SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 30: Dwayne De Rosario #7 of D.C. United celebrates after scoring his second goal against the San Jose Earthquakes, with teammates Chris Pontius #13 and Blake Brettschneider #29 in the second half during an MLS soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 30, 2011 in Santa Clara, California. D.C. United won the game 2-0. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Major League Soccer Week 21: LA Galaxy Crush Dallas, Seattle Come From Behind, And RSL Slaughter RBNY

The Saturday set of matches are underway in MLS, with most of the best viewing coming late tonight. The LA Galaxy will host FC Dallas, while Red Bull New York faces off against Real Salt Lake.

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San Jose Earthquakes Vs. Portland Timbers: Full Time, Entertaining 1-1 Draw Leaves Both Sides Disappointed

After 90 minutes of extremely physical but mostly fair play, both the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers will be forced to admit that their 1-1 draw was a justified result. Both teams had chances to win the match and will feel like they should have been able to win the match, but neither could put away a winner at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The game was one defined by contrasting styles, as San Jose played patiently and with the ball on the turf for the most part while the Timbers tried to use their superior size and speed to engineer chances through direct play. Their strategy helped to create the first goal, as Jorge Perlaza's pace was a thorn in the side of another MLS team.

In the 23rd minute, Perlaza did well to stay onside as he took off at the perfect moment after a through ball on the right side of the penalty area. He squared a ball across the box for Kenny Cooper, who was somehow completely unmarked as he tapped the ball into the back of the net.

San Jose's patience eventually paid off in the 67th minute, thanks to a goal created by Steven Beitashour and Alan Gordon. Beitashour was arguably the man of the match, playing a great game defensively and assisting on Gordon's goal with a fantastic cross, which Gordon headed into the back of the net.

After the match, Gordon revealed that he was playing with a double hernia and that he will be undergoing surgery later in the week. He was in visible pain as he spoke with local television reporters, but certainly didn't seem to regret getting out on the pitch in pain.


Colorado Rapids Vs. Columbus Crew: Brian Mullan, Omar Cummings Score To Give Rapids 2-0 Victory

The Columbus Crew came into Friday night's encounter with the Colorado Rapids on top of the Eastern Conference and as one of the form teams in the league. Unfortunately for their supporters, they didn't bring their form with them to Colorado, as they were outplayed at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids scored a well deserved 2-0 victory, highlighted by a fantastic winning strike by Brian Mullan in the second half.

The first half was relatively poor, with both teams struggling to create chances. Colorado did a good job of getting the ball into wide areas getting forward while Emmanuel Ekpo played well in the center for the Crew, but both teams were missing the quality on their final balls.

Mullan eliminated the need for that passing quality with his thunderbolt of a strike in the second half, as he scored what would ultimately be the winner with a 30 yard thunderbolt into the back of the net in the 54th minute. Omar Cummings would add an insurance goal with a nice tidy finish in the 79th, sealing the victory for the Rapids.

The Crew's position at the top of the East is in jeopardy, as the Philadelphia Union can overtake them with a win, while both the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City are both within striking distance. Colorado's win moves them to fourth in the West, and they are firmly in a playoff place at the moment.

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