Roundup for MLS action in Week 24
all from crosses -- as he moved two ahead of United's Jaime Moreno in the race for the MLS Golden Boot.
Twellman put the Revs ahead after six minutes with a wonderful goal. A quick turnover found Steve Ralston on the right flank, and his pinpoint cross found Twellman at the far post where he sent a picture-perfect diving header past Jonny Walker.
The St. Louis native doubled the Revolution lead in the 39th minute, Ralston again sending in a cross that took the slightest of touches from Clint Dempsey. Twellman fought his way past Chad Marshall and toe-poked the ball home past a surprised Walker from close range.
Twellman then completed his second hat trick of the campaign just after the hour, Jay Heaps flighting a cross from the right that the 25-year-old headed home over Crew defender Robin Fraser (63). Frankie Hejduk pulled a goal back for Columbus four minutes from the end, heading home a Simon Elliott free kick, but it was far too late.
At Spartan Stadium, the Earthquakes remained unbeaten at home in league play as they moved to within seven points of claiming home-field advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs.
A scrappy affair opened up just after the break through a little misfortune for Chivas. Mark Chung collected a pass in the left side of the area and hammered a low drive that took a deflection off defender Douglas Sequeira and looped high over goalkeeper Sergio Garcia into the goal (47).
Sequeira saw more misfortune lead to San Jose's second. Ricardo Clark took a pass in the center circle and raced all the way to the top of the Chivas penalty area. He tried to slip a pass through, but Sequeira blocked it -- right back to Clark. He hit a quick low shot that beat Garcia inside his left-hand post (74).
Brian Ching then scored his first MLS goal since April 30, taking a pass from Dwayne De Rosario and easily finishing when completely unmarked in the heart of the area.
At The Home Depot Center, the Galaxy moved ahead of FC Dallas into second place in the West with a dominant performance of their own against a 10-man Rapids team. Herculez Gomez scored a goal in each half as the Galaxy were two goals and a man up barely a quarter of the way through the match.
Gomez sent the Galaxy on their way, scoring after just seven minutes when he stole the ball back from Rapids defender Hunter Freeman -- who had stripped Gomez in the Colorado box -- and powered home a finish over 'keeper Joe Cannon.
Colorado center Nat Borchers was booked twice in the opening 21 minutes -- once for a foul on Gomez, once for a foul on Landon Donovan -- and just after his 21st-minute expulsion Donovan doubled the Galaxy lead. Cobi Jones whipped in a cross from the right corner that Donovan finished with a glancing header at the near post (24).
Kyle Beckerman gave the Rapids life three minutes after the second-half restart, pounding a cleared cross home from well outside the area that beat Kevin Hartman, but Gomez restored the two-goal margin in the 66th minute when he was set free on a long breakaway and slipped the ball under Cannon after racing away from the Rapids rearguard.
Guillermo Ramirez finally scored his first MLS goal three minutes from time from the penalty spot -- but it didn't come without drama. His spot kick went to Cannon's right and sent the 'keeper the wrong way. But it hit the post -- yet deflected off Cannon's back and into the back of the net.
At Pizza Hut Park, D.C. United moved back into second place in the Eastern Conference while FC Dallas saw their winless streak reach 10 games -- two shy of the MLS record -- and remained winless after five games in their home as they fell to third in the West.
Defender Facundo Erpen scored his MLS goal -- in his first game at the center of the United back three -- giving D.C. a 15th-minute lead with a wild left-footed side-volley from a corner kick.
United then doubled their lead in the 72nd minute, Nick Rimando spying Jamil Walker on the left flank behind the FCD defense and hitting him with a long clearance. Walker then drove a low center into the goalmouth where Santino Quaranta turned it home.
Ramon Nuñez pulled a goal back for the Hoops three minutes from the end when he hit a looping, dipping shot from long distance after a long run up the center of the park that sailed over the outstretched hand of Rimando.
At Arrowhead Stadium, the MetroStars kept pace in the Eastern Conference and stayed in the postseason hunt with the narrowest of victories against the Wizards.
The game's lone goal came a minute before the halftime interval, a free kick falling to Tim Ward and he laid it back to Eddie Gaven, who hit a low drive back toward goal. The shot took a deflection off Wizards midfielder Sasha Victorine on its way in, giving Bo Oshoniyi no chance.
The MetroStars played the final 25 minutes down a man after Tim Regan received two yellow cards in the space of four minutes, but Tony Meola stood tall to claim the shutout in his return to the city where he had played the last six seasons.
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