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The Good, the Bad, the Coyote Ugly

Wrapping up another weekend in MLS.....

*Back from injury, Fabian Espindola scores twice for RSL.
*Guillermo Barros Schelotto's third straight two-assist game, setting a team record with 16 on the season.
*Brian McBride from Cuauhtemoc Blanco -- get used to it.
*Expansion San Jose's seven-game unbeaten streak (3-0-4) to enter the playoff chase.
*Landon Donovan's two goals for the Galaxy, increasing his MLS-best total to 16.
*Taylor Twellman's courageous header for the Revs' first goal.
*Darren Huckerby's late game-winner for the Quakes.
*Dwayne De Rosario's equalizer a minute after Chicago had gone ahead.
*Juan Pablo Angel's outrageous fake nearly produces a game-winner.
*Louis Crayton's 89th-minute save to preserve DCU's tie.
*The West goes 3-1-1 in head-to-head matchups with the East.
*RSL improves to 7-0-5 at home, with just seven goals allowed.
*New York earns its first shutout at RFK in 31 all-time visits (all competitions).
*The Revs run their unbeaten streak vs. the Galaxy to nine (6-0-3).
*Designated player Marcelo Gallardo returns for DCU after a two-month layoff.
*Bruno Guarda's first start and first assist for Dallas.
*Boosted by a 20-5 shots advantage, Chivas USA's second comeback victory in club history.
*Houston improves to 7-1-3 at home. Even with loss, Chicago is 6-3-3 on road.
*39,256 at Foxborough.
*22,554 at Houston.

*Colorado is shut out for the fourth time in five games.
*Greg Sutton unable to prevent Atiba Harris's late game-winner for Chivas USA. "He's made some good saves in the game; that's important. But with his experience I expected him just to keep it and then stick it in behind, we see the game out, we get the draw and it's better than losing all three points," TFC Coach John Carver said.
*Rapids GK Preston Burpo caught in no-man's land on second RSL goal.
*Designated player Christian Gomez does not start for the third straight match.
*Galaxy GK Steve Cronin breaks a finger in collision with Twellman.
*DCU has not won consecutive league games since late June.
*Just 10,590 at Frisco.

*With the game on the line, Jaime Moreno misses a penalty kick wide left.
*The Galaxy's winless streak reaches 10 (0-5-5).
*The Rapids fall to 1-8-2 on the road.

What else ya got for me?

By Steve Goff  |  September 1, 2008; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  MLS  
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The Crew is coming on strong and playing better than most. What were ties last year are becoming wins this year. Schelott at with 16 assists and 8 games to go has been marvelous.

Posted by: GLD123 | September 1, 2008 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Steve - is Christian Gomez a DP?

Posted by: apqjr | September 1, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Is Guillermo Barros Schelotto a DP? Cause he is sure playing like it. TT's been on fire lately, im guessing he is hoping to be on the way out sooner or later, so he's playing like a mad man. Any news on a potential transfer?

Posted by: kevin | September 1, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse

FC Dallas will always have trouble with attendance when the game overlaps a UT football game.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 7:28 AM | Report abuse

No, Schelotto isn't a DP. Though that may change next season. He's saying he'd like to extend his time in Columbus beyond this season.

Posted by: Doug | September 1, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey Goff,
A little off-topic, but. . . although the West did better against the East this week, has the relative weakness of the West prompted any discussion at the MLS about going to a single table or is that something they're not even willing to consider?

Posted by: Skippy | September 1, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

The Good...Seeing Ben Olsen playing in the first half of the reserve game yesterday.

Posted by: RK | September 1, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

how did the trialist play yesterday at the reserve game ?

Posted by: chris D | September 1, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Ugly: DC United's game against NY. Is it's TS's farmation change that keeps messing up?
OT: how about Barca, Real, Milan losing and Inter, Chelski, Liverpool all ties. Big guns.

Posted by: td | September 1, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Christian Gomez is a DP? I must have missed that -- when did that happen? I thought Colorado were paying him just under DP level and had temporarily traded DC their DP slot.

Still makes no difference to the fact that Colorado is terrible under Smith and they have all the talent to be a very good squad. I hope they get a new coach in there quickly!

Posted by: Eugene | September 1, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

schellotto mvp one thing before i go when is bradley gonna call micheal harrington ? i think better prospect then bornstein. we need a spanish brazilian dutch coach .period

Posted by: Paniro | September 1, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Good -- not MLS -- local player Tiffany McCarty, a freshman at FSU, scored two goals and had two assists for Seminoles as they thrashed Penn State and UConn this weekend.

Posted by: OWNTF | September 1, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

First time I heard Gomez is DP. I am curious though that how did Columbus managed to get Schelotto non-dp slot when he was one of the center figures in Boca Jr.?

Posted by: td | September 1, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly: One of the best players in MLS, Guillermo, is so ugly. Not the face you want to put on promotional material, even if he is playing 10x better than Becks.

Posted by: Beautiful Football? | September 1, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Coyote Ugly-

Chase Myles missing a sitter that would have tied the SJ/KC game.
The referees in NE missing Khano Smith's open hand slap to the face of David Beckham.
The referees in LA missing Tyrone Marshall's elbow to the head of Alecko Eskandarian, and then not calling (or carding) the second foul of Marshall on Esky where Marshall blatantly tripped Esky.
The linesman in SJ not calling Huckerby offside on his goal.
Kevin Stott (or Scott, as the RFK scoreboard operator called him), for having what could be, despite all the evidence above, the absolute worst weekend as a center in MLS.



Posted by: JayRockers! | September 1, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty certain neither Christian Gomez nor Barros-Schelotto are DPs but both may make more than the league minimum because the teams added allocation money to their "close to MLS max" salaries.

td, I don't think Soehn's formation failed on Saturday night, DC created plenty of scoring chances. To me the problem with our firepower was due more to a subpar night from Jaime and a half game from Emilio.

Quaranta had some good shots and came close to winning the game in stoppage time with a mid-range effort after Crayton's save (mentioned by Goff above).

Posted by: garbaggio | September 1, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Has McBride ever scored an easier goal that that one?

39K at Foxborough? Amazing. Any special occasion? Half-price Sam Adams Summer Ale (end of season clearance)? Let's hope they keep it up.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 1, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse


Today is the transfer deadline and Man. Sh... err... City had their bid accepted for Berbatov, What a joke, the guy can't be bothered to play half the time. I'm just glad Man. United didn't swoop for him. Thanks City!!

Posted by: Red Devil | September 1, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

39K at Foxborough? Amazing. Any special occasion? Half-price Sam Adams Summer Ale (end of season clearance)? Let's hope they keep it up.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 1, 2008 10:10 AM

guessing you know the answer and are making a joke, but for those out there who don't know why the Revs actually had people in attendance - it was their turn to host the traveling Beckham show.

Posted by: joke? | September 1, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

benny olsen played in the reserves match, any clue how he played any info on this goff?

Posted by: smeagol | September 1, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Not MLS, but wasn't sure where to post this. Cacho had an absolute golazo yesterday for Pumas at about 1:40 in

Posted by: AJ | September 1, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Huckerby goal looked like it could be onsides to me. The further left on the screen you go the camera angle is set up to have the effect of making things towards the top of the screen look like they are situated further to the right. Presumably the linesman is lined up with the last defender because he isn't running. You can see this effect by looking at tne endline. Saying that, it was close but the lineman was in position to make the call.

Posted by: AD | September 1, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Kenny Cooper looked pretty lost out there in the FC Dallas game against Columbus, at least the half-game I saw.

Posted by: Bill in Md. | September 1, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Huckerby's goal looked offsides and the assistant referee seemed to be behind the play, but the defense didn't question the call.

Posted by: DudeAbides | September 1, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

You've got to mention Andy William's beautiful touch to set up Fabian Espindola's first goal.

Posted by: REB | September 1, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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