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MLS Review: Sounders Finally Lose

A look at the action in week three of the Major League Soccer season with highlights compliments of MLS Quickkicks.

Kansas City 1 Seattle 0
The Seattle Sounders finally lost their first game in their MLS history when Davy Arnaud shot from 35-yard’s beat Sounders back-up goalkeeper Ben Dragavon in the 80th minute. The Sounders (3-1-0) won their first three games, the best start of any expansion team in league history and goalkeeper Kasey Keller was the primary reason for that fast start, posting three shutouts.However the former U.S. national team star was given a red card in the 29th minute for using his hands outside the penalty area to stop a shot, leaving the Sounders with 10 men for the final 61 minutes.

Kansas City (2-2-0) now has won two straight after losing its first two of the season.

Chivas 0, Galaxy 0
The Los Angeles derby ended up all tied as Donovan Ricketts earned a shutout in his MLS debut with the Galaxy. Ricketts, who played for Jamaica in the 1998 World Cup and spent four seasons in England, finished with five saves for the Galaxy (0-1-2). Goalkeeper Zach Thornton made four saves in his second shutout of the season for Chivas USA (3-0-1).

Fire 3, Earthquakes 3
The Chicago Fire fought back to tie the San Jose Earthquakes when Chris Rolfe scored in the 85th minute with San Jose down to 10 men. Rolfe goal came just minutes after the Earthquakes Shea Salinas received his second yellow card in the 81st minutes. The tie allowed the Fire (2-0-2) to remain unbeaten this season. The tie was another disappointing result for San Jose (1-2-1), who once again lost a lead late a game.

Real Salt Lake 2, D.C. United 1
Javier Morales scored in the 80th minute to lead Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over D.C. United on Saturday. The win gave Salt Lake (2-1-0) a two-game winning streak, something it failed to do last season on its way to reaching the Western Conference championship game.

“I reminded the guys again yesterday that this was an opportunity to win two games in a row which is something we didn’t do all of last year,” said RSL coach Jason Kreis. “I think the guys are feeling very happy about the fact that they won two in a row, and now they want three.”

Morales, who notched his first goal of the season on Saturday, got the game-winner after Kyle Beckerman’s pass intended for Robbie Findley bounced off the back of his leg and right to Morales just outside of the penalty box. Morales quickly one-timed the ball to the lower corner past diving D.C. goalkeeper Louis Crayton.

FC Dallas 1, Toronto FC 1
Another late goal in Toronto helped FC Dallas earn its first point of the season. Pablo Ricchetti was the hero for Dallas who have struggled so far this season.

“It’s a fantastic feeling for us,” Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said. “We had to start somewhere with a positive note and today was our starting point.”

Dallas (0-3-1) came in as the only MLS team without a point this season and appeared headed for a fourth straight loss after Dwayne De Rosario scored on a header in the 17th minute for Toronto (1-1-2). With the tie, Toronto has not won since an opening-week victory at Kansas City on March 21.

Red Bulls 0, Dynamo 0
New York rookie goalkeeper Alec Dufty made a late save on a header by Brian Ching to preserve a 0-0 tie in a rematch of year’s Western Conference semifinals Saturday night. Dufty’s save in the 88th minute was one of several late chances for the Dynamo (0-2-2), and the Red Bulls (0-2-2) have now gone without a goal in three road games this season.

Rapids 1, Crew 1
Conor Casey scored in the 82nd minute, giving Colorado a point on the road while extending Columbus’ winless start with a 1-1 tie Saturday night. The Crew had taken the lead in the 41st minute with a goal from Guillermo Barros Schelotto but Casey’s late goal meant the Crew (0-2-3) have made the worst start to a season by a defending MLS Cup champion. The Crew have surrendered leads late in both of their home matches this year.

With the draw the Rapids moved to 2-1-1.

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