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April 19, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Major League Soccer week 4 roundup and standings

Colorado Rapids 3, Toronto FC 1
Sunday, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (A: 9,928)
Toronto was given a tough task, going on the road on short rest to play an offensive powerhouse at altitude (especially with that defense). Wild enough, three of the four goals scored Sunday were on penalty kicks.
Rapids forward Conor Casey had two of them for the home team — including a cheeky chip on the first effort in the 24th minute. TFC’s Dwayne De Rosario also had a PK goal and has scored all four goals for his team this season.
Getting three points in two games this week wasn’t so bad for the Reds. Colorado is now tied for second in the West.
COL: Conor Casey (pk) 24′
TFC: Dwayne De Rosario (pk) 58′
COL: Jeff Larentowicz (un) 71′
COL: Conor Casey (pk) 85′

Seattle Sounders FC 1, Kansas City Wizards 0
Saturday, Qwest Field (A: 35,924)
For 91-and-a-half minutes, both teams battled in a scoreless stalemate. Neither offense created much on offense. Seattle started super communicator and astute passer Peter Vagenas for the first time, but the home team wasn’t significantly sharper with the ball.
Then, with the crowd nearly entering a lull of disappointment, three consecutive heads-up plays (1. first the ball girl, 2. then Brad Evans leading throw-in, 3. finally Michael Fucito’s powerful one-touch finish) earned Sounders FC the 1-0 win.
K.C. is still in great shape in the East and Seattle is tied for second in the West.
SEA: Michael Fucito (Brad Evans, ball girl) 92′

Houston Dynamo 3, Chivas USA 0
Saturday, Robertson Stadium (A: 14,843)
The Dynamo, mired in injury woes and personnel issues, took a quick 2-0 lead just 20 minutes in on long-distance goals by Geoff Cameron (12′) and Lovel Palmer (20′), the latter of which was a tremendous effort and one of the best goals of the year.
Houston equaled its offensive output from the first three previous games (though two of its previous goals were PKs) and jumped up to a tie for second in the Western Conference. It was the biggest win of the weekend.
The Goats have three shutout losses on the year now.
HOU: Geoff Cameron (Corey Ashe, Eddie Robinson) 12′
HOU: Lovel Palmer (Mike Chabala) 20′
HOU: Dominic Oduro (Brad Davis, Chabala) 64′

D.C. United 0, Chicago Fire 2
Saturday, RFK Memorial Stadium (A: 18,407)
The only road win of the weekend (away teams went 1-7-0) came at the expense of the worst team in the league. The poor side in the nation’s capitol is the only team without a point this season and has been outscored 2-11.
Chicago didn’t get either goal, however, until Brian McBride entered the game in the 76th minute. First the tall forward helped set up a Marco Pappa goal in the 80th minute. Then he got his own by heading in a long ball from Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dyksrta.
It was a much needed win for Chicago, and the first for coach Carlos de los Cobos, after an 0-2-1 start.
CHI: Marco Pappa (Brian McBride, Patrick Nyarko) 80′
CHI: McBride (Andrew Dykstra) 90′

New York Red Bulls 2, FC Dallas 1
Saturday, Red Bull Arena (A: 13,667)
Yeesh, has the novelty of the new stadium worn off already? Just 13K fans?
Anyways, Juan Pablo Angel had both goals for the home side, including a controversial PK in the 90th minute to get New York its surprising third win of the season. Looked like a bit of a flop to me to steal all three points, but the league’s officiating reputation exists for a reason.
A Dax McCarty header had given the Hoops the early lead with a well-taken header in the 10th minute. N.Y. is 3-0-1, first in the East, unbeaten at home but only has a +1 goal differential.
DAL: Dax McCarty (Heath Pearce, David Ferreira) 10′
NY: Juan Pablo Angel (Joel Lindpere) 56′
NY: Juan Pablo Angel (pk) 90′

San Jose Earthquakes 2, New England Revolution 0
Saturday, Buck Shaw Stadium (A: 9,082)
How about the ‘Quakes? Six points in three games? That’s better than Real Salt Lake, Chicago and Columbus (though the Crew have played just twice).
Rookie Ike Opara scored in his second consecutive game with a strong header. Chris Wondolowski put S.J. on the board first with a goal in the 57th minute. Frank Yallop’s team has a winning record for the first time since 2008, when the franchise was re-established.
New England (2-2-0) is going to be a tough team to figure out this season, I feel.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Ryan Johnson, Joey Gjertsen) 57′
SJ: Ike Opara (Bobby Convey) 72′

Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Real Salt Lake 1
Saturday, Home Depot Center (A: 20,344)
MLS history was made Saturday, when Edson Buddle became the first player to score his team’s first seven goals of the season. L.A. is perfect through four games and Buddle is getting everyone to clamor for a USMNT call up. What do you think?
Real Salt Lake, the defending league champs, hasn’t won a game since the season opener. In fact, the stoppage-time equalizer against Seattle, is the only thing keeping Jason Kreis’ team from a three-game losing streak.
But seriously it’s Buddle’s world. He’s outscored essentially all the other teams in the league.
LA: Edson Buddle (Landon Donovan) 12′
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (un) 41′
LA: Edson Buddle (Juninho) 76′

Toronto FC 2, Philadelphia Union 1
Thursday, BMO Field (A: 21,978)
I remember watching this one a while back. It’s been long enough not to go into too much detail here, but Philadelphia Danny Califf was sent off and the short-handed Union fell thanks to a late PK by Dwayne De Rosario.
It was his second goal of the game. Both teams continue to be one of the league’s worst, each have just three points.
TOR: Dwayne De Rosario (un) 35′
PHI: Jordan Harvey (Roger Torres, Sebastien Le Toux) 45+’
TOR: De Rosario (pk) 81′

1. Los Angeles Galaxy           4-0-0     12 pts.    GD +6
2. Colorado Rapids              2-1-1     7 pts.     GD +2
3. Houston Dynamo               2-1-1     7 pts.     GD +2
4. Seattle Sounders FC          2-1-1     7 pts.     GD +2
5. San Jose Earthquakes         2-1-0     6 pts.     GD 0
6. Real Salt Lake               1-2-1     4 pts.     GD +1
7. Chivas USA                   1-3-0	  3 pts.     GD -4
8. FC Dallas                    0-1-2     2 pts.     GD -1
1. New York Red Bulls           3-1-0     9 pts.     GD +1
2. Kansas City Wizards          2-1-0     6 pts.     GD +4
3. New England Revolution       2-2-0     6 pts.     GD +2
4. Columbus Crew                1-0-1     4 pts.     GD +2
5. Chicago Fire                 1-1-1     4 pts.     GD 0
6. Philadelphia Union           1-2-0     3 pts.     GD -2
7. Toronto FC                   1-3-0     3 pts.     GD -6
8. DC United                    0-4-0     0 pts.     GD -9

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