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MLS Weekend Roundup

Review of this weekends games in majoer league soccer. Can someone at MLS league offices tell me why the Wizards were playing their first home game in two months!

Toronto 3, Rapids 1

Rohan Ricketts scored his first two Major League Soccer goals as Toronto FC remained unbeaten at home with a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night. Danny Dichio also scored for Toronto (6-4-2), which improved to 5-0-2 at home and won despite missing five starters to international assignments. The lone goal for Colorado (5-6-0) came in the 81st minute, when Christian Gomez connected on a free kick.

Toronto hasn’t lost at BMO Field since Sept. 22, 2007.

United 4, Red Bulls 1

Luciano Emilio had his first three-goal game, leading D.C. United past the New York Red Bulls. Emilio, last year’s league MVP, has scored in each of the last four games, notching six goals of his seven goals in that span. Clyde Simms picked up his first goal of the season in the 26th minute for D.C. United (5-7-1), which has a four-game unbeaten streak. The United have won their last two after a 2-7 start to the season.

Dave van den Bergh scored in the 54th minute for the Red Bulls (4-4-3), who have lost three of their last four.

Crew 3, Wizards 0
Alejandro Moreno scored a goal in each half and the Columbus Crew broke a club-record goal drought and four-match winless streak. Chad Marshall also scored for the Crew (7-4-1), who were 0-3-1 in their last four—all shutouts—after winning five straight. Kansas City, playing at home for the first time since April 12, is winless in its last six matches. The Wizards (3-5-3) are 0-4-2 since a 1-0 victory at Chicago on April 20, including a 2-1 loss at Columbus on May 10. They have not scored in their last two matches.

Marshall’s header off a corner kick from Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the third minute was his first goal of the season and the Crew’s first in 370 minutes.

Galaxy 3, Earthquakes 0
Edson Buddle scored three goals for the second time in four weeks, and David Beckham had an assist during his Bay Area MLS debut in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. With Landon Donovan away on U.S. national team duty, Buddle stepped up with another remarkable game for the Galaxy, who lead the Western Conference with four wins in five games after trouncing the last-place Quakes.

After an early goal set up by Beckham’s cross, Buddle connected on two second-half headers to bury Los Angeles’ upstate rivals in front of 39,872 fans — the largest crowd to watch the Earthquakes.

Real Salt Lake 1, Chivas USA 0

Robbie Findley scored in the 34th minute and Real Salt Lake held on for the 1-0 victory. Real Salt Lake (4-5-3) entered 0-6-1 at The Home Depot Center and had been outscored 18-3 in those games. RSL, which won its first road game this season, also moved past Chivas USA (4-6-2) and FC Dallas into a tie for third place in the Western Conference.

Revolution 2, Houston 0
Kheli Dube had a goal and an assist as the New England Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to six games with a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Thursday night.
Steve Ralston gave the Revolution the lead in the eighth minute. Off a throw-in, Dube crossed it from the left box to just outside the 6-yard box on the right side where Ralston kicked it into a wide-open net.

In the 35th minute, Mauricio Castro crossed a pass to Dube on the right box that went off Houston goalkeeper Tony Caig’s shoulder and in.

Goalkeeper Matt Reis had five saves for New England (8-3-2, 26 points), which extended its lead in the Eastern Conference to seven points over Chicago and Columbus. Houston (4-4-5, 17 points) fell for the first time in three games and remains tied with Los Angeles on top of the Western Conference.