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Galaxy F Carlos Ruiz named MLS Player of the Week

March 25, 2002

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz was named the first MLS Player of the Week for the 2001 season.

The Guatemalan striker scored both goals in his club's 2-1 victory against D.C. United in the season opener on Saturday. Ruiz, a former star with CSD Municipal in Guatemala, first tied the game with five minutes left and converted a penalty kick in overtime.

The two-goal effort was the first multi-goal performance in a season opener in Galaxy history.

Ruiz beat out Diego Serna and Rodrigo Faria of the MetroStars, Nick Rimando of D.C. United and Dwayne DeRosario of the San Jose Earthquakes for the weekly award.



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Crew-MetroStars Preview

March 25, 2002


GAME: Columbus Crew (0-1-0) at New York-New Jersey MetroStars (1-0-0).

TIME: Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT.

The New York-New Jersey MetroStars try to sustain the momentum from their impressive season-opening win as they play the Columbus Crew in the lone mid-week game on the MLS schedule.

The MetroStars, revamped up front offensively with Diego Serna joining Clint Mathis and 2001 rookie of the year Rodrigo Faria, put forth a strong effort in a 3-1 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday.

The constant attacking pressure by Serna and Faria paid off in the 72nd minute, when Faria's one-timer attempt was knocked in by Revolution defender Carlos Llamosa for an own goal that snapped a 1-1 tie. Serna, who assisted on Faria's game-tying marker in the 53rd minute, also sent a cross to Mathis, who provided the insurance tally on a header in the 77th minute.

The MetroStars ended up with 19 shots for the game, including eight on goal.

While the MetroStars made the most of their chances, the Crew did not in their 2-0 home loss to the Chicago Fire. Columbus failed to put together any finishes on its offensive buildup and did not register a shot on goal for the game.

Its defensive lapse -- an own goal by defender Chad McCarty in the 18th minute -- proved to be too much to overcome. The Crew later conceeded a goal in the 70th minute.

``It's not the way I dreamed it up,'' said McCarty, who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Mutiny via the dispersal draft. ``But what can you do... you just get up and keep playing the game. I feel like it definitely killed the momentum for us.

STANDINGS: Crew - 0 points, 3rd place (tied), 3 PB, Eastern Conference. MetroStars - 3 points, 1st place (tied), Eastern Conference.

TEAM LEADERS: Crew - 0 goals, assists or points. MetroStars - Rodrigo Faria and Clint Mathis, 1 goal; Diego Serna, 2 assists; Faria, Mathis and Serna, 2 points.

GOALKEEPERS: Crew - Tom Presthus (0-1-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA); Jon Busch (no record). MetroStars - Tim Howard (1-0-0, 1.00); Paul Grafer (no record).

2001 SEASON SERIES: Crew, 2-0. Dante Washington's goal in the 84th minute lifted the Crew to a 2-1 victory at Columbus on July 18. Mark Chung had an own goal for the MetroStars, who tied the game 1-1 on an own goal by Crew defender Mark Lapper in the 81st minute.

LAST MEETING: Aug. 19; Crew 1-0. At East Rutherford, N.J., Brian Maisonneuve's goal in the sixth minute proved to be the game's lone goal as the Crew won despite playing with 10 men the entire second half. Presthus made six saves for the shutout as the Crew played the final 45 minutes without Robert Warzycha, who was given a red card and ejected late in the first half for deliberately playing the ball with his hands inside the penalty area.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Crew - The Crew improved to 6-7-1 all-time against the MetroStars with last season's sweep. ... Fs Brian McBride and Maisonneuve combined for six of Columbus' 12 shots in Saturday's loss. MetroStars - Following this game, there will be an international friendly between World Cup-bound squad Ecuador and Bulgaria, a 1994 World Cup semifinalist. ... D Daniel Hernandez committed five fouls in Saturday's victory while F Faria was called offsides on four occasions.


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Well, the European based US players did not fare too well in their NT friendly, as USA lost their concentration early in the second half against Germany and conceded three quick goals in a seven minute span, losing 4-2. Clint Mathis scored twice to make the match a little respectable. Once again, the yanks proved they still lacked finishing touches as they wasted scoring chances one after another!
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All high caliber goals...and the last one for the US was awesome....
Im worried had Germany played full force..
Exhibition/friendlies are only good for trying new ideas/players....
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MLS Wednesday Nite report

Crew Post First Victory of Season


In what was nearly a carbon-copy of their 2001 meeting at Giants Stadium, the Columbus Crew managed a 6th minute goal and then killed off the match shorthanded to defeat the MetroStars 1-0 Wednesday night. Jeff Cunningham netted the early game-winner for Columbus, which captured a nearly identical result at Giants Stadium on August 19, 2001, when a 6th minute goal from Brian Maisonneuve proved to be the difference. Columbus again drew first blood as Cunningham tallied the Crew's first goal of the season. His shot on goal was the team's first of the 2002 after Chicago kept Columbus at bay last Saturday. The MetroStars pressed on valiantly but the Crew, who wound up down a man after a Chad McCarty send-off, held on for an important road win.



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Four games, same score / Sat 4-6-02

The West got the better of the East, and thanks to a pair of overtimes, all four Saturday MLS games ended 2-1. Los Angeles remained the lone unbeaten, untied team by beating Chicago, and defending champ San Jose won its home opener over New England. Dallas beat DC in the other interconference game, and the MetroStars were the lone road winner, edging Columbus.


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Galaxy F Carlos Ruiz named MLS Player of the Week

April 8, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) -- Los Angeles Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz had another spectacular match and earned his second Major League Soccer Player of the Week award in three weeks.

Ruiz, known as the "El Pescadito," scored two goals including the overtime winner in a 2-1 victory against the Chicago Fire on Saturday. In two appearances this season, Ruiz is the top scorer with four goals on just six shots attempted.

The 22-year-old Guatemalan striker also was named MLS Player of the Week after the season's opening round when he matched this week's feat in a 2-1 win over the D.C. United in his league debut on March 23.


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A two-goal debut performance is enough to earn several headlines but Los Angeles striker Carlos Ruiz took it one step further. The Guatemalan international bagged two more goals in his second MLS match last Saturday and in the process claimed his second MLS Player of the Week award. In only two matches, the young forward has netted two overtime game-winners, while making an immediate impact on a Galaxy squad desperately in need of a ruthless goal scorer. His total of four goals after only 180 minutes, which make him the current Budweiser Scoring Leader, are a record start for any MLS debutant in League history. Another two goals on Sunday against the Dallas Burn would set an all-time MLS record for goals in consecutive games, a mark currently held by seven players (five goals).

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Weekend of April 14th Results

Wizards 2, Earthquakes 0
MetroStars 2, Rapids 1
Burn 1, Galaxy 1 (OT)


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Next Up in The MLS

Saturday, April 20th

New England at Columbus
- 4:00 p.m. ET
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Kansas City at D.C. United
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Chicago at MetroStars
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Los Angeles at Dallas
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Colorado at San Jose
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Kansas City M Chris Klein named MLS Player of the Week

April 15, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) --

Kansas City midfielder Chris Klein was involved in both goals scored by his team and was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

Klein scored the winning goal and assisted on the insurance marker in a 2-0 win against the MLS defending champion San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

"This was my first game and I'm still getting my bearings and getting into game shape," said Klein, who played in his first competitive match since suffering a torn right ACL in a Copa Merconorte match last October.

Klein was voted ahead of Dallas Burn goalkeeper Matt Jordan, Wizards teammate Preki, last week winner Carlos Ruiz of the Los Angeles Galaxay and MetroStars tandem Brad Davis and Tim Howard.


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MLS WEEK 4 WRAP: More from the ‘Fish’

Apr 15, 2002

By RIDGE MAHONEY(www.socceramerica.com)

BEST GOAL: There aren't a lot of choices, as only three games were played and seven goals scored.

Top of the charts is the Metros' second goal against Colorado, which was tucked away by Brad Davis with a classy finish.

Rodrigo Faria controlled a long kick from keeper Tim Howard and pushed a square pass through two defenders. Davis, racing out of midfield into the box, touched the ball once and then lifted it over Scott Garlick with the outside of his left foot.

A free-kick blast by Jason Kreis in the Burn's 1-1 tie with Los Angeles overpowered goalkeeper Matt Reis, who got a hand to it but couldn't keep it out.

NOT A FISH STORY: Carlos Ruiz scored his fifth goal in three games as the Galaxy tied Dallas, 1-1.

Nicknamed "El Pescadito (Little Fish)," the Guatemalan got his head to a Simon Elliott corner kick in a packed penalty area to score the equalizer in the 85th minute.

He has scored all five Galaxy goals this season and won the first two matches with overtime winners.

The league record for consecutive games with a goal in a season is seven by Raul Diaz Arce and Wolde Harris.

ARROWHEAD ZEROS: A new stadium for the Wizards can't come too soon for the Quakes. They were shut out again Saturday in a 2-0 loss at Arrowhead Stadium.

Of the six blankings they incurred last year, two came at Arrowhead. San Jose was also blanked at Arrowhead Stadium in 2000.

The Quakes have not scored there since July 31, 1999 and the scoreless streak is 465 minutes.

A task force was set up last week to research the building of a soccer stadium/complex in Johnson County, Kan.

San Jose's other shutout loss this season came courtesy of Colorado, which visits Spartan Stadium this weekend.

WELCOME BACK: Kansas City midfielder Chris Klein scored a goal and set up another in his first game back after suffering an ACL tear last October.

A homecoming for ex-Rapid Ross Paule wasn't as joyous. In his return to Denver, where he played five seasons before being traded to the Metros, he received two yellow cards and was sent off.

The Metros were leading, 1-0, at the time.

SUB SIGHTINGS: A few minutes after Paule was sent off, Davis replaced Diego Serna and scored the clinching goal with the Metros down a man.

Another sub to make his mark was Stephen Armstrong. He replaced Eric Quill at halftime and played a role in both Wizards' goals, the second of which came on his excellent cross that Chris Brown headed into the net.

SAVIORS: Top goalkeeping displays last weekend were performed by Matt Jordan of Dallas and Tim Howard of the MetroStars.

Jordan was credited with nine saves, including a deflection of a Brian Mullan volley and a snuff of Ruiz one-on-one.

Howard saved a low drive from John Spencer and stopped Chris Henderson from point-blank range.


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Reyna's return boosts USA ahead of Ireland clash

DUBLIN, April 16 (AFP)

Claudio Reyna will be up against some familiar opponents when he leads the United States in their friendly international against the Republic of Ireland here at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday.
Reyna, who plays in the English Premiership, can expect to face Sunderland team-mate and fellow midfielder Jason McAteer as the two nations start the run-in to this summer's World Cup finals in Japan and South Korea.
A key part of the US squad, Reyna returns to international action for the first time since injuring his hamstring in a 4-2 defeat by Germany in March.
With Reyna in the lineup, the United States had a World Cup qualifying record of six wins, two draws and just one defeat.
"Claudio's the leader of this team, and we rally behind him," said fellow midfielder Chris Armas.
But United States coach Bruce Arena is keen to stress that his team are more than just a one-man band with Wednesday's match part of a long-term selection system.
"The process of selecting a roster capable of competing in the World Cup began four years ago," said Arena.
"Every match furthers the process for us in becoming a better team and Ireland is a strong opponent.
"We will use this match to help in making some final decisions and to continue to gauge our progress as June 5 approaches."
As well as Reyna, Ireland will have keep to an eye open for striker Clint Mathis.
The forward has been the United States's major goalscorer recently, netting five times in seven matches including a late winner in the 1-0 win over Mexico on April 3 in Denver.
Record-chasing veteran defender Jeff Agoos also returns to the line-up after missing the Mexico match.
Agoos has 126 international caps with the US squad and needs just three more to move past Marcelo Balboa for second place on the all-time cap list.
On the other side, Gary Doherty will be looking to book a place in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup squad during the match.
Doherty, 22, who plays his club football for English Premiership side Tottenham was a late replacement for veteran Sunderland striker Niall Quinn, who had to withdraw because of a neck injury.
Frustratingly, in a World Cup year, Doherty has had to spend several months on the sidelines since breaking an ankle in September.
But he returned to action last Saturday, coming off the bench for the final seven minutes of Tottenham's 1-1 draw with West Ham at White Hart Lane.
Doherty had been involved in the early part of the Republic's unbeaten qualifying campaign which saw them finish second in their group to Portugal and deny two-times losing World Cup finalists Holland a place at this year's tournament in Japan and South Korea.
Mick McCarthy, Ireland manager and the man Doherty must convince if he ist to win a place in the 23-man squad, sympathised with the Spurs player's plight.
"Gary was in the fold early on and it's not nice to get an injury at any stage, but particularly when you are involved in a World Cup campaign and there is an opportunity there, so to have it dashed by injury is not very nice," he said.
Although he is a natural defender, Doherty's adaptability has caught McCarthy's eye.
"Sometimes it's a bonus when you can play in more than one position because it doubles your chances of getting a game.
"But it can also be detrimental because sometimes you need to master just one position."
McCarthy has been boosted by the recovery from injury of four players who all turned up fit for training.
There had been doubts over Richard Dunne, Steve Staunton, Clinton Morrison and Kevin Kilbane.


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Ireland 2, United States 1

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April 18, 2002


DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) --

His team was uncertain on defense, unable to keep possession in midfield and frustrated when on attack.

U.S. coach Bruce Arena has given himself five days to pick the team he's taking to the World Cup. After a 2-1 loss to Ireland on Wednesday night, he faces more questions than answers.

The outcome could have been worse. Arena's top two goalies, Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller, shared playing time and made several impressive stops on a night when the U.S. defense came under sustained siege.

The Americans were behind almost before they knew it, courtesy of a sixth-minute goal from midfielder Mark Kinsella. He broke free of John O'Brien and surged past defender Gregg Berhalter to head home a cross in front of the U.S. goal.

Eddie Pope tied it with a 33rd-minute header of his own. But the Irish enjoyed long stretches on attack, going ahead for good with another short-range header from a free kick that appeared to catch a tiring defense off guard.

``We need to get our players into camp and clean up some of our mistakes,'' Arena said.

The Americans drew some consolation from knowing they played better than they did in a 4-2 loss against Germany on March 27. They previously lost to Italy 1-0.

``I think the difference between today and the Germany match is that we fought for each other,'' said forward Brian McBride, who plays for Columbus in Major League Soccer.

Friedel, the starting goalie for Blackburn in England, played the first half.

``We showed a lot of character by going down a goal and coming back to get even, and had some chances to even take the lead,'' he said. ``And even after we fell down 2-1 we still had a couple chances. This team is not going to give up, ever. That's one of the qualities that we've always had, and one we'll take to the grave with us.''

The United States is grouped with Poland, Portugal and South Korea in the World Cup, with play starting June 5. At the 1998 World Cup, the Americans were last among the 32 teams.

``That was humiliating,'' Friedel said. ``And that won't happen again. We're definitely much more experienced than we were in 1998, and with Bruce in as coach, we're correcting the mistakes of the past.''

Three exhibition games remain for the United States before the World Cup, against Uruguay (May 12 at Washington), Jamaica (May 16 at East Rutherford, N.J.) and the Netherlands (May 19 at Foxboro, Mass.).

Before the game, the Irish paid tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern presented a check for nearly $300,000 to New York City firefighters Jack Ginty and Kevin Gallagher. The Irish team had donated its pay from its game last month against Denmark.

``I can't put into words how thankful we are for that gesture. It was absolutely magnificent,'' Arena said. ``The game is one thing, the World Cup is another. But the real story in this world is how people get along with each other.''

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WC-Bound Americans . . . . . .

According to sources, here's the bulk of the MLS contingent on the 23-man World Cup 2002 squad, to be announced by U.S. coach Bruce Arena Monday:

Jeff Agoos, Landon Donovan (San Jose); Eddie Pope (D.C. United); Cobi Jones (Los Angeles); Chris Armas, DaMarcus Beasley, Josh Wolff (Chicago); Clint Mathis (MetroStars); Brian McBride (Columbus); Carlos Llamosa (New England); Tony Meola (Kansas City).

The European-based group is Kasey Keller (Tottenham/England), Brad Friedel (Blackburn/England), Tony Sanneh (Nuremberg/Germany), Frankie Hejduk (Bayer Leverkusen/Germany), Eddie Lewis (Fulham/England), John O'Brien (Ajax Amsterdam/Netherlands), Gregg Berhalter (Crystal Palace/England), Claudio Reyna (Sunderland/England), Earnie Stewart (NAC/Netherlands), David Regis (Metz/France) and Joe-Max Moore (Everton/England).

As of April 18, one spot was still undecided. It will be filled by Richard Mulrooney of San Jose, Brian Maisonneuve of Columbus or Ante Razov of Chicago.


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Rookies make their mark during full MLS weekend program

April 21, 2002 (www.DailySoccer.com) --

First-year American players had an impact on play this weekend in Major League Soccer, as the American top-flight league had a full slate of action.

Kelly Gray, a defender who's has been receiving quite a bit of playing time due to the current run of injuries ravaging the Chicago Fire's back line, grabbed the opening goal in the Fire's 2-0 win over the New York-New Jersey MetroStars in a full-blooded battle at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Saturday evening.

The nature of the battle was exemplified by the first-half sending-off of former USA international midfielder Tab Ramos for the MetroStars, and it was a moment that set the tone for the physical encounter. Ramos was shown his marching orders by referee Kevin Stott in the 34th minute for a studs-up tackle on opposite number Peter Nowak, as Stott went on to issue a total of seven yellow cards throughout the proceedings in addition to the red card to Ramos.

"The first goal was very well put together," said Fire coach Bob Bradley, who further hailed his side for keeping their focus in a blood-and-guts affair. "In a tough game, I thought everybody kept their concentration and did a good job. We had some guys who missed some time and it is good to get a win on the road and a shutout."

"I didn't try to hurt the guy," said Ramos about the incident on Nowak, while risking being fined by the league for further comments criticizing Stott's judgement.

"I barely even touched him. I went for the ball, and the next thing I know he's rolling on the ground and the referee pulls out his red card. He's a very nervous ref, and it seems that the games he does get out of hand," added Ramos.

Gray, a fifth-round pick out of the University of Portland by the Fire in this past spring's MLS SuperDraft, scored his first goal as a professional in the 26th minute, volleying past MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard in converting a cross from Ante Razov as the Fire went forward and beat the MetroStars' offside trap.

"It was good just getting the first goal. It's a big thing for me and especially in a big game like that," said Gray, who took greater pride in his defensive contributions. "I felt comfortable out there playing with Jim [Curtin] and Carlos [Bocanegra]. We didn't give them a lot of clean chances. I hope to continue to play well and get time."

DaMarcus Beasley added an insurance goal for the Fire ten minutes from time, but goalkeeper Zach Thornton kept the MetroStars honest with a few key saves, including a stop on USA international striker Clint Mathis and a pair of saves on Rodrigo Faria, all in the first half.

"You cannot cheat with Mathis," said Thornton of the stop on Mathis' curling 35-yard free-kick effort midway through the first half. "Our wall did a good job and Jesse [Marsch] said that he got a piece of it. I was able to get over and knock it away."

The Fire, which saw Hristo Stoitchkov make his season debut as a late substitute, did not emerge from this war of attrition unscathed, as defensive midfielder Chris Armas was among the players booked by Stott. As a result, Armas will have to miss next week's home opener against New England through suspension on yellow-card points.

At Crew Stadium, another rookie, Taylor Twellman of the New England Revolution, also struck a well-taken goal-- but Columbus Crew coach Greg Andrulis laid into his team following a lackluster 2-0 defeat to the Revs for the Crew's third loss at home in as many attempts this season.

Goals from Twellman in the tenth minute in his first professional start and a second goal from Jim Rooney 18 minutes later propelled the Revs to their first win of the season, but Andrulis could not hide his frustrations over the manner his team played on Saturday.

"We have to look at whether or not what we are doing is working; look within and make some adjustments. We need to look at where we had success in the past and duplicate it," said Andrulis. "There was just no pressure on the ball and we weren't marking very well."

Twellman, the beneficiary of lineup adjustments made by coach Fernando Clavijo that had Alex Pineda Chacon dropping back to a playmaker's role in favor of Andy Williams, who was benched, and Twellman forming a partnership with Mamadou Diallo up front. Diallo had to come out of the game with an ankle injury in the 39th minute, to be replaced by Jamaican striker Wolde Harris, but the Revs had established their superiority by that time.

"We're roommates and we're getting used to each other. Hopefully this continues," said Twellman, after Diallo set him up with a cross from the byline, leaving the St. Louis University product to turn and volley his shot past Crew goalkeeper Tom Presthus from less than ten yards away.

Rooney doubled his side's lead in the 28th minute, blasting past Presthus from the top of the penalty area after accepting a short pass in open space from Steve Ralston.

Andrulis introduced several attacking-oriented substitutions throughout the second half, but the Crew sill could not solve the stellar goalkeeping of Juergen Sommer in the Revs' nets. Sommer, who had made a couple of point-blank saves on Brian McBride in the first 45 minutes, preserved his clean sheet with a fingertip save of a Dante Washington blast with five minutes remaining.

Ariel Graziani, another player with a new club this season but who is by no means a newcomer to the MLS wars, scored his first goal in league competition for the San Jose Earthquakes as the defending league champions posted a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Spartan Stadium in San Jose.

Graziani scored in the 26th minute and Landon Donovan added an insurance goal in the 74th minute to end a dreadful week for the 'Quakes, one which had seen them follow up a league defeat to Kansas City last weekend with a 3-0 midweek drubbing at the hands of Mexican champions Pachuca in the first-leg match of the CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinals.

"I was looking for a long time to get that first goal and I feel very happy to have gotten it," said Graziani, who scored 30 goals in the space of three seasons with the Dallas Burn before an offseason trade brought him to the 'Quakes. "Every goal-scorer feels pressure when they are not scoring, so I'm glad that I was able to do it tonight."

Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop, who had to field a makeshift lineup as midfield general Ronnie Ekelund sat out a red-card ban and two other players, central defender Troy Dayak and winger Ian Russell, were forced to miss out due to illness, saluted the partnership between Graziani and Dwayne DeRosario up front while Donovan assumed Ekelund's normal role in central midfield.

"Graziani and De Rosario looked good together. They combined well and were hungry to score," said Yallop, whose team leapfrogged over the Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy into first place in the Western Division.

Earthquake players, meanwhile, felt satisfied that they had put a dreadful week behind them. "I thought we got back on track tonight. It was a combination of mentally preparing ourselves and practicing hard. I think the team realized that we can't just show up on game day and get the result, but that we need to get at it every day leading up to the games," said goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

"I think there are a bunch of reasons we played well tonight," added midfielder Richard Mulrooney. "We were very unhappy with the 3-0 result in Mexico because we felt like we played better than the score indicated. Also, we wanted to get revenge on Colorado for beating us three weeks ago while putting on a good performance for our fans."

Rapids coach Tim Hankinson also felt that the 'Quakes were uniquely motivated for this game.

"These are all players [for San Jose] who know their system and know how to play in it. I'm sure their mentality was that they had to get going early in their home park, especially coming off a Wednesday game like they were," said Hankinson.

"We also had that plan, but I don't think we handled the pressure as well as we needed to. They took us out of our game and we never got our possession going, so we had to try to keep making adjustments to keep up with them. Credit to them for a good game, but it's disappointing that we weren't able to establish more of our game," added Hankinson.

An extra-time goal by D.C. United midfielder Ivan McKinley proved to be the difference between Ray Hudson's team and the Kansas City Wizards at RFK Stadium in Washington. McKinley scored in the third minute of the first sudden-death period to allow the home side to snap a two-game losing streak.

"Great night, great win," said D.C. United coach Hudson, whose unexpected introduction of Jaime Moreno for his first action of the season helped inspire the team to the win. "I'm giving the lads a few days off to enjoy this very well-earned victory. God bless Ivan McKinley."

McKinley scored on a rebound from short range after Marco Antonio Etcheverry's free kick beat Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola but not the post, and McKinley had no trouble heading into the right-hand side of the net to send the partisan crowd home happy.

McKinley's goal justified the dominance D.C. United had enjoyed in the second half, as the win sprung D.C. United to a first-place tie in the Eastern Division alongside the MetroStars and the Fire in the early-season race. "It was a tale of two halves," said Hudson, whose side found themselves level at the end of regulation when Ali Curtis scored his second goal of the season two minutes before Preki equalized at the end of a mazy run for the Wizards in the 73rd minute.

"I thought they were the better team in the first half. I thought we suffocated them enough to stifle them and to shut them down and frustrate them," added Hudson.

Wizards coach Bob Gansler, meanwhile, rued the two points lost, but credited D.C. United for being the better side. "They put on the full-court pressure to begin the second half, and when we thought we weathered the storm, we didn't quite get the play done," said Gansler.

"The response was magnificent though to get that goal right back. Once we got to overtime, I thought we had a good chance to get a result. We are always looking for three points, but one would have been fine today," added Gansler.

"Second-half chances tipped the scale. The game was a tie," emphasized Hudson. "We won it on persistence, bravery, heart and vigor."

Meanwhile, the Dallas Burn and Los Angeles Galaxy battled to the same result as they had last week, a 1-1 draw at the Cotton Bowl. Moreover, the same players scored in this match as what had happened in the Rose Bowl reverse fixture last weekend, as Jason Kreis' second-half strike equalled out Carlos Ruiz's first-half effort.

Ruiz entered the game as the only goal-scorer the Galaxy had known this season, and that fact did not changed as he scored in the 26th minute, converting Alexi Lalas' near-post flick-on header of a Simon Elliott corner kick past Burn 'keeper Matt Jordan.

The Galaxy dominated much of the remaining first-half play amid both teams being stifled by the Texas heat and humidity, but the visitors could not manage a second goal. Ruiz came close to doubling his evening account right before the break, but his point-blank header came crashing off the underside of the crossbar. Kreis would then make Ruiz and the Galaxy pay for that rare profligate miss by scoring in the 62nd minute, riding off a strong Lalas challenge and rounding Galaxy 'keeper Matt Reis before depositing the ball into the back of the net from an acute angle.

Both coaches felt that it was a fair result, and typical of one that has seen the last five out of seven meetings in this series end in honors being shared.

"In the first half, we didn't come out well and that was disappointing," said Burn coach Mike Jeffries. "I thought we were better in the second half. It was a strange 1-1 game in that it was fairly wide open."

"He is always sniffing around the goal," said Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid of Ruiz's efforts that was worthy of at least a point. "He just tries to get on the end of things and that's what makes great goal scorers."


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San Jose F Ariel Graziani named MLS Player of the Week

April 22, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) --

San Jose Earthquakes forward Ariel Graziani, who scored a goal and set up another, was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

Graziani scored his first goal in an Earthquakes uniform since coming from Dallas on February 8 and assisted on U.S. international Landon Donovan's goal to cap a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Sparta Stadium.

"I was looking for a long time to get that first goal and I feel very happy to have gotten it," said Graziani, who played in his fifth match for San Jose.

Graziani has been named MLS Player of the Week four times since joining the league in 1999.

The result propelled San Jose to the top of the Western Conference standings with nine points, one more than the Los Angeles Galaxy.


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In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Clint Mathis scored a goal in his final game before heading off to play in the World Cup as New York-New Jersey tied San Jose.

Mathis, a likely starter for the U.S. team, scored for the MetroStars (3-2-1) in the 55th minute on a play set up by Rodrigo Faria and Diego Serna.

The Earthquakes (3-2-1) tied it in the 72nd minute, when Ariel Grazianiknocked home a rebound of a shot by Ronnie Ekelund.

Revolution 2, Fire 2


In Naperville, Illinois, Joe Franchino scored in the 83rd minute to give New England a tie with Chicago.

Taylor Twellman also scored for New England (1-2-1).

Sergi Daniv and Ante Razov scored for Chicago (2-2-1), playing its final game before forward Josh Wolff and midfielders Chris Armas and DaMarcus Beasleydepart for the World Cup.

Burn 1, Wizards 1


In Dallas, Kansas City goalie Tony Meola made eight saves, including one in the 86th minute, as the Wizards tied Dallas.

Chris Klein opened the scoring for Kansas City (1-1-2) in the 15th minute,and Dallas (1-1-3) tied it on Jason Kreis' free kick in the 52nd minute.

Crew 1, United 0


In Colombus, Ohio, Jon Busch had a shutout in his first career start, and Brian Maissonneuve scored the lone goal as Columbus beat D.C. United.

Columbus forward Brian McBride and United defender Eddie Pope played their last MLS games before joining the U.S. national team as it prepares for the World Cup.

Maissonneuve's header in the 15th minute was all Columbus (2-3) needed to snap a two-game losing streak. D.C. United is 2-4.


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Chicago M Peter Nowak named MLS Player of the Week

April 29, 2002

NEW YORK (TICKER) --

Chicago Fire midfielder Peter Nowak was instrumental in his team's draw on Saturday and was consequently named Major League Soccer Player of the Week.

The Polish international scored a goal and assisted on another as Chicago battled to a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution in overtime.

Nowak earned the award for the first time in his MLS career with Chicago. He outdistanced Revolution midfielder Joe Franchino, Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola, Colorado Rapids striker John Spencer, and last week's winner Ariel Graziani of the San Jose Earthquakes in the voting for the honor.


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Collated results and updated tables following the weekend program of matches in Major League Soccer:

Results:

San Jose Earthquakes 3 Columbus Crew 2
D.C. United 0 Chicago Fire 3
Kansas City Wizards 1 Los Angeles Galaxy 2 (AET)
New York-New Jersey MetroStars 1 Dallas Burn 2

Idle: Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution


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