Steven Lenhart had his first three-goal game in Major League Soccer in the San Jose Earthquakes' 4-2 victory over D.C. United in Washington on Saturday night.
Lenhart also assisted on Simon Dawkins' goal that gave San Jose (5-4-4) a 3-2 lead in the 49th minute. Lenhart chipped the ball into the box, and Dawkins darted up the middle to score to help the Earthquakes win for the fourth time in five matches.
After Andy Najar gave United (4-5-4) the lead in the 13th minute, Lenhart scored twice in a 7-minute span. United tied it in the 34th minute on Blake Brettschneider first career goal but couldn't extend their five-game unbeaten streak. Lenhart completed the hat trick with a header in the 60th minute.
Houston tops Chivas. Houston took advantage of Chivas USA's own goal in the 55th minute to end a seven-game winless streak and snap the visitors' unbeaten streak at three games with a 2-1 victory.
The deciding goal came off Brad Davis' corner kick. Michael Lahoud hit the ball out of the goal mouth, but it pinballed off of Chivas USA's Heath Pearce and into his own goal.
Marcos Mondaini opened the scoring for Chivas USA (4-5-5) in the seventh minute, and Geoff Cameron tied it for Houston (4-5-6) in the 29th minute with a header off Davis' free kick.
Canada tops Guadeloupe. Dwayne De Rosario's second-half penalty led Canada past 10-man Guadeloupe, 1-0, in a CONCACAF Group C Gold Cup match in Tampa, Fla.
De Rosario beat goalkeeper Franck Grandel in the 51st minute after Stephane Zubar brought down Ali Gerba.
Guadeloupe midfielder Jean-Luc Lambourde was given a straight red card in the fourth minute following a lunging tackle on Canada's Will Johnson.
Canada's breakthrough appeared to arrive in the 15th minute only for Gerba's goal to be disallowed for offside.
"They created some pretty good goal-scoring opportunities," De Rosario said. " . . . The main thing was we didn't lose our heads in the game. We didn't let them get us a red card."
Winless Guadeloupe will face the U.S. in its final group match on Tuesday.
Mexico seeks replacements. Mexico is determined to win the Gold Cup, regardless of how many players it has on its roster.
The defending champions were left with 17 players after goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Francisco Rodriguez and Edgar Duenas, and midfielders Christian Bermudez and Antonio Naelson "Sinha" were removed from the team Thursday after testing positive for clenbuterol. The Mexican federation has asked to replace the players, but CONCACAF officials say they need more information on the tests before they can make a decision.
Mexico is blaming the positive tests, which occurred during a pre-tournament training camp on the outskirts of Mexico City, on contaminated meat.
FIFA rejects CONCACAF. FIFA has weighed in on CONCACAF's ongoing power struggle, declaring Alfredo Hawit the rightful acting president.
In a letter obtained Saturday by the Associated Press, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told Hawit, CONCACAF's 40 member federations, and its executive committee that world soccer's governing body recognizes the decision to put Hawit in charge.
Lisle Austin took control of the federation representing North and Central America and the Caribbean after longtime president Jack Warner was suspended by FIFA amid bribery allegations. But CONCACAF's executive committee ousted Austin after he tried to fire secretary general Chuck Blazer, the senior FIFA member who accused Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam of trying to buy votes in FIFA's presidential election.
Austin's suspension for alleged rule violations has since been extended by FIFA to ban him from any soccer duties until a full hearing is held.
But the Barbados native said his ousting was "illegal," and claimed only he had the power to convene the meeting that led to his removal. Austin also claimed Friday he had been granted an injunction by a court in the Bahamas to resume his CONCACAF duties.
But Valcke's letter advised members of CONCACAF's own rules, which prohibit the use of "ordinary courts" to settle disputes. Such rows can only be settled within FIFA or by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Gomes to coach Saudi Arabia
Vasco da Gama coach Ricardo Gomes has signed a $13 million deal to coach Saudi Arabia's national soccer team for three years.
Gomes led Vasco to its first Brazilian Cup after taking over the team in February.
German Cup draw. German Cup holder Schalke will open its title defense at seventh-tier club Teningen.
Amateur side Teningen was the lowest-ranked club in thedraw for the cup's opening round. Matches will be played between July 29 and Aug. 1.