New England Soccer Today

MLS Morning Espresso

Welcome to your first serving of the Morning Espresso, where the previous night’s MLS action is delivered to you piping hot, without any artificial sweeteners or additives.

With the finish line of the regular season quickly approaching, points were at a premium for the playoff hopefuls. However, the memo was clearly missed by a few of the candidates…

North of the border, Toronto FC paid the price for trading away Julius Jones and sleeping on the on Eastern Conference cellar dwellers, as Jones scored the decider nine minutes from time to give D.C. United a 1-0 win.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls overtook Colorado 3-1 in Harrison, NJ. Thierry Henry scored his second MLS goal in the 17th minute, while Tim Ream scored his very first league goal in the 32nd. Omar Cummings’ 52nd minute score cut the lead in half before Dane Richards’ tally put it out of reach in the 58th.

David Beckham made his season debut for the Galaxy after missing most of the season due to a torn left Achilles tendon. (Photo by Art Donahue/

Just west in Philly, the Union gave the home crowd an impressive 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. MLS MVP candidate Sebastien LeToux slotted home a beautiful ball to pick up his 11th goal of the season.

Out on the left coast, San Jose and FC Dallas both left points on the pitch as they drew 0-0. Goalkeepers Kevin Hartman and Jon Busch kept the scoresheet spotless to secure their 8th and 3rd shutouts of the season, respectively.

Down the road at the Home Depot Center, a clash of the conference leaders pitted Los Angeles against Columbus. Edson Buddle scored his league-leading 14th goal in the 13th minute while Dema Kovalenko(35′), and Jovan Kirovski (55′) all scored for the Gals. Columbus avoided the clean sheet when Andres Mendoza scored in 85th minute, as the West easily bested the East in a possible MLS Cup Final preview.

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