September 11, 2010 11:34 PM
MLS Roundup: Lots of good results ... if you're a Wizards fan
While the Wizards didn't have a chance to earn any points this week (by the way the T-Bones weren't victorious at CommunityAmerica Ballpark on Saturday), the teams that surround them did a great job of helping KC's playoff chances. Toronto and Chicago, one point ahead and one point the Wizards respectively, had two games this week to put some separation into the mix. The two drew each other 0-0 on Wednesday and lost to D.C. United and Philadelphia (respectively) on Saturday. Seattle, tied for the 8th playoff spot with 33 points, drew 0-0 with Salt Lake on Thursday. Colorado, currently 6th with 34 points, were smoked 3-1 by the New York Red Bulls. Only San Jose, tied with Seattle at 33 points, managed to gain a result, a 0-0 draw with FC Dallas. The Associated Press' individual game reports: New York Red Bulls 3, Colorado Rapids 1 HARRISON, N.J. — Thierry Henry scored his second MLS goal, starting the Red Bulls to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday that helped advance New York toward the Major League Soccer playoffs. The French forward put New York (12-8-4) ahead in the 17th minute off an assist from Estonian national team player Joel Lindpere. Rookie Tim Ream made it 2-0 in the 32nd with his first MLS goal, scoring off Tony Tschani's corner kick. Omar Cummings raced in from midfield to score to cut the lead in the 52nd minute for Colorado (9-7-7). Richards scored off a scramble in the 58th. Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Columbus Crew 1 CARSON, Calif. — David Beckham made his season debut for Los Angeles on Saturday night, playing 20 minutes in the Galaxy's 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. Beckham had been out of action since March 14, when he tore his left Achilles' tendon while playing for AC Milan on loan. The injury kept the midfielder from playing in his fourth World Cup for England. Beckham replaced Juninho in the 70th minute to loud cheers and a partial standing ovation. Four minutes later, Beckham received a yellow card for a dangerous foul against Emmanuel Ekpo. Edson Buddle, Dema Kovalenko and Jovan Kirovski scored and Landon Donovan had two assists to help the Galaxy (14-5-5) regain the top spot in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, three points ahead of Real Salt Lake. Andres Mendoza scored for the Crew (13-6-5). FC Dallas 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0 SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Kevin Hartman recorded his ninth shutout of the season and FC Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games. FC Dallas (10-2-11), which hasn't lost since May 20, was never in much danger of falling to the Earthquakes (9-7-6), whose best scoring chance came when Hartman briefly mishandled a long back header from teammate Jair Benitez in the eighth minute. Hartman recovered quickly to keep the ball from bouncing into his own net. With his the shutout, he lowered his MLS-leading goals-against-average to 0.58. FC Dallas is 8-0-6 during the streak. Philadelphia Union 1, Chicago Fire 0 CHESTER, Pa. — Sebastien Le Toux scored his 11th league goal of the season in the 36th minute, helping Philadelphia extend Chicago's winless streak to five. The French-born Le Toux, a 26-year-old midfielder and forward, is third in MLS in goals, trailing Los Angeles' Edson Buddle (13) and New York's Juan Pablo Angel (12). Philadelphia (6-11-6) became the last MLS team with a shutout this year. Chicago (6-8-8) has three losses and two draws in its last five matches. DC United 1, Toronto FC 0 TORONTO — Julius James scored in the 81st minute to help D.C. United deal a blow to his former team's dwindling playoff hopes. Toronto FC (7-10-7), winless in its past six MLS matches, needed a victory to jump back into the chase for a postseason berth. The opportunity was there against a struggling D.C. United team (5-16-3) that has been shut out 14 times this year. However, Toronto came out with an uninspired effort at home. D.C. United, which has had trouble scoring, had the better chances but could not finish.