United suffers its third straight loss

Associated Press
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Danny Cruz scored his first career goal, and Dominic Oduro added another to help the host Houston Dynamo defeat struggling D.C. United, 2-0, on Saturday night.

Cruz gave the Dynamo (5-4-1) a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when he received a pass on the right from Luis Landin, took it into the upper right box and let it fly from 14 yards out. The shot found the back of the net just inside the far post.

Oduro made it 2-0 in the 55th minute, getting a pass from the right to the center of the box from Landin and sending a one-timer into the upper center net.

D.C. United (1-8-0), which lost its third straight, didn't threaten until second-half stoppage time when Rodney Wallace crashed the net, trying to send in a rebound. Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall made the stop, one of two saves he made in his first MLS start.

Troy Perkins finished with seven saves for D.C. United.

-- EARTHQUAKES 1, SOUNDERS 0: Joe Cannon could take most of the credit for keeping opponents off the scoreboard. Then again, even the San Jose goalkeeper admits he's getting some help.

Cannon picked up his fourth straight shutout and fifth in the last six games, and Chris Wondolowski scored his fifth goal of the season to lead San Jose past host Seattle.

Cannon extended his shutout streak to 363 minutes, not having allowed a goal since the 87th minute of a 3-2 loss at Chivas USA on April 24. Last year, San Jose had only three shutouts.

"It's just the blue-collar collective out there of the entire team," Cannon said. "It's a lot more enjoyable this year. This group is a lot easier to work with. In years past, you try to carry the weight of the world on your shoulder because it's an expansion team. But these guys make it a lot easier.

"I can't single out one guy because the entire group has been incredible," Cannon added.

San Jose (5-2-1), which started the day in a four-way for second in the Western Conference, is 3-0-1 in its last four games.

"Starting from Day 1 in preseason, we said we're not going to be a pushover, we won't get scored on easily, and there won't be silly goals against us," said Earthquakes Coach Frank Yallop, whose team finished last in the Western Conference last year at 7-14-9. "If you cut out most of those silly goals in a season, you have a chance to win games."

Seattle (3-4-1), coming off a 1-0 victory at New York last Saturday, has yet to string together back-to-back victories this season. The Sounders were shut out at home for the second straight time.

-- TORONTO FC 1, REVOLUTION 0: Chad Barrett scored in the 53rd minute to give Toronto FC a win over visiting New England, extending the Revolution's scoring drought to four games.

Barrett got his third goal of the season on a glancing header off Sam Cronin's corner kick. Barrett had a chance at a second in the 72nd minute but sent his lob high.

It marked the second straight MLS game -- fourth overall including a friendly and U.S. Open Cup outing -- that New England (2-6-2) failed to score. The Revolution has not won since beating Toronto in its home opener on April 21, and has been shut out five times this season in league play.

Toronto (4-4-1) improved to 4-0-0 at home this season despite playing without leading scorer Dwayne De Rosario, who is with the Canadian national team in Argentina.

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