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Crew win, move into first place

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Associated Press / August 31, 2008
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Guillermo Barros Schelotto had two assists, a league-leading 16 on the season, to lead Columbus past FC Dallas, 2-1, last night in Frisco, Texas.

The win gave the Crew (12-6-4) the MLS lead with 40 points after New England tied Los Angeles.

The Crew didn't register a shot in the first 23 minutes but then scored both goals in a three-minute span after FC Dallas had taken a 1-0 lead. Columbus kept FC Dallas (6-8-8) winless in its past three games. despite getting outshot 18-8.

Schelotto had the first assist on Alejandro Moreno's goal in the 37th minute when he curled a corner kick to Chad Marshall at the top of the goalie's box. Marshall headed a pass to Moreno, who headed a shot into the right corner of the net for his eighth goal of the season.

In the 40th minute, Eddie Gaven angled a header from the top of the goalie box into the left corner of the net for his first goal of the year. Schelotto dribbled around FC Dallas defender Drew Moor and crossed a left-footed pass to Gaven from about 10 yards away.

Jeff Cunningham put FC Dallas ahead in the 35th minute with his fifth goal of the season. Cunningham dribbled around Marshall and placed a left-footed shot into the right corner of the net from inside 10 yards. Bruno Guarda registered his first MLS assist.

Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer finished with two saves, including a fingertip save on a shot from Kenny Cooper in the 60th minute. FC Dallas goalie Dario Sala finished with two saves.

D.C. United 0, Red Bulls 0 D.C. United's Jaime Moreno missed his first penalty kick this season, allowing visiting New York to extend its unbeaten streak to six games. with a 0-0 tie last night in Washington.

Moreno, sent to the line after being tripped in front of the goal, shot low but wide of the right post in the 81st minute. United's captain connected on his four prior penalty kicks this season, and holds the record for most in league history (37).

Injury-plagued United (10-10-2) lost its top scorer, Luciano Emilio, who dropped to the turf moments before halftime, clutching his upper groin. Emilio, who has 11 goals, was replaced by a substitute and walked gingerly to the clubhouse at halftime.

The Red Bulls (8-6-8) kept the league's most productive offense at home (28 goals in 11 games) in check despite playing without starting defender Gabriel Cichero, who served the second of a two-game suspension. New York is 3-0-3 in its past six games.

The teams, who combined to score 10 goals in their previous two matches this season, remain in a fourth-place tie (32 points) in the Eastern Conference with eight games remaining.

United goalkeeper Louis Crayton preserved the tie in the 89th minute, diving to his left and pushing aside a header from Andrew Boyens. Three minutes earlier, Juan Pablo Angel dribbled past Crayton and sent the ball along the goal line, but there was no one on the other end for New York.

United pressured New York's defense early. Emilio's header off a cross by Moreno went wide in the sixth minute, and 3 minutes later Moreno's shot to the short-side post was pushed aside by goalkeeper Jon Conway.

Crayton kept the game scoreless in the 17th minute, diving to his right to stop Angel's shot from 15 yards out. Seth Stammler headed Dave van den Bergh's cross to the right foot of Angel, New York's top scorer (8 goals in 14 games).

United's Santino Quaranta had a scoring bid in the 64th, blasting a low shot just wide to the right of the goal from 30 yards out.

New York hasn't won at RFK Stadium since Oct. 8, 2005. The Red Bulls have just one road win (1-5-5) this season, and have scored just eight goals on the road.

United played without midfielders Fred, who injured his groin Aug. 20, and Ben Olsen, who is recovering from ankle surgery. D.C. midfielder Marcelo Gallardo, coming back from hernia surgery, entered in the 70th minute.

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