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Chicago’s late rally stuns Burn 4-3 and slides Fire into Central first place.

CHICAGO (Wednesday, May 24, 2000) -- Trailing by two goals with 11 minutes left in regulation, the Chicago Fire stormed back, getting a tying goal from Dema Kovalenko in the 89th minute and the winning tally by Ante Razov in injury time for a 4-3 decision in a match between Major League Soccer Central Division foes before 5,330 at Soldier Field tonight.

Razov had two goals, starting the comeback by finding net in the 79th minute as the Fire (6-5-1, 19 points) climbed into first place in the Central, one point ahead of the Tampa Bay Mutiny (6-5) which has a game in hand. Razov became the first MLS player to reach 10 goals this season, regaining the league lead from Tampa Bay’s Mamadou Diallo, who has nine.

Chicago triumphed despite having defender Evan Whitfield ejected in the 15th minute. Dallas (4-6-1, 13 points) was also reduced to 10 players when midfielder Sergi Daniv was sent off in the 66th minute.

"It's good to win a game like that. It’s three points that we needed and its great to come back from an early deficit," Razov said. "Playing down to 10 men for 75 minutes is not easy, especially on a short week. I think we showed a lot of heart. We needed a good win like that."

Midfielder Diego Gutierrez assisted both the tying and winning goals and is now leading the club in that category with seven. In the second minute of injury time, he passed to Razov, who while lying on the ground, flicked the ball into the net to make it 4-3 seconds before the final whistle.

"Ante throughout this game was really determined and worked very hard to hold balls, especially when we were down a man," Chicago coach Bob Bradley said, "And I think he got rewarded by getting the goal at the end."

In the 89th minute, Gutierrez sent a shot into the box that bounced off goalkeeper Matt Jordan to Kovalenko who deposited the ball from point-blank range into the lower right corner for a 3-3 count.

The Burn went ahead 1-0 with defender Jorge Rodriguez putting home his first goal of the season in the 37th minute. Colombian playmaker Oscar Pareja slotted the ball inside the penalty area to Pareja who fired a shot across the mouth of the goal, finding the far upper corner.

Despite playing a man down for the final 30 minutes of the first half, the Fire dominated play, outshooting the Burn by a count of 9-3 before he break. For the game, Chicago held a 19-6 shots edge, including 11-5 in shots on goal.

Chicago tied it at 1-1 in sixth minute of first-half added time with the Burn's Richard Farrer committing an own goal.

The Burn recovered in the second half, beginning with a Jason Kreis free kick that reclaimed the advantage in the 57th minute. Kreis lined up his shot from the top of the penalty arc, cleanly beating the wall and finding the upper left corner of the net for his sixth goal of the year to make it 2-1..

Midfielder Chad Deering built the margin to 3-1 six minutes later, beating Chicago keeper Zach Thornton high.

"I don't have much to say after that one," said Dallas coach Dave Dir. "I don't know where to start. . . I actually don't think we went any more defensive. In fact we stayed far from it. I'm not sure that we can be less conscious defensively that we were. We didn't offer soccer on both sides of the ball. I wish I had a good reason."

Soon after, Daniv was ejected after being shown his second yellow card in the 66th minute. Razov took advantage of the open space, capitalizing on a series of passes by John Wolyniec and Hristo Stoitchkov to beat Jordan to make it 3-2 in the 79th minute.

Dallas committed 19 fouls and was given six yellow cards, including Daniv’s two. Chicago was cited for 11 fouls, one yellow card and Whitfield’s ejection.

Chicago Fire 4, Dallas Burn 3

Lineups: Chicago - Zach Thornton, Tom Soehn (John Wolyniec 73), C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra, Chris Armas, Evan Whitfield, Diego Gutierrez, Jesse Marsch (Dema Kovalenko 64), Peter Nowak, Josh Wolff (Hristo Stoitchkov 65), Ante Razov. Dallas - Matt Jordan, Richard Farrer, Jorge Rodriguez, Ricardo Iribarren, Ted Eck, Chad Deering, Sergi Daniv, Antonio Martinez (Paul Broome 58), Oscar Pareja (Eric Dade 61), Jason Kreis, Bobby Rhine (Lazo Alavanja 70).

Scoring:
Dallas - Rodriguez (Pareja, Kreis) 37.
Chicago - own goal (Farrer) 51+.
Dallas - Kreis (unassisted) 57.
Dallas - Deering (Kreis, Broome) 63.
Chicago - Razov (Wolyniec, Stoitchkov) 79.
Chicago - Kovalenko (Gutierrez) 89.
Chicago - Razov (Nowak, Stoitchkov) 91+.

Total shots: Chicago 19 (Razov 8), Dallas 6 (six players with 1). Shots on goal: Chicago 11 (Razov 5), Dallas 5 (five players with 1). Saves: Chicago - Thornton 2; Sallas - Jordan 8. Fouls: Chicago 11 (Armas 3, Razov 3), Dallas 19 (Daniv 3). Offside: Chicago 1, Dallas 1. Corner kicks: Chicago 9, Dallas 1. Yellow card cautions: Chicago - Wolff 19; Dallas - Martinez 17, Rodriguez 34, Daniv 44, Farrer 80, Alavanja 89. Red card ejections: Chicago - Whitfield 19; Dallas - Daniv (second yellow card) 66. Possession percentage: Chicago 55, Dallas 45.

Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela. Referee's assistants: Nathan Clement, Cien Asoera Attendance: 5,330 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Weather: Windy, 81 degrees, clear.


New England 2, Los Angeles 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Two goals by midfielder Ted Chronopoulos allowed the Eastern Division-leadingNew England Revolution (5-3-4, 19 points) to send the Los Angeles Galaxy to its first loss of the season 2-1 before 31,113 at Foxboro Stadium.

The first goal by Chronopoulos, who now has a career-high three tallies on the season, came on a first half counterattack after the Galaxy came close to scoring on the opposite end. In the 40th minute, a cross from teammate Imad Baba from the right side found a sliding Chronopoulos, who knocked the ball into the roof of the net.

The Galaxy (6-1-5, 23 points) looked poised to take the lead only seconds before when Revs goalkeeper Jeff Causey knocked away a Cobi Jones cross headed for an onrushing Danny Pena.

The Revolution capped off an enterprising second half in the 70th minute, when Chronopoulos made the score 2-0, heading a Mauricio Ramos corner past Galaxy keeper Kevin Hartman. It was the 11th of the Revolution's 20 goals this season which has resulted from a dead ball situation.

Chronopoulos' only other two-goal came came on September 20, 1997 in a 3-2 victory over the MetroStars at Foxboro Stadium.

Peter Vagenas's first MLS goal, coming in injury time was too late for the Galaxy. Referee Ted Covaciu whistled the end of the match only moments after play was restarted.

"I thought (the Revolution) was more aggressive to the ball," said L.A. coach Sigi Schmid. "We had a good phase for about 10 or 15 minutes in the second half and we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities. Overall, we weren’t a good team tonight.

The Revolution played solid defense with Causey denying Los Angeles on key opportunities. In the 59th minute, Causey came off his line to save a shot by Galaxy rookie Sasha Victorine who was led into the box by a brilliant through ball from Jones.

The best scoring opportunity on the night for the Galaxy fell on the right foot of Jones. His first-time shot in the 29th minute went wide and high even though he had space and time in the box.

The Galaxy was playing without Mexican international Luís Hernández, who debuted for the team Saturday in a win over D.C. United. Hernández returned to Mexico on Sunday to help his pregnant wife and the couple's two children in their relocation to the United States.

Rookie Danny Califf, a first year member of U.S. Pro-40, got his first MLS start in the center of the Galaxy defense with 1999 MLS "Defender of the Year", Robin Fraser out because of a severe ankle sprain.

Former Galaxy defender, Joe Franchino, faced his former teammates only a week after being dispatched to New England in the Hernández deal.

New England Revolution 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1

Lineups: New England - Jeff Causey, Ivan McKinley (Mike Burns 46), Rusty Pierce, Ted Chronopoulos, Joe Franchino, Brian Dunseth, Leonel Alvarez, Mauricio Ramos, Wolde Harris (Carlos Parra 91+), Johnny Torres (William Sunsing 83), Imad Baba. Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Greg Vanney, Paul Caligiuri, Danny Califf, Zak Ibsen (Ezra Hendrickson 54), Danny Pena (Peter Vagenas 77), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott, Sebastien Vorbe (Seth George 65), Cobi Jones, Sasha Victorine.

Scoring:
New England - Chronopoulos (Baba, Harris) 40.
New England - Chronopoulos (Ramos) 70.
Los Angeles - Vagenas (Jones, Victorine) 94+.

Total shots: New England 12 (Chronopoulos 5), Los Angeles 10 (Elliott 3). Shots on goal: New England 5 (Chronopoulos 3), Los Angeles 5 (Elliott 2). Saves: New England - Causey 4; Los Angeles - Hartman 3. Fouls: New England 18 (four players with 3), Los Angeles 11 (Vanney 3). Offside: New England 3, Los Angeles 1. Corner kicks: New England 7, Los Angeles 4.. Yellow card cautions: New England - Dunseth 78, Torres 80, Franchino 87; Los Angeles - Hendrickson 85. Red card ejection: Los Angeles - Hendrickson (second yellow card) 92+. Possession percentage: New England 62, Los Angeles 38.

Referee: Ted Covaciu. Referee's assistants: Albert Echeverria, Thomas Supple. Attendance: 31,113 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: Rain.


Columbus Crew 4, Hamburg SV 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Crew scored twice in each half to roll to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Hamburg SV of the German Bundesliga in an exhibition watched by 12,776 at Crew Stadium.

It was the first game of a two-game U.S. tour for Hamburg, which finished third in the recently completed Bundesliga season. It was also the first time the Crew faced an international opponent at its new stadium.

Hamburg faces the Chicago Fire at Soldier Field on Monday.

The Crew got first-half goals from Dante Washington (ninth min.) and Mike Clark (23rd), sandwiched around Hamburg's lone goal, to take a 2-1 lead into the break.

Ansil Elcock (53rd minute) and Mario Gori (56th) put the game out of reach.

Crew midfielder Robert Warzycha contributed three assists, the first off a free kick and the latter two off corner kicks.

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