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MLS Weekend Review

A look at this weekends action in Major League Socer. The big stories were that the defending champions Columbus Crew finally got has their first win and that the LA Galaxy have a six game unbeaten streak. Problem is they only have one win in those six games.

Columbus 3, Kansas City 2
Emmanuel Ekpo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Eddie Gaven all scored for the Columbus Crew as they notched up their first win of the season 3-2 over the Kansas City Wizards.

Schelotto’s diving header in the 55th minute helped secure the victory for the defending MLS Cup champion Crew (1-2-5), who have struggled this year despite fielding a team largely comprised of the same players who won last year’s title.
Claudio Lopez scored for Kansas City (3-4-2) just six minutes after entering the game at halftime. Josh Wolff added a goal in the 79th minute.

Toronto FC 3, United 3
Jaime Moreno connected on a penalty kick past goalkeeper Stefan Frei in injury time to help D.C. United once again rescue a point for DC. Toronto thought they had won the game when Dwayne De Rosario had scored in the 87th minute to give Toronto (3-2-4) a 3-2 lead, but then Moreno struck late.

With the draw DC United (3-1-5) now has a five match unbeaten streak while Toronto has a four game streak.

Revolution 1, Fire 1
Shalrie Joseph’s goal in the 49th minute and Matt Reis’ diving save in the closing seconds allowed the New England Revolution to escape with a 1-all draw. The Revolution (2-2-3) were outplayed most of the match, but Joseph converted one of their few scoring opportunities.Wells Thompson sent a low cross into the middle of the penalty area, where it deflected off Fire defender Wilman Condes’ foot to Joseph, who ripped a shot past Jon Busch.

Condes had given the Fire (2-0-6) a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute.

Dynamo 1, FC Dallas 0
Kei Kamera scored in the 58th minute and Houston beat FC Dallas to extend its shutout streak to 403 minutes. The Dynamo haven’t allowed a goal in more than four games since a 1-0 loss to New York on April 4. Houston won its third straight while Dallas (1-6-1) lost its third in a row, scoring one goal during that span.

Chivas USA 1, Real Salt Lake 0
Zach Thornton made three saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and Paulo Nagamura scored to lead Chivas USA to victory over Real Salt Lake. Chivas (7-1-1) has allowed only three goals this season, and became the first team in MLS to break the 20-point barrier. Real Salt Lake (3-4-1) dropped to 0-4 on the road with all losses coming by shutout.

Seattle 1, Los Angeles 1
Alan Gordon would have preferred a couple of more points in the standings. But thanks to his second goal of the season, the Los Angeles Galaxy again got at least something to show for their effort.

Gordon headed in a feed from Mike Magee late in the 35th minute of a game that turned very physical, helping the Galaxy extend their unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

Los Angeles (1-1-6), which played the final 32 minutes with a man advantage after Seattle’s James Riley was sent off with a red card, has gone 1-0-5 during its streak. The Galaxy’s lone win this season was 1-0 against New York on May 2.

“It’s bittersweet. It’s good to get a point on the road. But with a chance like this, you need to get three points,” Gordon said, “especially when you’re up a man. That being said, we played well and got a point.”

The Sounders (4-2-2), whose goal came from Sebastien Le Toux early in the 22nd minute, played to their second straight tie and are unbeaten in their last three games (1-0-2).

A total of nine cards were issued Sunday, with referee Tim Weyland handing out eight yellows. Four of those, as well as the red card, were the result of a scuffle involving several players in the 58th minute.

“It was a fun game to be a part of,” Galaxy star Landon Donovan said. “It was mostly fair, it was an intense game, and that’s the way it should be played.”

Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had a different opinion.

“I’m very disappointed in the ejection, and I’m disappointed in the refereeing,” Schmid said. “The assistant referee told the referee that in his estimation, it was a red or violent conduct. The other referee told him something, but he chose to ignore that piece of advice.”

Seattle took the lead at the outset of the 22nd minute on Le Toux’s first MLS goal, though he did score two in a 4-1 rout of Real Salt Lake in a U.S. Open Cup play-in victory April 28.

Rookie Steve Zakuani set up the play, sending a long through ball downfield and Nate Jaqua got it near the top of the penalty area restraining arc. Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts had come way off his line to play the ball, but Jaqua got it behind him and Le Toux tapped it into a wide-open net from six yards.

The Galaxy tied the game when Magee, playing at the top left corner of the box, floated the ball toward the right side and Gordon flicked a header past Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller into the back right corner.

Los Angeles completed a stretch of three games in eight days, having beaten New York last weekend before a 2-2 tie at Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.

“We’re a tired team,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “We knew fatigue would be an issue. In the second half, we were a little tired. We tried to get some chances to bring a little bit of energy. But it just wasn’t enough at the end of the game to try to get a winner.”