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Somebody stop the Earthquakes.
San Jose and it’s revamped squad trounced the New England Revolution, 4-0, on Saturday, adding more momentum to an improbable playoff push and adding another team to an already crowded playoff chase.
While San Jose was working on escaping the West cellar, Houston took over first place in the West with its 4-3 win against Real Salt Lake, putting up a four spot on the toughest defense in the West.
In other Saturday action, D.C. edged Chicago, 1-0, spoiling Brian McBride’s debut, Colorado defeated Kansas City, 2-1, and Columbus halted streaking FC Dallas, 2-1, to move into first place in the East.
The performance of the day went to San Jose, which trounced a New England squad playing without midfielder leader Shalrie Joseph (serving a red card suspension). Ronnie O’Brien came into the match with just one goal on the season but delivered a two-goal, one assist performance in the San Jose rout.
The win moves the Earthquakes within four points of a four-team pack chasing the league’s final two playoff spots. San Jose is still last in the league in points but is riding a four-match unbeaten streak.
Houston took over the West lead with its 4-3 win against Real Salt Lake, as three unanswered goals in the first half proved too much for RSL to overcome. With a two-point lead and a game in hand, the Dynamo doesn’t look likely to relinquish that lead as the defending MLS Cup champions start thinking three-peat.
The Brian McBride era in Chicago ended with a loss as the former U.S. national team star came on as a halftime substitute in the Fire’s 1-0 loss to D.C. A first-half strike from Fred was enough to help D.C. end a recent skid and push D.C. United into sole possession of fourth place in the East.
In Columbus, Jeff Cunningham scored his 100th career MLS goal but it was Guillermo Barros Schelotto who set up a pair of second-half goals to give the Crew a 2-1 victory and push Columbus into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Lastly, Colorado posted its first win in a month in a 2-1 victory against struggling Kansas City. Newly-acquired Cory Gibbs earned the start, helping the Rapids limit KC to Michael Harrington goal of a deflected Preston Burpo save.
What do you think of Saturday’s results? Stunned by San Jose’s rout? Think RSL is about to slide back to reality? Shocked to see the Columbus Crew in first place? Wondering how long it will take for Brian McBride to start making an impact with Chicago?
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