The Columbus Crew extended its home unbeaten streak to an MLS-record tying 18 games as Jason Garey scored twice for the Crew in a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
Steven Lenhart also scored for Columbus (6-3-9), which improved to 12-0-6 during its run at Crew Stadium in Columbus. The streak matches San Jose’s MLS mark, set in 2004 and ’05.
Raphael Cox scored his first career goal for Real Salt Lake (5-7-5), which had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped.
Columbus was without league MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto and 2008 defender of the year Chad Marshall. Schelotto is recovering from a hamstring injury and Marshall is with the U.S National Team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The two were named All-Star starters earlier this week.
Lenhart’s second goal of the year came in the 23rd minute and followed passes from Frankie Hejduk and Duncan Oughton, who made his first start of the season for the Crew.
Garey extended Columbus’ lead in the 31st minute, finishing from close range after Real Salt Lake failed to clear Lenhart’s header from inside the penalty area.
Garey padded the score with a pretty goal in the 53rd minute, combining on a give-and-go with Lenhart before beating RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Garey has three goals this season.
Cox scored in the 76th minute.
Salt Lake players Tony Beltran, Robbie Russell and Ned Grabavoy were shown yellow cards by referee Abiodun Okulaja. Crew midfielder Danny O’Rourke was booked in the 72nd minute.
At Fire 2, Earthquakes 0: Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored a goal and added an assist to help first-place Chicago snap its franchise-record six-game home winless streak with a victory over San Jose in Bridgeville, Ill.
Blanco set up the winning goal in the 82nd minute when he intercepted a pass from defender Brandon McDonald and found forward Patrick Nyarko alone in the center of the box.
Nyarko, who scored his third goal of the season, was starting in place of forward Brian McBride, who is sidelined for at least three months after undergoing shoulder surgery Friday.
Chicago, which had gone 0-4-2 in its last six home games, also ended a club-record 406-minute scoreless streak there.
Blanco, who entered the game as a substitute in the 60th minute, followed up Nyarko’s goal with one of his own eight minutes later. The Mexican playmaker collected a pass from defender Wilman Conde at the top of the box and chipped a shot over Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
The Fire (7-3-7), which had 10 shots, lead the Eastern Conference by one point over Columbus and D.C. United.
San Jose, last in the West, had its franchise-record road winless streak extended to 18 matches (0-11-7) dating back to a 2-0 win at Columbus on June 7, 2008.
At D.C. United 3, Rapids 1: Bryan Namoff redeemed himself after knocking a ball into his own net, scoring the tiebreaking goal in the 56th minute in Washington.
Namoff’s header off Christian Gomez’ corner kick beat screened Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens. The goal was the third of Namoff’s 187-game MLS career.
In the 14th minute, Namoff kicked the ball into his own goal to put Colorado (6-5-6) up 1-0. Namoff was trying to keep the ball away from Conor Casey but inadvertently put it past Josh Wicks, the second own goal United (6-3-9) has allowed in the last four games.
Dynamo 1, at Toronto FC 1: Bobby Boswell scored the tying goal in the 75th minute for Houston.
Boswell, sent in alone on a pass from Geoff Cameron, was foiled on his first attempt by goalie Stefan Frei, but the ball came loose. Boswell then buried a shot for his third goal of the season.
Houston (9-4-5) improved the MLS’ best record.
Dwayne DeRosario scored his sixth goal of the season for Toronto (7-6-5).