KANSAS CITY MO - AUGUST 07: Ned Grabavoy #20 of Real Salt Lake slidetackles Ryan Smith #11 of the Kansas City Wizards during the game on August 7 2010 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Major League Soccer Weekend: RSL Drawn By Wizards In KC

Two of the league's top two teams are miss MLS's weekend action, but with teams preparing themselves for the final third of the season, this weekend's games are more about form over competition.

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Colorado Stakes Jon Busch Own Goal To 1-0 Win Over Earthquakes

COMMERCE CITY CO - AUGUST 07: Goalkeeper Jon Busch #18 of the San Jose Earthquakes can only watch after he deflected a pass by Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids for an own goal in the 26th minute at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on August 7 2010 in Commerce City Colorado. The pass was intended for Colin Clark #11 of the Rapids who watches the action. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Though the only score that separated Colorado from visiting San Jose was a aberrational own goal, the Rapids got a deserved three points from the Earthquakes on Sunday, controlling the entirety of the match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park to get their first win since June 5.

Rapids attacker Colin Clark would hit a post in the tenth minute and provide a dangerous cross for Omar Cummings a few minutes later, but Colorado's pay-off wouldn't come until the 26th minute when a cross from the right by Cummings was cut-off by San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch, who misplayed the ball into his own goal from six yards out. The Earthquakes' goalkeeper, coming off a strong match against Seattle last week, deflect the ball into his own net as he went to one knee to scoop-up the cross, giving the Rapids a shocking 1-0 lead.

Colorado would generate second-half chances for Cummings, Claudio Lopez and Medhi Ballouchy, but although Busch was able to keep the Rapids from adding to their lead, the own goal would prove decisive in the Rapids' 1-0 win.

With the win, Colorado temporarily moves into a tie for third in the west pending Dallas's match against Philadelphia on Sunday.

San Jose stays ninth in league, two points behind Seattle, with the Sounders set to host Houston Sunday night.


New England Extends Unbeaten Streak To Six, Spoils Olsen's Debut With 1-0 Win Over D.C. United

FOXBORO MA - AUGUST 07: Pat Phelan #28 of the New England Revolution is congratulated by teammates Shalrie Joseph #21 and Kenny Mansally #7 after Phelan scored in the first half against DC United on August 7 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

New England ran their unbeaten streak to six matches after a 1-0, Saturday win over D.C. United at Gillette Stadium, ruining Ben Olsen's first match as interim D.C. United coach.

Olsen, appointed coach after the mid-week firing of Curt Onalfo, made few chances to a United team that played New England even throughout most of the first half. Then, poor defending on an otherwise innocuous set piece allowed the Revolution the night's only goal.

A foul near midfield - just inside D.C. United's half - allowed Chris Tierney to float a ball behind a high D.C. line caught off-guard by a perfectly-timed run from Pat Phelan.  The midfielder ran to the middle of the penalty area and onto his first New England goal. Three minutes before half time, New England was up 1-0, converting the most basic of set piece plays.

United's best chance for an equalizer came early in the second half when Branko Boskovic put Pablo Hernández through on goal. Matt Reis came off his line quickly and, with some help from an ill-placed shot from Hernández, kept New England ahead.

New England would go on to get three points and move from seventh to sixth in the Eastern Conference, the Revolution now seven points behind Seattle for the eighth playoff spot.

D.C. United remains at the bottom of the league, their 12 points three worse than Philadelphia.


Toronto Remains Unbeaten At Home After 2-1, Saturday Win Over Chivas USA

TORONTO - AUGUST 7: Chad Barrett #19 of Toronto FC contains the ball against Chivas USA during an MLS game at BMO Field on August 7 2010 in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

First half goals from Nana Attakora and Chad Barrett combined with another stellar performance from goalkeeper Stefan Frei to earn Toronto FC three points from Chivas USA Saturday at BMO Field. A second-half penalty kick conversation from Giancarlo Maldonado prevented Toronto's clean sheet on the way to a 2-1 final.

Toronto opened the scoring in the 21st minute when a long throw-in from right back Dan Gargan was put past Dan Kennedy by Nana Attakora, the 21-year-old central defender's first goal of his MLS career. The score came after Gargan, 15-yards from the by-line, launched the ball into the middle of the area, with Attakora redirecting the ball from near-to-far post, beating an outstretched Kennedy.

Eleven minutes later, Chad Barrett put Toronto up two with a left-footed half-volley from 16-yards out, beating Kennedy to the goalkeeper's left for the match-winning goal. Barrett was put behind the line after a deft touch from Maicon Santos - extending a left foot onto a ball driven toward goal - gave his partner an uncontested chance at goal.

The visitors's chances to keep-up with Toronto were stymied by Stefan Frei, continuing to play as one of Major League Soccer's elite goalkeepers. Chivas USA forward Justin Braun was denied on each side of half-time by diving saves, while midfielder Ben Zemanski saw similar resistance with his second half drive from outside the box.

Braun was able to exact an indirect measure of revenge when he created a penalty kick mid-way through the second half, sending a ball off defender Adrian Cann's right arm at the edge of a TFC penalty area. Maldonado beat Frei down the middle after the 'keeper had drove to the goal's left, the Chivas USA forward scoring the final goal of the match and his first since joining the club from Atalante.

Toronto remains unbeaten at home, improving to 6-0-4 after Saturday's win. Now on 26 points, TFC is within one of second place New York in the Eastern Conference, with the Red Bulls set to play Sunday in Chicago.

Chivas USA stays on 18 points, at the bottom of the Western Conference.


Real Salt Lake Drawn In Kansas City, 1-1

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 07: Davy Arnaud #22 of the Kansas City Wizards battles Kyle Beckerman #5 of Real Salt Lake for the ball during the game on August 7, 2010 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Real Salt Lake was not able to fully take advantage of Los Angeles's off break from league action, drawing with Kansas City 1-1 on Saturday on Kansas. The Wizards scored first through Kei Kamara, with RSL quickly equalizing with a Robbie Findley goal in the 33rd minute. The result leaves the defending Major League Soccer champions four points back of the Galaxy for the league and Western Conference lead.

Kamara's goal came after left wing Ryan Smith beat both Robbie Russell and Ned Gabavoy to get a right-footed cross in from the attack's left flank, 18 yards from by-line. The ball found the head of the only unmarked man, Kamara having three yards of space between himself and RSL central defender Jamison Olave. Kamara's header went into the upper-left corner of goal, beating Nick Rimando in the 21st minute for the match's first goal.

The visitor's goal came off a deep cross from Robbie Russell, his ball sailing from the right flank, 32 yards out to an open Findley, eight yards from goal, just inside the far post. Whether central defender Jimmy Conrad or right back Michael Harrington should have marked the RSL forward, neither was able to prevent Findley from heading the cross down, giving Jimmy Nielsen no chance to prevent the equalizer.

Though Kansas City would outshoot Salt Lake 16-9 for the match, the visitors would have the better chances throughout the rest of the game, with Alvaro Saborio's wayward header in the second half coming within a couple of yards of giving RSL three points. The Wizards had a late shout for a goal, with rookie Teal Bunbury seemly beating Rimando only for the play to be called-back after a contentious offside call.

The draw puts Salt Lake on 35 points through 19 matches, now even on games played with Los Angeles and Columbus, who they trail by two points for the league's second-best record. Kansas City's point moves them to 20 on the season, five points out of a playoff spot.

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