OAKLAND, Calif. — Chad Barrett scored an early goal, and the Chicago Fire spoiled the San Jose Earthquakes' festive home debut in their return to Major League Soccer with a 1-0 victory Saturday.
With thousands of their long-suffering fans banging drums, blowing horns and wearing the club's signature blue shirts, the Earthquakes returned to the Bay Area as an expansion team, two years after the original MLS franchise moved to Houston but left behind the two-time league champions' team history and colors.
Chicago, which improved to 2-0-1 with Jon Busch in net, scored in the 19th minute when Barrett banged home the rebound of Tomasz Frankowski's shot.
RAPIDS 1, REVOLUTION 0: At Foxborough, Mass., Nick LaBrocca scored his first MLS goal and Colorado ended a seven-game winless streak at New England. LaBrocca scored in the 68th minute off a free kick from the left side from Jose Burciaga. New England (2-2) outshot the Rapids 17-4, but Colorado goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul made nine saves for the shutout. The Rapids (2-1) were 0-5-2 in New England since beating the Revolution in July 2002.
WIZARDS 0, DYNAMO 0: At Kansas City, Kan., Kevin Hartman got his 69th career shutout, extending his Major League Soccer record, and Kansas City kept two-time defending champion Houston winless. English goalkeeper Tony Caig, who came to Houston (0-1-2) from Scottish club Gretna in the offseason, recorded his first MLS save. Caig is filling in for Pat Onstad, who is recovering from a separated right shoulder.
FC DALLAS 2, RED BULLS 0: At Frisco, Texas, Arturo Alvarez and Kenny Cooper scored to lift FC Dallas. FC Dallas (1-0-2) scored 51 seconds into the game after Alvarez headed a shot into the right corner of the net for the second-fastest goal to begin a game in club history. Cooper scored in the 66th minute after he outran Leitch to track down a pass from Adrian Serioux, which Cooper tapped into the right corner of the goal from the top of the goal box. FC Dallas is now 14-0-3 all-time in games in which Cooper has scored a goal.
CREW 4, CHIVAS USA 3: At Columbus, Ohio, Robbie Rogers scored to lead the Columbus Crew over Chivas USA in a game marked by two ejections, eight yellow cards and faltering stadium lights. Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored on a penalty kick for the Crew (2-1-0) and set up goals for Alejandro Moreno and Rogers. Referee Ricardo Salazar signaled for the penalty kick after Moreno was brought down in the penalty area by Chivas defender Jim Curtin in the 25th minute. Schelotto sent goalkeeper Brad Guzan the wrong way in converting the penalty for his first goal of the season.