to be announced later this week. Dichio scored the only goal in the 54th minute, taking a pass from Sam Cronin at the edge of the six-yard box and tucking a low shot into the far post, past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

Real Salt Lake 6 New England Revolution 0
Clint Mathis had a goal and an assist as Real Salt Lake beat the New England Revolution 6-0 on Saturday, setting team records for goals and shot attempts in a single game. Javier Morales assisted on the first two goals for RSL (3-2-0), which extended its home winning streak to three, with both goals coming off corner kicks. RSL struck first in the 53rd minute when defender Jamison Olave scored on a header, and then two minutes later Mathis one-timed the ball beautifully with his left foot to the upper corner of the goal.

The injury-depleted Revolution (2-1-2) were completely dominated by RSL for the whole game.

Chicago Fire 2, Columbus Crew 2
Brian McBride and Gonzalo Segares scored in the final four minutes to help the Fire salvage a tie against the Crew. McBride pulled Chicago (2-0-4) within a goal in the 86th minute when the veteran striker scored on a header. Two minutes later, a left-footed strike from Segares evened the game and extended the record for a worst start by a defending MLS Cup champion at 0-2-4.

Chad Marshall and Jaime Moreno scored for Columbus, which was forced to play a man down after defender Gino Padula was shown a straight red card by referee Jair Marrufo for his contact with Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco near midfield in the 57th minute.

LA Galaxy 1, Colorado Rapids 1
Landon Donovan’s goal in the 82nd minute once again helped the Galaxy salvage a tie. Donovan took advantage of a Rapids defensive lapse for the Galaxy (0-1-4), who have still yet to win a game this season.

Colin Clark scored Colorado’s lone goal in the 60th minute when he took a pass from Omar Cummings. Clark used his left foot to beat Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant and slot the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. The Rapids (2-2-2) dominated the match, but could not convert opportunities aside from Clark’s goal.

CD Chivas USA 2, FC Dallas 0
Atiba Harris scored in the 68th minute as CD Chivas USA beat FC Dallas. Alecko Eskandarian scored in second-half stoppage time to give Chivas the final two-goal cushion.

Chivas, who now have a league-high five wins this season, played most of the final 65 minutes with an 11-on-10 advantage as FC Dallas goalkeeper Dario Sala was sent off midway through the first half. Harris, though, picked up his second yellow card in the 89th minute and also was ejected. In the 25th minute, Chivas’ Chukwudi Chijindu darted past FC Dallas’ defense, Sala left the penalty area and went down to try and stop Chijindu. Sala thwarted the breakaway but did so with his hand, and subsequently Sala was sent off with a straight red card.

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