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Michael Lewis

Aug. 16, 2008
Shakeup in the MLS East; Quakes close the gap out West

COLUMBUS, Ohio—MLS assist leader Guillermo Barros Schelotto set up two goals in a three-minute span of the second half to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 comeback victory over FC Dallas Saturday in front of 17,647 at Columbus Crew Stadium.

The Crew trailed 1-0 at halftime, after Dallas newcomer Jeff Cunningham notched his 100th career MLS goal in the 35th minute.

In the 62nd minute, Schelotto headed Alejandro Moreno’s long cross back to Brian Carroll, who evened the score with his first goal of the season. Three minutes later, the Argentinean maestro delivered a left side free kick to Brad Evans, who eluded defender Pablo Ricchetti at the near post to put the game-winning goal into the net.

Both goalkeepers, Will Hesmer for the Crew and FCD’s Dario Sala, finished with four saves.

The Crew leapfrog both Chicago and New England into first place in the MLS East, at 10-6-4 (34). Dallas falls to 6-7-7, as their five-game unbeaten streak comes to an end.

HOUSTON—The Houston Dynamo knocked Real Salt Lake out of first place in the MLS West with a 4-3 win Saturday before a Robertson Stadium crowd of 13,579.

Nate Jaqua scored the deciding goal three minutes before halftime, capping a frantic first half. Brian Mullan and Brian Ching each had a goal and an assist for the Dynamo, and Ricardo Clark added an unassisted tally in the 35th minute. Brad Davis added a pair of assists in the winning cause.

RSL’s Yura Movsisyan opened the scoring in the third minute, off the first of Ribbie Findley’s two assists. Mullan equalized in the 16th, and Javier Morales restored Salt Lake’s advantage in the 25th.

The seesaw tipped Houston’s way for good in the 29th minute, as Ching struck for the first of three unanswered goals for the Dynamo. Clark’s unassisted tally in the 35th put Houston up 3-2.

Kenny Deuchar took a point back for Real Salt Lake in the 80th minute, but the comeback fell short.

The Dynamo top the Western Conference with 29 points (7-4-8). Real Salt Lake fall to second at 7-7-6 (27).

Pat Onstad took the win in goal, with four saves. Nick Rimando stopped five for RSL.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—Conor Casey scored both goals as the Colorado Rapids knocked off the Kansas City Wizards 2-1 Saturday before 10,609 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Casey opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Michael Harrington equalized for the Wizards in the 44th, but Casey put the game away with an unassisted tally in the 47th.

Goalkeeper Preston Burpo made four saves to preserve the win. Kevin Hartman stopped five for the Wizards (6-6-7, 25).

The win keeps Colorado out of the MLS West cellar. The Rapids improve to 6-10-3 (21).

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Ronnie O’Brien had two goals and an assist as the San Jose Earthquakes hammered the New England Revolution 4-0 Saturday in front of 9.859 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The loss dropped New England (10-5-3, 33) out of first place in the MLS East, while the last-place Quakes (4-9-6, 18) pull within three points of sixth-place Colorado in the Western Conference.

O’Brien opened the scoring, off assists from Francisco Lima and Ramiro Corrales, in the 11th minute. The 1-0 scoreline held into the late stages of the match, before the Earthquakes blew things open with three goals in the final 19 minutes of play.

O’Brien helped Ryan Johnson open the floodgates, setting things in motion for Johnson’s 71st-minute goal to up San Jose’s lead to 2-0. Scott Sealy, who also recorded an assist on Johnson’s tally, scored his third goal of the season in the 76th minute. O’Brien completed the rout in the 87th minute, off Darren Huckerby’s second assist of the game. The game’s final three goals came against backup goalkeeper Doug Warren, who entered the game in the 55th minute after starter Matt Reis went down with a strained right groin muscle.

The Revolution put six of their 11 shots on goal, but could not get past netminder Joe Cannon, who stopped every one.

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