Cooper Scores Twice to Lead FC Dallas to Win Over Los Angeles

Kenny Cooper slides a shot past Steve Cronin, helping FC Dallas to its best offensive showing since 2006.
Kenny Cooper slides a shot past Steve Cronin, helping FC Dallas to its best offensive showing since 2006. (By Matt Slocum -- Associated Press)

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Monday, July 28, 2008

An overflow sellout crowd of 21,020 turned out to see David Beckham, but Kenny Cooper stole the show.

The FC Dallas star scored two goals in two minutes on the way to a 4-0 victory over Beckham's Los Angeles Galaxy last night in Frisco, Tex.

Cooper matched his career high of 11 goals and moved within one of the MLS lead. He has five in his last six games.

Cooper had multiple chances at a hat trick, ringing one off the crossbar in the 85th minute.

Dominic Oduro scored a goal and an assist while Abe Thompson (W.T. Woodson, University of Maryland) also struck for Dallas. Goalkeeper Dario Sala made two saves for his fifth shutout of the season.

Dallas took 25 shots and put 11 on net, both season highs.

After Los Angeles routed it 5-1 on May 18, Dallas returned the favor, snapping a four-game winless streak and giving new head coach Schellas Hyndman his first MLS victory.

FC Dallas (5-6-7) moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference, while the Galaxy (6-7-5), now winless in its last six (0-3-3), remain second in the West, missing an opportunity to move past idle Real Salt Lake into first.

ยท EARTHQUAKES 1, RED BULLS 1: English import Darren Huckerby scored his first career MLS goal for the San Jose, but an earlier own goal by Earthquakes defender Eric Denton allowed New York to play to a draw in Santa Clara, Calif.

The tie extended the winless streaks of the two last-place teams.

San Jose (3-9-6), which dominated play for much of the day and outshot New York 13-8, has not won in eight consecutive matches. New York (5-6-7) hasn't won in its last five tries.

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