Rookie Knox Cameron scored twice to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 victory over the visiting Kansas City Wizards last night.
Cameron's goals were the first of his MLS career and came just before and just after halftime. Kyle Martino fought past Wizards defender Jose Burciaga Jr. to set up Cameron's first goal in the 45th minute.
Martino again found Cameron with a pass along the end line moments into the second half, allowing the 21-year-old to flip the ball past Wizards goalkeeper Bo Ohshoniyi.
Columbus (6-10-3) has won two straight for the first time this season. The Crew hadn't scored multiple goals in a game for more than a month.
Kansas City (7-5-8) sharpened its attack following Cameron's goals, and nearly scored when Davy Arnaud's header from close range beat Crew goalkeeper Jonny Walker. But the shot deflected off the left goal post in the 50th minute.
* RAPIDS 4, FIRE 1: Alain Nkong scored two goals and Jeff Cunningham had a goal and an assist, leading Colorado to victory in Denver.
Eric Denton added his first career goal for Colorado (6-11-3). Goalkeeper Joe Cannon gave up an early goal but settled down as the Rapids won for the second time in four games.
Will Johnson scored the lone goal for Chicago (11-7-3) in his first start.
The Eastern Conference-leading Fire started four rookies -- Johnson, Jack Stewart, Will John and Chris Rolfe -- and had its six-game unbeaten streak snapped.
* REAL SALT LAKE 3, FC DALLAS 0: Clint Mathis had a goal and an assist, and Salt Lake ended a 10-game winless streak with the victory at home.
Salt Lake (4-11-4), which hadn't won in two months, set a franchise record for goals and shut out Dallas (10-4-4), the top team in the Western Conference.
Brian Dunseth and Jordan Cila also scored for Real, and D.J. Countess stopped seven shots in his fourth shutout.
* EARTHQUAKES 2, METROSTARS 1: Dwayne De Rosario scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist to lead San Jose at home.
Mark Chung also had a goal and assist for the Earthquakes, who moved into a tie with FC Dallas atop the Western Conference.
The Earthquakes (9-4-7) swept the two-game season series against the MetroStars (6-6-7), who were without league MVP Amado Guevara (knee).