MLS: Week Six in review
one game shy of the league record -- as they answered an early goal with a second-half outburst led by a pair of goals from Jovan Kirovski.
Toni Nhleko gave the Burn the lead after just six minutes when he turned home a Ronnie O'Brien pass on a well-executed short corner, but the Galaxy struck back just after the half when Kirovski hit twice in eight minutes.
First he headed home a Chris Albright cross when all alone at the spot (57), then hit a snap shot on the turn from the top of the area to put the Galaxy in front. Carlos Ruiz scored his league-leading sixth goal in stoppage time to finish off the scoring, surviving a head-over-heels collision with Burn 'keeper Scott Garlick before sliding the ball into an empty net.
At Spartan Stadium, a match filled with goals featured some spectacular strikes as the Quakes and MetroStars played another wild game, the teams drawing 4-4 at Giants Stadium last year. The 10 goals scored in this year's meeting matched a total hit twice before in league history, one goal shy of the record 11 goals in the Galaxy's 7-4 victory against Colorado in May 1998.
A long-range strike from Cornell Glen gave the MetroStars the lead after just six minutes, but Brian Ching finished off a backheel from Landon Donovan to pull the Quakes level seven minutes later. Chris Brown then scored his first San Jose goal to give the home side the lead (24), but barely a minute later Joselito Vaca hit a bomb from nearly 25 yards to pull Metro level.
Donovan then finished off some neat juggling in tight quarters with a full volley to again put San Jose ahead (42), but another spectacular long-range blast from Fabian Taylor sent two minutes later sent the teams into the break on level terms.
Ronnie Ekelund converted from the penalty spot (57) to again give the Earthquakes the lead two minutes before Craig Waibel's first career MLS goal made it a two-goal margin, heading home a Jeff Agoos freekick. But Amado Guevara sent home a penalty just four minutes later to pull Metro to within one, then in stoppage time, Glen turned home an Eddie Gaven cross with a nifty side-foot stepover for the final equalizer.
At Arrowhead Stadium, Chris Klein's shot past Henry Ring (9) -- the first goal allowed by the Fire in three weeks -- gave the Wizards a halftime lead. But Justin Mapp's angled shot from inside the area brought the visitors level just seven minutes after the break.
Davy Arnaud's blast after skipping around a defender again put the home side into the lead (64), but Dipsy Selolwane finally coaxed the ball over the line after a couple of desperate saves by Wizards 'keeper Tony Meola for an 83rd-minute leveller.
At RFK Stadium, Dema Kovalenko's diving header off a Ben Olsen cross gave United a dream start after just four minutes. But as the clock ticked over 90 minutes, United defender Brandon Prideaux pulled down Frankie Hejduk and Ross Paule converted from the spot for an equalizer. The Crew are still winless on the season though they've now drawn two consecutive matches; United hasn't won in five matches after a season-opening triumph.
At Invesco Field at Mile High on Friday, both goalkeepers stood tall as the Rapids and Revolution played to a scoreless draw. Rapids 'keeper Joe Cannon made a number of fine stops early on, then it was Adin Brown's turn over the final 15 minutes, saving his side's share of the spoils after Sharlie Joseph was sent off.
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