Russellís first tally, in injury time, earns San Jose 1-1 draw with Fire.
Ten minutes of sudden death did not produce a winner, but San Jose (4-7-6, 18 points) extended its league record home unbeaten streak to 14 games.
San Jose's late pressure produced a result, however. After watching Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton repeatedly turn away chances, Earthquakes midfielder Richard Mulrooney's sent a corner kick which landed at the feet of Russell. Surrounded by Chicago jerseys, Russell, from about eight yards away, was able to knock it down, then blast it into the upper-left-hand part of the net in the 92nd minute.
"It felt really good to get my first goal," Russell said. "I hit the post earlier and I thought that was going to be my first. I wish we could have won because we had some good chances. But we should be happy with a tie because we were about to lose."
Dema Kovalenko netted his sixth goal of the season in the 31st minute of play to put the Fire (9-7-3, 30 points) ahead 1-0. San Jose keeper Joe Cannon tried to punch a corner attempt clear of the penalty area, but Fire forward Ante Razov kept the ball in the danger area by kicking the ball over his head toward goal. In a crowd, Kovalenko found himself unmarked, with the ball, directly in front of the goal and the striker turned and fired, easily netting his shot.
Defenders Carlos Bocanegra and C.J. Brown played a strong match for the Chicago defense. The duo spent much of the game smothering the scoring opportunities of Wojtek Krakowiak and Harut Karapetyan, the main outlets for the Earthquakes' direct, counter-attack approach.
The overtime periods were marked by heated, end-to-end, aggressive play. Both squads played to win, with near misses and excellent chances keeping the vocal crowd on the edge of its seats.
Just like they were on Wednesday, the Earthquakes were without five potential starters, all of whom were injured, in Khodadad Azizi, Ronald Cerritos, John Doyle, Ryan Tinsley and Wade Barrett.
"We had the better of the second half," Earthquakes coach Lothar Osiander said. "We just needed to score more than one. We got only one point and we needed three. But our boys battled well tonight. I'm not unhappy with our performance."
San Jose Earthquakes 1, Chicago Fire 1San Jose - Joe Cannon, Dan Calichman, Mike Burns, Jim Conrad, Richard Mulrooney, Harut Karapetyan, Mauricio Solis, Dario Brose, Wojtek Krakowiak, Ian Russell, Abdul Thompson Conteh. Chicago - Zach Thornton, Carlos Bocanegra, Andrew Lewis, C.J. Brown, Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch, Diego Gutierrez (DaMarcus Beasley 76), Peter Nowak, Dema Kovalenko, Josh Wolff (Evan Whitfield 64), Ante Razov (John Wolyniec 84).
Total shots: San Jose 20 (Brose 5), Chicago 11 (Razov 5). Shots on goal: San Jose 9 (Russell 2, Karapetyan 2, Brose 2), Chicago (Kovalenko 2, Razov 2). Saves: San Jose - Cannon 3; Chicago - Thornton 8. Fouls: San Jose 18 (Krakowiak 5), Chicago 20 (Wolff 3, Kovalenko 3, Razov 3). Offisde: San Jose 2, Chicago 11. Corner kicks: San Jose 9, Chicago 7. Yellow card cautions: San Jose - Burns 17, Calichman 47, Brose 91; Chicago - Gutierrez 52, Kovalenko 65, Brown 85. Possession percentage: San Jose 51, Chicago 49.
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela. Referee's assistants: Craig Lowry, Alex Del Angel Attendance: 13,596 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: Clear, breezy
MetroStars 3, Colorado Rapids 1
DENVER -- The MetroStars continued their resurgence, getting a goal and an assist from Tab Ramos, and single tallies from Steve Jolley and Adolfo Valencia to gain an important road victory 3-1 over the Colorado Rapids before 4,711 at Mile High Stadium.
The MetroStars pulled to within one point of Eastern Division-leading New England.
Jolley put the MetroStars (8-7-1, 25 points) ahead for good in the ninth minute with a run to the back post. Midfielder Mark Chung launched a cross from the top of the Colorado box, finding Jolley whose one-touch shot eluded goalkeeper Adin Brown for a 1-0 advantage.
Ramos scored his second goal in as any games just before the end of the first half, finishing off a Clint Mathis pass for the 2-0 lead. Valencia started the play near midfield by threading a pass to Chung. Avoiding a tackle, Chung quickly found Mathis, who played a through ball to Ramos. Ramos netted his shot from close range.
Early in the second half, Ramos notched an assist by intercepting a poor Brown clearance. Ramos found Mathis along the left flank, streaking down the sideline. Mathis carried the ball deep into Rapids territory before laying it off to an unmarked Valencia. The big Colombian easily tapped the ball underneath a diving Brown from point-blank range for a 3-0 bulge.
Colorado (7-9-1, 22 points) failed on a golden opportunity in the 72nd minute when Anders Limpar misses a penalty kick after defender Mike Petke was called fore hauling down striker Junior Agogo in the box. The Rapids are now two for five in penalty kick attempts this season.
Matt Okoh finally broke keeper Mike Ammann's shutout in the 82nd minute, finishing off a pass from Joey DiGiamarino for his first MLS goal. Balboa played the ball along the left side to DiGiamarino, who dribbled the ball to the end line before crossing to Okoh. Okoh's header deflected off Jolley in front of the net and past Ammann.
MetroStars 3, Colorado Rapids 1Lineups: Colorado - Adin Brown, Marcelo Balboa, Chris Martinez, Scott Vermillion, David Vaudreuil (Matt Okoh 75), Jason Bent, Paul Bravo (Joey DiGiamarino 46), Anders Limpar, Jason Moore, Henry Zambrano (Jorge Dely Valdes 42), Junior Agogo. MetroStars - Mike Ammann, Mike Petke, Thomas Dooley (Ramiro Corrales 36), Steve Jolley, Steve Shak, Mark Chung, Billy Walsh, Daniel Hernandez, Tab Ramos (Alex Comas 73), Clint Mathis (Roy Myers 62), Adolfo Valencia.
Total shots: Colorado 16 (Agogo 5), MetroStars 16 (Jolley 6). Shots on goal:Colorado 9 (Balboa 3), MetroStars 8 (Jolley 3). Saves: Colorado - Brown 5; MetroStars - Ammann 8. Fouls: Colorado 11 (Vermillion 4), MetroStars 22 (Hernandez 7). Offside: Colorado 3, MetroStars 4. Corner kicks: Colorado 3, MetroStars 6. Yellow card cautions: Colorado - Limpar 53; MetroStars - Walsh 55, Hernandez 61, Petke 89. Possession percentage: not reported.
Referee: Marcel Yonan. Referee's assistants: Scott Weyland, Scott McCaslin. Attendance: 4,711 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Weather: Partly cloudy, 87 degrees.
D.C. United 2, Dallas Burn 0
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Midfielder Chris Albright netted the game-winner and striker Raul Diaz Arce added last-minute inusrance, while defender Jeff Agoos prevented a tying tally with a goal-line stop as D.C. United's defeated the Dallas Burn 2-0 before 17,186 at RFK Stadium.
Most of the first half was played in the middle of the field with each side managing only one shot on goal.
Albright broke the scoreless tie in the 65th minute, ducking to direct Jaime Morenoís long right-side free kick with his head past Burn goalkeeper Matt Jordan into the near corner for his second goal of the season.
In the 76th minute, a quick combination of passes had the Burnís Ariel Graziani cross to fellow striker Jason Kreis. Kreis know kocked the ball down in the left side of the box and fwed midfielder Chad Deering. Facing open net with keeper Tom Presthus out of the play, Deering tried tuck a header in the left corner only to see Agoos clear the point-blank shot.
"I think the cross came from out on the right-hand side and I was running with the player near post," Agoos said. "The ball got played far post to a guy who flicked it over to Chad. Chad flicked it back and I came off my runner and tried to help Tom on the line. Tom was to the left of me and Chad flicked it behind Tom and I happened to be standing tere and I flicked it right off the line. If youíre in a position where you canít do any good outside the goal, you want to tuck in and try to help your goalkeeper as much as possible."
In the 90th minute with Dallas (6-9-3, 21 points) pushing forward trying to tie, United (4-10-4, 16 points) countered with three men on the attack. Diaz Arce had midfielder Booby Convey on the left and Moreno on the right, but spotted Jordan cheating off his line. Diaz Arce stopped, took a second look and then lofted a 28-yard shot over Jordanís head to make it 2-0.
It was Diaz Arceís fifth goal of the season, but his first in his seventh MLS game since being reacquired by United on May 26 from the Tampa Bay Mutiny. "I feel great because I needed a goal, not only for me, but for the team," said Diaz Arce who accounted for half of Unitedís 12 shots and four of six on frame. "We needed to win today."
D.C. United 2, Dallas Burn 0Lineups: D.C. United - Tom Presthus, Carey Talley, Eddie Pope, Jeff Agoos, Chris Albright, Geoff Aunger, Bobby Convey (Micah Cooks 90), Jaime Moreno, Eric Denton (Richie Williams 86), A.J. Wood (Pete Marino 66), Raul Diaz Arce. Dallas - Matt Jordan, Eric Dade, Ricardo Iribarren (Richard Farrer 57), Jorge Rodriguez, Brandon Pollard (Mark Santel 57), Chad Deering, Lazo Alavanja (Mike Burke 79), Sergi Daniv, Jason Kreis, Aleksey Korol, Ariel Graziani.
Total shots: D.C. United 12 (Diaz Arce 6), Dallas 9 (Deering 3, Kreis 3). Shots on goal: D.C. United 6 (Diaz Arce 4), Dallas 4 (Deering 2). Saves: D.C. United - Tom Presthus 2; Dallas - Jordan 3. Fouls: D.C. United 13 (Convey 3, Talley 3), Dallas 20 (five players with 3). Offside: D.C. United 2, Dallas 5. Corner kicks: D.C. United 7, Dallas 5. Yellow card cautions: D.C. United - Diaz Arce 33; Dallas - Daniv 35. Possession percentage: D.C. United 53, Dallas 47.
Referee: Alex Prus. Referee's assistants: Nathan Clement, Terry Vaughn. Attendance: 17,186 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Weather: Sunny, 91 degrees, breezy.
Kansas City Wizards 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola set an MLS record with his 12th shutout of the season as Kansas City shook off a three-game winless streak and downed the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 before 15,088 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Midfielder Chris Klein and striker Gary Glasgow scored in an 11-minute period spanning intermission to allow the Wizards (11-2-4, 37 points) to stretch their Western Division lead to nine points over the Galaxy (7-4-7).
Meola made four stops to earn the shutout. The veteran was one of three goalkeepers to post 11 shutouts in a previous season. The Wizards have not permitted a goal in its last eight home games and now has a 730-minute scoreless streak at Arrowhead.
Klein notched the game-winner in the 44th minute. Matt McKeon sent fellow midfielder Chris Henderson down the left wing, and Henderson bent a cross into the six-yard box. The ball alluded a diving Glasgow, but fell to an unmarked Klein who slid in and knocked the ball inside the right post to make it 1-0.
"It was a big thing for us to go up 1-0," Klein said. "It was nice to get on the scoreboard before halftime. If we score two goals, we will over 95 percent of our games."
The Wizards made it 2-0 in the 55th minute. Midfielder Preki controlled the ball down the right wing and sent a pass forward to striker Mo Johnston inside the box. Johnston one-timed a blast into Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who did well to make the save but couldn't control the rebound. Glasgow swooped in and tapped the loose ball home for his second goal of the season.
"I'm a simple guy. I give simple quotes," Glasgow said. "Scoring was nice. In the first half, I pressured Hartman and he told me he was not > going to give up any rebounds today. I kept hustling and scored off a rebound in the second half."
The Galaxy continued to have scoring problems with striker Cobi Jones and Luis Hernandez again shut out. Jones has not scored in 13 league games, while Hernandez is still looking for his first MLS goal after seven contests.
"We have to put this game behind us," Jones said. "Things didn't go our way and we have > look ahead to our next two games."
Kansas City Wizards 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 0Lineups: Kansas City - Tony Meola, Nick Garcia, Peter Vermes, Brandon Prideaux, Chris Klein, Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Chris Henderson (Brian Johnson 72), Francisco Gomez (Mo Johnston 46), Preki (Uche Okafor 80), Gary Glasgow. Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Paul Caligiuri (Zak Ibsen 46), Robin Fraser, Greg Vanney, Danny Califf, Sasha Victorine, Peter Vagenas (Sebastien Vorbe 71), Ezra Hendrickson (Brian Kelly 79), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Cobi Jones, Luis Hernandez.
Total shots: Kansas City 14 (Preki 4), Los Angeles 11 (Hernandez 4). Shots on goal: Kansas City 7 (McKeon 2), Los Angeles 4 (Hernandez 2). Saves: Kansas City - Meola 4; Los Angeles - Hartman 5. Fouls: Kansas City : 8 (Zavagnin 2, Vermes 2), Los Angeles 18 (Califf 3, Hernandez 3). Offside: Kansas City 3, Los Angeles 4. Corner kicks: Kansas City 2, Los Angeles 6. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - Meckeon 59; Los Angeles - Cienfuegos 56, Hernandez 86. Possession percentage: Kansas City 49, Los Angeles 51.
Referee: Andrew Barnes. Referee's assistants: Misail Tsapos, Sergio Vega. Attendance: 15,088 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Clear, 82 degrees.
Columbus Crew 3, New England Revolution 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio ĖGoals by Jason Farrell, Jeff Cunningham and John Wilmar Perez allowed the Columbus Crew to continue its mastery over New England 3-1 before 15,039 at Crew Stadium.
Columbus (6-7-4, 22 points), which scored on three of its five shots on goal, has beaten the Revolution 14 times in 17 meetings all-time.
The Crew took advantage of a John Harkes giveaway to net the game-winning goal in the 69th minute. Harkes' errant backpass was intercepted by Dante Washington, who turned into the box and unleashed a shot past Revolution goalkeeper Juergen Sommer and off the post. The rebound bounced off the Crew's Brian West right to Cunningham, and the midfielder tapped it in to the empty net for a 2-1 lead.
The Crew added insurance in the 85th minute. Washington, who assisted all three tallies, chipped a pass to the top of the box for Perez. The Colombian controlled the pass and deftly cut around Sommer to make it 3-1.
The Crew got on the board first in the 15th minute, thanks to nice run by Robert Warzycha down the right wing. The veteran Polish midfielder took a pass from Washington and moved down the flank into the corner where he whipped a cross in to the six-yard box. Farrell beat Revs rookie Adam Eyre to the ball and placed it in the net for a 1-0 advantage.
Farrell got the start on the front line in place of Brian McBride, out four-to-eight weeks with a fractured cheekbone.
New England (7-6-5, 26 points), which saw its lead in the East over the MetroStars dwindle to a single point, drew even at 1 in the 19th minute when Mauricio Ramos launched a free kick past Crew goalkeeper Matt Napoleon from 25 yards out. The shot curled from just outside the arc curled around the defensive wall and past a diving keeper into the upper left corner of the net.
New England played without two of its starting defenders. Mauricio Wright had to sit out due to an accumulation of yellow-card points, while Rusty Pierce nursed a back injury. Midfielder Imad Baba also sat out with a left shoulder injury.
Sommer, who played with the Crew in 1998 was making his first MLS appearance since October 1998 after suffering through a series of knee injuries.
Columbus Crew 3, New England Revolution 1Lineups: Columbus - Matt Napoleon, Todd Yeagley, Ansil Elcock, Michael Clark, John DeBrito, Steve Armas (Mike Lapper 73), Robert Warzycha, Jason Farrell (Jeff Cunningham 54), John Wilmar Perez (Roland Aguilera 91+), Brian West, Dante Washington. New England - Juergen Sommer, Adam Eyre, Brian Dunseth, Joe Franchino, Ivan McKinley (William Sunsing 77), Leonel Alvarez, John Harkes, Mauricio Ramos, Ted Chronopoulos (Shaker Asad 81), Jamar Beasley (Johnny Torres 57), Wolde Harris.
Total shots: Columbus 12 (Washington 3), New England 18 (Ramos 5). Shots on goal:Columbus 5 (five players with 1), New England 5 (Ramos 2). Saves: Columbus - Napoleon 4; New England - Sommer 2. Fouls: Columbus 13 (Elcock 3), New England 16 (McKinley 3). Offside: Columbus 7, New England 6. Corner kicks: Columbus 2, New England 6. Yellow card cautions: Columbus - Perez 60, Elcock 85; New England - Ramos 42. Possession percentage: Columbus 50, New England 50.
Referee: Reggie Rutty. Referee's assistants: John Spicer-Escalante, Tarek Khan. Attendance: 15,039 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Weather: Humid, overcast, 85 degrees.
Tampa Bay Mutiny 3, Miami Fusion 2
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Mutiny, led by another two-goal performance from league leading scorer Mamadou Diallo, held on to beat the Miami Fusion 3-2 before 8,143 at Lockhart Stadium.
Winning on the road, Tampa Bay (9-8, 27 points) avenged a 4-1 home loss to Miami Wednesday night.
It was Diallo's sixth two-goal effort of the year give him a total of 15 tallies on the season. Midfielder Carlos Valderrama assisted all three Mutiny goals and has a MLS-best 17 assists.
Tampa Bay, which was whistled offside 14 times, hit net with three of its five shots on frame, four of which came from Diallo.
The Mutiny took the lead early in the eighth minute off a well taken corner kick. Playing a short give-and-go with Carlos Valderrama off the left corner, Steve Ralston launched a pinpoint cross into the box which an unmarked Diallo easily headed home for a 1-0 advantage that held up into halftime.
After the goal, Tampa Bay closed Miami down and looked to counterattack. On one such break in the 31st minute, Diallo got behind the Fusion defense and Tyrone Marshall, the last defender, brought him down and was sent off with a red card. Mutiny midfielder Eric Quill hit the post on the ensuing free kick.
The one-man advantage did not last long for the Mutiny, however. Nine minutes after Marshall was sent off, Tampa Bay defender Chad McCarty was also ordered off the field for a foul from behind on Welton, which left each team with 10 players.
In a wide-open second half, the Mutiny again found the early goal in the 49th minute. Valderrama sent a pass on the left side which Quill just reached at the end-line, crossing it into the middle of the box where Diallo was again free to nod the ball home on a bounce, making it 2-0.
Miami kept pressuring and finally pulled back to within 2-1 in the 68th minute. A Martin Machon corner kick from the right side found an unmarked Jay Heaps a few yards in front of Mutiny keeper Scott Garlick. Heaps just needed to lay his foot on the ball to send it into the net.
Miami (6-8-4, 22 points), with momentum in its favor, just missed tying the game one minute later when a stunning Garlick save stopped a Diego Serna header destined for goal.
In the 76th minute, Tampa Bay restored its two goal margin on a spectacular goal by Kevin Anderson. On a prolonged Mutiny possession, Anderson squared up for a bomb from 25 yards out which he buried into the top left corner.
Down 3-1, the Fusion kept attacking and nearly scored in the 86th minute when a Brian Kamler header off a corner nailed the near post.
Miami did close to within 3-2 in the 90th minute when a Heaps shot in the box was deflected by second-half substitute Andy Williams past Garlick from a few yards out, the Jamaican's first goal of the season.
Tampa Bay Mutiny 3, Miami Fusion 1Lineups: Miami - Nick Rimando, Jay Heaps, Leo Cullen, Pablo Mastroeni, Tyrone Marshall, Jim Rooney (Brian Kamler 38), Henry Gutierrez, Nelson Vargas, Martin Machon, Welton (Andy Williams 60), Diego Serna. Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Joseph Addo, Steve Trittschuh, Kalin Bankov, Chad McCarty, John Maessner (Kevin Anderson 66), Josh Keller, Steve Ralston, Eric Quill (Ritchie Kotschau 71), Carlos Valderrama, Mamadou Diallo.
Total shots: Miami 23 (Serna 5), Tampa Bay 13, Diallo 6. Shots on goal: Miami 9 (Williams 2, Machon 2), Tampa Bay 5 (Diallo 4). Saves: Miami - Rimando 2; Tampa Bay - Garlick 7. Fouls: Miami 7 (Serna 3), Tampa Bay 15 (Ralston 3). Offside: Miami 4, Tampa Bay 14. Corner kicks: Miami 7, Tampa Bay 4. Yellow card cautions: Miami Cullen 70; Tampa Bay - Keller 34, Anderson 95+. Red card ejections: Miami - Marshall 31; Tampa Bay - McCarty 40. Possession percentage: Miami 53, Tampa Bay 47.
Referee: Paul Tamberino. Referee's assistants: Robbie Mann, Jon Wilson. Attendance: 8,143 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Weather: Cloudy, warm, 89 degrees.