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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

A belated look back at MLS last week.....

THE GOOD

*Brian Ching's two goals and one assist.
*Luciano Emilio awakening from his spring slumber, capped by his game-winner at Chicago.
*Jeff Cunningham's 99th career goal. (His uniform selection before the season was No. 96 to match his total. If he scores one more this season, what's he going to do in 2009?)
*Adam Cristman's diving header.
*United's first win on the road since Rudy Giuliani was a viable candidate. (That would be last Sept. 1.)
*The Galaxy, without Landon Donovan, holding off Colorado, 3-2, to remain MLS's top-scoring team (2.27 per game).
*The Revs converting a penalty kick for the first time since last July.
*Jon Busch -- wow!
*Matt Reis's 10 saves -- his career high for the regular season -- and Jay Heaps becoming the first Rev to make 200 appearances for the club.
*Pat Onstad's consecutive saves in the second half.
*Steve Cronin's soaring stop on Tom McManus.
*San Jose, the league's lowest scoring team, converting on its only two shots on goal, both set up by Ronnie O'Brien's crosses.
*Dane Richards's work on the right flank for the Red Bulls.
*Former MetroStar Tim Howard making several sensational saves to earn the U.S. national team a 0-0 tie with top-ranked Argentina.
*Tony Limarzi's delirious radio call on Emilio's goal.

THE BAD

*Kansas City 0-3-2 with three goals scored since a 3-1-1 start and Dallas 1-5-2 since a 2-0-2 start.
*Chicago 4-0-1 on the road, but just 2-3 at home.
*The abuse that Robbie Rogers took from the Earthquakes.
*Five teams above .500 in the East, just two in the West.
*Dallas conceding a goal in the first seven minutes for the second consecutive game.
*Marcelo Gallardo's apparent head-butt attempt -- or perhaps head-nudge -- on Brandon Prideaux.
*The Revs drawing 54,000! Oh, there was a second game at Foxborough? Never mind.
*Jimmy Conrad, on playing on artificial turf: "What is funny about turf is that every turf field plays a little different. You hit long balls, sometimes they chuck straight up and sometimes they skip out of bounds. You just got to be ready for the unexpected out here."


THE COYOTE UGLY

*Red cards for Gallardo, Prideaux, Bryan Namoff, Alan Gordon, Facundo Erpen, Brad Evans and James Riley.
*The Crew scoreless in four straight league games since its five-game winning streak. "We need a win now," Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. How about just a goal?
*The behavior of some Columbus supporters. Throwing streamers (and other objects) at players is so April.
*The Soccer Insider weather jinx: Wednesday's monsoon at RFK, Saturday's tornado watch at Bridgeview, Sunday's lightning bolts at East Rutherford. This weekend's forecast: locusts.

Anything else?

By Steve Goff  |  June 9, 2008; 11:33 PM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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