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Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 07/05/2011

MLS weekend wrap-up: strong attendance, weak goal-scoring, PK/red card controversy, weighted lottery

We’ll begin with referee Yader Reyes in the third minute of Real Salt Lake’s 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution. In his defense, at first glance in full speed, Reyes seems to make the right call — a tackle from behind in the box -- but upon closer look, it was neither a penalty nor a red card:

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*MLS enjoyed a satisfying weekend at the box office. Interestingly, D.C. United drew the smallest crowd, which can be taken two ways: On the positive front, a club with a firm foundation is on the low end. On the negative side, United is failing to appeal to the general masses.

San Jose Earthquakes (at Stanford): 41,028

Los Angeles Galaxy: 27,000

FC Dallas: 20,704

Portland Timbers: 18,627

Toronto FC (Canadian championship): 18,212

Colorado Rapids: 18,203

Real Salt Lake: 16,139

Chivas USA: 15,152

D.C. United: 13,365

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*With two draws Sunday night, MLS surpassed the 40 percent threshold on number of ties this season (64 of 158). The season is just half over, and already there have been more scoreless affairs (20) than in any previous complete season. Only four of 18 clubs have more victories than draws: Philadelphia (7-4-6), Dallas (10-4-4), RSL (7-3-6) and Portland (5-8-3). Six of eight league matches this weekend were ties. Chicago has the oddest record: 2-4-12 (1-1-6 home, 1-3-6 away).

*MLS will conduct at weighted lottery at 1 p.m. ET today to determine Soony Saad’s destination. The University of Michigan forward signed with the league last week after one season of college ball. He had explored overseas options. Details to come.

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