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The Good, The Bad, The Coyote Ugly

THE GOOD

*Average attendance of 20,182 for five league matches.
*Kenny Cooper's second consecutive multi-goal game, giving him seven goals in seven matches.
*Dallas, on a five-game unbeaten streak, improving to 18-1-6 when Cooper scores.
*Zach Wells earning his first shutout of the season.
*Brad Davis's left-footed blast in Houston's victory.
*Ryan Cochrane beating the Galaxy.
*At age 34, Jaime Moreno increasing his totals to 7 goals, 7 assists.
*Edson Buddle's crafty equalizer.
*San Jose goals by newly acquired Arturo Alvarez early and Darren Huckerby later in the half.
*Patrick Nyarko's first career goal.
*Jon Busch's league-leading eighth shutout.
*A tight race for the Golden Boot: Donovan and Cooper (13), Buddle (12), Emilio (11).
*Jeremy Olsen, Ben's older brother, playing 25 minutes for DCU's reserves. (Nice gesture, but what does this say about the reserve division?)
*Quote machine John Carver, on TFC's bad luck: "I think I've run over a black cat."

THE BAD

*Dallas all-star Juan Toja leaving MLS for Romania.
*The offside call that negated an apparent Nyarko goal, two minutes before he scored one that counted.
*With a break from league play, Colorado drops a 2-1 decision to touring Everton.
*Marco Velez's two yellows for a red.

THE COYOTE UGLY

*Amado Guevara receiving a red card for apparently striking Pablo Ricchetti in the face. "He's got a bloody nose. You don't get that from running," the TFC TV announcer said.
*Nyarko and Claudio Suarez bumping heads, forcing both players to leave the match.
*The Galaxy allowing a late game-winner, the Galaxy's seven-game winless streak (0-4-3), the Galaxy's 40 goals allowed (more than New England and Houston combined and 12 more than the second-worst defensive team, DCU).

What else?

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2008; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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