Major League Soccer
Razov remains on fire, staking Chicago to a 3-0 shutout of Wizards.KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Saturday, March 27, 1999) -- Ante Razov feasted on the failure of Kansas City's offside trap, netting a pair of goals and adding an assist in the Chicago Fire's 3-0 win over the Wizards tonight before 15,509 fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
After two weeks, Razov has taken the lead in the Major League Soccer scoring race with four goals and two assists. "When you play an offside trap, you're asking for trouble," he said. "You might catch us seven out of 10 times, but there are three times when you don't."
The Fire (2-0, 6 points) opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Jerzy Podbrozny set Jesse Marsch loose on the right side. Marsch sent a cross in front of the open goal mouth, and Razov beat Wizards defender Alexi Lalas to the ball for the goal.
Razov set up Josh Wolff for the Fire's second goal in the 61st minute. Razov beat the Wizards' offside trap with a long pass from Chris Armas, He slid the ball past goalkeeper David Winner at the top of the penalty area, allowing Wolff to score on an easy tap-in.
"Things went our way tonight, and we got a good road win," Chicago coach Bob Bradley said. "K.C. tried to play an offside trap tonight and when you hold the line like that, or try to hold the line you play dangerously, you rely on the linesman. It is a dangerous situation and we have some speed up top so we got behind them and in on goal.
Razov got behind the Kansas City defense again in the 69th minute, taking a pass from Podbrozny and beating Winner with a shot from 15 yards out.
"We're supposed to be playing with a sweeper," Wizards defender Scott Vermillion said. "When the middle man steps up (pushes forward on offense), we're screwed. We have to figure out what system to play, whether offside trap or whatever."
The Wizards (0-2, 0 points) extended their MLS-record scoreless streak to 460 minutes, dating back to last September 5. Chris Henderson squandered Kansas City's best scoring opportunity against Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton, hitting the crossbar from three yards out in the 72nd minute.
"It's a snowball effect," Kansas City Head Coach Ron Newman said. "It keeps getting worse, but we can score. Chris Henderson had two great chances, but he wasn't able to put them away. We just have to keep working."
Chicago Fire 3, Kansas City Wizards 0Lineups: Kansas City - David Winner, Scott Vermillion, Alexi Lalas, Sean Bowers, Scott Uderitz (Brian Johnson 53), Paul Wright (Chris Klein 46), Refik Sabanadzovic, Preki, Chris Henderson, Chris Brown, Mo Johnston; Chicago - Zach Thornton, Francis Okaroh, Lubos Kubik, C.J. Brown, Diego Gutierrez, Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch, Jerzy Podbrozny, Peter Nowak, Ante Razov (Manuel Lagos 73), Frank Klopas (Josh Wolff 53).
Total shots: Kansas City 14 (Brown 5), Chicago 13 (Wolff 3, Podbrozny 3). Shots on goal: Kansas City 3 (Brown 3), Chicago 5 (Wolff 2, Razov 2). Saves: Kansas City - Winner 2; Chicago - Thornton 3. Fouls: Kansas City 15 (Vermillion 3), Chicago 15 (Nowak 3, Okaroh 3). Offside: Kansas City 0, Chicago 3. Corner kicks: Kansas City 11, Chicago 4. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - Lalas 28; Chicago - Podbrozny 14, Nowak 29, Okaroh 81. Possession percentage: Kansas City 45%, Chicago 55%.
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela. Referee's assistants: Chip Reed, Richard Huber. Attendance: 15,509 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Breezy, 60 degrees, cloudy.
San Jose Clash 2, Colorado Rapids 2 (San Jose wins shooutout 4-3)SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose rallied from two goals back in the second half to a 2-2 deadlock, then won a shootout 4-3 with Raul Diaz Arce converted the winning shot in the sixth round of the tiebreaker.
Diaz Arce, with 56 goals the second all-time Major League Soccer scorer, made his first start for his new team after coming on as a reserve in last weekend’s opener.
Diaz Arce, who joined the Clash from New England in an offseason trade, pushed a shot past goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann after Colorado's Peter Vermes sent his sixth-round shootout attempt wide left. Eddie Lewis, Braeden Cloutier and Carlos Farias also scored for San Jose in the tiebreaker.
To get to the shootout, the Clash (1-1, 1 point) rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the final 31 minutes. San Jose began its comeback when Lewis knocked in a rebound after Braeden Cloutier hammered a shot off the left post in the 59th minute. Rookie defender Jamie Clark then netted the equalizer in the 80th minute when Rapids defender Chris Martinez, a second-half substitute, sent his clearance of a Clash corner kick to Clark.
"Eddie (Lewis) took the corner kick a little early," Clark said. "I was just getting to the box. They tried to head it out, but it came right to me. I just settled it and hit it."
Paul Bravo staked Colorado to a 2-0 lead with goals in the 18th and 48th minute.
Bravo, who began his MLS career with the Clash in 1996, has now scored six goals and six assists in nine games against San Jose. For his first goal, Bravo took a through ball from midfielder Ross Paule and slotted a shot past San Jose goalkeeper David Kramer. Less than three minutes into the second half, Anders Limpar's pass deflected off a Clash defender to Bravo at the top of the penalty area, and Bravo buried a shot into the upper-left corner.
"We played with a lot more desire in the second half," Clash coach Brian Quinn said. "Desire and intensity, that's what made the difference tonight."
Colorado is now 0-2 after dropping a pair of shootouts on the road.
Swedish midfielder Anders Limpar, who joined the Rapids this season, did not need long to discern that ties on the road do not translate to a positive result in MLS as is the case elsewhere in the world. "I'm used to going to away games looking to at least tie, and then winning at home," he said. "That's how you win championships. But in this league, if you lose the shoot-out, you get no points, so we must do better and win these types of games in regulation," he said.
San Jose Clash 2, Colorado Rapids 2 (San Jose wins shooutout 4-3)Lineups: San Jose - David Kramer, Jamie Clark, John Doyle, Joey Martinez (Adam Frye 46), Eddie Lewis, Jeff Baicher (Carlos Farias 76), Braeden Cloutier, Wade Barrett, Scott Bower (Richard Mulrooney 46), Raul Diaz Arce, Ronald Cerritos; Colorado -Marcus Hahnemann, Peter Vermes, Marcelo Balboa, Jason Bent, David Vaudreuil, Matt McKeon, Joey DiGiamarino, Ross Paule (Chris Martinez 75), Anders Limpar, Jorge Dely Valdes (Marquis White 78), Paul Bravo.
Total shots: San Jose 12 (Lewis 4, Diaz Arce 4), Colorado - 7 (Bravo 3). Shots on goal: San Jose 7 (Diaz Arce 3), Colorado 4 (Bravo 3). Saves: San Jose - Kramer 2; Colorado - Hahnemann 5. Fouls: San Jose 15 (Frye 4), Colorado 14 (McKeon 4). Offside: San Jose 1, Colorado 3. Corner kicks: San Jose 1. Colorado 5. Yellow card cautions: San Jose -Frye 90; Colorado - Vermes 21, Limpar. Possession percentage: San Jose 52%, Colorado 48%.
Referee: Michael Kennedy. Referee's assistants: Jorge Reyes, Chris Strickland. Attendance: 8,841 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: Cold, windy, 62 degrees.