Major League Soccer
Razov remains red hot, Fire douses Fusion 4-1.FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Saturday, April 3, 1999) -- Chicago Fire striker Ante Razov became the first Major League Soccer player two score two goals in three straight games and midfielder Peter Nowak later added a pair of tallies in a 4-1 dismantling of the Miami Fusion 4-1 tonight before at Lockhart Stadium.
Only 8,854 were on hand on a beautiful night to see the current SoccerTimes and MLS Player of the Week continue his tear.
He put Chicago (3-0, 9 points) on the board in the second minute, collecting a failed clearance by John Maessner and beating Fusion goalkeeper Dusty Hudock. Razov then gave the Fire a 2-0 lead early in the second half when he stole the ball from defender Leo Cullen and buried his league-leading sixth goal of the season.
"The second goal was key for us," Fire coach Bob Bradley said. "We got reorganized at halftime, and the second goal was the catalyst."
Nowak, who picked up an assist on Razov's first strike, took a perfectly-measured pass from Lubos Kubik and hammered a left-footed shot in the 59th minute, and worked a textbook give-and-go combination with C.J. Brown in the 77th minute for his scores.
"We are playing the games as we expected," Nowak said. "We are fit. We are playing good soccer. We played attractive soccer tonight, and their crowd said ‘Ole!’ whenever we touched the ball."
Carlos Valderrama provided the lone highlight for the Fusion (1-2, 1 point). The Colombian midfielder volleyed home a corner kick by forward Roberto Gaucho in the 69th minute.
Gaucho and fellow striker Diego Serna came on as substitutes in the 27th minute. The two forwards were left out of Miami's starting lineup by Fusion coach Ivo Wortmann for disciplinary reasons.
"It was a shame how we played," Wortmann said. "I came here to coach a professional team, not a recreational team. The players want to start doing the same things they were doing when I got here last year, coming late. Discipline is fundamental."
Chicago remains the only club in MLS that Miami has not beaten. The Fire has won each of the three meetings between MLS' two 1998 expansion teams.
Chicago Fire 4, Miami Fusion 1Lineups: Miami - Dusty Hudock, Wade Webber, Leo Cullen, Tim Sahaydak (Roberto Gaucho 27), Jay Heaps, Tyrone Marshall, Carlos Parra, Mario Gori, John Maessner (Henry Gutierrez 27), Carlos Valderrama, Jason Boyce (Diego Serna 27); Chicago - Zach Thornton, Francis Okaroh, Lubos Kubik, C.J. Brown, Jesse Marsch (Tom Soehn 80), Chris Armas, Josh Wolff (Dema Kovalenko 80), Peter Nowak, Diego Gutierrez, Frank Klopas (Ritchie Kotschau 64), Ante Razov.
Total shots: Miami 11 (four players with 2), Chicago 22 (Razov 6). Shots on goal: Miami 3 (Valderrama 1, Serna 1, Gori 1), Chicago 10 (Razov 4). Saves: Miami - Hudock 6; Chicago - Thornton 2. Fouls: Miami 15 (Parra 3, Heaps 3), Chicago 11 (Kubik 4). Offside: Miami 3, Chicago 3. Corner kicks: Miami 7, Chicago 5. Yellow card cautions: Miami - Gutierrez 38, Parra 73; Chicago - Klopas 13, Gutierrez 90. Possession percentage: Miami 50%, Chicago 50%.
Referee: Brian Hall. Referee's assistants: Andrew Barnes, Alex Del Angel. Attendance: 8,854 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Weather: Clear, 81 degrees, breezy.
New England 1, Kansas City 0KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Joe-Max Moore’s first goal of the season gave the New England Revolution its first-ever victory at Arrowhead Stadium, a 1-0 shutout of the Kansas City Wizards.
The whitewash added another 90 minutes K.C.’s record scoring futility.
The Revolution (1-1, 3 points) entered the match with an 0-4 all-time record in Kansas City, but left with the Wizards (0-3, 0 points) in the midst of an MLS-record streak of 550 consecutive scoreless minutes, dating back to Sept. 5, 1998.
"We did not lack confidence last year, we weren't scoring last year, but now players are feeling the pressure of not scoring," Wizards coach Ron Newman said. "You can't play this game without playing instinctively."
Moore netted Mike Burns’ cross with a volley in the 40th minute on a play also by Johnny Torres.
"I received a great ball," Moore said. "I just hit it back across away from the keeper. It was not a difficult finish."
Revolution player\coach Walter Zenga made seven saves in goal, including a deflection of a diving header by Vicente Figueroa in the 70th minute.
"It's unbelievable. I thought it was in," Figueroa said. "Zenga was on the opposite side of the goal but made a great save. After the game, he went up to me and kissed his gloves."
Zenga has 15 saves in two outing this season, permitting one goal. "All you've heard about is New England is the worst team," he said. "You hear it again and again. We'll see at the end of the season. Our players play with pride, courage and the will to win."
New England Revolution 1, Kansas City Wizards 0Lineups: Kansas City - Chris Snitko, Uche Okafor, Alexi Lalas, Jake Dancy (Vicente Figueroa 65), Scott Vermillion, Refik Sabanadzovic, Preki, Brian Johnson, Chris Henderson, Chris Brown (Vitalis Takawira 65), Mo Johnston; New England - Walter Zenga, Brian Dunseth, Dan Calichman, Ted Chronopoulos, Richard Goulooze, Mike Burns, Ivan McKinley, Paul Keegan (Paulo Dos Santos 46), Jair, Joe-Max Moore, Johnny Torres.
Total shots: Kansas City 17 (Preki 4), New England 11 (Burns 3, Torres 3). Shots on goal: Kansas City 7 (Takawira 2), New England 8 (Burns 3). Saves: Kansas City - Snitko 7; New England - Zenga 7. Fouls: Kansas City 15 (Okafor 3), New England 14 (Keegan 5, Torres 5). Offside: Kansas City 5, New England 2. Corner kicks: Kansas City 7, New England 5. Possession percentage: Kansas City 54%, New England 46%.
Referee: Michael Kennedy. Referee's assistants: Chris Strickland, Robbie Mann. Attendance: 8,313 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Overcast, 62 degrees.
San Jose Clash 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (San Jose wins shootout 4-2)SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Forward Raul Diaz Arce scored his first goal for San Jose, but the Clash needed a 4-2 shootout preponderance for the victory after a playing a 1-1 tie in regulation with the Los Angeles Galaxy before 12,017 at Spartan Stadium.
Ronald Cerritos, Eddie Lewis, John Doyle and Jamie Clark each scored for the Clash in the tiebreaker to earn the one point in the standings. Welton and Mauricio Cienfuegos converted for the Galaxy (2-1, 2 points), but San Jose goalkeeper David Kramer saved attempts by Daniel Hernandez and Clint Mathis.
San Jose (2-1, 2 points) moved its record above .500 for the first time since opening the 1997 season with a shootout decision over the MetroStars. Diaz Arce, who joined the Clash from New England in an offseason trade, applied a brilliant one-touch strike to a cross from Lewis in the in the ninth minute. His 57 goals trails Roy Lassiter by one for the MLS career lead.
The Clash, however had to play the final 16 minutes a man short after midfielder Braeden Cloutier was shown his second yellow card in the 74th minute following a rough tackle.
"This is a game we can build on, because we played well," Clash coach Brian Quinn said. "You'd rather win in regulation, of course, but we've been in enough shootouts we've lost that I'll take the win."
Mathis eventually connected for the Galaxy in the 86th minute, netting his second goal of the season with assists from Cienfuegos and Joe Franchino.
"It's sort of a trademark of this team to give up a late goal," Lewis said. "I think in the second half we fell into the role of dropping back into a shell, and the pressure wore on us. We just kind of sat back and let them come after us."
Mauricio Wright, the Costa Rican defender, was solid for 90 minutes in his Clash debut. "It was exciting to play my first game here," Wright said. "This is a nice stadium with good fans."
San Jose Clash 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (San Jose wins shootout 4-2)Lineups: San Jose - David Kramer, John Doyle, Mauricio Wright, Eddie Lewis, Jamie Clark, Braeden Cloutier, Richard Mulrooney, Wade Barrett, Jeff Baicher (Dario Brose 78), Raul Diaz Arce, Ronald Cerritos; Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Paul Caligiuri (Zak Ibsen 70), Greg Vanney, Steve Jolley, Joe Franchino, Danny Pena (Lawrence Lozzano 74), Daniel Hernandez, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Clint Mathis, Welton, Cobi Jones.
Total shots: San Jose 7 (Diaz Arce 3), Los Angeles 12 (Mathis 5). Shots on goal: San Jose 4 (Diaz Arce 2), Los Angeles 6 (Hernandez 2). Saves: San Jose - Kramer 5; Los Angeles - Hartman 3. Fouls: San Jose 20 (Cloutier 4), Los Angeles 11 (Cienfuegos 3, Lozzano 3). Offside: San Jose 4, Los Angeles 1. Corner kicks: San Jose 5, Los Angeles 4. Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Cienfuegos 17, Hernandez 26, Welton 36. Red card ejection: San Jose - Cloutier (second yellow card) 74. Possession percentage: San Jose 47%, Los Angeles 53%.
Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: Nancy Lay, Cory Dean. Attendance: 12,017 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: Sunny, cold.