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McBride’s late strike, his first, gives Columbus 1-0 win over MetroStars.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Saturday, April 15, 2000) - Things weren’t looking good for the Columbus Crew tonight in the rain at Giants Stadium. But striker Brian McBride tapped in the game-winner in the 84th minute, his first tally of 2000, providing the Columbus Crew a 1-0 triumph over the MetroStars in front of 12,399 Major League Soccer fans.

"We were absorbing more pressure in the second half than we would have liked to, and were having trouble keeping possession of the ball," Columbus coach Tom Fitzgerald said. "A win must have been in the cards tonight. It was a good win, especially here in New York. It's tough to win here.

"We needed three points for our confidence. Every time you get three points early in the season it comes back to help you later in the year."

Midfielder Robert Warzycha started the decisive sequence when he played a ball down the right flank to a streaking Brian West, a forward who sent a cross on the ground to McBride. Making a run to the near post, McBride touched the ball with the outside of his left foot past lunging goalkeeper Mike Ammann to give the Crew (2-2-1, 7 points) the advantage.

Crew keeper Mark Dougherty shut the door on the MetroStars, making four saves for his 14th MLS shutout, including a brilliant diving stop on German star defender Lothar Matthaeus in the 79th minute.

"It is tough to lose this game after having so many chances to score the first goal," said MetroStars midfielder Miles Joseph. "Mark Dougherty deserves some credit as he made the big defensive plays. We need to put this loss behind us right away and start worrying about Kansas City on Wednesday night."

The MetroStars fell despite outshooting the Crew, 20-15. Only five of those MetroStars shots, however, were on goal, compared to seven by the Crew.

"Obviously, a very disappointing evening for the team," MetroStars coach Octavio Zambrano said. "It was a tough go all night out in the rain. I thought today we had several opportunities to convert and we missed them. When that happens, somehow the other team finds a way to end up scoring the winning goal."

Columbus Crew 1, MetroStars 0

Lineups: MetroStars: METROSTARS--Mike Ammann; Mike Petke, Lothar Matthaeus, Mohammad Khakpour, Orlando Perez; Petter Villegas, Steve Shak, Mark Chung, Miles Joseph (Nino Da Silva 85), Alex Comas, Adolfo Valencia. Columbus: Mark Dougherty; Michael Clark, Ansil Elcock, Mike Lapper, Mike Duhaney (Mario Gori 73'); Brian West, John DeBrito, John Wilmar Perez, Robert Warzycha; Brian McBride, Dante Washington (Dominic Schell 88).

Scoring:
Columbus - McBride (West Warzycha) 84.

Total shots: MetroStars 20 (Villegas 5); Columbus 15 (McBride 6). Saves: MetroStars - Ammann 4; Columbus - Dougherty 4. Fouls: MetroStars 18 (Shak 6), Columbus 14 (DeBrito 3, West 3). Offside: MetroStars 2, Columbus 3. Corner kicks: MetroStars 7, Columbus 8. Possession percentage: MetroStars 50, Columbus 50.

Referee: Paul Tamberino. Referee's assistants: Craig Lowry, Bill Dittmar. Attendance: 12,399 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, H.J. Weather: Rain, cool.


Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Dallas Burn 1

PASADENA, Calif. - Paul Caligiuri and Clint Mathis staked Los Angeles to a two goals lead and the Galaxy held on for a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Burn before 16,241at the Rose Rowl.

The Galaxy (3-0-2, 11 points), with the best record in MLS, beat the Burn (3-2, 9 points) for the eighth consecutive time at home.

Caligiuri put the Galaxy on the board with his first goal of the season in the 17th minute. The veteran defender made the most of a rare scoring opportunity, finishing off a pass from playmaker Mauricio Cienfuegos to put L.A. up 1-0.

"It's an effort from everybody and Mauricio just puts the ball very well in the middle and I just tried to redirect it toward the goal," Calligiuri said. "I was fortunate to be so close and slip one in. For me the most important thing was that it was my second start of the season and our second win. It's so important to win our games at home.

L.A. made it 2-0 in the 67th minute when Mathis notched his third goal of the season. Cienfuegos settled the ball through midfield and sprang Cobi Jones free down the left wing. Jones carried into the corner and picked out Mathis unmarked in the box where he beat Burn goalkeeper Matt Jordan to make it 2-0.

Dallas was able to mount pressure during the second half. The Burn broke through in the 82nd minute off a scramble in the box. Midfielder Oscar Pareja was able to get a head on the ball, knocking it over to Ariel Graziani who scored his fourth goal by sending a header past Galaxy keeper Kevin Hartman from close.

"Obviously at the end of the game it got exciting when they scored the goal and made it 2-1," Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. "It was one of the those games where we sort of missed our connections a little bit and I didn't think our passing was really sharp in the first half."

Graziani is now tied with Los Angeles' Jones and Chicago's Hristo Stoitchkov for the MLS lead in goal scoring.

Mathis put a second shot into net in the 93rd minute, but it was ruled to have come after the expiration of injury time.

Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Dallas Burn 1

Lineups: Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Paul Caligiuri, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Zak Ibsen, Joe Franchino, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Danny Peña, Roy Myers (Steve Jolley 86), Clint Mathis, Cobi Jones. Dallas - Matt Jordan, Eric Dade, Ricardo Iribarren (Brandon Pollard 46), Richard Farrer, Mark Santel, Ted Eck (Aleksey Korol 70), Chad Deering, Oscar Pareja, Sergi Daniv (Paul Broome 74), Ariel Graziani, Jason Kreis..

Scoring:
Los Angeles - Caligiuri (Cienfuegos) 17.
Los Angeles - Mathis (Jones, Ibsen 67).
Dallas - Graziani (Pareja, Dade) 83.

Total shots: Los Angeles 13 (Mathis 4), Dallas 12 (Deering 4). Shots on goal: Los Angeles 5 (Mathis 3), Dallas 5 (Deering 3). Saves: Los Angeles - Hartman 4; Dallas - Jordan 3. Fouls: Los Angeles 14 (Jones 4), Dallas 18 (Graziani 5). Offside: Los Angeles 1, Dallas 1. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 2, Dallas 3. Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Fraser 55, Pena 63; Dallas - Graziani 22, Pareja 77. Possession percentage: Los Angeles 49, Dallas 51.

Referee: Richard Heron. Referee's assistants: Richard Eddy, Alex del Angel. Attendance: 16,241 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather: Overcast.


New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Midfielder Imad Baba’s second goal of the night was in sudden death giving the New England Revolution a 2-1 victory over D.C. United in the Revs’ home opener before 15,174 at Foxboro Stadium netted his

Baba sealed the victory for the Revs (1-2-2, 5 points) in the seventh minute of extra time, hammering home the golden goal off of the far post. Forward Wolde Harris had faked a shot inside the United penalty area, freezing two defenders, before passing to an open Baba, who fired across the mouth of the net, banking the ball in off the far post.

United (1-3, 3 points) was reduced to 10 men in the 33rd minute when defender Judah Cooks was ejected with his second yellow card.

At the time, D.C. led 1-0 on striker Jaime Moreno’s goal in the 19th minute. Narrowly avoided the Revolution's offside trap, Moreno took the ball after midfielder Antonio Otero sent him a long, high pass. Moreno gathered the ball behind the defense, carried it into the penalty area, and deftly beat goalkeeper Jeff Causey low to the far post.

Moreno has scored goals in three consecutive games.

Baba netted the equalizer off of a penalty kick in the 72nd minute, placing the ball just inside the right post. The kick was awarded when United defender Jeff Agoos got tangled up with second-half substitute William Sunsing inside the United box.

New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 1 (OT)

Lineups: New Englandeff Causey, Mike Burns (William Sunsing 64), Ted Chronopoulos, Rusty Pierce, Dan Calichman, Mauricio Ramos, Imad Baba, John Harkes, Leonel Alvarez, Johnny Torres, Wolde Harris. D.C. United - Tom Presthus, Judah Cooks, Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, John Maessner, Richie Williams, Geoff Aunger, Marco Etcheverry, Antonio Otero (A.J. Wood 85), Mike Burke (Carlos Llamosa 42), Jaime Moreno.

Scoring:
D.C. United - Moreno (Otero) 19.
New England - Baba (penalty kick) 72.
New England - Baba (Harris, Sunsing) 97.

Total shots: New England 19 (Baba 7), D.C. United 3 (Moreno 1, Otero 1, Aunger 1). Shots on goal: New England 11 (Baba 5), D.C. United 2 (Moreno 1, Aunger 1). Saves: New England - Causey 1; D.C. United - Presthus 8. Fouls: New England 19 (Chronopoulos 3, Sunsing 3, Calichman 3), D.C. United 31 (Moreno 5, Aunger 5). Offside: New England 3, D.C. United 3. Corner kicks: New England 8, D.C. United 3. Yellow card cautions: New England - Pierce 76; D.C. United - Cooks 3, Williams 25, Etcheverry 34, Aunger 80. Red card ejection: D.C. United - Cooks 33. Possession percentage: New England 54, D.C. United 46.

Referee: Ali Saheli. Referee's assistants: Roger Itaya, George Vergara. Attendance: 15,174 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: Overcast, 60 degrees.


Chicago Fire 1, Miami Fusion 0

CHICAGO - Hristo Stoitchkov's goal in the 48th minute proved to be the difference for the Chicago Fire which defeated the Miami Fusion 1-before 20,169 at Soldier Field.

Chicago (2-3, 6 points)) controlled the run of play for the majority of the match, outshooting the Fusion 17-4 and extending the Miami (1-1-3) club-record scoreless streak to 352 minutes.

Stoitchkov scored his fourth goal in as many games on a play started by Diego Gutierrez who sent a pass from midfield to spring Ante Razov down the left side. Razov slotted a pretty pass to the far post and an onrushing Stoitchkov tapped in the game-winner.

Stoitchkov's goal snapped Miami goalkeeper Jeff Cassar's shutout streak at a club-record 310 minutes.

Stoitchkov nearly had his second goal of the evening when his 16-yard shot from the right side of the penalty area missed to the right by inches in the 82nd minute. The Bulgarian star (six) and Razov (seven ) combined for 13 of the club's 17 shots on the evening.

Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton, who missed the first four games with a calf injury, made his 2000 debut and was required to make just one save.

Chicago first-round draft pick, defender Carlos Bocanegra, who had been out with an abdominal injury, and newly signed midfielder Mike Sorber also made their season debuts. Bocanegra had several strong tackles while playing the entire match. Sorber, who was acquired on yesterday, came on as a substitute for Dema Kovalenko at halftime.

Miami's Jay Heaps provided the Fusion with their best scoring chance when his diving header from five yards was saved by Thornton in the seventh minute. The Fusion pushed forward late in the second half while attempting to score the equalizer, but Welton's point-blank shot in the 70th minute was deflected by the Fire defense.

Chicago Fire 1, Miami Fusion 0

Lineups: Chicago - Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Lubos Kubik, Carlos Bocanegra, Jesse Marsch, Diego Gutierrez, Chris Armas, Peter Nowak, Dema Kovalenko (Mike Sorber 46), Ante Razov, Hristo Stoitchkov (Tom Soehn 88). Miami - Jeff Cassar, Jay Heaps, Leo Cullen, Francis Okaroh, Tyrone Marshall, Pablo Mastroeni, Martin Machon (Jim Rooney 67), Eric Wynalda, Andy Williams (Henry Gutierrez 73), Diego Serna (Welton 69), Roy Lassiter.

Scoring:
Chicago - Stoitchkov (Razov, Gutierrez) 48.

Total shots: Chicago 17 (Razov 7), Miami 4 (Heaps 2). Shots on goal: Chicago 4 (Stoitchkov 2, Razov 2), Miami 2 (Welton 1, Heaps 1). Saves: Chicago - Thornton 1; Miami - Cassar 2. Fouls: Chicago 17 (Bocanegra 4), Miami 14 (Mastroeni 3, Serna 3). Offside: Chicago 1, Miami 2. Corner kicks: Chicago 5, Miami 12. Yellow card cautions: Chicago - Gutierrez 13, Nowak 84; Miami - Wynalda 13, Serna 52. Possession percentage: Chicago 53, Miami 47.

Referee: Brian Hall. Referee's assistants: Scott Weyland, Francisco Sanchez. Attendance: 20,169 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Weather: Cloudy, brisk, 49 degrees.


Tampa Bay Mutiny 4, Colorado Rapids 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mamadou Diallo scored his first two MLS goals and Eric Quill had three assists to lead the Tampa Bay Mutiny over the Colorado Rapids 4-2 before 9,123 at Raymond James Stadium.

The Mutiny (3-2, 9 points) had lost two in a row, including at 1-0 defeat at Colorado (2-3, 6 points) last Saturday.

Quill made the most of his second start of the season, posting his first three points of the year.

After an opening goal by Colorado's Jorge Dely Valdes -- the first of his two -- the Mutiny scored twice off corner kicks, due in part to sloppy marking by the Rapids. Diallo tied the game at 1-1 in the 14th minute with a diving header to the far post from 10 yards out to beat Colorado goalkeeper David Kramer.

Kramer was left helpless off a corner in the 21st minute and Kalin Bankov netted a clear header from just six yards to make it 2-1.

Quill recorded assists on both corner kick goals.

Tampa Bay extended its lead to 3-1 in the 38th minute when Diallo finished off a nice passing sequence. Playmaker Carlos Valderrama chipped a neat pass down left wing to Quill, who broke in with Diallo on a two-on-one. Quill drew Kramer out of the net and slid a pass across to Diallo for the easy finish.

Colorado got on the board first, as Dely Valdes took a long feed from Marcelo Balboa’s 50-yard free kick at the top of the box. Dely Valdes turned quickly around defender Joseph Addo and slotted the ball past Tom Garlick to make it 1-0.

Dely Valdes struck again in the 58th minute to cut the deficit to 3-2, heading home a Anders Limpar cross. The Panamanian striker’s first two tallies of 2000 came after he missed a couple of contests while competing for his national team in World Cup qualifying.

Many Lagos finished the scoring for the Mutiny with a minute left off Valderrama’s second assist.

Tampa Bay Mutiny 4, Colorado Rapids 2

Lineups: Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Joseph Addo, Dominic Kinnear, Steve Trittschuh, Ritchie Kotschau, Carlos Valderrama, Kalin Bankov, Eric Quill (Manuel Lagos 79), Josh Keller, Steve Ralston, Mamadou Diallo. Colorado - David Kramer, David Vaudreuil, Chris Martinez (Keyeno Thomas 90), Marcelo Balboa, Lance Key, Anders Limpar (Scott Vermillion 79), Jason Bent, Paul Dougherty (Kevin Anderson 86), Jason Moore, Jorge Dely Valdes, Junior Agogo

Scoring:
Colorado - Dely Valdes (Balboa) 13.
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Quill) 14.
Tampa Bay - Bankov (Quill) 21.
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Quill, Valderrama) 38.
Colorado - Dely Valdes (Limpar, Agogo) 58.
Tampa Bay - Lagos (Valderrama) 89.

Total shots: Tampa Bay 15 (Diallo 5), Colorado 22 (Agogo 8). Shots on goal: Tampa Bay 8 (Quill 2, Diallo 2), Colorado 9 (Agogo 4). Saves: Tampa Bay - Garlick 6; Colorado - Kramer 3. Fouls: Tampa Bay (Diallo 4), Colorado 13 (Martinez 4). Offside: Tampa Bay 7, Colorado 5. Corner kicks: Tampa Bay 4, Colorado 11. Yellow card cautions: Colorado - Limpar 47, Martinez 66, Vermillion 80. Possession percentage: Tampa Bay 51, Colorado 49.

Referee: Tim Weyland. Referee's assistants: Sharon Wheeler, Ted Covaciu. Attendance: 9,123 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, humid.

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