MLS, Midweek 10: United Takes Care Of Rapids, Win 2-0

Dwayne De Rosario and Hamdi Salihi look to be quite the forward pairing.

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D.C. United Vs. Colorado Rapids, 2012 MLS: Dwayne De Rosario, Hamdi Salihi Lead Way

The rest of MLS is going to want to take notice of D.C. United's 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday. It wasn't just that United put together a complete performance, registering their first shutout victory of the season (no, the 2-0 win over Toronto FC doesn't count), it was also who was fueling the offense.

Dwayne De Rosario and Hamdi Salihi were paired together at forward and each scored a goal. It was De Rosario's first goal as a forward this season and it was Salihi's first goal as a starter. Salihi has now scored goals in three of four appearances after going scoreless in his first six. All of De Rosario's goals have come in his past five appearances.

Also of note was the play of Branko Boskovic, the almost forgotten Designated Player. Boskovic was active all night, sending in several dangerous crosses, and helped set up Salihi's goal. That goal actually featured all three of those players getting key touches, as De Rosario took a long pass and cut it back to Lewis Neal, who fed Boskovic for a header. Matt Pickens was able to save Boskovic's attempt, but the rebound came right back to a waiting Salihi, who put it away easily.

It could have actually been much worse, but Pickens was able to come up with eight saves, a couple of which could be nominated for Save of the Week.

The win gives United 21 points on the season, moving them even with Sporting Kansas City and one point behind the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference. United has played more games than both teams.

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Houston Dynamo Vs. Portland Timbers, 2012 MLS: Ugly Scoreless Tie

It's safe to say no one will be locking away the film of this game for posterity. The Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers played to a 0-0 tie on Tuesday that was every bit as ugly as the scoreline would suggest.

The Dynamo were able to provide at least a little bit of drama, heavily pressuring the Timbers for much of the final 15 minutes. But in the end, they were unable to convert any of their chances. Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins does deserve some credit for preserving the shutout, coming up with seven saves.

Houston's best chance came in the 87th minute when Luiz Camargo sent Calen Carr through with a nice pass, but Perkins was able to stop the 1-on-1 chance.

The Timbers have now gone 314 minutes without registering a goal and have not actually scored a goal in 427 minutes. On the bright side, they have now registered points in each of their past two games and moved into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with Chivas USA at 10 points apiece.

The Dynamo moved into a three-way tie for fifth in the Eastern Conference, as they are now even with the New England Revolution and Montreal Impact at 12 points.

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MLS 2012, Midweek 10 Preview And Fixtures: John Spencer Returns To Houston

The week gets off to an early start with a Tuesday matchup between the Dynamo and Timbers.

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