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No substitute for experience

CARSON, Calif. -- Andy Dorman has scored late goals as a substitute, but last night Dorman was in the starting lineup as he converted in injury time for the Revolution in the 1-1 tie against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Dorman scored twice last season, in the 94th minute of a 3-0 win over Dallas and in the 85th minute of a 2-2 tie at D.C. United. This time, Dorman finished a sequence which began with a Joe Franchino free kick, headed by Taylor Twellman, and touched on by Shalrie Joseph.

''Obviously, it's not over until the final whistle, but we were just digging in at that stage," Dorman said. ''Joey played the kick across the goal and I thought it might come to where I was because players are taught to head it back across."

Gold rush

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is going to take its toll on the MLS, judging by the low-scoring tie between the Revolution and Galaxy. A total of 31 MLS players are on rosters for the Gold Cup, the 12-nation continental championship that will be played in six US cities through July 24.

Four Galaxy players -- Landon Donovan (US), Tyrone Marshall (Jamaica), Guillermo Ramirez (Guatemala), and Michael Umana (Costa Rica) -- are listed, but Marshall and Ramirez were allowed to play last night because their teams are based in Los Angeles. The Revolution's Clint Dempsey, Steve Ralston, and Pat Noonan (US), plus Avery John (Trinidad and Tobago) are likely out of MLS play until July 16.

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis will train with the US but continue playing for the Revolution.

Reis, 30, now seems to be near the top of his game. Reis, who leads the MLS with seven shutouts this season, was playing about 30 minutes from his Orange County home and against the team which gave him his professional start but also condemned him to a mostly backup role for five years.

''I am happy that [Revolution coach] Steve Nicol and [former assistant] John Murphy had the foresight to see I was a good, strong player and then give me the chance to start. That is all I had been asking for in seven years and this shows what can happen if someone is given a chance."

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