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Hernandez hurt in Galaxy debut, L.A. uses own goal, penalty kick to defeat
D.C. United 2-1

PASADENA, Calif. (Saturday, May 20, 2000) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy scored on an own goal and a penalty kick to down D.C. United 2-1 before 40,303 who turned up to see the debut of Mexican star striker Luis Hernandez for the home side tonight.

Hernandez played the first 72 minutes before leaving to a rousing ovation before he was taken to the hospital for test for an injury to his right should onto which he fell awkwardly. The preliminary diagnosis was a sprained shoulder.

"I got the pass and was trying to take a shot," Hernandez said. "My feet were knocked out from under me and caused me to land awkwardly on my left shoulder. I feel a little pain. It hurts when I move, but I wonít know how bad it is until more tests are done. I hope it is nothing more than sharp pain."

Galaxy captain and defender Robin Fraser was also taken for X-rays after injuring his left ankle in the 63rd minute.

Neither side created much in the way of scoring chances with each managing only three shots on goal. Ubited led in total shots 10-6.

In the 35th minute, the Galaxy (6-0-5, 23 points) went ahead 1-0 thanks to the own goal. L.A. midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos lofted a long pass intended for Hernandez at the top of the penalty area. Talley cut between Hernandez and headed the ball into the corner of the goal to the right of goalkeeper Mark Simpson who was charging out.

Hernandezís presence "forced (United) to focus on him," said defender Paul Caligiuri. "They had two players on him just to contain him. I think thatís how he initial resulted because he is so dangerous and they lose their focus on what their task is."

Hernandez was also involved with the Galaxy's second goal. Cienfuegos found Hernandez free at the top of the arc and the striker quickly one-timed a pass to spring Cobi Jones straight through the center of the box. United defender Carlos Llamosa dragged Jones down, resulting in a penalty kick which Greg Vanney converted in the 59th minute for a 2-0 advantage. Vanney's three goals this season have all come on penalties.

D.C. (2-9-1, 7 points) would get back to 2-1 in the 75th minute when Judah Cooks, seven minutes after entering, knocked home his first MLS goal from close range after midfielders Ben Olsen and Geoff Aunger combined to give him a free run into the right side of the box.

"You know what happens when Robin goes down," defender Danny Pena said. "It was unfortunate and we were in a bit of a shambles in the back. Thatís something we need to address, if some reason Robin goes to he national team we need to start preparing for when he is gone. He is our leader back there."

L.A. coach Sigi Schmid said he did not think Fraser would be able to play in the Galaxyís Wednesday game at the New England Revolution.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, D.C. United 1

Lineups: Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser (Danny Califf 64), Zak Ibsen, Paul Caligiuri, Danny Pena, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott, Sebastien Vorbe (Adam Frye 84), Cobi Jones, Luis Hernandez (Seth George 72). D.C. United - Mark Simpson, Carey Talley (Judah Cooks 68), Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa, Eddie Pope, Geoff Aunger, Marco Etcheverry, Richie Williams, Jaime Moreno, Ben Olsen, Bobby Convey (Chris Albright 66).

Los Angeles - own goal (Talley) 35.
Los Angeles - Vanney (penalty kick) 59.
D.C. United - Cooks (Aunger, Olsen) 75.

Total shots: Los Angeles 6 (Hernandez 2), D.C. United 10 (Convey 2, Moreno 2). Shots on goal: Los Angeles 3 (Jones 1, Vanney 1, Hernandez 1), D.C. United 3 (Aunger 1, Cooks 1, Pope 1). Saves: Los Angeles - Hartman 2; D.C. United - Simpson 1. Fouls: Los Angeles 17 (Ibsen 4), D.C. United 13 (Olsen 4). Offside: Los Angeles 5, D.C. United 5. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 3, D.C. United 5. Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Caligiuri 68; D.C. United - Aunger 28. Possession percentage: Los Angeles 49, D.C. United 51.

Referee: Andrew Banes. Referee's assistants: Roger Itaya, Tom Bobadilla. Attendance: 40,303 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather:Clear, 82 degrees, humid.

Miami Fusion 2, Colorado Rapids 0

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Miami Fusion improved to 3-0 under interim head coach Ray Hudson, getting first-half goals from Diego Serna and Roy Lassiter to defeat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 before 5,088 at Lockhart Stadium this afternoon.

The Fusion remained tied atop Major League Soccerís Eastern Division with New England at 4-3-4 (16 points) after the Revolution blanked Chicago 1-0.

The Fusion jumped ahead 1-0 11 minutes in after midfielder Martin Machon started the offensive rush, sending a high, long ball across the field to Serna, who lightly touched it to the outside. With both teams' defenses pushed up in an attempt to contain the play in the middle third of the field, Serna's move past defender Marcelo Balboa gave him a vast expanse of open space in front of goal. With Balboa in pursuit, Serna fired a shot from a sharp angle past goalkeeper Adin Brown.

"Juvenile mistakes keep haunting us," Colorado coach Glenn Myernick said.

Roy Lassiter increased the advantage to 2-0 in the 25th minute of play by tapping his third tally of the season into an open net. Midfielder Andy Williams played the ball through the Colorado defense, onto the feet of a sprinting Brian Kamler. Brown rushed out to cut down the shooting angle, but Kamler coolly squared the ball to the waiting Lassiter, who easily found net.

The Fusion's rookie goalkeeper Nick Rimando, starting in place of the injured Jeff Cassar and Garth Lagerwey, recorded his second shutout in three MLS starts. Rimando protected the clean sheet in the 40th minute, neutralizing a dangerous run by Henry Zambrano. Zambrano ripped through the Fusion defense at midfield to collect a loose ball and challenged Rimando with a breakaway, but the keeper knocked the ball off of Zambrano's foot at the last second with a outstretched hand.

The Rapids (5-7, 15 points) continued to be haunted by the injury bug, losing the services of Balboa and midfielder Joey DiGiamarino to injury during the course of play.

"I don't make tactical substitutions this season, they all seem to be for injuries," Myernick said. "It really doesn't give me much of a chance to coach. Half the time, my starting lineups are based on who is available, and my subs are based on who gets hurt."

Miami Fusion 2, Colorado Rapids 0

Lineups: Miami - Nick Rimando, Leo Cullen, Pablo Mastroeni, Francis Okaroh, Brian Kamler, Jay Heaps, Jim Rooney, Martin Machon, Andy Williams (Welton 70), Roy Lassiter, Diego Serna (Tyrone Marshall 85). Colorado - Adin Brown, Scott Vermillion, Marcelo Balboa (Keyeno Thomas 39), Chris Martinez, David Vaudreuil (Matt Okoh 73), Jason Moore, Jason Bent, Paul Bravo, Joey DiGiamarino (Paul Dougherty 62), Henry Zambrano, Junior Agogo.

Miami - Serna (Machon) 19.
Miami - Lassiter (Kamler, Williams) 25.

Total shots: Miami 15 (Lassiter 4, Heaps 4), Colorado 15 (Moore 3, Zambrano 3, Vermillion 3). Shots on goal: Miami 6 (Lassiter 2, Serna 2), Colorado 5 (Zambrano 2). Saves: Miami - Rimando 5; Colorado - Brown 4. Fouls: Miami 24 (Serna 6), Colorado 18 (four players with 3). Offside: Miami 7, Colorado 3. Corner kicks: Miami 3, Colorado 7. Yellow card cautions: Miami - Serna 6; Colorado - Martinez 20, Agogo 34, Thomas 80. Possession percentage: Miami 51, Colorado 49.

Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: Nathan Clement, Roger Sill. Attendance: 5,088. Weather: Sunny, 84 degrees.

Kansas City Wizards 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Peter Vermes scored in the first half and Miklos Molnar late as the Kansas City Wizards extended the club's unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Arrowhead Stadium.

A crowd of 17,272 attended tonight's match, the largest of the season for Kansas City and the club's largest crowd since 1996.

Kansas City (9-0-2, 29 points) is just one win or tie short of equaling the league-record 12 game unbeaten streak to start a season. The Los Angeles Galaxy started the 1996 season 12-0. San Jose fell to 2-6-3 (9 points).

Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola extended his MLS- record scoreless streak to 615 minutes, picking up his league-leading 11th shutout of the season. The veteran made four saves on the evening to secure the victory.

Kansas City clearly controlled the first half, outshooting San Jose 15-3 during the first 45 minutes. Following numerous near misses, Vermes brought down a corner kick from Chris Henderson and hammered a shot off the near post and into the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead. It was Vermes' first goal since 1998.

"I got eye contact with Henderson," Vermes said. "(Abdul Thompson) Conteh was marking me and I faked and cut it and was amazed on how much time I had to shoot. It hit the post and had some crazy spin on it.

"To sum it all up, it was great to end the three-game home stand. To get nine points and not allow a goal is a great feat for any team. I'm happy that everyone had a chance to contribute. We have a solid group of guys who come to play every single game."

San Jose fought back in the second half, outshooting Kansas City 6-4. The Earthquakes three best scoring chances occurred midway through the second half when Dario Brose shot over crossbar the 61st minute, Abdul Thompsen Conteh, missed from six yards two minutes later and Ronald Cerritos shot wide right by inches from nine yards.

"Kansas City is a quality team, as they showed in the first half," Earthquakes coach Lothar Osiander said. "We've been a team that loosens up in the second half and plays well. But we've had problems on the road. We don't score and we give up sloppy goals, like we did tonight. We create chances, but we don't finish them."

Midfielder Richard Mulrooney's ejection in the 80th minute, however, caused San Jose to play a man down for the final 10 minutes.

"The red card didnít help," Osiander said.

San Jose had one final legitimate scoring chance when Cerritos' 25-yard free kick in the 84th minute glanced off a Kansas City defender, forcing Meola to make a touch save.

Miklos Molnar sealed the victory with a 90th-minute goal, his seventh of the season when the caught the Earthquakes pushing forward for a tie. The resultant three-on-one break allowed Chris Klein to find Molnar who beat San Jose rookie goalkeeper Jon Conway.

"I felt good. It was nice to score in front of my parents," Molnar said. "My dad has made me goulash before the last two games and I've had two straight goals. The whole team did a good job tonight. People keep on working hard here. We're showing no signs of giving up in training or in games."

Kansas City Wizards 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0

Lineups: Kansas City - Tony Meola, Nick Garcia, Brandon Prideaux, Peter Vermes, Chris Henderson, Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Chris Brown (Chris Klein 46), Preki, Alex Bunbury (Mo Johnston 59), Miklos Molnar. San Jose - Jon Conway, Jim Conrad, John Doyle, Mauricio Wright, Ryan Tinsley, Mauricio Solis (Justin Evans 58), Harut Karapetyan, Dario Brose (Wojtek Krakowiak 67), Richard Mulrooney, Abdul Thompson Conteh (Wade Barrett 72), Ronald Cerritos.

Kansas City - Vermes (Henderson) 35.
Kansas City - Molnar (Klein, Preki) 90.

Toal shots: Kansas City 19 (Preki 7), San Jose 9 (Cerritos 3). Shots on goal: Kansas City 8 (Preki 4), San Jose 4 (Cerritos 2). Saves: - Meola 4; San Jose - Conway 5. Fouls: Kansas City 14 (McKeon 4), San Jose 18 (Brose 5). Offside: Kansas City 5, San Jose 0. Corner kicks: Kansas City 9, San Jose 2. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - McKeon 88; San Jose - Conrad 16. Red card ejection: San Jose - Mulrooney 80. Possession percentage: Kansas City 55, San Jose 45. Referee: Marcel Yonan. Referee's assistants: George Gansner, Jose Andrade. Attendance: 17,272 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Clear, 72 degrees.

New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 0

CHICAGO -- A Wolde Harris goal midway through the first half allowed the New England Revolution to edge the Chicago Fire before 14.077 at Soldier Field and hang onto a share of the Eastern Division lead.

It was the fourth goal in as many games for Harris, who has five goals this year and 31 in his career, surpassing midfielder Imad Baba as the Revolutionís all-time leader.

Midfielder Mauricio Ramos took a corner kick for the Revs, curling the ball sharply to the near post. Harris broke free of his mark and met the ball on the run, burying the header for the 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.

Jeff Causey was solid in net for New England (4-3-4, 16 points) and made three saves for his shutout.

New England took only five shots in the game, two on frame. The Fire wasnít much better with 10 shots, four on goal.

"Frustrating bad loss,": said Chicago coach Bob Bradley. "You go into a game like that knowing what you need to do to get three points. It's one of the things you talk about especially with New England, giving up a set piece goal. We lose concentration on one play to make our lives hard."

Chicago (5-5-1, 16 points) generated a host of chances but either failed to finish or were denied by Causey. Forward Dema Kovalenko had one of the better scoring opportunities in the 19th minute when the young striker started on a breakaway, but Causey slid out at the top of he box and snuffed the opportunity, blocking the shot with his legs.

Fire forward Ante Razov was within inches of sending the game to overtime in the fourth minute of extra time, getting his head on a Peter Nowak corner kick only to see his shot skim off the top of the crossbar.

New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 0

Lineups: Chicago - Zach Thornton, Lubos Kubik (Tom Soehn 7), C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra, Mike Sorber (Evan Whitfield 63), Jesse Marsch, Diego Gutierrez, Chris Armas, Peter Nowak, Dema Kovalenko (Josh Wolff 46), Ante Razov. New England - Jeff Causey, Rusty Pierce, Brian Dunseth, Joe Franchino, Mike Burns, Ivan McKinley, Imad Baba, Ted Chronopoulos, Mauricio Ramos (Carlos Parra 90), Johnny Torres, Wolde Harris (William Sunsing 62).

New England - Harris (Ramos) 31.

Total shots: Chicago 10 (Razov 3), New England 5 (Harris 2). Shots on goal: Chicago 4 (Kovalenko 2, Razov 2), New England 2 (Chronopoulos 1, Harris 1). Saves: Chicago - Thornton 1; New England - Causey 3. Fouls: Chicago 11 (four players with 2), New England 20 (Baba 5). Offside: Chiacgo 3, New England 2. Corner kicks: Chicago 7, New England 3. Yellow card cautions: Chicago - Bocanegra 76, Nowak 80, Stoitchkov 92+, Whitfield 93+; New England - Pierce 10, McKinley 39, Torres 80, Parra 95+. Possession percentage: Chicago 53, New England 47.

Referee: Kevin Stott. Referee's assistants: Greg Barkey, Robert Fereday Attendance: 14,077 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Weather: Partly Cloudy, cool, 55 degrees, calm winds.

Columbus Crew 2, Dallas Burn 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dante Washington and Brian West staked Columbus to a two-goal lead and the Crew hung on to record its first victory against a Central Division, defeating the Dallas Burn 2-1 before 13,548 at Crew Stadium.

Crew forward Jeff Cunningham provided assists on both goals in his first game since signing a new multi-year contract with MLS.

Columbus (4-6-1, 13 points) fielded a modified lineup to maximize the firepower up front. Brian McBride, who has been showing excellent form on the ball recently, started the game as an attacking midfielder instead of in his usual striker role. Playing in front of McBride were Washington and Cunningham.

The strategy paid off in the 10th minute when Washington put his side ahead 1-0. Cunningham generated the scoring chance, beating three Dallas defenders near the Burn penalty area. Having drawn players away from the goal mouth, he dished the ball over to Washington, who beat goalkeeper Matt Jordan to the lower right side for his seventh tally of the year.

In the 60th minute, Cunningham took a John Wilmar Perez pass deep into the Dallas area. Cunningham then drew the attention of the Burn defense before playing the ball to West at the top corner of the box. Jordan came out to challenge the shot, but West's blast rocketed past the keeper and into the upper right corner.

Dallas forward Jason Kreis had several opportunities to get the Burn (4-5-1, 13 points) on the board in the second half, despite being double-teamed by the Crew defense because of the absence of Ariel Graziani, who was serving part of his three-game suspension.

"We certainly make it exciting, don't we?" said Crew coach Tom Fitzgerald. "We jump out to a 2-0 lead and Dallas just kept battling. They are a very physical and aggressive team, difficult to defend. Mark Dougherty was the man of the match and Jeff Cunningham was electric tonight."

Kreis finally tallied in the 71st minute with a diving header that wormed its way past Crew keeper Mark Dougherty. Midfielder Jorge Rodriguez played the ball across the box to second-half subsitute Sergi Daniv. Daniv's one-touch redirection found Kreis at the far post, and the striker buried the chance.

Columbus Crew 2, Dallas Burn 1

Lineups: Columbus - Mark Dougherty, Michael Clark, Todd Yeagley, Mario Gori (Mike Lapper 73), Brian West (Jason Farrell 78), Robert Warzycha, John Wilmar Perez, Miles Joseph (Dominic Schell 79), Brian McBride, Jeff Cunningham, Dante Washington. Dallas - Matt Jordan, Jorge Rodriguez, Richard Farrer, Eric Dade, Ted Eck (Lazo Alavanja 72), Chad Deering, Mark Santel (Sergi Daniv 45), Oscar Pareja, Bobby Rhine, Aleksey Korol (Antonio Martinez 68), Jason Kreis.

Columbus - Washington (Cunningham) 10.
Columbus - West (Cunningham, Perez) 61.
Dallas - Kreis (Daniv, Rodriguez) 71.

Total shots: Columbus 11 (Washington 3), Dallas 17 (Kreis 6). Shots on goal: Columbus 5 (Washington 2), Dallas 8 (Kreis 4). Saves: Columbus - Dougherty 6; Dallas - Jordan 1. Fouls: Columbus 17 (Perez 4, Cunningham 4), Dallas 20 (Dade 5, Eck 5). Offside: Columbus 1, Dallas 2. Corner kicks: Columbus 3, Dallas 8. Yellow card cautions: Columbus - Clark 40, Perez 58; Dallas - Eck 38, Kreis 53, Dade 89, Farrer 93+. Possession percentage: Columbus 50, Dallas 50.

Referee: Brian Hall. Referee's assistants: Cory Dean, Kevin Scott. Attendance: 13,548 at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium. Weather: Overcast, cool, 57 degrees.

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