Stephen McCarthy’s header in the 73d minute helped the Revolution snap a nine-game winless streak and earn their first road victory of the season with a 1-0 victory over D.C. United before 15,597 last night in Washington.
Chris Tierney set up the winner on a corner kick into the middle of the box for McCarthy, who redirected the ball low down the right side to score his second goal of the season.
The Revolution (4-9-7) had been in the midst of a club-record winless stretch but won their fifth straight against United (5-6-8). D.C. United lost for the first time in six games and hasn’t won at home since May 4.
United had a chance to strike first in the final moments of the first half after drawing a handball against Pat Phelan in the box. But Charlie Davies missed his first penalty kick in five tries, sending the ball over the middle of the crossbar in the 44th minute.
Revolution goaltender Matt Reis made six saves for his fourth shutout, and he was the key factor early in keeping the game scoreless. Reis denied Davies in the 17th minute and stoned Dwayne De Rosario in the 18th minute.
Captain Shalrie Joseph and defender Ryan Cochrane returned to the Revolution starting lineup after serving their suspensions and helped stabilize coach Steve Nicol’s 4-3-3 formation, which he used for the first time since May 7. Cochrane suffered a left foot injury in the 22d minute and was replaced by Darrius Barnes.
“[The win] was big for us,’’ Reis said. “We haven’t had a lot to be happy about this year and after our performance against Philadelphia on the weekend, we were really down in the dumps and it just shows a lot of heart and resolve in these guys. I still think this team is good enough to win and we definitely showed it tonight.’’
Galaxy 1, Crew 0 - Sean Franklin scored in the 70th minute and Los Angeles beat visiting Columbus, extending its unbeaten streak to 13 games.
David Beckham’s free kick bounced off a wall of defenders and back into the middle of the pitch. Franklin, a cornerback playing in his 86th game, then hit a low shot from 25 yards out for his first MLS goal.
Whitecaps 2, Earthquakes 2 - Chris Wondolowski scored his first two goals since May to help San Jose tie Vancouver at Santa Clara, Calif.
Wondolowski, who missed four June matches while playing for the US national team in the Gold Cup, scored in the third and 54th minutes for San Jose (5-6-9). Eric Hassli responded in the 42nd and 61st minutes for Vancouver.
Rapids 4 Red Bulls 1 - Sanna Nyassi scored two of his three goals in the first half to lead host Colorado.
It was Nyassi’s first three goals of the year and only the seventh time a Rapids player had scored three times in a game. Wells Thompson added a goal for Colorado (7-6-9).
FC Dallas 1, Toronto FC 0 - Brek Shea’s goal in the 48th-minute lifted the visitors.
It was Shea’s ninth goal of the season for Dallas (11-5-5). He almost got his 10th in the 61st minute, but goalie Stefan Frei managed to get a leg on the shot.
Manchester United 7, Sounders FC 0 - Michael Owen beat former Premier League foe Kasey Keller on a header early in the first half, then Wayne Rooney overwhelmed Seattle’s reserves in the second half with three goals in 21 minutes and Manchester United routed the Sounders in an exhibition at Seattle.
Union 1, Everton FC 0 - Christian Hernandez’s goal in the 88th minute lifted Philadelphia past the Toffees in an international friendly at Chester, Pa.
Newcastle United 0, Sporting Kansas City 0 - Sporting Kansas City missed out on several decent scoring chances, including two in a span of a couple minutes of the second half, and played Premier League club Newcastle United to a draw on a brutally hot night in Kansas City, Kan.
Bolton 2, Dynamo 0 - Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic scored to lead the Wanderers past host Houston in a friendly.
West Brom 3, Timbers 2 - Gabriel Tamas scored in the final minute to give West Bromwich Albion the win in Portland, Ore., and successfully cap a West Coast exhibition tour for the Premier League club.
Real Madrid 3, Chivas of Guadalajara 0 - Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals within a nine-minute span in the second half to lift Real Madrid in an exhibition in San Diego.
Sounders FC keeper Kasey Keller will attend the MLS All-Star Game in Harrison, N.J., July 27 after a deal was worked out between the team, the league, and All-Star coach Hans Backe.
The league originally ruled out players from Seattle, Dallas, and Toronto because of conflicts with CONCACAF Champions League matches.