Jones nets a pair, Hernandez gets the winner as Los Angeles survives furious Miami comeback 5-3.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Saturday, July 8, 2000) -- Cobi Jones had two goals, while Luis Hernandez and Sebastien Vorbe added one apiece as the Los Angeles Galaxy jumped to a four-goal lead at halftime before surviving a wild Miami Fusion comeback with a 5-3 Major League Soccer at Lockhart Stadium.
Los Angeles (10-5-7, 37 points) climbed to within one point of the Kansas City Wizards for first place in the Western Division.
"I was pleased with the first half," Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. "We did a good job of counter attacking and finished our chances very well. In the second half, it was a different game and we stopped working in midfield. They pushed more people forward and we gave them more space. They used their opportunities well. We were fortunate a bit that they missed the (penalty kick). At the time when the score was 4-0, we had a couple of chances to get the fifth and we let them hang around. It was a game of two halves."
Hernandez made it 1-0 on a free kick in the 19th minuute after he was pulled down by Pablo Mastroeni at the edge of the penalty area. Hernandez curled it around a four-man wall, finding the upper right-hand corner of the net. Miami forward Diego Serna made a valiant effort to head the shot clear, but neither he nor goalkeeper Jeff Cassar could stop the ball.
Mastroeni was issued a yellow card for that foul, He and Los Angeles defender Ezra Hendrickson were sent off with red cards in the 94th minute.
"The guy (Pablo Mastroeni) just basically grabbed Cien (Mauricio Cienfuegos) and threw him to the ground," Hendrickson said. "I was just trying to protect Cien. I turned my back and I guess I made contact and it looked bad."
In the 30th minute, midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos pounced on a poor Martin Machon pass, leading three Galaxy attackers on an uncontested run down the length of the field. As Cassar came out to challenge, Cienfuegos squared the ball to Vorbe on his left. Vorbe's shot easily beat Cassar to make the score 2-0.
Jones expanded the lead to 3-0 in the 38th minute of play, intercepting a Jim Rooney pass to start another long run. Faced with two defenders, Jones took a 25-yard shot, beating Cassar low to the far post.
Jones added a second goal a minute later, finishing a low cross from Hernandez to make it 4-0.
"It was a great game," Jones said. "We played very in the first half and we knew Miami was going to come out strong in the second half. They definitely did and we were a little disorganized and gave a few goals."
Second-half substitute Andy Williams put Miami on the scoreboard in the 66th minute after he took a right-side cross from striker Roy Lassiter. The Jamaican midfielder juggled the ball to avoid closing defenders and volleyed his shot home to cut the deficit to 4-1.
Jay Heaps would add a second goal for the Fusion (7-9-4, 25 points) five minutes later, slamming home a rebound off L.A. keeper Kevin Hartman. Serna's point-blank blast on Hartman was parried away, but Heaps was first to the loose ball and made it 4-2.
Miami's Henry Gutierrez missed a key penalty kick in the 81st minute of play, but five minutes later, Tyrone Marshall did not miss his chance, however, heading home Leo Cullen's cross from inside the penalty area to make it 4-3.
"It was not so much (our) defense, it was more a case of our midfielders not working with the same effort they did in the first half," Schmid said. "Our defenders were matched up and midfielders from Miami were running free. When we didn't finish the fifth goal, that gave them life once they got the first goal. All of a sudden, they have a lot more energy and adrenaline. No matter what you say to a team that is leading four nothing at the half their going to relax a little bit. Anytime you are not alert and on top of your game they're going to score on you."
Less than a minute later, Los Angeles rookie Peter Vagenas finished the scoring, collecting a long ball out of the back from defender Paul Caligiuri. Vagenas headed the ball down before taking another touch and beating Cassar.
Los Angeles Galaxy 5, Miami Fusion 3Lineups: Miami - Jeff Cassar, Jay Heaps, Pablo Mastroeni, Leo Cullen, Tyrone Marshall, Henry Gutierrez, Jim Rooney, Nelson Vargas (Andy Williams 56), Martin Machon, Welton (Roy Lassiter 46), Diego Serna. Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Paul Caligiuri, Robin Fraser, Ezra Hendrickson, Zak Ibsen (Adam Frye 80), Cobi Jones, Sasha Victorine (Peter Vagenas 79), Simon Elliott, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Sebastien Vorbe (Seth George 73), Luis Hernandez.
Total shots: Miami 21 (Serna 6), Los Angeles 10 (Jones 3). Shots on goal: Miami 5 (Heaps 2), Los Angeles 9 (Jones 3). Saves: Miami - Cassar 4; Los Angeles - Hartman 2. Fouls: Miami 18 (Serna 3), Los Angeles 32 (Hernandez 5). Offside: Miami 4, Los Angeles 3. Corner kicks: Miami 6, Los Angeles 3. Yellow card cautions: Miami - Masroeni 18, Marshall 91+; Los Angeles - Vorbe 69, Jones 88. Red card ejections: Miami - Mastroeni 94+; Los Angeles 94+. Possession percentage: Miami 57, Los Angeles 43/
Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: Richard Eddy, Glenn Prechac. Attendance: not available. Weather: Humid, 89 degrees, cloudy.
San Jose Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 0
DENVER -- Goalkeeper Joe Cannon set a team-record with 12 saves, several in spectacular fashion, leading the San Jose Earthquakes to their first road victory 1-0 over the Colorado Rapids before 7,520 at Mile High Stadium.
Abdul Thompson Conteh notched his eighth goal of the season for the Earthquakes (5-8-8, 23 points). Cannon earned his sixth shutout of the season, tying him with Los Angeles’ Kevin Hartman for second in the league.
.Conteh's game-winner came in the 34th minute, finishing a Richard Mulrooney cross to put the Earthquakes up 1-0 in the 34th minute. after the Earthquakes spent much of the first half in their own end. Mulrooney curled a cross from the right wing to Conteh at the edge of the six-yard box and the striker from Sierra Leone headed the ball down, and it bounced past Rapids keeper David Kramer.
"Abdul made a great run, he's been doing that all season," said Mulrooney who registered his team-leading ninth assist. "I got the ball back after a corner kick, and just sent it behind the defense and Conteh got there."
Cannon's best save came in the 83rd minute when he reached full extension to tip away a blistering Jorge Dely Valdes header from the edge of the six-yard box. Dely Valdes' effort, setup by a nice Anders Limpar cross, seemed destined for the upper-left corner of the goal.
San Jose held out through a frantic four minutes of extra time. Marcelo Balboa headed an Anders Limpar corner kick just over the crossbar in the final moments of the contest for Colorado (9-10-2, 29 points). The Earthquakes were playing a man down after midfielder Mauricio Solis was ejected for his second yellow card in the 88th minute.
"It's a cruel game. We had all of the ball for most of the game and that gets you nothing at the end of the day," said Rapids coach Glenn Myernick. "We may have set a league record for possession, for all I know, but we did not do enough with all the possession we had. We had our chances tonight, especially near the end there. But Joe Cannon makes three absolutely terrific saves tonight or we win the game, and obviously Marcelo (Balboa) would like to have that header back in the last play of the game."
The two teams meet again Saturday at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The Earthquakes, now 1-7-3 on the road, sport an MLS-record 15-game unbeaten streak at home.
San Jose Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 0Lineups: Colorado - David Kramer, Scott Vermillion, Chris Martinez, Marcelo Balboa, Lance Key, Paul Bravo (Matt Okoh 63), Jason Bent, Anders Limpar, Paul Dougherty (Joey DiGiamarino 70), David Vaudreuil (Jorge Dely Valdes 80), Junior Agogo. San Jose - Joe Cannon, Mike Burns, Ryan Tinsley (Ian Russell 59), Jim Conrad, Dan Calichman, Richard Mulrooney, Mauricio Solis, Wojtek Krakowiak, Dario Brose, Abdul Thompson Conteh (Scott Bower 61), Harut Karapetyan (Travis Mulraine 76).
Total shots: Colorado 19 (Agogo 5); San Jose 15 (Conteh 4). Shots on goal: Colorado 12 (Agogo 3), San Jose 9 (Conteh 4). Saves: Colorado - Kramer 6; San Jose - Cannon 12. Fouls: Colorado 8 (Vaudreuil 2), San Jose 18 (Krakowiak 4). Offside: Colorado 7, San Jose 5. Corner kicks: Colorado 7, San Jose 7. Yellow card cautions: San Jose - Solis 21, Conrad 26. Red card ejection: San Jose - Solis (second yellow card) 88. Possession percentage: Colorado 59, San Jose 41.
Referee: Kevin Terry. Referee's assistants: Terry Vaughn, Alex del Angel. Attendance: 7,520 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Weather: Partly cloudy
Dallas Burn 3, D.C. United 0
DALLAS -- Eric Dade scored early, while Arie Graziani contributed a goal and an assist, leading the Dallas Burn to a 3-1 triumph over fading D.C. United (4-13-5, 17 points) before 9,394 at the Cotton Bowl.
Dade netted the decisive goal in the 12th minute of play, poaching a loose ball in the goal mouth for his third tally of the year. Outstretched United goalkeeper Mark Simpson kept Ariel Graziani's flashing point-blank header out of the net with his right hand, but Dade got the rebound, had one shot stopped by Simpson, but the his second effort when into the empty net for a 1-0 lead.
Midfielder Lazo Alavanja notched his second goal of the year in the 36th minute, launching an 18-yard blast that beat Simpson low to the left-hand side. Alavanja carried the ball down the center of the field, opting to shoot when the United defense fanned out in the box to deny passing lanes to Graziani and Jason Kreis on the flanks.
Dallas (8-11-3, 27 points) went ahead 3-0 in the 78th minute when Kreis pounced on a botched Richie Williams pass, threading the ball ahead to Graziani. The Ecuadorian striker recorded his 11th goal of the year.
Dallas Burn 3, D.C. United 0Lineups: Dallas - -Matt Jordan, Jorge Rodriguez, Richard Farrer, Eric Dade, Chad Deering, Ted Eck (Lazo Alavanja 12), Oscar Pareja (Brandon Pollard 87), Mark Santel, Paul Broome (Bobby Rhine 77), Ariel Graziani, Jason Kreis. D.C. United - Mark Simpson, Carey Talley, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope, Geoff Aunger, Marco Etcheverry, Richie Williams (Pete Marino 79), Chris Albright (Eric Denton 66), David Hayes, Jaime Moreno, Raul Diaz Arce (A.J. Wood 83).
Total shots: Dallas 10 (Graziani 4), D.C. United 15 (Moreno 4). Shots on goal: Dallas 8 (Graziani 4), D.C. United 7 (seven players with 1). Saves: Dallas - Jordan 7; D.C. United - Simpson 5. Fouls: Dallas 16 (Broome 3), D.C. United 25 (Llamosa 8). Offside: Dallas 4, D.C. United 1. Corner kicks: Dallas 4, D.C. United 12. Yellow card cautions: Dallas - Pareja 87, Deering 90; D.C. United - Williams 22, Llamosa 85. Possession percentage: Dallas 47, D.C. United 53.
Referee: Tim Weyland. Referee's assistants: Jorge Reyes, Robbie Mann. Attendance: 9,394 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Weather: Hot, 98 degrees, sunny, clear.
Chicago Fire 3, Columbus Crew 1
CHICAGO -- Dema Kovalenko had a pair of goals, leading the Chicago Fire over the Columbus Crew 3-1 at Soldier Field.
The Fire (10-8-3, 33 points) moved back into a first-place tie with idle Tampa Bay in the Central Division.
Diego Gutierrez assisted on Kovalenko's goals as the Fire won for the first time in four games. Kovalenko now has scored eight goals in 20 games to break into the top 10 in MLS goal scoring. Top striker Ante Razov broke out of a scoring slump with an insurance goal in the 66th minute, his 12th tally of the season.
Chicago broke ahead 1-0 in the 20th minute off a well-played corner kick by Gutierrez who floated it toward the top of the 18-yard-line where Jesse Marsch quickly flicked the ball to the back post. Kovalenko was left unmarked and easily headed home his shot.
Kovalenko's second goal came in the 37th minute. Diego Gutierrez played the ball to Chris Armas through midfield, and Armas beat a pair of defenders before finding Kovalenko at the top of the box. After a pair of cutback moves, Kovalenko ripped a shot from the 18 into the lower left-hand corner of the goal to put the Fire up 2-0.
Columbus (7-10-4, 25 points) pulled one goal back in the 59th minute. The Crew lost possession in its offensive end after a corner kick, but defender Mike Clark won a loose ball in the box and whipped a pass to the six-yard box to an open Dante Washington. The veteran striker one-timed a shot past Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton to make the score 2-1.
Minutes after Clark created a goal for Columbus, the Crew captain gave one back. Razov stole the ball directly from Clark in the box and dribbled around Crew goalkeeper Mark Dougherty to tap in his first goal in the run of play since May 24, restoring the Fire cushion to 3-1 in the 66th minute.
Chicago's victory did not come without a price. Gutierrez left the game at halftime, suffering the effects of a concussion. The veteran midfielder leads the Fire with 12 assists in 20 games. Fellow creative midfielder Peter Nowak left the game in the 19th minute with a left leg contusion.