FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Toronto FC nearly came all the way back, but couldn’t overcome a pair of goals by Steve Ralston as the New England Revolution claimed a 2-1 victory Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.
Ralston scored goals in each half to stake New England to a lead, and then even a Shalrie Joseph own goal couldn’t keep the Revolution from ensuring their coaching staff earned a trip to Toronto for the MLS All-Star Game in late July, though Jarrod Smith saw a late equalizing bid cleared off the line.
Ralston might just join them at BMO Field after netting his fifth and sixth goals of the season as the Revolution shook off some indifferent home form and dispatched a Toronto FC side that fell to 1-5-0 on the road on the season.
Nicol named Taylor Twellman (ankle) on the bench as the striker sought his first action since May 11. Kenny Mansally (World Cup qualifying with The Gambia) returned on Friday afternoon to take his spot on the bench.
Amado Guevara returned to the side after playing with Guatemala in World Cup qualifying last weekend. Olivier Tebily (ankle) and Todd Dunivant (ankle) didn’t make the trip due to injury, while Brian Edwards continued in goal in place of Greg Sutton for Toronto FC.
» Full Story
WASHINGTON, DC — A rampant D.C. United powered their way to a 4-1 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy in a clash of titans at steamy RFK Stadium on Sunday. The Black-and Red won their fourth straight match with style to spare, inspired by a brace from Luciano Emilio and a silky-smooth display from Marcelo Gallardo, who outshone his fellow designated player David Beckham before a lively crowd of 35,979 in the nation’s capital.
COLUMBUS, OH — Columbus Crew midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo had shown flashes of speed in his six prior MLS matches but the Nigerian midfielder had failed to find the back of the net.
KANSAS CITY — The long, strange trip is over for the Kansas City Wizards — and it might have ended in a most appropriate way. Thanks to an 89th-minute own, the Wizards defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, putting an end to their seven-game winless streak.
BRIDGEVIEW, IL — Home-field advantage couldn’t get the Chicago Fire back into the win column Saturday night, though they did earn a point for the first time in four games, reaching a 0-0 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Toyota Park.
CARSON, CA — Chivas USA took advantage of a New York Red Bulls defensive miscue for the equalizing goal just before halftime, before the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw at Home Depot Center on Saturday night.
HOUSTON, TX — New FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman earned the first point of his MLS coaching career as his team came back to claim a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on MLS Primetime Thursday at Robertson Stadium.