McBride, Washington each find net twice, Columbus ends Miami streak 4-2.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Saturday, May 27, 2000) -- Brian McBride and Dante Washington each struck for two goals, leading the Columbus Crew over Miami 4-2 tonight, snapping the Fusion’s Major League Soccer three-game winning streak before 7,308 at Lockhart Stadium.
McBride, who also added an assist, broke out of a slump, having scored just once in the Crew's first 11 games, to help third-place Columbus (5-6-1, 16 points) win its second straight and climb to within three points of the Central Division-leading Chicago Fire (6-6-1). Washington’s tallies were his eighth and ninth of the year, placing him third for goals in MLS.
"With every team in our division losing again for the second week in a row, this puts us right back in the mix," Crew coach Tom Fitzgerald said. "It was a very entertaining game for the fans. Brian McBride had an excellent game. Everybody out on the field is having fun."
McBride’s second goal came in the 27th minute, two minutes after Martin Machon found net for Miami (4-4-4, 16 points), and put the Crew ahead for good. Midfielder Robert Warzycha launched a free kick from 35 yards out toward the center of the box, where McBride headed it down sharply past a sprawling goalkeeper Nick Rimando to make it 2-1.
Washington made it 3-1 in the 48th minute, taking a through ball in the penalty area from McBride, beating the offside trap to walk in unabated before sliding home his shot.
Jim Rooney would draw Miami to within 3-2 in the 53rd minute. Tyrone Marshall sent Machon clear through midfield and he found Rooney slicing free through the box for the goal.
Pablo Mastroeni picked up his second yellow card in the 79th minute, forcing the Fusion to play a man short.
Columbus capitalized in the 89th minute. Brian West had a clear shot from 10 yards out that Rimando stopped. The rookie keeper then stoned Washington on a rebound attempt, but Washington was able to score on the third attempt from close range to make it 4-2.
McBride made it 1-0 in the 14th minute after a scramble in front of the Miami net. Miami defender Brian Kamler attempted to clear, but the ball found its way to McBride less than 10 yards out. McBride turned and slotted his shot past Rimando to make it 1-0.
Machon tied it 1-1 in the 25th minute after a nice Jay Heaps run. Mastroeni won the ball at midfield and launched Heaps down the right wing. Heaps picked out Machon unmarked in the box and the Guatemalan midfielder headed one past the keeper Mark Dougherty.
Columbus Crew 4, Miami Fusion 2Lineups: Miami Nick Rimando, Leo Cullen, Pablo Mastroeni, Francis Okaroh, Brian Kamler (Tyrone Marshall 46), Jay Heaps, Jim Rooney, Henry Gutierrez, Martin Machon, Roy Lassiter (Andy Williams 83), Diego Serna (Welton 46). Columbus - Mark Dougherty, Michael Clark, Todd Yeagley, Ansil Elcock, Miles Joseph (Mario Gori 61), John Wilmar Perez (John DeBrito 70), Brian West, Robert Warzycha, Dante Washington, Brian McBride, Jeff Cunningham (Jason Farrell 82).
Total shots: Miami 27 (Machon 8), Columbus 19 (Washington 5). Shots on goal: Miami 13 (Lassiter 4), Columbus 11 (Washington 4). Saves: Miami - Rimando 7; Columbus - Dougherty 11. Fouls: Miami 19 (Mastroeni 5), Columbus 14 (Washington 3, Gori 3). Offside: Miami 1, Columbus 3. Corner kicks: Miami 7, Columbus 6. Yellow card cautions: Miami - Mastroeni 23, Gutierrez 38, Cullen 61; Columbus - Joseph 11, Washington 11, Yeagley 56, Warzycha 85, DeBrito 88, Gori 94+. Red card ejection: Miami - Mastroeni (second yellow card) 79. Possession percentage: Miami 54, Columbus 46.
Referee: Rich Grady. Referee's assistants: Sharon Wheeler, Peter Kokolski. Attendance: 7,308 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Weather: Clear, 85 degrees.
MetroStars 4, Chicago Fire 1
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Mark Chung, Clint Mathis and Adolfo Valencia each chipped in a goal and an assist for the MetroStars, who jumped to a three-goal lead at halftime and doused the Chicago Fire 4-1 before 41,609 at Giants Stadium
Despite being outshot 29-9, 15-8 on frame, the MetroStars scored three first-half goals for the first time since July 1998, also against Chicago. Despite losing badly, the Fire held a 14-3 edge in corner kicks and a two-to-one advantage in time of possession.
The evening ended with a tussle among a group of players after a hard foul by Josh Wolff on the MetroStars’ Mike Petke, leading to the ejection of Chicago striker Ante Razov, the league’s leading scorer, and MetroStars coach Octavio Zambrano.
The MetroStars (5-6, 15 points) jumped ahead 1-0 in the fourth minute when Mathis made great work of a poor Chicago clearance and sent a first-time pass to an open Roy Myers on the right side. Myers then sent a cross into the penalty area. Two defenders converged on Valencia leaving Mark Chung open on the left side of the box and he easily scored his first goal of the season.
The Fire (6-6-1, 19 points) nearly tied the game in the 14th minute, but Metros defender Mark Semioli knocked a Dema Kovalenko close-range shot off the goal line and Razov could not follow up on the rebound.
The MetroStars put the game away with two quick goals in a one-minute span. In the 34th minute, Chung sent a corner kick into the box from the left side. The ball bypassed a muddle of players in the center and fell to an unmarked Steve Jolley. His right-footed volley on goal was only partially blocked by goalkeeper Zach Thornton and wound up in the net.
Then, Valencia fed a streaking Myers down the right side of the box. Myers, with a stop-and-go movement, took Fire rookie defender Carlos Bocanegra to the baseline and sent in a cross. Mathis sneaked in front of defender Tom Soehn on the near post and poked the ball past Thornton.
"I am clearly disappointed, we did not play well," Chicago coach Bob Bradley said. "We had some chances but didn't take them well. We did ourselves in with that two-minute stretch when we let up the goals. After being down 3-0, it's awfully hard to come back."
The Fire finally got on the board in the 71st minute when the Metros’ Daniel Hernandez pushed Jesse Marsch from behind and referee Kevin Terry called a penalty kick. Razov stepped up and scored his 11th goal of the season, regaining the MLS lead from Mamadou Diallo who netted his 10th earlier in the day.
Five minutes later, Valencia converted a penalty kick to make it 4-1 MetroStars after he was taken down in the box by Soehn.
The play of the night came in the 69th minute when Valencia intercepted a Razov pass and dribbled past two Fire defenders, forcing Thornton into save the ball over the crossbar.
MetroStars 4, Chicago Fire 1Lineups: MetroStars: Mike Ammann, Mark Semioli, Steve Jolley, Daniel Hernandez, Billy Walsh, Roy Myers (Steve Shak 47+), Tab Ramos (Mike Petke 58), Mark Chung, Petter Villegas (Ramiro Corrales 27), Clint Mathis, Adolfo Valencia. Chicago - Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Tom Soehn, Carlos Bocanegra, Mike Sorber (Josh Wolff 46), Diego Gutierrez (Hristo Stoitchkov 46), Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch, Peter Nowak (Sam George 81), Ante Razov, Dema Kovalenko.
Total shots: MetroStars 9 (Valencia 2, Mathis 2, Chung 2), Chicago 29 (Razov 8). Shots on goal: MetroStars 8 (Valencia 2, Chuung 2), Chicago 15 (Nowak 4). Saves: MetroStars - Ammann 10; Chicago - Thornton 3. Fouls: MetroStars 18 (Valencia 4), Chicago 13 (five players with 2). Offside: MetroStars 3, Chicago 4. Corner kicks: MetroStars 3, Chicago 14. Yellow card cautions: MetroStars - Hernandez 90; Chicago - Wolff 89. Red card ejections: MetroStars - coach Octavio Zambrano 90; Chicago - Razov 90. Possession percentage: MetroStars 33, Chicago 67.
Referee: Kevin Terry. Referee's assistants: Craig Lowry, Jorge Bandera. Attendance: 41,609 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Weather: Clear, 66 degrees.
Kansas City Wizards 2, Tampa Bay Mutiny 1
TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- The Kansas City Wizards remained the league’s only unbeaten team, using goals by Peter Vermes and Miklos Molnar within a one-minute span midway through the second half to defeat the Tampa Bay Mutiny 2-1 before 7,186 at Raymond James Stadium.
After a tight first half, which saw Mutiny striker Mamadou Diallo miss a penalty kick just before halftime, Vermes broke the scoreless deadlock in the 63rd minute. Preki controlled the ball in traffic near the top of the box, and slid a neat back-heel pass to an open Vermes along the left side. Vermes blasted a shot past Scott Garlick to make it 1-0.
A minute later, Kansas City (10-0-2, 32 points) was up 2-0 after Molnar’s sensational bicycle kick goal. Midfielder Chris Klein switched possession from the right side to an open Chris Henderson streaking down the left wing. Henderson picked out an open Molnar in the middle of the box, and "Danish Dynamite" finished from 14 yards in spectacular fashion.
"I had some chances that I should have done better with," Molnar said. "It is a good feeling to score, especially when they scored right afterwards. Bicycle kicks are not normally something I do or even try. You need to have a lot of luck and it was a perfect ball from Chris Henderson."
Tampa Bay (6-6, 18 points), which lost for the first time a home, capped a wild three-minute stretch when Diallo notched his 10th goal in 10 games in the 66th minute. Carlos Valderrama pounced on a loose ball in the Wizards' box and slipped a soft pass through to an open Diallo on the left wing and he easily beat keeper Tony Meola to make it 2-1.
"We knew it would be tough coming in here," Kansas City coach Bob Gansler said. "These folks gave us a tough time at Arrowhead (Stadium in K.C.) in April. We knew what we had to do to win. I knew if we scored two goals we would have a good chance. All in all, it was very exciting for the fans."
Meola's MLS-record shutout streak came to an end at 681 minutes.
"It was a great effort on the road for our team," Meola said. "It wasn't perfect soccer for 90 minutes, but we certainly fought. When you splice the tape and count the chances for both teams, clearly we had more. . . The (shutout) streak is so irrelevant after the effort today; it makes no difference because we won three points."
Mutiny midfielder Manny Lagos had the best chance for the equalizer, right after the flurry of goals. The veteran found himself all alone for a point-blank opportunity and pushed a shot to Meola's left, but the standout goalkeeper made a diving stop.
Kansas City Wizards 2, Tampa Bay Mutiny 1Lineups: Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Steve Trittschuh, Ritchie Kotschau, Joseph Addo, Chad McCarty, Eric Quill (Dominic Kinnear 42), Steve Ralston (Amos Magee 87), Carlos Valderrama, Manuel Lagos, Josh Keller, Mamadou Diallo. Kansas City - Tony Meola, Peter Vermes, Brandon Prideaux, Chris Klein (Uche Okafor 74), Nick Garcia, Matt McKeon, Kerry Zavagnin, Preki, Chris Henderson, Miklos Molnar, Mo Johnston (Chris Brown 68).
Total shots: Tampa Bay 15 (Diallo 6), Kansas City 16 (Vermes 3, McKeon 3, Molnar 3). Shots on goal: Tampa Bay 7 (Diallo 3), Kansas City 5 (Vermes 2). Saves: Tampa Bay - Garlick 3; Kansas City - Meola 6. Fouls: Tampa Bay 14 (Keller 3, Ralston 3), Kansas City 11 (Henderson 3). Offside: Tampa Bay 4, Kansas City 3. Corner kicks: Tampa Bay 6, Kansas City 7. Yellow card cautions: Tampa Bay Addo 35, Diallo 67; Kansas City - Zavagnin 8, Klein 61. Possession percentage: Tampa Bay 53, Kansas City 47.
Referee: Reggie Rutty. Referee's assistants: Roger Sill, Greg Watson. Attendance: 7,186 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Weather: Hot, 88 degrees, sunny.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1 (2OT)
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy and the San Jose Earthquakes (2-6-4, 10 points) battled to a 1-1 draw before 17,831 at the Rose Bowl, the second such result between the two clubs this season.
Simon Elliot registered the Galaxy's goal, while San Jose midfielder Mauricio Solis accounted for the game-tying tally.
Elliott capitalized on a San Jose defensive miscue to give Los Angeles (6-1-6, 24 points) the first-half lead. In the 22nd minute of play, Cobi Jones attempted to feed a streaking Luis Hernandez inside the Earthquakes' box. The San Jose defense managed to intercept the pass, but the clearance attempt landed in open space atop the penalty arc. Elliott hammered the ball, sending it blazing past Earthquakes keeper Joe Cannon, who could only watch as the shot hit the back of the net.
Ten minutes later, Solis tied it at 1-1 after midfielder Khodadad Azizi launched a long free-kick directly into the middle of the Los Angeles penalty area. Solis ran unmarked onto the pass, nodding the ball easily past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman for his first tally of the year and the third of his career.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1 (2OT)Lineups: Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Greg Vanney, Adam Frye (Zak Ibsen 46), Paul Caligiuri (Brian Kelly 91), Danny Califf, Danny Pena (Sebastien Vorbe 63), Mauricio Cienfuegos, Simon Elliott, Sasha Victorine, Cobi Jones, Luis Hernandez. San Jose - Joe Cannon, John Doyle, Ryan Tinsley, Jim Conrad, Wade Barrett, Justin Evans, Khodadad Azizi (Dario Brose 84), Harut Karapetyan (Ian Russell 70), Mauricio Solis (Wojtek Krakowiak 87), Abdul Thompson Conteh, Ronald Cerritos.
Total shots: Los Angeles 11 (Hernandez 3), San Jose 12 (Cerritos 4). Shots on goal: Los Angeles 2 (Elliott 1, Victorine 1), San Jose 5 (five players with 1). Saves: Los Angeles - Hartman 4; San Jose - Cannon 1. Fouls: Los Angeles 11 (Califf 2, Cienfuegos 2, Caligiuri 2), San Jose 15 (Solis 3, Barrett 3). Offside: Los Angeles 2, San Jose 4. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 2, San Jose 8. Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Pena 50, Califf 78; San Jose - Barrett 25, Tinsley 86, Brose 93+. Possession percentage: Los Angeles 49, San Jose 51.
Referee: Kevin Stott. Referee's assistants: Tom Bobadilla, David Bragg. Attendance: 17,831 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather:88 degrees, clear.