Major League Soccer
Vanney penalty kick in 89th minute gives Galaxy 1-1 draw with Chicago.PASADENA, Calif. (Wednesday, June 21, 2000) -- Defender Greg Vanney netted a penalty kick in the 89h minute, allowing the Los Angeles Galaxy to salvage a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire before 10,271 at the Rose Bowl tonight.
The Galaxy (7-3-7, 28 points) played in its eighth overtime game of the season, the most in Major League Soccer. The Fire (9-7-2) is 2-5-1 on the road.
Los Angeles forward Luis Hernandez floated a perfect pass for Mauricio Cienfuegos into the center of the box in the 89th minute, but before the veteran could receive the pass, Chicago's Jesse Marsch hauled him down. Vanney converted his fourth penalty-kick goal of 2000 in the lower left of the goal to equalize the tally at 1-1.
"Zach (Thornton, Chicagoís goalkeeper) decided he was going to choose a way to go and hope I went the same way," Vanney said. "It wasnít an easy open target, but he made up his mind that he was going to guess and I went the other way. Sometimes it happens like that. I donít know if itís an ability. It is just some times the keeper leaves early and if you pick them out leaving early, then you can go the othter way."
Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute after a series of nice touches. Diego Gutierrez controlled the ball through midfield, slipping a pass to Ante Razov who was tightly marked at the top of the box. Razov tapped back to Gutierrez, who immediately slid the ball through the arc and into the box. Striker Josh Wolff, charging forward, nailed his fifth goal on the first touch low into the right corner past Los Angeles goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
Both teams had good scoring opportunities in overtime. Wolff made a series of moves along the top of the box and forced a diving save from Hartman four minutes into the first overtime.
Los Angeles attacker Cobi Jones was held without a shot in regulation, but uncorked three on goal in the overtime. His best chance came in the 96th minute, a blast from 10 yards that Thornton tipped wide of the post.
"We are obviously happy to score a late goal and get a tie," L.A. coach Sigi Schmid said. "We would rather have more than a tie, but some times you have to be happy with that. Chicago is a good team tactically. Itís obviously the kind of game that becomes more of a tactical game, positionally oriented."
Los Angeles Galaxy 1, Chicago Fire 1 (2OT)Lineups: Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Paul Caligiuri (Brian Kelly 80), Danny Califf, Peer Vagenas (Sebastien Vorbe 84), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Sasha Victorine, Ezra Hendrickson, Cobi Jones, Luis Hernandez)., Chicago - Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra, Andrew Lewis, Peter Nowak, Diego Gutierrez (Evan Whitfield 81), Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch. Dema Kovalenko, Ante Razov, Josh Wolff.
Total shots: Los Angeles 10, Chicago 16. Shots on goal: Los Angeles 6, Chicago 7. Saves: Los Angeles - Hartman 5; Chicago - Thornton 5. Fouls: Los Angeles 11, Chicago 21. Offside: Los Angeles 2, Chicago 4. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 8, Chicago 6. Yellow card cautions: Chicago - Kovalenko 64, Marsch 91+.
Referee: Kevin Terry. Refereeís assistants: Tom Bobadilla, Roger Itaya. Attendance: 10,271 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Miami Fusion 4, Tampa Bay Mutiny 1
TAMPA, Fla. -- Diego Serna found the net three times and assisted another tally, leading the Miami Fusion to a convincing 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Mutiny before 5,269 at Raymond James Stadium.
Fusion forward Welton also registered a goal and two assists in the victory, handing the Mutiny its second home loss of the season.
The Fusion wasted no time with Welton and Serna combining for a goal 48 seconds into play. Welton made a great play along the Mutiny end line, managing to get a pass around his marker and into the middle of the penalty area. Serna connected with the pass and sent the ball blazing past Tampa Bay goalkeeper Scott Garlick. The goal, the fastest in Fusion history, was also the quickest goal from the start of play this year.
Serna and Welton connected again in the 19th minute when Welton fed Serna with a well-timed wall pass at the top of the box. Serna's rocket left Garlick no chance as the Fusion moved ahead 2-0.
Serna returned Welton's generosity in the second half, feeding the Brazilian forward for a 3-0 lead. As Serna moved into shooting position inside the box, Mutiny defender Joe Addo attempted to strip him of possession, but Serna was able to fight through the challenge. He centered to Welton, who easily tapped home the ball for his second goal of the season.
Tampa Bay's penalty kick woes continued in the 62nd minute as Miami keeper Nick Rimando smothered Carlos Valderrama's attempt. Valderrama shot low, but the mistruck ball went directly to Rimando for the save. The Mutiny is now two for six from the spot this season, and Valderrama -- having failed to convert a penalty kick in two consecutive games -- has only netted one shot in three attempts.
After a frustrating first half of near-misses, Senegalese striker Mamadou Diallo recorded his league-leading 13th to narrow the deficit to 3-1 in the 64th minute. Steve Ralston's run along the end line pulled Rimando out of goal, but he was unable to stop Ralston's cross. Unmarked, Diallo was able to head the ball into the empty net.
Serna completed the second hat trick in Fusion history in injury time. He made an initial run into the box, but the Mutiny defense was able to disrupt his chance. Tampa Bay could not recover in time, however, as Fusion defender Jay Heaps crossed the ball back to Serna, who scored on a header to make it 4-1.
These two squads will meet again Saturday at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
San Jose Earthquakes 2, New England Revolution 2 (2OT)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Former San Jose Earthquakes defender Mauricio Wright nodded home the equalizer in the closing seconds of regulation, his first goal of the season, capping a New England Revolution rally from two goals down in the final 11 minutes and providing a 2-2 draw with San Jose at Spartan Stadium.
The Earthquakes extended a league-record 13-game home unbeaten streak.
Wright, making his first appearance in San Jose since being traded to the Revolution (7-5-5, 26 points) last month, netted the equalizer with a flashing header. Midfielder Shaker Asad crossed the ball from the right sideline, where Wright climbed above the crowd to connect with the pass, snapping his header off the ground directly in front of the goal. The ball bounced past goalkeeper Joe Cannon to force 10 minutes of fruitless sudden death.
Revolution striker Wolde Harris cut into the San Jose lead to 2-1 in the 79th minute with a brilliant dribbling display. Defender Ted Chronopoulos fed Harris with a long pass along the flank, and Harris carried the ball deep into Earthquake territory. He danced around former teammate Dan Calichman and split the San Jose defense before turning to fire the ball past Cannon for his seventh goal of the year.
San Jose (4-7-5, 17 points) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when Wojtek Krakowiak put in his second career goal in his first MLS start. Wright attempted to carry a John Harkes pass out of danger, but forward Abdul Thompson Conteh stripped Wright of the ball inside the penalty area. Conteh's shot on goal was saved by goalkeeper Jeff Causey, but the rebound landed on the feet of Krakowiak. The rookie midfielder made no mistake.
New England squandered a golden opportunity in the 36th minute when Cannon was called for receiving a teammate Mike Burns back pass inside the penalty area. On the resulting indirect kick, however, Mauricio Ramos' point-blank blast was deflected out of play for a corner kick.
Forward Harut Karapetyan notched his second goal of the season to put the Quakes up 2-0. Cannon started the play with a long pass downfield. Conteh occupied Revolution central defender Brian Dunseth in an aerial battle, leaving Karapetyan open on the far side to collect the loose ball and score.
MetroStars 2, D.C. United 2 (2OT)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Striker Jaime Moreno scored with four minutes remaining in regulation, capping a two-goal second-half comeback that gave D.C. United a 2-2 draw with the MetroStars at Giants Stadium.
United (3-10-4, 13 points), the defending league champion which sits with the worst record in 2000, registered its first point this season against its three Eastern Division rivals.
D.C. midfielder and captain Marco Etcheverry sent a free kick into the middle of the box. Second-half substitute A.J. Wood headed it toward the left post where Moreno knocked just inside the post with a header of his own from two yards out to pull United even at 2-2.
A minute later, D.C. United almost pulled off a victory when Wood elevated higher than anyone else to get to a cross from Moreno and head it off the crossbar.
Trailing 2-0 since the 23rd minute, United pulled to within one goal six minutes after intermission with hard-nosed play from forward Chris Albright. Moreno dribbled to the top of the box and took a shot that was deflected towards the middle. Albright beat defender Steve Jolley and slid hard to get a foot on the ball, rolling his second goal of the season past Metros goalkeeper Mike Ammann.
The MetroStars (7-7-1, 22 points) took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute. An inswinging free kick by Tab Ramos from the left side found Clint Mathis all alone near the penalty spot and Mathis had no trouble heading the ball underneath the crossbar, past outstretched keeper Mark Simpson.
The home team took a 2-0 lead four minutes later, catching United's back line off balance. Forward Adolfo Valencia, fed by Mathis into the left side of the penalty box, sent a pass to Ramos outside the box. Ramos, with enough space to square up from a central position, slotted the ball into the lower right corner just inside the post. It was Ramos' first goal of the season and his first in MLS since August 18, 1998, against Colorado.
Kansas City Wizards 0, Dallas Burn 0 (2OT)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Dallas Burn became the first visiting team to avoid defeat at Arrowhead Stadium this season, battling Kansas City to a 0-0 draw. The Wizards (10-2-4, 34 points) had won seven straight at home to open the season.
Kansas City keeper Tony Meola tied his own MLS record of 11 shutouts in a season, a mark shared with Dallas' Matt Jordan and Los Angeles' Kevin Hartman. Kansas Ciy has 16 games remaining.
Dallas (6-8-3, 21 points) entered the contest with a poor 0-6-1 road record, but earned a point in large part because of Jordan's efforts. The Burn goalkeeper made four saves to notch his second shutout of 2000.
Jordan's best moments came late in the first half when he made stellar diving stops on Francisco Gomez (42nd minute) and Brandon Prideaux (43rd minute).
The Wizards fired 17 shots, but only four were on frame. In contrast, the Burn could not muster much offense at all, with its high-scoring duo of Jason Kreis and Ariel Graziani held to just one shot on goal combined. Overall, Dallas took just three shots and forced Meola to make just one save.
Kansas City, winless in its last four outings, is now unscored upon in its last seven homes games, covering a span of 640 minutes.