Ralston rocket leaves Revs, Fire tied
who entered the match to play the final half-hour despite having played a full match for the U.S. national team in the first match of the doubleheader against Poland at Soldier Field -- then drew a free kick inside the penalty arc, but Williams was unable to break the tie with the free kick.
New England had the last chance of the match deep in stoppage time when Noonan got his head to a free kick from the right flank. Ring went to full stretch to make the save just before the referee blew the final whistle.
Chicago and New England will face each other Wednesday, this time at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET (Direct Kick).
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Henry Ring (Chicago Fire)
New England Revolution (3-8-4) vs. Chicago Fire (4-5-6)
July 11, 2004 -- Soldier Field
CHI -- Damani Ralph 7 (penalty kick) 50
NE -- Steve Ralston 1 (unassisted) 50
New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, Avery John, Brian Kamler (Felix Brillant 56), Marshall Leonard, Richie Baker (Andy Dorman 72), Clint Dempsey, Joe Franchino, Steve Ralston, Pat Noonan, Taylor Twellman.
Substitutes Not Used: Daouda Kante, Luke Vercollone, Doug Warren.
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Pat Noonan 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Taylor Twellman 3); FOULS: 17 (3 tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 4 (Pat Noonan 2, Taylor Twellman 2); CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 3 (Matt Reis 3)
Chicago Fire -- Henry Ring, Kelly Gray, Jim Curtin, C.J. Brown, Justin Mapp (Nate Jaqua 81), Scott Buete, Logan Pause (DaMarcus Beasley 60), Andy Williams, Orlando Perez, Damani Ralph, Dipsy Selolwane.
Substitutes Not Used: Craig Capano, Denny Clanton, D.J. Countess, Leonard Griffin, Sumed Ibrahim.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Damani Ralph 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Damani Ralph 2); FOULS: 18 (4 tied with 3); OFFSIDES: 5 (Damani Ralph 3); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Andy Williams 4); SAVES: 6 (Henry Ring 6)
CHI -- Damani Ralph (caution; Reckless Foul) 23
NE -- Marshall Leonard (caution; Reckless Foul) 41
CHI -- C.J. Brown (caution; Pushing, Holding) 91+
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: -Craig Lowry; Fabio Tovar
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
Time of Game: 1:55
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.