Comeback kid Charlie Davies inspired DC United to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders, while the Colorado Rapids stole a comeback victory.
Two losses in succession had shrouded United’s MLS titleaspirations in doubt, but they began the match at Washington’s Robert F KennedyMemorial Stadium with plenty of vigour.
They received the reward for their efforts when Davies’cut-back from the right gave strike partner Josh Wolff the easiest of finishesto put the home side up 1-0.
The advantage was doubled on 52 minutes when the roles werealmost identically reversed, with Wolff this time finding an onrushingDavies for a simple tap in.
It was the sixth goal in seven MLS games for Davies, havingonly returned to competitive action this season after 17 months on thesidelines during his recovery from a serious car accident.
Brad Evans pulled one back from the penalty spot for theSounders but – with United goalkeeper Bill Hamid otherwise impassable – Unitedhung on to arrest their two-game losing streak and move to fifth in the EasternConference.
In Houston, reigning MLS champions Colorado appeared brieflydestined for their fourth loss of the season when Colin Clark’s left-footstrike from inside the area handed Dynamo a 1-0 lead in the 72nd minute.
But the advantage was to last just three minutes.
Scottish midfielder Jamie Smith’s free kick from deep andwide was horribly misjudged by Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Smith, whose attempts toscramble back to his line were futile.
And Smith’s folly was compounded when Scott Palguta stabbedhome in a crowded penalty area to make it 2-1, with Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens showing hisopposite number how it was done when he saved late from Alex Dixon.
The victory snapped a four-game winless streak for the Rapidsand moved them to second on the Western Conference table, while Houston remain third in the Eastern Conference.
Seattle’s loss and the Rapids’ win drops them to fourth inthe Western Conference.