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Comas, Villegas spark MetroStars over Revolution and into tie with Kansas City.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, July 15, 2000) -- The MetroStars pulled even with the Kansas City Wizards for most points in the standings this afternoon, using goals by Alex Comas and Petter Villegas to blank the New England Revolution 2-0 before 16,838 at Foxboro Stadium.

The MetroStars (12-7-2, 38 points) moved 12 points ahead of the second-place Revolution (7-9-5) in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Division. After a 2-0 loss at Columbus, Kansas City is 11-4-5 with the Los Angeles Galaxy (10-6-7), a 2-1 home loser to D.C. United, one point back.

Mike Ammann made four saves for the MetroStars who have won four in a row and set a team-record with their fifth straight road triumph.

The MetroStars capitalized on a Revolution defensive breakdown to go ahead 1-0 with three minutes elapsed. Metros defender Daniel Hernandez sent a long free kick toward the top of the penalty area where defender Brian Dunseth misplayed a header, allowing the ball to squirt free to Comas. Comas quickly chipped his fourth goal over the head of New England goalkeeper Juergen Sommer.

The Revolution spent the rest of the first half on the attack, but couldn't earn an equalizer. New England began the second half strong, but again failed to bury its chances. Striker Wolde Harris had the best opportunity in the 53rd minute, dribbling through the box and around Ammann, only to send a shot over an undefended goal from 10 yards.

The Metros made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute when Villegas finished a nice one-two passing combination with Adolfo Valencia. Valencia forced his way through the center of the Revs defense, laying off a pass for Villegas to tap in on the right side.

Ammann, making a successful return from a back injury, recorded the fourth Metros' shutout in five games. The veteran goalkeeper's best stop came in the 36th minute, when he dove to block an attempt from forward William Sunsing, who was sent in alone into box.

Metos midfielder Billy Walsh was sent off with a red card in the 78th minute after hacking away the legs of New England forward Jamar Beasley who was taken off on a stretcher, his neck immobilized and sent to a local hospital for X-rays.

MetroStars 2, New England Revolution 0

Lineups: MetroStars - Mike Ammann, Ramiro Corrales (Thomas Dooley 74), Steve Jolley, Daniel Hernandez, Mike Petke, Petter Villegas, Mark Chung, Roy Myers (Orlando Perez 83), Billy Walsh, Alex Comas (Steve Shak 59), Adolfo Valencia. New England - Juergen Sommer, Rusty Pierce, Mauricio Wright, Brian Dunseth (Jose Luis Morales 46), Joe Franchino, Imad Baba, Leonel Alvarez, John Harkes, Mauricio Ramos (Jamar Beasley 65, Paul Keegan 81), Wolde Harris, William Sunsing.

Scoring:
MetroStars - Comas (Hernandez) 3.
MetroStars - Villegas (Valencia) 62.

Total shots: MetroStars 6 (Comas 2), New England 10 (Sunsing 4). Shots on goal: MetroStars 6 (Comas 2), New England 5 (Sunsing 2). Saves: MetroStars - Ammann 4; New England - Sommer 4. Fouls: MetroStars 24 (Valencia 6), New England 16 (Pierce 3). Offside: MetroStars 2, New England 6. Corner kicks: MetroStars 1, New England 8. Yellow card cautions: MetroStars - Corrales 9, Comas 19, Chung 20; New England - Wright 29, Franchino 66. Red card ejection: MetroStars - Walsh 78. Possession percentage: MetroStars 41, New England 59.

Referee: Rich Grady. Referee's assistants: Robert Fereday, Zekai Akbay. Attendance: 16,838 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Weather:Overcast, cloudy.


Columbus shuts out Kansas City 2-0.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -– Second half goals from Dante Washington and Jason Farrell led the resurgent Columbus Crew over Kansas City 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Crew Stadium. Back-to-back victories have the Crew (9-10-4) back into the middle of the MLS playoff chase.

Washington earned the game-winning goal in the 54th minute. From just outside the six-yard line, Midfielder Robert Warzycha played a corner kick into the box. Washington shook free and whipped a header past Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola into the goal from eight yards out. The veteran striker, enjoying a career season, now has 14 goals in 22 games.

Warzycha came back in the 62nd minute, playing a long corner kick into the box, where an onrushing Farrell connected for his third goal at the back post. Farrell got a head on the driven cross, beating Meola from in tight.

Columbus goalkeeper Mark Dougherty made three saves to earn his second shutout of the season. Dougherty, who has regained the starting job from Matt Napoleon, has registered two straight wins to push his personal record above .500 to 8-7-2 this season.

However, there was bit of bad news for Columbus from a first half injury to emerging attacker Brian West. West, who had two goals in Wednesday's 4-1 rout of New England, left the game with right knee strain. West did return to the bench on crutches in the second half.

Kansas City also lost one of its top guns as Miklos Molnar re-aggravated a strained hamstring during the game.

Kansas City is winless and goalless over the last three consecutive matches. With two losses in a row, Kansas City's (11-4-5) season-long hold on first place is in jeopardy in the West.

Columbus Crew 2, Kansas City Wizards 0

Lineups: Kansas City - Tony Meola, Uche Okafor (Francisco Gomez 71), Nick Garcia, Peter Vermes, Brandon Prideaux (Brian Johnson 73), Chris Klein, Kerry Zavagnin, Preki, Chris Henderson, Mo Johnston, Miklos Molnar (Chris Brown 46). Columbus - Mark Dougherty, Michael Clark, Todd Yeagley, Mike Lapper, John DeBrito (Roland Aguilera 22), Brian West (Mike Duhaney 46), Robert Warzycha, Jason Farrell, John Wilmar Perez, Jeff Cunningham (Miles Joseph 87), Dante Washington.

Scoring:
Columbus - Washington (Warzycha) 54.
Columbus - Farrell (Warzycha) 62.

Total shots: Kansas City 11 (Preki 8), Columbus 14 (Washington 4). Shots on goal: Kansas City 3 (Preki 2), Columbus 7 (Washington 2). Saves: Kansas City - Meola 3; Columbus - Dougherty 3. Fouls: Kansas City 17 (Johnston 4, Henderson 4), Columbus 14 (Lapper 3, Yeagley 3). Offside: Kansas City 4, Columbus 5. Corner kicks: Kansas City 3, Columbus 7. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - Molnar 45, Johnston 52, Brown 59; Columbus - Yeagley 40. Possession percentage: Kansas City 41, Columbus 59.

Referee: Terry Vaughn. Referee's assistants: Nathan Clement, Glenn Prechac. Attendance: 18,004 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Weather:Clear.


Dallas records first road win this season 3-0.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -– Ariel Graziani had a pair of goals and Matt Jordan made two saves to earn his third shutout of the season as Dallas routed Miami 3-0 Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium.

"Credit the players for really coming out tonight with a big effort," Dallas Head Coach Dave Dir said. "They decided that this road winless streak (11 games) was going to come to an end. Our three guys up top really worked hard and created a lot of offense."

Dallas (9-11-3), with two wins in a row, has vaulted back in playoff position. Graziani put Dallas ahead in the 24th minute off a perfect through ball into the box from Bobby Rhine. Graziani beat a Miami goalkeeper Nick Rimando to the ball and dribbled around the rookie to the end line. From there, Graziani lofted a shot from a sharp angle into the top of the net. The Ecuadorian striker has 12 goals in 18 games.

Graziani would strike again, just before halftime. The veteran striker blasted a shot off the left post, and the rebound caromed off a diving Rimando and back into the net in the 44th minute.

Eric Dade added a third goal for the Burn in the 56th minute, heading home an Oscar Pareja corner kick from 14 yards out. Pareja finished with two assists, giving him seven in 21 games. Jordan was rarely tested, but did enough to register his second consecutive shutout.

Miami (7-10-4) has lost two in a row. Top defender Jay Heaps received two yellow cards in the game, and was sent off in the 77th minute after his second caution. The offensive-minded defender will miss Wednesday's rematch in Dallas.

National team service kept several players out of the contest, Miami's Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall for Jamaica, Dallas striker Jason Kreis and midfielder Chad Deering for the USA as well as Jorge Rodriguez for El Salvador.

Dallas Burn 3, Miami Fusion 0

Lineups: Dallas - Matt Jordan, Eric Dade, Richard Farrer, Ricardo Iribarren, Mark Santel (Antonio Martinez 84), Paul Broome, Lazo Alavanja, Oscar Pareja, Aleksey Korol (Brandon Pollard 78), Ariel Graziani, Bobby Rhine (Esmundo Rodriguez 85). Miami - Nick Rimando, Jay Heaps, Leo Cullen, Ivan McKinley, Brian Kamler, Welton (Nelson Vargas 46), Henry Gutierrez (Kyle Beckerman 70), Jim Rooney, Martin Machon, Roy Lassiter, Diego Serna.

Scoring:
Dallas - Graziani (Rhine, Pareja) 24.
Dallas - Graziani (Alavanja, Santel) 44.
Dallas - Dade (Pareja) 56.

Total shots: Dallas 17 (Graziani 5, Korol 5), Miami 15 (Serna 3). Shots on goal: Dallas 10 (Korol 5), Miami 2 (Vargas 1, Rooney 1). Saves: Dallas - Jordan 2; Miami - Rimando 7. Fouls: Dallas 14 (Rhine 3), Miami 11 (Heaps 3). Offside: Dallas 7, Miami 2. Corner kicks: Dallas 4, Miami 4. Yellow card cautions: Dallas - Iribarren 34; Miami - Heaps 61. Red card ejections: Miami - Heaps 77. Possession percentage: Dallas 45, Miami 55.

Referee: Alex Prus. Referee's assistants: Roger Sill, David Bragg. Attendance: 15,714 at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather:Clear, 75 degrees.


Division leaders play to a scoreless draw 0-0

CHICAGO -- The two top teams in the Central Division , the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the Chicago Fire, fought to a scoreless draw at Soldier Field. Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton made the play of the day in the second minute of overtime, making a desperate lunge to push away a screaming Mamadou Diallo header.

The Mutiny chance came in the opening minutes of the first overtime when Diallo's header seemed bound for the back of the net by the near post, but Thornton managed to get his hand on the ball with a spectacular diving effort. Chicago is winless in four overtime games this season, posting a 0-1-3 record so far.

Earlier, Tampa Bay 'keeper Scott Garlick came up big for the Mutiny in the 10th minute of play, snuffing out a Josh Wolff shot to keep the game scoreless. Wolff had maneuvered deep within Mutiny territory, but Garlick's challenge left the Fire forward without a clear shooting angle. Garlick would have Wolff's number again in the 60th minute, again terminating a long Wolff run inside the penalty area.

Fire defender C.J. Brown was charged with marking Diallo for much of the game. The potent striker registered six shots in the game, but Brown and the Fire defense managed to keep many of Diallo's shots limited to unfavorable, sharp-angle attempts.

On the other side of the field, the Mutiny received excellent play from defender Joseph Addo. The Ghanaian defender made several goal-saving plays, including a goal line clearance of a Carlos Bocanegra header in the 12th minute. Addo also stifled a DaMarcus Beasley opportunity in the 30th minute, making a well-timed slide tackle to take the ball off the feet of the wide-open rookie at the top of the box.

Tampa Bay Mutiny 0, Chicago Fire 0 (2OT)

Lineups: Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Steve Trittschuh, Joseph Addo, Chad McCarty (Manuel Lagos 57), Ritchie Kotschau, Josh Keller, John Maessner (Dominic Kinnear 46), Steve Ralston, Eric Quill, Carlos Valderrama, Mamadou Diallo (Manuel Bucuane 96). Chicago - Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Andrew Lewis, Carlos Bocanegra, Diego Gutierrez, Mike Sorber (Evan Whitfield 21), Jesse Marsch, Dema Kovalenko, Peter Nowak, DaMarcus Beasley (John Wolyniec 59), Josh Wolff.

Scoring: none

Total shots: Tampa Bay 12 (Diallo 6), Chicago 18 (Wolff 5). Shots on goal: Tampa Bay 4 (Diallo 2), Chicago 4 (Wolff 2). Saves: Tampa Bay - Garlick 4; Chicago - Thornton 4. Fouls: Tampa Bay 14 (Diallo 3), Chicago 18 (Marsch 4). Offside: Tampa Bay 4, Chicago 0. Corner kicks: Tampa Bay 5, Chicago 9. Yellow card cautions: Tampa Bay - McCarty 21; Chicago - Kovalenko 53, Gutierrez 64, Wolyniec 91. Possession percentage: Tampa Bay 49, Chicago 51.

Referee: Kevin Stott. Referee's assistants: George Gansner, Francisco Sanchez. Attendance: 14,157 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. Weather:77 degrees, north 17 mph wind, clear.


Agogo's two goals ends Earthquakes' home unbeaten streak 2-1.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Earthquakes' league-record home unbeaten streak ended at fifteen games as the Colorado Rapids recorded a 2-1 victory at Spartan Stadium Saturday night. Rapids forward Junior Agogo recorded both Colorado goals in the win, handing the Earthquakes their first home loss since August 7th of last year.

The Rapids jumped out to an early lead in the sixth minute of play when Agogo blasted a shot past Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon for his eighth goal of the year. Defender Matt Okoh played the ball off to Agogo, who blazed past San Jose defender Dan Calichman and launched a blistering shot on goal. Cannon managed to get his hands on the attempt, but the momentum of the shot carried the rolling ball just inside Cannon's left post.

The Earthquakes drew even in the 62nd minute when Dario Brose capped off a wild offensive flurry with his third goal of the year. Iranian midfielder Khodadad Azizi started the rush with a cutting run past Colorado defender Marcelo Balboa. Azizi's initial shot was stopped by `keeper David Kramer, as was Azizi's follow-up attempt with a kick save. The rebound, however, fell to the feet of Brose at the top of the box, who slotted the ball home to knot the score at one goal apiece.

In the waning minutes, Agogo added his second goal. In the penalty area, Anders Limpar evaded a host of San Jose defenders and sent the ball across the goal mouth. Sliding along the grass, Agogo put the ball past Cannon for the game-winner at the 89th minute.

The goal is Agogo's team-leading fifth game-winner for the Rapids and Limpar fourth decisive assist.

Colorado Rapids 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

Lineups: Colorado - David Kramer, David Vaudreuil (Joey DiGiamarino 72), Chris Martinez, Lance Key, Marcelo Balboa, Matt Okoh, Scott Vermillion, Ross Paule (Paul Bravo 79), Paul Dougherty (Keyeno Thomas 91+), Junior Agogo, Anders Limpar. San Jose - Joe Cannon, Richard Mulrooney, Jamie Clark, Dan Calichman, Mike Burns, Wojtek Krakowiak, Harut Karapetyan (Ryan Tinsley 46), Ian Russell (Khodadad Azizi 60), Dario Brose, Travis Mulraine, Abdul Thompson Conteh.

Scoring:
Colorado - Agogo (Okoh) 6.
Colorado - Brose (Azizi) 63.
San Jose - Agogo (Limpar, Bravo) 89.

Total shots: Colorado 5 (Agogo 4), San Jose 8 (Azizi 2, Brose 2, Krakowiak 2). Shots on goal: Colorado 4 (Agogo 3), San Jose 5 (Azizi 2, Brose 2). Saves: Colorado - Kramer 3; San Jose - Cannon 2. Fouls: Colorado 23 (Vermillion 4, Okoh 4, Martinez 4), San Jose 19 (Mulraine 4, Krakowiak 4). Offside: Colorado 3, San Jose 0. Corner kicks: Colorado 1, San Jose 8. Yellow card cautions: Colorado - Okoh 32, Dougherty 61; San Jose - Conteh 32. Possession percentage: Colorado 43, San Jose 57.

Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: Roger Itaya, Ricardo Salazar. Attendance: 10,131 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather:Breezy.


United upends Galaxy 2-1 to avoid a season sweep.

PASADENA, Calif. -- D.C. United showed up and upset the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, averting the Galaxy's bid for a four-game season series sweep. A.J. Wood's 53rd minute give-and-go goal proved to be the difference, giving United a crucial three-point victory.

United forward Pete Marino scored his first goal of the season for his new team, lofting a ball over the head of charging goalkeeper Kevin Hartman seven minutes into the game. Strike partner Jaime Moreno drew Hartman off his line with a cutting pass to Marino on the edge of the penalty area, and "Sneaky Pete" Marino deftly chipped the ball over the onrushing `keeper and into the back of the net.

Los Angeles drew even in the 18th minute when midfielder Peter Vagenas pounced on a bad defensive pass in the United backfield, raced past United defender Carey Talley, and fired a rocket into the upper corner of the net.

But A.J. Wood gave United a lead in the second half, finishing off another Moreno pass directly in front of the net. Wood gave the ball to Moreno thirty yards from goal, then continued his run as Moreno danced past two defenders toward the end line before squaring the ball back to Wood. Wood's one-touch shot easily beat Hartman, giving United the go-ahead score.

D.C. United (5-13-6, 21 points) still languishes at the bottom of the Eastern Division. A win against the division-leading MetroStars (12-7-2, 38 points) at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, August 2nd will go a long way in restoring the struggling three-time MLS Champions' playoff hopes.

D.C. United 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1

Lineups: D.C. United - Mark Simpson, Carey Talley, Eric Denton, Micah Cooks (Carlos Llamosa 46), Geoff Aunger, Jaime Moreno, Marco Etcheverry, Chris Albright (Richie Williams 46), Bobby Convey, A.J. Wood, Pete Marino (Ray Goodlett 83). Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Zak Ibsen, Adam Frye (Sheldon Thomas 81), Paul Caligiuri, Danny Califf, Jorge Salcedo (Brian Kelly 69), Peter Vagenas, Sasha Victorine, Simon Elliott, Seth George (Marvin Quijano 38), Sebastien Vorbe.

Scoring:
D.C. United - Marino (Moreno) 7.
D.C. United - Vagenas (unassisted) 17.
Los Angeles - Wood (Moreno) 53.

Total shots: D.C. United 8 (Etcheverry 3), Los Angeles 10 (Vagenas 3, Elliott 3). Shots on goal: D.C. United 5 (Marino 2), Los Angeles 5 (Vagenas 2). Saves: D.C. United - Simpson 4; Los Angeles - Hartman 3. Fouls: D.C. United 23 (Albright 3, Talley 3), Los Angeles 18 (Califf 4). Offside: D.C. United 2, Los Angeles 7. Corner kicks: D.C. United 6, Los Angeles 4. Yellow card cautions: D.C. United - Wood 24, Talley 42, Williams 71, Aunger 88, Goodlett 88; Los Angeles - Salcedo 43. Possession percentage: D.C. United 52, Los Angeles 48.

Referee: Alex Prus. Referee's assistants: Roger Sill, David Bragg. Attendance: 15,714 at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather:Clear, 75 degrees.

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