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MLS Weekend Recap

Recap of this weekend’s games in Major League Soccer which saw two MLS shown red cards.

Earthquakes 1, Colorado 1
Ryan Johnson’s second-half goal broke a long scoring drought for the last place San Jose Earthquakes, but Conor Casey scored minutes later to lift the Colorado Rapids into a 1-1 tie Saturday.

Johnson ended the Earthquake’s 281-minute scoreless run in the 62nd minute for San Jose (3-10-3), winless in six matches.

The physical and defensive match featured only two corner kicks, seven shots and six yellow cards, all in the second half. San Jose coach Frank Yallop was ejected for arguing against Casey’s goal. The Rapids (6-8-2) broke a five-game losing streak on the road. San Jose has an MLS-low 11 goals this season.

Fire 2, Toronto FC 1
Terrible error by Toronto FC goalkeeper Greg Sutton allowed John Thorrington to score in stoppage time to give Chicago the win.

Chris Rolfe gave Chicago a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, but Toronto tied it in the 59th minute on a goal by second half substitute Abdus Ibrahim.

The Fire (7-5-3) ended a five-game winless streak. Toronto (6-6-3) is 1-6 on the road this season.

Real Salt Lake 2, Columbus Crew 0
Javier Morales scored on a free kick in the fourth minute to help Real Salt Lake defeat Columbus (8-5-3) and move into first place in the Western Conference for the first time in the franchise’s four-year history.

Morales curled a direct kick around Columbus’ wall from 23 yards out for his third goal this season for RSL (6-6-5), which doubled its lead in the 78th minute on a goal by Robbie Findley.

Galaxy 1, Chivas USA 1
Edson Buddle scored his 11th goal of the season in the 72nd minute to give the Los Angeles Galaxy (6-6-4) a 1-1 tie with Chivas USA (6-6-4) on Thursday night.

David Beckham earned an assist on Buddle’s goal and has seven assists on the season, one shy of the league lead.
Buddle’s goal tied him with teammate Landon Donovan for the league lead and tied his career high for one season. Buddle scored 11 goals for Columbus in 2004.

After the goal, Chivas USA coach Preki Radosavljevic received a red card for dissent. He will be suspended for the Aug. 2 game against Chicago.

Kansas City 2, New York 1
Jimmy Conrad and Davy Arnaud ignited a sluggish Kansas City Wizards offense en route to a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Thursday.

Kansas City (5-5-5) had not scored twice in a game since a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on April 5, a span of 12 games.

“Tonight was a must win for us as far as I was concerned,” Wizards coach Curt Onalfo said. “I was extremely pleased to get the three points. When we decided to play possession soccer, we really picked them apart.”

The Red Bulls (5-6-5) halved the deficit in the 71st minute on Juan Pablo Angel’s third goal of the campaign, but they could not muster the equalizer as they fell into a sixth-place tie in the Eastern Conference with the Wizards.