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Revolution get pulled under by Rapids

Associated Press / September 19, 2010

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Conor Casey tied the Colorado franchise record with his 39th goal and the Rapids ran their home unbeaten streak to nine, beating the Revolution, 3-0, in Commerce City, Colo.

Casey has 10 goals this season for the Rapids, who are 10-7-7 overall and 6-0-3 at home since a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles on May 5.

“It is nice to reach a milestone like that,’’ Casey said. “Nice to reach it in only my fourth year with the franchise.’’

Omar Cummings also scored his 10th goal, giving him five goals in his last four games.

“I’m in a comfort zone right now,’’ Cummings said. “It’s even better to be in it at this time of the season.’’

Wells Thompson added his first goal of the season, and Matt Pickens posted his seventh shutout and dealt the Revolution (7-14-3) their 10th shutout of the year.

New England is a Major League Soccer-worst 1-10-1 on the road this year and 0-6-3 in its last nine games in Colorado.

“It isn’t rocket science to figure out what happened,’’ said coach Steve Nicol. “We made too many mistakes — basic stuff that gave them goals.’’

Real Salt Lake 1, Chicago 0 — Real Salt Lake set an MLS home unbeaten record as the defending MLS Cup champions edged the Fire for their 23d consecutive undefeated league match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Alvaro Saborio’s penalty kick at the end of the first half was the difference.

Saborio’s goal came in the 44th minute after Fire defender Wilman Conde pulled down midfielder Ned Grabovoy in the box. After a caution was mistakenly given to C.J. Brown, Conde was then issued his second caution and an automatic ejection.

Seattle FC 4, Columbus 0 — Blaise Nkufo scored the first three goals of his Major League Soccer career to help the visiting Sounders beat the Crew.

Nkufo, playing his sixth MLS game, scored on a rebound in the fourth minute, struck again in the 39th and completed the hat trick in the 75th.

Nathan Sturgis converted a penalty kick in the 42d minute for his first MLS goal.

Seattle (10-9-6) is 6-1-3 in its last 10 games.

Columbus (13-7-5) missed an opportunity to increase its Eastern Conference lead over New York and tied the team record for margin of defeat last set in a 4-0 loss at New York May 19, 2007.

Toronto FC 2, Houston 1 — Dwayne De Rosario scored his second goal of the game in second-half stoppage time to give Toronto FC a victory over the host Dynamo.

Toronto FC (8-10-7, 31 points) kept its playoff hopes alive with its first win in seven games, pulling within 3 points of eighth-place Colorado. Houston (6-13-5 23, points) lost its third straight.

De Rosario scored the winner off Jacob Peterson’s free kick. Peterson nudged the ball to the right, just above the upper box, and De Rosario launched a hard shot into the right side.

Los Angeles 2, DC United 1 — Landon Donovan scored twice in a 5-minute span late in the second half to give the host Galaxy a victory over D.C. United.

David Beckham made his second appearance of the season, entering in the 53d minute for the Galaxy (15-5-5), who maintained their 3-point lead over second-place Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference and overall standings.

Andy Najar scored for D.C. United (5-17-3), which has lost eight of its past 10.

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