Christian Gomez and Jaime Moreno scored goals for D.C. United, but Josh Wicks made the key play when he stopped Brian McBride’s second-half penalty kick, giving United a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night in Washington, D.C.
Gomez scored the winner on a free kick shortly before halftime, and Moreno scored his fifth goal of the season on a penalty kick for United (5-2-7), which won its second in a row.
When the Fire came up with a penalty kick of its own in the 49th minute for Wicks’ tackle of McBride, Wicks dropped to his right to bat away the ball for one of his five saves.
Chicago (5-3-6) tied the score in the 33rd minute on Marco Pappa’s goal. But the Fire lost its third consecutive game and first on the road.
At Toronto FC 2, Red Bulls 1: Sam Cronin and Danny Dichio scored goals in the first half and Toronto FC held off New York.
Albert Celades scored in the 54th minute for the Red Bulls (2-10-3), who lost their fifth straight and extended their winless streak to six games.
New York, last in the Eastern Conference, dropped to 0-7-1 on the road while getting outscored 12-1.
The Red Bulls are winless in their past 20 road games dating to last season, an MLS record.
Toronto (5-5-4) needed just 3 minutes to score after New York defender Seth Stammler was penalized for a hand ball. Red Bulls goalkeeper Danny Cepero guessed correctly and made a leaping save on Amado Guevera’s penalty kick, but Cronin was there to tap in the rebound.
Dynamo 3, at FC Dallas 1: Cam Weaver scored two goals to lead Houston to a victory over FC Dallas, extending the Dynamo’s unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Richard Mulrooney also scored for Houston (8-2-3), which won its fifth straight and moved into a tie with idle Chivas USA atop the Western Conference. Chivas plays at Columbus today.
Drew Moor scored for FC Dallas (2-7-4), which had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped.
At Wizards 3, Revolution 1: Davy Arnaud and Aaron Hohlbein scored in the first half to lead Kansas City (5-5-4) past short-handed New England (4-4-4).
The Wizards benefitted from an own goal that deflected off Revolution defender Jeff Larentowicz in the 36th minute.
Shalrie Joseph scored for the Revolution, which played without Emmanuel Osei after he was ejected in the 31st minute.
Real Salt Lake 2, at Galaxy 0: Yura Movsisyan and Nat Borchers scored to lead Real Salt Lake to a victory over Los Angeles, ending the Galaxy’s 10-game unbeaten streak.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando made five saves for his third shutout as Salt Lake (4-6-3) posted its first road win and stopped a seven-game winless streak.
The Galaxy (2-2-9) suffered its first loss since a 3-2 defeat to Colorado on April 4.