Zambrano, Agogo help Colorado shock Revolution 4-3 with three late goals.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Wednesday, May 17, 2000) -- Henry Zambrano and Junior Agogo netted the tying and winning goals in a one-minute span in the closing minutes as the Colorado Rapids erased a two-goal deficit in he final 11 minutes to stun the New England Revolution 4-3 before 9,306 at Foxboro Stadium tonight.
Zambrano, a striker from Colombia, recorded two goals and an assist in the game as the Rapids raised their road record to 4-3, only one of three Major League Soccer teams with a winning mark away from home. Remarkably, the Rapids (5-6, 15 points) became the first team to score against New England after the 75th minute of a game this season.
"I just kept seeing openings tonight and I was able to do what I wanted to out there," Zambrano said. "Whether it was shooting, dribbling or passing, everything was working tonight, it felt really good to play that well. Having a good individual game was great, but this was a win the team needed. Yes, I felt strong tonight, but to help the team get a big win was the most important part."
The Rapids managed their four tallies on only nine shots, six on frame.
"What a huge win for us," Colorado coach Glenn Myernick said. "What heart this team showed tonight, they just never quit fighting. This game was a lesson in never giving up, and I am very proud of my team tonight. No one has been more disappointed in how we've been at home lately, but this team knows how to play on the road. If we can keep this level up on the road and get ourselves sorted out at home, we'll be an awfully good team this year."
The Revolution (3-3-4) was helpless to stop the Rapidsí tide. In the 85th minute, moments after he tied the game, Zambrano served as the catalyst for the winner passing a ball through the legs of rookie defender Rusty Pierce before regaining possession. Zambrano carried within feet of the left post, and with goalkeeper Jeff Causey approaching, passed the ball in front of the net where a streaking Agogo easily deposited his shot in the net to make it 4-3.
Just a minute earlier, midfielder Joey DiGiamarino threw the ball in to top corner of the Revolution penalty area where Paul Dougherty placed a header at the feet of Zambrano, who unleashed a fierce blast into the upper corner of the net to tie the score at 3-3.
" Zambrano's play tonight was as good an individual display as I've seen in this league this season," Myernick said. "He made so many big plays tonight, with his speed and his dribbling, he was pretty unstoppable at times tonight."
Colorado midfielder Jason Bent started the comeback by forcing a Revolution defensive turnover by pressuring Ted Chronopoulos. Bent began the counterattack, passing the ball to Zambrano, who played the ball into empty space along the right flank. Bent ran onto the ball and sent a screamer past Causey to make it 3-2.
New England took a 1-0 advantage in the 25th minute when Chronopoulos knocked home a brilliant cross from Johnny Torres. Receiving a pass inside the Colorado penalty area from midfielder Imad Baba, Torres flicked it over his own head and turned quickly to get behind Rapids defender David Vaudreuil. Torres then executed a spectacular side volley to send the ball across the mouth of the goal to a wide-open Chronopoulos, who slotted his shot through the legs of a defender and goalkeeper Adin Brown.
Colorado evened the score at one apiece in the 39th minute, when forward Junior Agogo crossed the ball to Zambrano in front of the net. Zambrano caught the ball on the bounce, and tapped his shot in from point-blank range.
Baba reclaimed the lead for the Revolution at 2-1 in the second half, heading home a John Harkes free kick in the 59th minute.
New England upped he margin to 3-1 in the 67th on a play generated by former Rapids forward Wolde Harris. Harris ran the ball to the left edge of the Colorado box before playing a neat backheel to Torres, who carried deep into the box, firing a hard shot at a sharp angle. Brown managed to block the shot, but sent the ball high into the air on the rebound. Harris rushed onto the falling ball and headed it into the unattended net for his third goal in as many games.
Colorado Rapids 4, New England Revolution 3Lineups: New England - Jeff Causey, Rusty Pierce, Brian Dunseth (Paul Keegan 90), Ivan McKinley, Ted Chronopoulos, Wolde Harris, Mauricio Ramos (William Sunsing 57), Imad Baba, John Harkes, Leonel Alvarez (Mike Burns 71), Johnny Torres. Colorado - Adin Brown, Keyeno Thomas (Matt Okoh 76), Chris Martinez (Craig Weibel 33), Scott Vermillion, Junior Agogo, Henry Zambrano, Paul Bravo (Paul Dougherty 70), Joey DiGiamarino, Jason Moore, Jason Bent, David Vaudreuil.
Total shots: New England 13 (Torres 5), Colorado 9 (Agogo 3) Shots on goal: New England 9 (Torres 3), Colorado 6 (Agogo 3). Saves: New England - Causey 2; Colorado - Brown 4. Fouls: New England 19 (Torres 4), Colorado: 23 (DiGiamarino 5, Zambrano 5). Offside: New England 4, Colorado 2. Corner kicks: New England 7, Colorado 2. Yellow card cautions: New England - Chronopoulos 81; Colorado - DiGiamarino 51, Vermillion 56. Possession percentage: New England 59, Colorado 41.
Referee: Alex Prus. Referee's assistants: Richard Eddy, Peter Kokolski. Attendance: 9,306 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: Sunny, 55 degrees.
Kansas City Wizards 2, D.C. United 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tony Meola was relatively untested in notching another shutout, while Kerry Zavagnin and Miklos Molnar found net in a six-minute span midway through the second half for the undefeated Kansas City Wizards who added to D.C. Unitedís woes with a 2-0 decision before 4,783 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Preki registered an assist on both goals for Kansas City (8-0-2, 26 points), which extended its lead to six points in the Western Division over the Los Angeles Galaxy (5-0-5), which tied San Jose 0-0. The Wizards are now 6-0 at home, having outscored opponents 14-3.
"I've been telling the guys that success begets confidence," said Wizards coach Bob Gansler. "We've talked about playing one game at a time."
Defending champion United (2-8-1) has now lost three in a row and has the worst record in MLS.
There were only seven shots on goal in the match, five for K.C.
Meola needed to make just two saves to earn his league-leading eighth shutout of the season and extended his MLS record of scoreless minutes to 525.
"We played well throughout," Meola said. "We eliminated a lot of chances for them and they never got into the flow of attack. It isn't clicking for them right now, but it is for us. One goal (allowed) in nine games. . . I don't even know what to say. Our defenders have been nothing short of unbelievable."
The Wizards finally broke through in the 73rd minute when Zavagnin notched the first goal of his three-year MLS career. The defensive midfielder hammered a 24-yard shot past United goalkeeper Tom Presthus after Preki rolled him a soft pass just outside the arc.
"I'm always sitting there ready for that shot," said Zavagnin, who played for the MetroStars in 1997 and 1998, but was out of the league last season. "Tonight (Preki) got me the ball. I was left alone at the top of the box. I just tried to put a good strike on the ball."
The Wizards maintained the pressure on from there. Preki found Chris Henderson down the left wing and the veteran midfielder was able to place the ball into the box to an open Molnar, who easily beat Presthus from seven yards to make it 2-0 in the 79th minute.
"I came out on our counterattack with (Matt) McKeon and Preki and we were able to catch D.C. off-guard," Henderson said.
Molnar, who has six goals in eight games, barely missed a chance to make it 3-0 in the 85th minute when he blasted a shot off the crossbar.
This first half was especially physical, with the teams combining for 29 fouls and three yellow cards. The game ended with six yellow cards distributed and 52 total fouls, the third most in MLS history.
Kansas City Galaxy 2, D.C. United 0Lineups: Kansas City - Tony Meola, Nick Garcia, Peter Vermes, Brandon Prideaux, Chris Henderson, Chris Klein (Uche Okafor 82), Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Preki, Mo Johnston, Miklos Molnar. D.C. United - Tom Presthus, Carey Talley, Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope (Geoff Aunger 69), Marco Etcheverry, Ben Olsen, Richie Williams, Chris Albright, Jaime Moreno, Mike Burke (A.J. Wood 46).
Total shots: Kansas City 12 (Molnar 4), D.C. United 11 (Albright 4). Shots on goal: Kansas City 5 (Molnar 3), D.C. United 2 (Moreno 2). Saves: Kansas City - Meola 2; D.C. United - Presthus 3. Fouls: Kansas City 23 (Molnar 5), D.C. United 29 (Moreno 7). Offside: Kansas City 2, D.C. United 1. Corner kicks: Kansas City 4, D.C. United 5. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - Garcia 16, Molnar 76, Okafor 88; D.C. United - Burke 22, Llamosa 31, Talley 81. Possession percentage: Kansas City 50, D.C. United 50
Referee: Michael Kennedy. Referee's assistants: George Vergara, Albert Echeverria. Attendance: 4,783 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Cloudy, 78 degrees.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0 (2 OT)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy played its third straight draw 0-0 with the San Jose Earthquakes before 12,692 at Spartan Stadium.
Kevin Hartman made 10 saves to keep L.A. (5-0-5, 20 points) undefeated, but the Galaxy fell six points behind Western Division leader Kansas City (8-0-2, 26 points) which defeated D.C. United 2-0.
The Earthquake's Abdul Thompson Conteh and Jimmy Conrad provided much of San Jose's spark during the game, forcing Hartman to make clutch saves throughout the night.
In the first half, Hartman made a sprawling save to turn away a Conrad scorcher from the top of the penalty area. Conteh, in addition to setting up several scoring chances during the game, saw the potential game-winner slip away in the 83rd minute of play, when Hartman rushed off of his line to smother Conteh's point-blank blast.
It was Hartmanís fifth clean sheet of the season and 16th on his MLS career.
Jon Conway turned away seven shots in his debut in goal for San Jose in place of regular starter Joe Cannon. The Earthquakes (2-5-3, 9 points) have fielded 10 different starting lineups in as many games in 2000.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0Lineups: San Jose - Jon Conway, Jim Conrad, John Doyle, Mauricio Wright, Ryan Tinsley, Mauricio Solis (Justin Evans 77), Richard Mulrooney, Harut Karapetyan, Khodadad Azizi (Dario Brose 77), Abdul Thompson Conteh, Ronald Cerritos. Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Paul Caligiuri, Ezra Hendrickson, Zak Ibsen (Sebastien Vorbe 91), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott, Danny Pena, Sasha Victorine (Adam Frye 94), Cobi Jones.
Total shots: San Jose 16 (Conteh 5), Los Angeles 16 (Cienfuegos 4). Shots on goal: San Jose 10 (Conteh 4), Los Angeles 7 (Caligiuri 2). Saves: San Jose - Conway 7; Los Angeles - Hartman 10. Fouls: San Jose 19 (Doyle 5), Los Angeles 10 (Hendrickson 4). Offside: San Jose 7, Los Angeles 3. Corner kicks: San Jose 5, Los Angeles 6. Yellow card cautions: San Jose - Conrad 17; Los Angeles - Hendrickson 12, Vanney 30. Possession percentage: San Jose 50, Los Angeles 50.
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela. Referee's assistants: Tom Bobadilla, Javier Padilla. Attendance: 12,692 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: Breezy.