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Cooper, Toja help FC Dallas to rare win in Kansas City

May 13, 2007 - 5:27 AM KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Kenny Cooper and Juan Toja helped end a few streaks as FC Dallas posted a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday.

Cooper and Toja each scored first-half goals to end Kansas City's 306-minute scoreless streak and give FC Dallas its first win in Kansas City in eight years.

Dallas last won at Kansas City in a shootout in 1999 and the last regulation win (1-0) was in 1998.

"Not a lot of us know about that history," Dallas defender Alex Yi said. "We don't want to rewrite history, but any time you can win on the road in the MLS it's tremendous."

Cooper ended Kansas City's prolonged scoreless streak in the 19th minute, when he headed in his third goal of the season on a cross from Dax McCarty, who relayed a pass from Abe Thompson.

"It was a good ball from Dax," Cooper said.

"Cooper did a good job to get a flick on that ball," Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman said. "He's a big kid and he did a really good job of putting it in a place that gave us difficulties. A header like that is well taken."

Toja extended the lead to 2-0 with his first goal of the season in the 46th minute. He took a pass from Ramon Nunez and fired a shot from the top of the box, beating Hartman to the left side.

The Wizards contended that Nunez had committed a hand-ball violation but it was not called.

"It was an obvious hand ball," Hartman said. "Unfortunately, the entire referee crew missed it. After that hand ball, Toja came up and apologized for it. It's unfortunate because it cost us points."

Returning from a six-game suspension received as a result of his participation in an altercation at the end of last season, goalkeeper Dario Sala stopped nine shots for Dallas.

"That was very frustrating," Sala said of watching the first six games from the sideline. "I wanted to show that I was ready."

Sala saved three consecutive shots early in the second half.

"We definitely had our chances," Wizards forward Eddie Johnson said. "We came out in the second half with a great mentality and created a lot of chances. The ball just didn't go in."

A chance in the 53rd minute by Johnson bounced off the right post.

"When everything is going right for you, that ball goes off the post and goes in," Johnson said.

Michael Harrington scored his second goal of the season in the 91st minute on a header off an assist from Davy Arnaud, but it was too little too late.

Kansas City (4-2) lost for the first time at home despite having six more shots on goal (10-4) and twice as many total shots (22-11), as Dallas.

Michael Harrington scored his second goal of the season in the 91st minute on a header off an assist from Davy Arnaud.

Kansas City (4-2) lost for the first time at home despite having six more shots on goal (10-4) and twice as many total shots (22-11) as Dallas.