Cerritos wins 'Goal of the Week'
NEW YORK (April 14, 2004) - A 68th minute left-footed strike by D.C.
United forward Ronald Cerritos in his team's 1-1 road tie against the
Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center was recognized by fans as
the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week for the week ending April 10, 2004 (Week
2). Cerritos scored in his first appearance of 2004, just one minute after
entering the match as a substitute for teammate Jaime Moreno. D.C. United
players have captured the first two Goal of the Week awards of the season
with Alecko Eskandarian capturing the fan vote after the opening weekend.
The 29-year-old MLS veteran (52 percent) narrowly beat Galaxy forward
Carlos Ruiz (48 percent) by four percentage points in this week’s
balloting. The two goals were the only ones scored on an Easter weekend
Soccer Saturday schedule that featured just two games. The other match
on Saturday afternoon between the San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire
ended in a scoreless tie.
The entrance of Cerritos for Moreno in the 67th minute provided immediate
results for D.C. United in their first road match of the campaign. Barely
a minute after entering the match Cerritos finished an impressive combination
of passes by United to open the scoring. A cross by midfielder Earnie
Stewart from the right side found a wide open Joshua Gros on the left
side of the Galaxy penalty area. The United rookie deflected the ball
toward the center of the box where Cerritos fired it first-time into the
top right corner of the goal. The Galaxy’s Ruiz later netted the
equalizer in the 85th minute as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
Saturday’s goal marked the 64th career MLS goal for Cerritos, who
is currently playing in his eighth season. He is ranked seventh all-time
in goals scored, eight behind Moreno, who stands in sixth place, and 24
behind Roy Lassiter, who holds the all-time lead (88 goals). The three-time
MLS All-Star (1997, 1999, 2001) moved to D.C. United in an Aug. 19, 2003
trade with the Dallas Burn. Cerritos started every one of the 10 regular
season matches he played for United in 2003, notching a goal and an assist.
Streaming video highlights of MLS games are available for viewing every
weekend just hours after the conclusion of the final match of the weekend.
The Sierra Mist Goal of the Week winner is announced the following Wednesday.
At the end of the regular season, each of the 29 Goal of the Week winners
selected throughout the season will be featured in voting for the Sierra
Mist MLS Goal of the Year, an award presented annually to the author of
the season's most spectacular scoring play. The Sierra Mist Goal of the
Year award will be presented at the annual Gala Awards ceremony in the
days leading up to MLS Cup 2004.
2004 SIERRA MIST GOAL OF THE WEEK WINNERS: