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Adu bobs, but Fire weave past United

Damani Ralph scored Chicago's first goal of the season on Freddy Adu bobblehead doll day, lifting the Fire to a 1-0 win over D.C. United yesterday in Washington.

Chicago (1-1-2) opened the season with 327 scoreless minutes, coming within 30 minutes of matching the MLS record held by the 1999 Kansas City Wizards.

The 14-year-old Adu didn't enter the game until the 72d minute, the least he has played in any of United's four games this season. He was given the first yellow card of his career in the 76th minute when he grabbed Andy Williams's jersey. Adu had a chance to tie the game in the 87th minute when he softly controlled a pass from Ryan Nelsen with his left foot, and then shot it over the bar.

Burn 1, Wizards 0 -- Toni Nhleko scored in the 17th minute and Scott Garlick recorded his second consecutive shutout, spurring host Dallas past Kansas City. Garlick finished with six saves as Dallas (2-0-1) extended its shutout streak to more than 234 minutes and handed Kansas City (1-1-1) its first loss.

Nhleko scored an unassisted goal, his first of the season, and the first scored against Kansas City. Wizards goalie Tony Meola's scoreless streak ended at 197 minutes.

Galaxy 2, Crew 0 -- Carlos Ruiz scored two goals, leading Los Angeles past Columbus in Carson, Calif. Kevin Hartman made two saves for his 41st career shutout. Hartman needs four more shutouts to pass former Chicago Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton and move into second place in MLS career shutouts.

Ruiz, the league's leading scorer, gave Los Angeles (2-0-2) a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute on a penalty kick.

Rapids 1, Earthquakes 0 -- Chris Henderson scored a first-half goal and Colorado goalkeeper Joe Cannon made it stand up against his former San Jose teammates in Denver. Henderson beat goalkeeper Pat Onstad in the 26th minute. John Spencer knocked the ball down with his chest, Kyle Beckerman ran it down and then found Henderson alone 20 yards behind the defense.

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