April 19, 2009

HOUSTON -- Brian Ching scored on a header in the 20th minute and Pat Onstad stopped a penalty kick late in the game to lift Houston to its first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

Ching took a pass from Brad Davis on the left side of the box and headed it under the crossbar. The ball hit the upper far post before going in to give Houston (1-2-2) its first goal in 254 minutes.

Onstad preserved the victory with a diving save on Conor Casey's penalty kick in the 83rd minute, just getting a hand on the ball.

Colorado (2-2-1), which had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped, got two saves from Preston Burpo.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- Kenny Cooper scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick in the 84th minute to lift FC Dallas to its first victory of the season, 3-2 over Toronto FC on Sunday night.

Dallas (1-3-1) was awarded the penalty kick after Toronto FC defender Marvell Wynne was called for a foul inside the penalty area. Cooper converted from the 12-yard spot by placing a shot past goalkeeper Stefan Frei into the left corner of the net.

Chad Barrett's goal in the 59th minute evened the game at 2 as Toronto FC (1-1-2) erased a two-goal deficit. Fuad Ibrahim started the scoring sequence on Barrett's goal with a cross from beyond midfield to Amado Guevara, who headed a pass to Barrett.

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