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.
· 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.
The Red Bulls took the lead in the fourth minute thanks to a blunder by the Earthquakes' defense. Denton, under pressure from Red Bulls midfielder Seth Stammler, tried to neutralize a long cross from the left wing by New York's Dave van den Bergh with a header back to goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Denton's header was too strong, however, and drifted over Cannon's outstretched left hand for San Jose's second own goal of the season.
· FIRE 0, WIZARDS 0: Jon Busch made eight saves to help Chicago preserve a scoreless draw in Kansas City, Mo.
Busch and Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman each have seven shutouts this season, tying them for the league lead with Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake.
Hartman made five saves for Kansas City (5-5-7), which extended its unbeaten streak to six matches -- two wins and four draws. Chicago (7-5-5) has not lost in five matches, with two wins and three draws.
· CREW 2, RAPIDS 0: Steven Lenhart scored a goal in the first half and Jason Garey added another in the second to lead Columbus to its first win at Colorado in eight years.
Lenhart scored with a shot from inside the penalty box in the 21st minute, but was shown a red card just before the first half ended after committing a serious foul. Garey scored his first goal of the season in the 75th minute to put the game out of reach.
The last time Columbus (9-5-4) won in Colorado (6-9-3) was July 4, 1999.