New England ends losing streak, using late Harris goal to defeat K.C. 1-0.KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Wednesday, July 19, 2000) -- Striker Wolde Harris scored with five minutes left to give the New England Revolution a 1-0 victory over the slumping Kansas City Wizards tonight before 4,582 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Revolution goalkeeper Juergen Sommer made three saves to earn his first shutout since September 9, 1998.
The Revs (8-9-5, 29 points) snapped a four-game losing streak, sending the Wizards (11-5-5, 38 points) to their third straight defeat.
Sommer missed all of 1999 after knee surgery, and last earned a shutout for Columbus against Miami in 1998. The Revs picked the veteran up for a draft pick before the start of this season.
"It's good to be back on the field and contributing," said Sommer, who has made three appearances this season. "The team battled well on the road tonight. We are starting to communicate well on defense and eliminate the little mistakes."
The game winning goal came in the 85th minute. Midfielder Ted Chronopoulos sent a long throw-in down the left wing to veteran forward Paul Keegan who quickly flicked a header over the Wizards defense toward the top of the box. Harris was able to out-race Kansas City defender Nick Garcia to the ball and stormed in on Wizards' goalkeeper Tony Meola. Meola made the initial stop, but Harris pounced on the rebound on the six-yard line and found net for his team-leading ninth goal.
The Wizards' best chance to score came in the 61st minute. Midfielder Chris Klein took a Preki pass and ripped a shot from the top of the box off the right post. Forward Mo Johnston got to the rebound, but could not lift a shot over the outstretched Sommer.
Kansas City controlled play in the scoreless first half. Sommer came out to make a diving stop on a Matt McKeon shot from point-blank range in the 17th minute. McKeon took a feed from Preki to storm into the box untouched as Sommer steamed off his line. Johnston also had a golden opportunity to score from eight yards out, but blasted a shot over the crossbar in the 30th minute.
"We will try to stay as positive as we can and fight through this," Klein said. "Last year we were trying to get precious points and get into the playoffs; this year we know we'll be in the playoffs, we just want to solidify ourselves."
The Wizards were playing without their top three forwards. Miklos Molnar (eight goals) is out with a left posterior knee strain, while Alex Bunbury (left ankle injury) and Gary Glasgow (Trinidad & Tobago national team) were also missing.
Revolution forward Jose Luis Morales, the first Spaniard to join Major League Soccer, made his first league start, but had trouble generating scoring opportunities and was replaced by Jamar Beasley in the 54th minute
New England Revolution 1, Kansas City Wizards 0Lineups: New England - Juergen Sommer, Mauricio Wright, Rusty Pierce, Joe Franchino, Ted Chronopoulos, Leonel Alvarez, John Harkes, Imad Baba, Jose Luis Morales (Jamar Beasley 54), Wolde Harris, William Sunsing (Paul Keegan 83). Kansas City - Tony Meola, Nick Garcia, Peter Vermes, Uche Okafor (Peter Byaruhanga 88), Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Chris Henderson, Chris Klein, Brian Johnson (Chris Brown 46), Preki (Francisco Gomez 67), Mo Johnston.
Total shots: New England 11 (Harris 4), Kansas City 14 (Johnston 4). Shots on goal: New England 6 (Harris 2), Kansas City 3 (Johnston 2). Saves: New England - Sommer 3; Kansas City - Meola 5. Fouls: New England 17 (Harris 3, Pierce 3), Kansas City 23 (Vermes 4, McKeon 4, Okafor 4). Offside: New England 4, Kansas City 8. Corner kicks: New England 3, Kansas City 6. Yellow card cautions: New England - Alvarez 8, Sunsing 15, Wright 84; Kansas City - Okafor 48. Possession percentage: New England 45%, Kansas City 55%.
Referee: Ali Saheli. Referee's assistants: Paul Scott, Albert Echeverria. Attendance: 4,582 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Cloudy, 72 degrees.
Dallas Burn 1, Miami Fusion 1
Dallas -- The Miami Fusion and the Dallas Burn received goals from unlikely sources and the two teams played to a 1-1 draw before 6,954at the Cotton Bowl.
Esmundo Rodriguez notched his first MLS goal in the 21st minute, finishing a cross by rookie forward Aleksey Korol. Bobby Rhine started the play by springing Korol along the left of the penalty area. Korol unleashed a hard, driven pass to the far post, where Rodriguez ran onto the ball. His sudden redirection beat Miami goalkeeper Nick Rimando, giving the Burn (9-11-4, 31 points) a 1-0 lead.
Miami's newly-acquired defender Ivan McKinley erased the deficit in the 39th minute, sending a looping header past keeper Matt Jordan for his first goal with his new club. Coming off a corner kick, Martin Machon connected with forward Diego Serna. McKinley got underneath Serna's cross, sending an arcing header over Jordan's head. Striking the underside of the crossbar, the ball fell into the net to knot the score at 1-1.
The Fusion (7-10-5, 26 points) lost the previous matchup between these two teams, dropping a 3-0 contest to the Burn Saturday. Without Ariel Graziani on the attack, however, the Fusion defense was able to control the Burn offense. Kansas City fielded a young offensive lineup against the Fusion, having lost Graziani and top scorer Jason Kreis to World Cup qualifying matches.
Dallas Burn 1, Miami Fusion 1Lineups: Miami - Nick Rimando, Leo Cullen (Tim Sahaydak 6), Pablo Mastroeni, Ivan McKinley, Brian Kamler, Henry Gutierrez, Jim Rooney, Jeff Bilyk (Nelson Vargas 80), Martin Machon, Diego Serna, Roy Lassiter (Welton 91). Dallas - Matt Jordan, Brandon Pollard, Richard Farrer, Eric Dade, Oscar Pareja, Lazo Alavanja, Mark Santel, Paul Broome (Antonio Martinez 69), Bobby Rhine, Aleksey Korol (Angel Rivillo 81), Esmundo Rodriguez (Ted Eck 74).
Total shots: Miami 17 (Serna 5), Dallas 19 (Martinez 3, Alavanja 3, Rhine 3). Shots on goal: Miami 7 (Serna 2), Dallas 7 (seven players with 1). Saves: Miami - Rimando 6; Dallas - Jordan 5. Fouls: Miami 16 (Serna 4, Bilyk 4), Dallas 14 (Pareja 5). Offside: Miami 5, Dallas 5. Corner kicks: Miami 8, Dallas 5. Yellow card cautions: Miami - Bilyk 47+, Kamler 75, Welton 96; Dallas - Broome 56. Possession percentage: Miami 51%, Dallas 49%.
Referee: Andrew Barnes. Referee's assistants: Sergio Vega, Gibby Widner. Attendance: 6,974 at Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tex. Weather: Sunny, hot, 103 degrees, clear.