- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 13, 2008

From combined dispatches

Real Salt Lake 4, D.C. United 0

SALT LAKE CITY — Kyle Beckerman scored twice as Real Salt Lake beat D.C. United last night for its largest margin of victory in franchise history.

Beckerman’s first goal came in the 12th minute after taking a pass from Dema Kovalenko near the top of the penalty box and blasting the ball past United’s Jose Carvallo. Beckerman scored again in the 77th minute with another goal from near the top of the box.

Kovalenko assisted the first two goals for Salt Lake (1-1-1), setting up the second by sending a long pass to Fabin Espindola, who tucked his shot just under Carvallo in the 19th minute.

United (1-2-0), which was playing its fifth game in 14 days including a pair of CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal matches with Mexico’s Pachuca FC, nearly got on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute, however Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando stopped Devon McTavish’s shot that was headed for the upper corner of the goal.

Rimando made three saves to earn the shutout as Salt Lake defeated D.C. United at home for the third straight season.

Robbie Findley added a late goal in the 87th minute when United’s Gonzalo Peralta attempt to head the ball back to Carvallo was short and Findley headed the ball past the D.C. goalkeeper into the goal.

Fire 1, Earthquakes 0

OAKLAND, Calif. — Chad Barrett scored an early goal, and Chicago spoiled San Jose’s festive home debut in its return to MLS.

With thousands of their long-suffering fans banging drums, blowing horns and wearing the club’s signature blue shirts, the Earthquakes returned to the Bay Area as an expansion team, two years after the original MLS franchise moved to Houston but left behind the two-time league champions’ team history and colors.

Rapids 1, Revolution 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Nick LaBrocca scored his first MLS goal and Colorado ended a seven-game winless streak at New England.

Crew 4, Chivas USA 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Robbie Rogers scored to lead Columbus in a victory over Chivas USA in a game marked by two ejections, eight yellow cards and faltering stadium lights.

Wizards 0, Dynamo 0

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Kevin Hartman got his 69th career shutout, extending his MLS record, and Kansas City kept two-time defending champion Houston winless with a scoreless tie.

FC Dallas 2, New York 0

FRISCO, Texas — Arturo Alvarez and Kenny Cooper scored to lift FC Dallas to a win over New York.

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