WASHINGTON — Christian Gomez scored off a free kick in the 65th minute to break a scoreless tie and D.C. United blanked the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Saturday night in a foul-filled match.
Working from the left wing, Gomez curled a ball toward the goal on a set play. Rapids goalkeeper Byron Foss, who entered in the 59th minute when starting goalie Joe Cannon left with an undisclosed injury, was late leaping to the left post and the ball squirted past his fingertips.
United goalie Nick Rimando made three saves for his 11th shutout of the season.
Jaime Moreno also scored for United (14-9-5), notching his team-high 13th goal in the 80th minute. Dribbling on the right side of the goal box, Moreno drew Colorado's Ritchie Kotschau to the ground, then flicked a soft shot across the goal line inside the unprotected left post.
Referee Hilario Grajeda handed out nine yellow cards in the chippy match, six to Colorado. When Rapids midfielder Alain Nkong was whistled for a caution in the 87th minute for a hard tackle in front of the D.C. bench, Colorado coach Fernando Clavijo had to be restrained from chasing Grajeda along the sideline.
D.C. has won three of four games and three straight at RFK Stadium, where a season-high crowd of 21,875 packed a stadium that usually holds 19,437 for MLS soccer.
Colorado (9-13-4) has dropped two straight after going 4-0-1 in its previous five matches. The Rapids fell to 1-9-3 on the road.
METROSTARS 5, REVOLUTION 4: At East Rutherford, N.J., Youri Djorkaeff scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute to help the MetroStars beat Eastern Conference-leading New England.
The victory extended the MetroStars' home unbeaten streak to 11 at 6-0-5 since May 7. Overall, the MetroStars (10-7-10) are unbeaten in four at 2-0-2.
Mike Magee also had two goals and Amado Guevara added a goal for the MetroStars. Sharlie Joseph twice, Taylor Twellman netted his league-leading 15th goal and Clint Dempsey also scored for the Revolution (15-6-6).
FIRE 2, CREW 1: At Columbus, Ohio, Chris Rolfe scored his second goal of the game in the 84th minute to lift Chicago past Columbus.
Rolfe opened the scoring in the fifth minute, and Columbus' Knox Cameron tied it in the 80th minute. Chicago improved to 14-10-3 and Columbus dropped to 9-14-3.
GALAXY 2, WIZARDS 2: At Kansas City, Mo., Davy Arnaud and Josh Wolff scored late goals to give Kansas City a tie with Los Angeles.
Arnaud scored in the 81st minute and Wolff tied it in the 86th.
Los Angeles scored two first-half goals off Landon Donovan's corner kicks, with Chris Albright connecting in the 26th minute and Herculez Gomez scoring in the 36th.
Kansas City is 11-7-10 and Los Angeles is 11-11-6.