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Kansas City still unbeaten after routing Rapids 5-0

DENVER (Saturday, April 29, 2000) – The Kansas City Wizards kept on rolling, getting a goal and an assist each from Chris Klein and Mo Johnston to drop the Colorado Rapids 5-0 at before 9,754 at Mile High Stadium tonight.

"We played well in all facets of the game," said Kansas City coach Bob Gansler. "To win on the road all things need to come together, and tonight they did. It was a convincing effort."

The Wizards remained atop Major League Soccer’s Western Division at 6-0-1 for 19 points, two points ahead of the Los Angeles Galaxy (5-0-2). The two teams are the last remaining without a loss. Colorado is 3-4 with nine points.

"Everyone played their part tonight. It was a professional job," Kansas City midfielder Mo Johnston said. "It was the best that I have ever seen the Wizards look."

Johnston got the Wizards on the board first in the 18th minute. Klein made a run down the right wing and sent a shot towards Rapids goalkeeper David Kramer. Colorado defender David Vaudreuil slid across to get a piece of the shot, which caromed off Kramer and right back to Klein, who calmly found a wide-open Johnston in the box to make it 1-0.

Klein struck again in the 37th minute, again with the help of the Rapids defense. The Wizards midfielder got loose in the box and fired a shot toward goal that deflected off Rapids defender Marcelo Balboa past Kramer into the net to make it 2-0.

The Wizards onslaught would continue in the second half. Veteran midfielder Preki fired in his second goal of the season to make it 3-0 in the 49th minute.

Former Rapid Matt McKeon made the scoresheet in the 59th minute, finishing a Johnston pass to make it 4-0. McKeon and Peter Vermes were making their first appearance at Colorado this season, after being dealt by the Rapids to the Wizards in the offseason.

"We defended well and we scored early," McKeon said. "We then finished all of our chances. We were looking to get three points, it did not matter who we were playing."

Midfielder Chris Henderson made it 5-0 in the 84th minute, capping off the one-sided affair. First-year MLS forward Gary Glasgow and Brian Johnson picked up assists.

"We gave them goals, we played stupid," Colorado defender Marcelo Balboa said. "We gave this game to them. If kids were watching this game tonight, they could learn how not to play. We were terrible tonight."

The offensive onslaught was especially impressive, considering that Kansas City was playing without top striker Miklos Molnar, who has tallied five times in six games to rank second in MLS in scoring. "Danish Dynamite" sprained an ankle training with Denmark’s national team in Tuesday.

Colorado did outshoot the Wizards 19-11, including 8-6 on frame, plus held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks, all to no use.

"We were comprehensively outplayed tonight, Kansas City was organized and disciplined," Colorado coach Glenn Myernick said. "We made a lot of mistakes and they punished us for them. Very simple."

Kansas City Wizards 5, Colorado Rapids 0

Lineups: Colorado - David Kramer, Marcelo Balboa, Scott Vermillion, David Vaudreuil, Chris Martinez (Keyeno Thomas 79), Jason Bent, Paul Dougherty (Craig Weibel 85), Jason Moore, Junior Agogo, Jorge Dely Valdes, Paul Bravo (Henry Zambrano 65). Kansas City - Tony Meola, Brandon Prideaux, Nick Garcia, Chris Klein (Brian Johnson 64), Peter Vermes, Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Preki, Chris Henderson, Alex Bunbury (Chris Brown 62), Mo Johnston (Gary Glasgow 79).

Kansas City - Johnston (Klein) 18.
Kansas City - Klein (unassisted) 37.
Kansas City - Preki (unassisted) 50.
Kansas City - McKeon (Johnston) 58.
Kansas City - Henderson (Glasgow, Johnson) 84.

Total shots: Colorado 19 (Agogo 5), Kansas City 11 (McKeon 3). Shots on goal: Colorado 8 (Agogo 2), Kansas City 6 (Henderson 2) Saves: Colorado - Kramer 1; Kansas City - Meola 8. Fouls: Colorado 16 (Dely Valdes 4, Martinez 4), Kansas City 8 (Zavagnin 2, Bunbury 2). Offside: Colorado 4, Kansas City 0. Corner kicks: Colorado 9, Kansas City 1. Yellow card cautions: Colorado - Vermillion 13; Kansas City - Zavagnin 20. Possession percentage: Colorado 55, Kansas City 45.

Referee: Andrew Barnes. Referee's assistants: Robert Fereday, Greg Barkey. Attendance: 9,754 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Weather: Overcast, breezy.

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