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SOCCER AMERICA REPORT CARDS: MLS Quarterfinals, second leg
October 31st, 2005 6:23PM

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DC UNITED 0 CHICAGO 4
(Chicago wins, 4-0, on aggregate.)

Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United 0 Chicago 4

Goals: Stewart (Thiago) 10, Guerrero 37, Guerrero (Rolfe) 50+, Marsch (Guerrero, Thiago) 67.
Yellow cards: D.C. United -- Olsen 21, Filomeno 7, Adu 80; Chicago -- Segares 52.
Red card: D.C. United -- Gomez 55.
Referee: Kevin Stott
Att.: 20,089.

Even before Christian Gomez was red-carded for spitting at C.J. Brown, the Fire had wrapped this one up thanks to three first-half goals, including a pair of beauties from Ivan Guerrero. Two rookies played key rolls: Chris Rolfe with his tenacious forays into the heart of the D.C. attack and Jack Stewart with the early headed goal that exposed United's shaky backline. Veteran Jesse Marsch added a beautiful volley to finish off the defending champ.

REPORT CARD (1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

D.C. United -- 3 Rimando, 3 Namoff, nr Erpen (3 Boswell, 5), 4 Prideaux, 4 Quaranta ( 5 Adu, 46), 4 Carroll, 2 Gomez, 5 Olsen, 5 Kovalenko, 6 Moreno, 3 Walker (4 Filomeno, 46).

Chicago -- 6 Thornton, 7 Brown, 7 Curtin, 7 Segares, 7 Stewart (5 Sanneh, 74), 8 Thiago, 8 Marsch, 7 Pause, 9 Guerrero, 6 Jaqua (nr Herron, 79), 8 Rolfe (5 Barrett, 70),

NEW ENGLAND 3 METROSTARS 1.
(New England wins, 3-2, on aggregate)

Oct. 29 in Foxboro, Mass.
New England 3 MetroStars 1

Goals: Cancela (Twellman) 68, Noonan (Cancela 1) 73, Smith (Dempsey 1) 83; Djorkaeff (Galvan Rey 1) 59.
Yellow card: New England -- D. Hernandez 31.
Referee: Brian Hall
Att.: 9,581

A snow-strewn field, frigid rain, and a 2-0 deficit after Youri Djorkaeff scored didn't deter the Revs. Sub Jose Cancela provided the cutting edge that had been lacking and his corner stranded a flailing Tony Meola to provide Pat Noonan's headed equalizer. Khano Smith polished off a determined run up the right flank with a crisp shot for the winner.

REPORT CARD (1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

New England -- 5 Reis, 6 Heaps, 5 Parkhurst, 4 Franchino (6 Riley, 65), 5 Ralston, 6 Dempsey, 4 D.Hernandez (8 Cancela, 62), 6 Joseph, NR Leonard (6 Smith, 23), 7 Twellman, 7 Noonan.

MetroStars -- 5 Meola, 4 J.Hernandez, 3 Mendes, 5 Agoos, 4 Gaven, 4 Bradley, 4 Guevara, 4 Lisi (NR Razov, 85), 4 Stammler, 6 Djorkaeff, 5 Galvan Rey.

DALLAS-COLORADO (2-2, Colorado, 5-4, on PKs)
(aggregate score, 2-2; Colorado advances on PKs)

Oct. 29 in Dallas
FC Dallas 2 Colorado 2
Goals: Ruiz (Mina, Rhine) 67, Ruiz (Gbandi, Vanney) 105; Cunningham (Cooke, Nkong) 19, Kotschau (Cooke) 106.
Yellow cards: Dallas -- Rhine 57, Valakari 63, Gbandi 92+. Colorado -- Mastroeni 48, Denton 68, Cannon 91+, Kirovski 92.
Red card: Colorado -- Nkong 54.
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Att.: 10,104

Two strikers benched for most of the first leg hit the net: Jeff Cunningham opening the scoring for Colorado and Carlos Ruiz getting both Dallas goals. After Alain Nkong was ejected for throwing an elbow, the Rapids gave a lesson on coping with a man-down. Ruiz hit a penalty kick against the post in overtime. Colorado midfielder Ritchie Kotschau scored his first goal in more than two years to send the game to penalty kicks.

REPORT CARD (1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

Dallas -- 4 Garlick, 3 Goodson, 4 Jolley, 5 Vanney, 6 Gbandi, 6 O'Brien, 4 Valakari, 6 Rhine (5 Pareja, 100), 3 Wilson (6 Mina, 46) 7 Nunez, 8 Ruiz.

Colorado -- 7 Cannon, 6 Cullen (6 Peguero, 101), 5 Petke, 5 Denton, 7 Cooke, 6 Beckerman, 8 Mastroeni, 5 Nkong, 5 Ben Dayan (7 Kotschau, 79), 7 Cunningham, 7 Kirovski.

SAN JOSE 1 LOS ANGELES 1
(Los Angeles wins, 4-2 on aggregate)

Oct. 29 in San Jose, Calif.
San Jose 1 Los Angeles 1.


Goals: Ching (Mullan) 42; Grabavoy 1 (Donovan, Vagenas) 67.
Yellow cards: San Jose -- Gray 44, Clark 89.
Referee: Alex Prus
Att.: 17,824

Defender Ugo Ihemelu and midfielder Pete Vagenas led a resilent Galaxy effort that frustrated a sputtering San Jose attack. A scuffed Kevin Hartman clearance gave Brian Mullan the opportunity to hit Brian Ching with a pinpoint cross, but Ned Grabavoy capped a fine night's work by slotting home a perfect feed from Landon Donovan. Hartman atoned for his error with some clutch late saves.

REPORT CARD (1=low; 5=average; 10=high)

San Jose -- 5 Onstad, 4 Gray (5 Goldthwaite, 74), 4 Califf, 5 Robinson, 5 Barrett (4 Cerritos, 72), 6 Mullan, 4 Clark, 4 De Rosario, 3 Chung, 5 Ching, 3 Moreno.

Los Angeles -- 6 Hartman, 5 Albright, 7 Ihemelu, 5 Marshall, 5 Dunivant, 4 Jones (nr Naldo 78), 4 Nagamura, 7 Vagenas, 6 Grabavoy (4 Gordon 72), 6 Donovan, 5 Gomez.



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