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Hernandez leaves Mexico nationals to rejoin Galaxy for game with Colorado.

DENVER (Thursday, June 8, 2000) -- Mexican national team star forward Luis (El Matador) Hernandez will travel with the Los Angeles Galaxy to Denver to face the Colorado Rapids at Mile High Stadium.

Hernandez will play with his club Saturday rather than staying with Mexico for its Sunday game against the United States, a mtach that will decide the Nike U.S. Cup title at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. He started and played 68 minutes last night for Mexico in a 4-2 victory over South Africa in Dallas, then left to return to L.A> this afternoon.

Hernandez joined the Galaxy in May after spending his last four seasons with Tigres of Monterrey of the Mexican First Division, where he tallied a total of 38 goals in 64 games, including 13 during the recently completed 2000 Summer Season. His 13 goals were the second most goals scored this season in Mexico and marked 52 percent of Tigres' total goals (25).

Hernández has 35 goals in 73 international appearances, tying him with former Galaxy striker Carlos Hermosillo as the top national-team goal-scorer.


For the first time this year, three MLS games will be televised nationally Saturday. Dallas will visit Columbus Crew Stadium in a Central Division tilt on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. (ET). At the same time on Telemundo, Eastern Division-leading New England will host San Jose at Foxboro Stadium. To cap the night off, the Los Angeles game against Colorado can be seen on ESPN2 starting at 10:30 p.m. on a 90-minute delay

Capsule previews of the weekend games (with all times Eastern):


Friday

Tampa Bay Mutiny at MetroStars - 7:30 p.m., MSG
Records:
Tampa Bay 7-6, 21 points, second in Central Division; MetroStars 6-6, 18 points, second in East.
Season series:: MetroStars lead 1-0 (Metros lead 3-2 in aggregate goals).
All-time regular-season series: Tampa Bay leads 10-7 (Mutiny leads 32-22 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Tampa Bay - F Mamadou Diallo (12 goals-0 assists-24 points ); MetroStars - F Adolfo Valencia (7-4-18)
Did you know? The MetroStars scored three unanswered second-half goals to shock the Mutiny 3-2 in overtime at Giants Stadium on April 20.
Key players out: Tampa Bay - M Steve Ralston (U.S. Cup); MetroStars: D Lothar Matthäus (Euro 2000 with Germany)
Key matchup: Tampa Bay F Mamadou Diallo vs. MetroStars D Mike Petke - Nobody in the league has shown they can handle Diallo alone, but Petke boasts the MetroStars best combination of size and speed in the back. . . Petke did a solid job of standing up the big striker after Diallo repeatedly got behind Mark Semioli in the first half of the last meeting. . . As has been the norm it will likely turn into a defense by committee on Diallo with Steve Jolley joining in, but if Petke can somehow handle the task alone it will free Jolley to push forward.
Notes: Rejuvenated by the arrival of attacking players Clint Mathis and Roy Myers, the MetroStars have meshed more quickly then many expected, with Mathis, Myers and Valencia combining to create a lethal attacking offense. . . While the Metros' offense may steal most of the recent headlines, the team's defense has been improved of late, shutting down two of MLS's better attacking teams in Chicago and Los Angeles in recent weeks. . . Led by the steady play of goalkeeper Mike Ammann, defenders Mike Petke, Steve Jolley, Daniel Hernandez and Mark Semioli have played well in the absence of Lothar Matthaeus, who left to join Germany for Euro 2000 just prior to the arrival of Mathis and Myers from Los Angeles. . . They'll face the league's hottest goalscorer in Diallo, the reigning MLS Player of the Week, who has 12 goals in 11 appearances this season. . . Diallo has netted two goals in four of his last five outings, and at this pace will easily shatter Roy Lassiter's MLS record of 27 goals, which has stood since 1996. . . Tampa Bay also boasts the creative genius of Carlos Valderrama, who along with the Mutiny's large Senegalese frontrunner, rides a five-game point streak into the match. . . After a 0-5 start, the Mutiny claimed the team's first road victory Saturday at Dallas, Tampa scored as many goals (3), as it had in all of its previous five combined road losses in 2000.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Rich Grady (4 games, 25 yellow cards, 3 red cards). Assistants - Greg Barkey, Richard Eddy


Saturday

Dallas Burn at Columbus Crew, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Records:
Dallas 5-8-1, 16 points, fourth in Central; Columbus 5-7-2, 17 points, third in Central.
Season series:: Dallas leads 2-1 (Bur6n leads 6-5 in aggregate goals),
All-time regular-season series: Dallas leads 9-4 (Burn lead 23-17 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Dallas - F Jason Kreis (8-7-23); Columbus - Dante Washington (9-1-19).
Did you know? Dallas D Ricardo Iribarren's last game as a member of the Crew came in the 1998 U.S. Open Cup Final, where he and the Crew fell to Chicago 2-1 in sudden death overtime at Soldier Field.
Key players out: Columbus - F Brian McBride (U.S. Cup); Dallas - F Jason Kreis (U.S. Cup), D\M Mark Santel (sprained\lacerated ankle).
Key matchup: Dallas D Ricardo Iribarren vs. Columbus F Jeff Cunningham - Despite this being the fourth meeting between the two teams already this season, former Crew teammates Iribarren and Cunningham have yet to square off due to injuries and suspensions. Cunningham was an often-used rookie in 1998, Iribarren's last season with Columbus, and the two were matched with each other many times in training. Cunningham has surely learned a few tricks since then and Iribarren will need every bit of his MLS experience to keep track of the youngster.
Notes: Dallas scored twice in the final seven minutes to defeat Columbus 3-2 on Wednesday, ending a four-game losing streak, six in a row away from the Cotton Bowl. . . Despite the absence of perennial All-Star strikers Kreis and McBride, both teams will have adequate offensive punch remaining in the lineup. For Columbus, it comes in the form of Jeff Cunningham and Dante Washington, who have been extremely dangerous when paired together so far this season. The Burn, meanwhile. will turn to Ecuadorian striker Ariel Graziani and midfielder Chad Deering, who has notched six assists while playing a variety of roles in the Dallas lineup. . . Both teams have been hot and cold in the back in 2000, and with opportunistic scorers on both sides of the ball, the first team to suffer a defensive lapse could face a long night.
Scheduled officials:: Referee -Tim Weyland (4 games, 11 yellow cards). Assistants - Chip Reed, J.R. Perdue

San Jose at New England, 4:30 p.m., Telemundo, Fox New England.
Records:
San Jose 3-6-4, 13 points, fourth in West; New England 6-4-4, 22 points, first in East.
Season series:: New England leads 1-0 (Revolution leads 2-1 in aggregate goals).
All-time regular-season series: Series tied 6-6 (San Jose leads 23-17 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: San Jose - F Abdul Thompson Conteh (5-2-12); New England - F Wolde Harris, M Imad Baba (each 5-4-14)
Did you know? The Earthquakes have not held a lead in eight total road games this season.
Key players out: San Jose - M Khodadad Azizi (Iranian national team); New England - D\M Ivan McKinley (South African national team in Nike U.S. Cup).
Key matchup: New England M Ted Chronopoulos vs. San Jose D Mike Burns - Since moving permanently to left midfield, Chronopoulos has been a constant threat up front. He often converges into the middle of the box, almost as an added forward, where teams lose sight of him. It will be Burn's job on the flank to track Chrono and limit his scoring chances.
Notes: Both teams are coming off weekend victories. . . With each game, the Revs have grown more cohesive. A sign of that is the highlight performances of flank players Chronopoulos and Baba, both elected as "Players of the Week" this season. . . New England had its best performance of the season against the Miami Fusion last Saturday. In that game, the Revs took a team record 26 shots and did not allow a shot on goal. . . Former Earthquake defender Mauricio Wright was a contributor in that defensive performance in his first game with the Revs. Wright had a smooth transition into the Revolution's starting 11 proving to be dangerous on offense as well. He will meet his former team for the first time since the May 30 trade, as will veterans Mike Burns and Dan Calichman. . . San Jose is looking for its first road victory of the season (0-6-2). . . Lothar Osiander's team would like to take consecutive wins into the three-game homestand which follows. . . The Earthquakes are undefeated at home (3-0-2) and are coming off a thrilling 4-2 last minute comeback victory against the Colorado Rapids at Spartan Stadium. . . The Revs and Quakes last played on May 6, also at Foxboro Stadium. In that game, New England took advantage of its opportunities through Mauricio Ramos and Harris. . . The Earthquakes missed some good chances in that game with Azizi striking the post. . . San Jose has the second lowest scoring offenses in MLS (17 goals scored in 13 games)
Scheduled officials:: Referee - Brett Hugo (1 game, 4 yellow cards). Assistants - Richard Eddy, Thomas Supple.


Kansas City Wizards at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., MetroSports.
Records:
Kansas Coty 10-1-2, 32 points, first in West; United 3-9-2, 11 points, fourth in West.
Season series:: Kansas City leads 1-0 (Wizards lead 2-0 in aggregate goals).
All-time regular-season series: Kansas City leads 6-5 (D.C. leads 27-23 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Kansas City: F Miklos Molnar (8-1-17); United - F Jamie Moreno (8-1-17)
Did you know? The Wizards have five players (Nick Garcia, Matt McKeon, Tony Meola, Brandon Prideaux and Peter Vermes) who have played all 1190 minutes in their 13 matches. No other team has more than three starters that have played every minute.
Key players out: Kansas City - F Miklos Molnar (Euro 2000 withDenmark); United - F Jaime oreno (hamstring strain), D Carlos Llamosa (U.S. Cup), D Jeff Agoos (U.S. Cup), M Ben Olsen (U.S. Cup), M\D Geoff Aunger (yellow-card suspension).
Key matchup: Wizards M Matt McKeon vs. United M Marco Etcheverry - Etcheverry will need to create chances for United to be successful without leading scorer Jaime Moreno. He'll find little space around Matt (The Train) McKeon, who -- along with teammate Kerry Zavagnin -- will track "El Diablo." If United can't dictate the tempo, McKeon will be allowed to push forward, where his size and strength could prove too much for the depleted United back line.
Notes: This match could be a turning point for both clubs as Kansas City comes off its first loss of 2000, and D.C. desperately needs three points as the defending champs attempt to climb out of the basement of the Eastern Division. . . K.C. keeper Tony Meola gave up three goals in last Sunday's 3-2 loss at Chicago, more goals than the reigning MLS "Player of the Month: allowed in April and May combined. . . Look for K.C. to come out with early offensive pressure to put the first goal on the board with D.C. winless (0-7-2) when allowing the first goal while nine of the Wizards 10 wins have come when the Wizards draw first blood. . . In addition to defenders Carlos Llamosa, and Jeff Agoos, and midfielder Ben Olsen, being absent serving time with the U.S. national team, defender Geoff is suspended for accumulation of yellow card points, leaving the Black-and-Red severely shorthanded in the back. . . Moreno and Molnar have 16 combined goals, but will not figure in scoring Saturday as Moreno sits with a strained hamstring and Molnar is with Denmark at Euro 2000. . . Despite getting blitzed for three goals last weekend in Chicago, Meola and the Wizards still have the stingiest "D" in the league, allowing a league-low eight goals against. . . Chris Henderson became the sixth MLS player to join the 20-40 club (20 goals, 40assists) with a goal against Chicago last Sunday. . . Despite their first loss, the Wizards have only trailed an opponent for a total of 43 minutes this season.
Scheduled officials:: Referee - Marcel Yonan (5 games, 14 yellow cards, 1 red card). Assistants - George Vergara, Jon Wilson


Chicago Fire at Miami Fusion, 7:30 p.m., Fox Chicago.
Records:
Chicago 8-6-1, 25 points, first in Central; Miami 4-6-4, 16 points, third in East.
Season series:: Chicago leads 3-0 (Fire lead 6-2 in aggregate goals).
All-time regular-season series: Chicago leads 6-1 (Fire lead 16-5 in a aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Chicago - F Ante Razov (11-3-25); Miami - F Roy Lassiter (3-3-9).
Did you know? Only six of the 22 starters that were on the field for these clubs' first meeting (Chicago's first-ever game) on March 21, 1998 are expected to play Saturday.
Key players out: Chicago - Razov (U.S. Cup), D C.J. Brown (U.S. Cup), M Chris Armas (U.S. Cup), D Lubos Kubik (strained knee); Miami - none.
Key matchup: Chicago F Hristo Stoitchkov vs. Miami D/M Pablo Mastroeni - Stoitchkov has made his living in the middle of the field this year, but he'll face a quick aggressive defender in Mastroeni, who many feel holds the keys to the Fusion's fortunes. If Stoitchkov doesn't keep Mastroeni occupied, look for the young defender to jump forward occasionally to bolster the Fusion attack.
Notes: Chicago will make the return trip to Miami's Lockhart Stadium after defeating the Fusion 2-1 at Soldier Field Wednesday. The Fire will be missing the league's leading scorer, Ante Razov, for the third consecutive match, but the offense appears not to have suffered, as the Fire has five tallies in its last two outings after scorching previously undefeated K.C. 3-2 last Sunday. . . Chicago has left Miami's league-worst offense with zeros on the scoreboard twice this season. . . Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton is 4-1 with three shutouts vs. Miami in his career. . . On the bright side for Miami, Mastroeni rejoins the Fusion back line. . . Captained by former Fire defender Francis Okaroh, the Fusion defense is third in MLS with a 1.23 goals against average. . . If the MetroStars knock off the Mutiny Friday night, Chicago will have a chance to expand its one-point lead in the Central against a team it has dominated already this season. . . The Fusion's only all-time win vs. Chicago was a 2-1 shootout victory at Soldier Field in August 1999. . . The last time the Fusion’s leading scorer found net was May 20. . . Miami's Martin Machon returns after serving a two-game suspension for his comments following a 4-2 loss to the Crew two weeks ago.
Scheduled officials:: Referee - Alex Prus (5 games, 15 yellow cards). Assistants - Roger Sill, Greg Watson.


Los Angeles Galaxy at Colorado Rapids, 9 p.m., ESPN2 (tape delay starts at 10:30 p.m.).
Records:
Los Angeles 6-2-6, 24 points, second in West; Colorado 6-8, 18 points, third in West.
Season series:: Los Angeles leads 1-0-0 (2-1 in aggregate goals).
All-time regular-season series: Los Angeles leads 12-5 (36-20 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Los Angeles - F Cobi Jones (4-3-11) ; Colorado - F Junior Agogo (6-6-18)
Did you know? Colorado has won just two of the last 11 matches against the Galaxy.
Key players out: Los Angeles - D Greg Vanney (U.S. Cup), Jones (U.S. Cup); Colorado - Jason Bent (Canadian national team).
Key matchup: Los Angeles F Luis Hernández vs. Colorado D David Vaudreuil - Hernández likes to start on the left side of the offense and he will meet up with Vaudreuil on more than one occasion. Vaudreuil's veteran decision-making will be key, especially when Galaxy defender Zak Ibsen also makes his runs down the left flank
Notes: Hernández is expected to play in his first MLS game away from the Rose Bowl when the Galaxy travels to Mile High Stadium in a key Western Division clash. . . The last meeting came in the teams' first game of the season, a 2-1 victory for the Galaxy. . . Both clubs are coming off losses last weekend. . . Los Angeles will be without key players for the match as Vanney and Jones are still on duty with the U.S. national eam. . . Jones and Vanney are the leading scorers on the team and accounted for both goals in the first meeting. . . Galaxy defender Robin Fraser hopes to be back from an ankle injury. . . The Galaxy will be facing a Rapids team that will be eager to rebound after losing at San Jose last Saturday in a game it seemed to have in hand with minutes left. . . Coach Glenn Myernick's squad can close within three points of the second-place Galaxy with a win. . . Rapids' midfielders Ross Paule and Anders Limpar came off the bench against the Earthquakes for the second consecutive week as they look to reach game fitness after injuries. . . The Rapids kick off a three-game homestand with this match. . . The Galaxy has one victory in its last seven games (1-2-4), the worst stretch under Coach Sigi Schmid. . . Los Angeles is still seeking a chemistry among the new faces in its lineup, especially on offense where L.A. has scored six goals in its last seven games. . . Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and his defense are still the second best in MLS, while the Rapids are the most porous in the back, allowing 34 goals in 14 games. . . The six ties earned by Los Angeles are the most in the league while Colorado has yet to tie a game. . . Saturday's game will be a "Pokemon Night" at Mile High.
Scheduled officials:: Referee - Paul Tamberino (7 games, 28 yellow cards, 1 red card). Assistants - Terry Vaughn, Rudy Bettman.

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