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New England back into contention with 2-1 win over Columbus.

FOXBORO, Mass. (Saturday, August 26, 2000) -- The New England Revolution vaulted back into playoff contention Saturday night with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew at Foxboro Stadium. Revolution forward Wolde Harris tied a MLS record in the game, netting his seventh goal in seven games.

The Crew were awarded a penalty kick in the 19th minute of play when former Columbus goalkeeper Juergen Sommer was whistled for his physical challenge on Crew forward Brian McBride. As McBride stepped up for the penalty attempt, Sommer anticipated his former teammate's target but could not reach the ball in time as is scooted past low right post for the early lead.

The Revolution equalized in the 35th minute when Imad Baba easily beat Crew `keeper Mark Dougherty on a penalty kick. The spot kick was awarded to the Revs when Crew defender Todd Yeagley pulled down Mauricio Wright inside the box.

In the 51st minute of the game, Harris notched his seventh goal in as many games, equaling Raul Diaz Arce's 1997 record-setting goal-scoring streak. Harris' quick shot from just inside the penalty area beat Dougherty, putting the Revolution into the lead, 2-1.

The Crew came within inches of sending the game into overtime as McBride's late, left-footed attempt struck the outside of the far post. If not for the cool defensive clear of rookie Rusty Pierce, the loose ball would have given the Crew a crucial goal in the 12th minute.

With the win, the Revolution (11-11-6, 39 points) vault past the Crew in the standings and back into the playoff picture. The New England win also mathematically eliminated the San Jose Earthquakes from postseason contention. The Revolution host D.C. United on Wednesday, August 30 (7:30 p.m. ET) in the first leg of a home-and-home series.

The Crew (11-12-5, 38 points) will host the Central Division leading Tampa Bay Mutiny on Wednesday before heading out on a two-game road trip. The Crew has dropped all three previous meetings against the Mutiny this season.

New England Revolution 2, Columbus Crew 1

Lineups: Columbus - Mark Dougherty, Mike Clark, Mike Lapper, Todd Yeagley (Miles Joseph 81), Miroslaw Rzepa (Mario Gori 74), John Wilmar Perez, Ansil Elcock, Jason Farrell (Brian West 70), Jeff Cunningham, Brian McBride, Dante Washington. New England - Juergen Sommer, Rusty Pierce, Mauricio Wright, Adam Eyre, Ted Chronopoulos, John Harkes, Joe Franchino, Leonel Alvarez, Imad Baba, Wolde Harris (Jamar Beasley 81), William Sunsing (Carlos Parra 90).

Scoring:
Columbus - McBride (penalty kick) 20;
New England - Baba (penalty kick) 35;
New England - Harris (Sunsing, Baba) 51.

Total shots: Columbus 10 (McBride 3), New England 13 (Sunsing 5). Shots on goal: Columbus 5 (McBride 2), New England 4 (Baba 2, Harris 2). Saves: Columbus - Dougherty 2, New England - Sommer 3. Fouls: Columbus 15 (Lapper 3), New England 22 (four players with 3). Offside: Columbus 5, New England 2. Corner kicks: Columbus 4, New England 4. Yellow card cautions: Columbus - Cunningham 44, Clark 47+, Lapper 56, Gori 75; New England - Sunsing 39, Baba 58, Franchino 62, Eyre 70. Possession percentage: Columbus 46%, New England 54%.

Referee: Rich Grady. Referee's assistants: John Konstantinidis, Roger Sill. Attendance: 17,867 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Weather: Sunny, cool.


Preki becomes MLS' first 50-50 man in 1-1 Kansas City draw with Colorado.

DENVER, Col. -- For the second time in two games, the league-leading Kansas City Wizards secured a road tie, drawing the Colorado Rapids 1-1 at Mile High Stadium Saturday night. Kansas City midfielder Preki made MLS history in the first half, becoming the first player in league history to hit the 50-50 mark in his career, recording his 50th MLS goal in the 20th minute of play.

The Wizards took the lead midway through the first half when Preki's shot from the right side of the box beat goalkeeper David Kramer high, hitting the roof of the net. Peter Byaruhanga fed Preki in the box, allowing him to drill a hard shot through the Colorado defense and on goal. The goal made the veteran midfielder Preki the first player in league history to amass 50 goals and 50 assists in a career. He had been sitting on the cusp of this feat since April 29th of this year, when he scored his 49th goal in a 5-0 rout of the Rapids.

The Rapids stole the win away from the Wizards in the 65th minute, when Wes Hart's spectacular side volley shot spoiled Tony Meola's shutout performance and knotted the game at 1-1. The Rapids' Chris Martinez redirected an attempted clear by Brandon Prideaux to Hart, who was posted eight yards from goal. Hart threw himself in the air and hammered home an acrobatic goal to send the game to overtime.

In the extra periods, neither the Wizards nor the Rapids could find the back of the net.

The result ended a three-game losing streak for the Rapids (11-14-4, 37 points), who next face the Miami Fusion on Wednesday, August 30th (9:00 p.m. ET) at Mile High Stadium. Both sides are struggling to secure a spot in the postseason action.

Kansas City (14-7-8, 50 points) is already assured a playoff berth, thanks to a Miami loss earlier today. The league-leading Wizards face the Central Division leading Tampa Bay Mutiny on Saturday, September 2nd, in a battle for the Supporters Shield - the award for the best regular season record.

Colorado Rapids 1, Kansas City Wizards 1 (2OT)

Lineups: Kansas City - Tony Meola, Brandon Prideaux, Peter Vermes, Nick Garcia, Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Preki, Chris Henderson, John Wilson (Brian Johnson 71), Peter Byaruhanga (Vicente Figueroa 46), Chris Brown. Colorado - David Kramer, Marcelo Balboa, Lance Key, Chris Martinez (Matt Okoh 78), Ross Paule, David Vaudreuil, Wes Hart, Paul Bravo, Jason Moore (Joey DiGiamarino 81), Jason Bent, Jorge Dely Valdes.

Scoring:
Kansas City - Preki (Byaruhanga) 21;
Colorado - Hart (Martinez) 66.

Total shots: Kansas City 10 (Preki 4), Colorado 17 (Paule 3, Okoh 3, Hart 3). Shots on goal: Kansas City 3 (Figueroa 1, McKeon 1, Preki 1), Colorado 6 (Moore 2). Saves: Kansas City - Meola 5, Colorado - Kramer 2. Fouls: Kansas City 23 (Henderson 7), Colorado 27 (Dely Valdes 4, Hart 4, Martinez 4). Offside: Kansas City 3, Colorado 2. Corner kicks: Kansas City 7, Colorado 11. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - Vermes 23, Henderson 91; Colorado - Balboa 38, Bravo 83. Possession percentage: Kansas City 46%, Colorado 54%.

Referee: Brian Hall. Referee's assistants: Cory Dean, Rudy Bettman. Attendance: 10,109 at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Col. Weather: Overcast, storms.


Central division contenders battle to 3-3 draw.

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Chicago Fire could not gain any ground in the battle for the Central Division title, but a 3-3 draw with the Tampa Bay Mutiny at Raymond James Stadium insures that the playoff race will remain heated.

The Fire wasted no time in getting on the board as Peter Nowak and Ante Razov combined to score in the 7th minute of play. Taking advantage of an offensive-minded Mutiny back line, the Fire started a quick counterattack that caught the defense flat-footed. As goalkeeper Scott Garlick was forced off of his line to cut down Nowak's shooting angle, the veteran Nowak played the ball off to Razov, who was able to slot it into the back of the empty net.

Following a 50-minute delay due to inclement weather, league-leading scorer Mamadou Diallo was able to tie the game in the 38th minute off a corner chip from Dominic Kinnear. Diallo's header left goalkeeper Zach Thornton no chance, as the ball entered the net low to the near post. The goal was Diallo's 23rd of the year, bringing the Senegalese striker to within four goals of Roy Lassiter's all-time record of 27 tallies in a single season.

Defender Steve Trittschuh came up big for the Mutiny in the closing seconds of the first half, powering home the go-ahead goal in the 45th minute. Eric Quill's corner kick was lofted nicely into the box, apparently targeting a waiting Diallo. Instead, Trittschuh broke free from his defender and headed the ball past Thornton to put Tampa Bay up 2-1.

In the second half, Tampa Bay, despite playing short handed given Josh Keller second yellow card in the 55th minute, added a Manny Lagos' insurance goal just three minutes later. From the left side, Lagos' shot caught Thornton changing directions, and rolled in off of the goalkeeper's outstretched leg.

The Fire roared back in the 74th minute with a Nowak goal to pull themselves back into the game. Nowak tapped in a loose ball at the back post after Garlick managed to parry a wicked Stoitchkov blast from the right side of the box.

In the 88th, Bulgarian superstar Hristo Stoitchkov knotted the game at 3-3. He held on to the ball at the top of the Tampa Bay arc, looking for a target player. As the defense afforded the wily midfielder space and time, Stoitchkov pulled the ball to the side and ripped a low shot on goal. Garlick managed to get a piece of the ball, but could not stop the shot from crossing the line.

Neither side could find the edge in overtime, however, and settled for a draw.

Chicago (13-9-6, 45 points) remains three points behind Tampa Bay in the Central Division standings with a game in hand. Chicago will next have to play without the services of team-leading scorer Ante Razov, ejected in the 90th minute for a hard foul on Kinnear.

Tampa Bay (15-11-3, 48 points) will travel to Ohio to face the Columbus Crew on August 30th in an attempt to pull away from the Fire. With the Miami Fusion's loss and Colorado Rapids' tie tonight, the Mutiny have clinched a berth in the 2000 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Chicago Fire 3, Tampa Bay Mutiny 3 (2OT)

Lineups: Chicago - Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra (Sam George 45), Tom Soehn, Peter Nowak, Jesse Marsch (Hristo Stoitchkov 68), Dema Kovalenko, Evan Whitfield, DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wolff, Ante Razov. Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Ritchie Kotschau, Steve Trittschuh, Joseph Addo, Kalin Bankov, (Dominic Kinnear 30), Josh Keller, Manny Lagos, Steve Ralston (Kevin Anderson 77), Carlos Valderrama, Eric Quill (John Maessner 66).

Scoring:
Chicago - Razov (Nowak) 7;
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Kinnear, Kotschau) 38;
Tampa Bay - Trittschuh (Quill) 45;
Tampa Bay - Lagos (Quill) 58;
Chicago - Nowak (Stoitchkov) 73;
Chicago - Stoitckov (Wolff) 88.

Total shots: Chicago 23, Tampa Bay 11. Shots on goal: Chicago 13, Tampa Bay 9. Saves: Chicago - Thornton 6, Tampa Bay - Garlick 10. Fouls: Chicago 18, Tampa Bay 23. Offside: Chicago 3, Tampa Bay 3. Corner kicks: Chicago 11, Tampa Bay 5. Yellow card cautions: Chicago - Marsch 14, Whitfield 62, Soehn 66; Tampa Bay - Keller 19, Kinnear 49, Trittschuh 53, Keller 55. Red card ejections: Chicago - Razov 90+; Tampa Bay - Keller 55 (second yellow). Possession percentage: Chicago 48%, Tampa Bay 52%.

Referee: Kevin Terry. Referee's assistants: Robert Fereday, Robbie Mann. Attendance: 10,215 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Weather: 91 degrees, thunderstorms.


Elliott's pair lead Galaxy over 'Quakes.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Simon Elliott had a pair of goals and Kevin Hartman made a triumphant return in goal as Los Angeles routed San Jose 3-0 Saturday night at Spartan Stadium.

The Galaxy (13-8-8, 47 pts) clinched a spot in the MLS Cup 2000 Playoffs, while the Earthquakes (6-15-8, 26 pts) were eliminated from playoff contention before taking the field Saturday night.

Hartman made 10 saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season. The 1999 Pepsi Goalkeeper of the Year had missed the last five weeks with a knee injury.

Elliott opened the scoring in the 29th minute, blasting a goal home from the top of the box. Sasha Victorine controlled the ball in the box and sent a back pass to an onrushing Elliott who beat San Jose 'keeper Jon Conway from 18 yards out for his fourth goal of the season.

Elliott added his fifth goal of the year to stretch the Galaxy lead to 2-0 in the 61st minute. The New Zealand international headed home a curling Mauricio Cienfuegos corner kick. Elliott's header went through a crowd along the goal line before slowly trickling into the net.

Galaxy striker Luis Hernandez scored a third goal in the 75th minute. Los Angeles defender Ezra Hendrickson was hauled down in the box by San Jose defender John Doyle, resulting in a penalty kick. Hernandez beat Conway on the penalty kick close the scoring 3-0. The Mexican star now has four goals in 15 league games.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3, San Jose Earthquakes 0

Lineups: Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Danny Califf, Paul Caligiuri, Ezra Hendrickson, Greg Vanney, Simon Elliott, Zak Ibsen (Brian Kelly 83), Peter Vagenas (Ivan Polic 77), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Luis Hernandez, Sasha Victorine (Seth George 83). San Jose - Jon Conway, Dan Calichman, Mike Burns, Ryan Tinsley (Dario Brose 76), John Doyle, Richard Mulrooney, Mauricio Solis, Khodadad Azizi, Harut Karapetyan (Ian Russell 58), Giovanni Savarese, Abdul Thompson Conteh.

Scoring:
Los Angeles - Elliott (Victorine, Hernandez) 29;
Los Angeles - Elliott (Cienfuegos) 61;
Los Angeles - Hernandez (penalty kick) 75.

Total shots: Los Angeles 17 (Hernandez 5), San Jose 25 (Conteh 6). Shots on goal: Los Angeles 10 (Elliott 3, Hernandez 3), San Jose 10 (Azizi 2, Mulrooney 2, Conteh 2). Saves: Los Angeles - Hartman 10, San Jose - Conway 7. Fouls: Los Angeles 11 (Hernandez 3), San Jose 8 (Azizi 2, Calichman 2). Offside: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 15. Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Hernandez 48; San Jose - Burns 48, Azizi 86. Possession percentage: Los Angeles 55%, San Jose 45%.

Referee: Gerry Corrie. Referee's assistants: Jorge Reyes, Javier Padilla. Attendance: 15,683 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: Clear.

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