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Elliott's goal helps Los Angeles remain undefeated with 1-0 win over MetroStars.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Saturday, April 29, 2000) --- The Los Angeles Galaxy used a Simon Elliott goal in first-half injury time to defeat the MetroStars 1-0 this afternoon before 16,711 at Giants Stadium.

Surviving a fierce MetroStars onslaught in the second half, the Galaxy (5-0-2, 17 points) remained undefeatedm while the MetroStars dropped to 2-5 with six points.

"One thing that I believe in very strongly as a coach is that to win games you have to dodge bullets," said Los Angeles coach Sigi Schmid. "There are a lot of good players on good teams and as a result every team is going to get a chance or two. It's really a question if you are going to be able to finish the chances when you get them and can you keep them from finishing."

The first half of play was characterized by stifling defensive play with both sides attempting to trap the opposition deep within their own zone and to force turnovers. Neither side dominated play, but both missed quality chances to take the lead.

Los Angeles was awarded two free kicks at the edge of the MetroStars' penalty area in the first half, but came up empty. The Metros' Mark Chung hit the right post with a shot in the 45th minute.

Two minutes into extra time before intermission, Los Angeles defender Ezra Hendrickson, patrolling the end line along the right flank launched a dangerous cross into the box. The ball wound up on the feet of Elliott, who fired a quick blast past goalkeeper Mike Ammann to make it 1-0. Immediately after the restart, the whistle blew.

The goal was the New Zealander's first of the year, and his third in a Galaxy uniform.

"Once Cobi (Jones) got the ball, he went inside and defender went with him and he played me the ball out wide," Hendrickson said. "I took a look and saw Clint (Mathis) making the run and was trying to hit Clint. He missed and it happened to go to Simon, but stuff like that happens. We were able to sustaining their rushes and come away with the three-point win."

Added Elliott, ""I think that Clint and the defender kind of squeezed the ball somehow and the ball remained in the box. I had a little bit of time and was able to get a good shot off."

Midfielder Tab Ramos made his return the MetroStars lineup in the second half, replacing Steve Shak at the break. Ramos, who appeared in just five games in 1999 because of recurring injuries, last played for the Metros in a 2-0 loss to Chicago on July 10, 1999. Ramos wears the number 9 jersey in 2000, having relinquished his usual number 10 to Lothar Matthaeus earlier this year.

Ammann came up big for the Metros to keep the score 1-0 in the 80th minute, turning away a Greg Vanney penalty kick. The kick was awarded when Ammann collided with second-half substitute Sasha Victorine inside the Metros' box. Victorine broke free of his defender and began to chase down a ball when Ammann threw himself in front of the rookie forward.

Ammann dove to the right post to push the Vanney’s rising blast wide of the net.

"I second guessed myself thinking that some day someone was going to dive to the direction that I have always gone," Vanney said . "He was jumping across the line, so it was tough to get a read into which way he was going to go."

The spectacular diving save seemed to energize the trailing MetroStars, who generated several dangerous chances in the following minutes. L.A. keeper Kevin Hartman was forced to make several key saves in the closing seconds of play as the Metros mounted a fierce assault.

"It definitely was not one of our better played games, but we are on the road and sometimes things don't go right," Hendrickson said. "We didn't really seem to connect in today's game, but we came away with a 1-0 road victory and we know that we are very fortunate. There are something's that we definitely need to work on before our big game next week against Kansas City."

Los Angeles Galaxy 1, MetroStars 0

Lineups: MetroStars - Mike Ammann, Orlando Perez, Steve Jolley, Steve Shak (Tab Ramos 46), Mike Petke, Thomas Dooley, Mark Chung (Brian Kelly 71), Lothar Matthaus, Petter Villegas, Daniel Hernandez (Billy Walsh 77), Alex Comas. Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Ezra Hendrickson, Danny Pena, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott, Joe Franchino, Roy Myers (Paul Caligiuri 86), Cobi Jones, Clint Mathis (Sasha Victorine 79).

Los Angeles - Elliott (Hendrickson, Jones) 47+.

Total shots: MetroStars 16 (Ramos 3, Comas 3), Los Angeles 18 (Cienfuegos 3, Franchino 3, Mathis 3). Shots on goal: MetroStars 4 (Comas 2), Los Angeles 7 (Mathis 2). Saves: MetroStars - Ammann 4; Los Angeles - Hartman 4. Fouls: MetroStars 19 (Comas 4), Los Angeles 12 (four players with 2). Offside: MetroStars 3, Los Angeles 6. Corner kicks: MetroStars 5, Los Angeles 7. Yellow card cautions: MetroStars - Jolley 23, Matthaeus 37, Ammann 82; Los Angeles - Fraser 55, Jones 76, Vanney 85. Possession percentage: MetroStars 48, Los Angeles 52.

Referee: Brian Hall. Referee's assistants: George Vergara, Roger Sill. Attendance: 16,711 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Weather: Sunny, 64 degrees.

Dallas Burn 2, Columbus Crew 1

DALLAS -- Ariel Graziani’s goal in the 37th minute proved to be the game-winner as the Dallas Burn notched a 2-1 decision over he Columbus Crew before 15,277 at the Cotton Bowl.

The Burn (4-3, 12 points) moved into a tie with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (4-4) atop the Central Division, but has as game in hand.

The first goal of the game came from Dallas midfielder Oscar Pareja, who netted his fifth career goal to put the Burn up 1-0 in the 13th minute. Left unmarked in the penalty area on a Chad Deering corner kick, Pareja leapt high above the Crew to snap a header into the upper corner of the net.

"The smallest guy on their team gets a header in the box," said a disgusted Crew coach Tom Fitzgerald of Pareja.

Minutes later, Burn goalkeeper Matt Jordan was forced to make a sprawling save to deny Crew forward Dante Washington. In the 23rd minute of play, however, not even Jordan's acrobatics could stop a rising blast from Washington to knot the game at 1-1.

Midfielder John Wilmar Perez snatched the ball from a Burn defender in the middle third of the field and threaded a pass through the Dallas defense. Washington hit the roof of the net for his league-leading sixth goal, two-thirds of his teams total of nine.

It took 14 minutes for the Burn to take the lead for good. Jason Kreis and Bobby Rhine played a quick give-and-go on the edge of the Crew penalty area before Kreis squared the ball from he right flank to Graziani. "The Joker" finished off the ball neatly, beating keeper Mark Dougherty to move ahead 2-1.

The Crew (2-4-1, 7 points) came close to forcing overtime at several points during the second half -- including a near-goal from Dougherty, who had joined the attack on a stoppage-time corner kick. Dallas had history on its side as the Burn is 51-0 all-time when leading at the 75-minute mark.

Of the 11 meetings between these two clubs, eight games have been decided by a one-goal margin.

Dallas Burn 2, Columbus Crew 1

Lineups: Dallas - Matt Jordan, Ricardo Iribarren, Jorge Rodriguez, Eric Dade (Brandon Pollard 20), Ted Eck, Chad Deering, Paul Broome, Oscar Pareja (Lazo Alavanja 86), Bobby Rhine, Ariel Graziani, Jason Kreis (Aleksey Korol 72). Columbus - Mark Dougherty, Michael Clark, Ansil Elcock, Todd Yeagley, Mike Duhaney (Matt Chulis 46), Mario Gori, Dominic Schell (Brian West 46), John DeBrito, John Wilmar Perez, Dante Washington, Brian McBride (Jason Farrell 66).

Dallas - Pareja (Deering) 13.
Columbus - Washington (Perez, McBride) 24.
Dallas - Graziani (Kreis, Rhine) 37.

Total shots: Dallas 12 (Graziani 3), Columbus 7 (Washington 2). Shots on goal: Dallas 6 (Graziani 3), Columbus 5 (Washington 2). Saves: Dallas - Jordan 4; Columbus - Dougherty 4. Fouls: Dallas 21 (Graziani 6), Columbus 24 (Chulis 5). Offside: Dallas 4, Columbus 1. Corner kicks: Dallas 7, Columbus 6. Yellow card cautions: Dallas - Broome 26, Pareja 35, Iribarren 52, Deering 85; Columbus - Gori 45, Elcock 54, Chulis 58, DeBrito 58. Possession percentage: Dallas 57, Columbus 43.

Referee: Ali Saheli. Referee's assistants: Craig Lowry, Richard Eddy Attendance: 15,277 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Weather: Cloudy, 79 degrees, windy.

Miami Fusion 1, New England Revolution 1 (OT)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Miami Fusion ended the second longest scoring drought in MLS hsitory, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution before 13,172 at Foxboro Stadium. The two sides remained tied atop the Eastern Division at 1-2-4 with seven points.

Defender Brian Dunseth ran onto a John Harkes corner kick in the 69th minute and headed the ball past a diving goalkeeper Jeff Cassar to even the match at 1-1 for New England. It was the first MLS goal for Dunseth, who was not originally scheduled to play in this contest, but became available when he was suspended from the remainder of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament with a red card.

The Fusion went up 1-0 in the 52nd minute after Eric Wynalda floated a soft pass to Henry Gutierrez at the top of the box. Gutierrez, who beat a New England offside trap attempt, chipped the ball over the head of Revolution goalkeeper Jeff Causey to make it 1-0.

The goal was the Fusion's first in 457 minutes, breaking the second longest scoring drought in MLS history. Colorado had gone 562 minutes without a goal.

Miami striker Roy Lassiter, MLS' all-time leading scorer, was unable to break his scoring slump, having gone without a goal for five straight games for the first time in his career.

Miami's defense was bolstered by the return of goalkeeper Jeff Cassar, who has allowed just four goals in six. Cassar missed last week's 2-0 loss at Los Angeles with a groin strain.

New England's defense was shorthanded in the contest. Dan Calichman limped off with a hamstring injury early in the first half and was replaced by Carlos Parra. Veteran defenders Ivan McKinley (groin) and Mike Burns (flu) were unavailable.

The Revs defensive problems were compounded in the 83rd minute, when Dunseth and rookie Rusty Pierce collided in mid-air. Pierce took the worst of the collision, and had to be taken off on a stretcher as a precaution. Pierce suffered a big gash in his forehead and the initial diagnosis suggested a concussion.

Another rookie, Adam Eyre, was pressed into his first MLS action off the bench replacing Pierce. Dunseth remained in the game until the end of regulation, but did not continue in overtime. New England coach Fernando Clavijo had used his three substitutions, so the Revolution played a man down in overtime.

Miami Fusion 1, New England Revolution 1 (OT)

Lineups: New England - Jeff Causey, Rusty Pierce (Adam Eyre 87), Brian Dunseth, Dan Calichman (Carlos Parra 20), Ted Chronopoulos, John Harkes, Leonel Alvarez, Imad Baba, Mauricio Ramos (William Sunsing 46), Wolde Harris, Johnny Torres. Miami - Jeff Cassar, Jay Heaps, Leo Cullen, Francis Okaroh, Tyrone Marshall, Pablo Mastroeni, Martin Machon, Nelson Vargas (Brian Kamler 67), Henry Gutierrez, Eric Wynalda (Diego Serna 94), Roy Lassiter (Andy Williams 91).

Miami - Gutierrez (Wynalda) 52.
New England - Dunseth (Harkes) 69.

Total shots: New England 16 (Harris 5), Miami 9 (Wynalda 3). Shots on goal: New England 8 (Harris 3), Miami 5 (Lassiter 2). Saves: New England - Causey 4; Miami - Cassar 5. Fouls: New England 24 (Parra 5), Miami 14 (Marshall 3). Offside: New England 1, Miami 3. Corner kicks: New England 6, Miami 4. Yellow card cautions: New England - Parra - 91+; Miami - Okaroh 25, Gutierrez 40, Heaps 64. Possession percentage: New England 60, Miami 40.

Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: Roger Itaya, Terry Vaughn. Attendance: 13,172 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: Clear.

San Jose Earthquakes 2, D.C. United 2 (OT)

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Abdul Thompson Conteh tallied in the 69th minute to allow the San Jose Earthquakes to manage a 2-2 tie with D.C. United before 13,717 at Spartan Stadium.

United (1-4-1, 4 points), the three-time MLS champions, has won just once in six games to open the season. D.C. lost its last two games in overtime.

"When you win a point versus D.C., that's not too bad," Earthquakes Coach Lothar Osiander said. "We stepped up our game in the second half, and we might have deserved another goal. They won the first half, but we won the second half."

Conteh finished off a nice passing sequence to get the Earthquakes even.. Dario Brose sent a corner kick to the near post where Jimmy Conrad flicked a backwards header across the goal mouth to the right post. Conteh worked his way free and volleyed a left-footed shot into the goal from five yards out.

"Abdul has been getting better every game," Osiander said. "He has been getting into the action now and then, and I hope that continues. He has some awesome wheels."

After San Jose (2-3-2) got the opening goal, United's dynamic combination of Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno rallied United to a 2-1 advantage. Etcheverry scored his third of the season off a bending free kick inside he right post from just outside the box in the 33rd minute. The United captain picked up his third goal of the season on a bending shot just to right of the arc that beat Joe Cannon to the near post.

In the 44th minute, Moreno found space in the box and bounced on a loose ball kept alive by striker A.J. Wood. Moreno beat Cannon from 10 yards out for his team-leading fourth goal.

San Jose struck first in the contest on a goal created by Conteh. The striker from Senegal made a quick run through the center of the United defense, sliding past Etcheverry through midfield. Conteh worked around Geoff Aunger before Carlos Llamosa took him down in the box for a penalty kick.

Ronald Cerritos connected on the PK to make it 1-0 in the 20th minute, his fourth goal of the season and his second on a penalty.

Seven yellow cards were handed out in the game, six to United, five of those coming in the final three minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime.

San Jose Earthquakes 2, D.C. United 2 (OT)

Lineups - San Jose -Joe Cannon, John Doyle, Mauricio Wright, Jim Conrad, Ryan Tinsley, Justin Evans, Richard Mulrooney, Ian Russell (Wojtek Krakowiak 66), Dario Brose, Ronald Cerritos, Abdul Thompson Conteh. D.C. United - Mark Simpson, Carlos Llamosa, Carey Talley, Geoff Aunger, Jeff Agoos, Marco Etcheverry, Antonio Otero, John Maessner (Bobby Convey 87), Richie Williams, A.J. Wood (Mike Burke 46), Jaime Moreno.

San Jose - Cerritos (penalty kick) 20.
D.C. United - Etcheverry (unassisted) 33.
D.C. United - Moreno (Wood) 44.
San Jose - Conteh (Conrad, Brose) 69.

Total shots: San Jose 14 (Cerritos 4, Conteh 4), D.C. United 11 (four players with 2). Shots on goal: San Jose 10 (Cerritos 3, Conteh 3), D.C. United 4 (four players with 1). Saves: San Jose - Cannon 2), D.C. United - Simpson 6 Fouls: San Jose 21 (Doyle 3, Evans 3, Conrad 3), D.C. United 16 (Llamosa 4). Offside: San Jose 6, D.C. United 2. Corner kicks: San Jose 4, D.C. United 4. Yellow card cautions: San Jose - Doyle 88; D.C. United - Otero 19, Llamosa 87, Burke 96, Aunger 97, Etcheverry 98, Talley 100. Possession percentage: San Jose 56, D.C. United 44.

Referee: Marcel Yonan. Referee's assistants: Chris Strickland, David Bragg. Attendance: 13,717. Weather: Clear.

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