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MLS WRAP WEEK 17: United win drops Crew to last in East
July 28th, 2003 2:18PM

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By Ridge Mahoney

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Colorado takes its fourth straight and posts another shutout; defensive errors doom the Burn in San Jose; the Fire again wins at home; and D.C. United rallies to roust the Revs and drop the Crew into last place.

BEST GOALS: Mark Chung snapped a header past Metros keeper Jonny Walker from 10 yards out to give the Rapids a fourth straight win. Kyle Beckerman, on the right wing, pushed a short ball that Chris Henderson crossed first-time for Chung to nail into the net.

Taylor Twellman nicked the ball past Galin Ivanov and rifled a 22-yard shot into top corner for the Revs' first goal prior to their utter collapse in a 4-2 loss to D.C.

Dema Kovalenko volleyed a cross from Alecko Eskandarian into the bottom far corner for the winning goal in United's amazing comeback victory. United scored three more times after Eliseo Quintanilla started the rally with a goal in the 83rd minute.

STAT: With its win, United (5-6-6, 21 points) took over fourth place in the East from Columbus (5-6-5, 20 points). The Crew must play its next two league games against the Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

BEST ASSISTS: Henderson's cross was a classic bit of service and so was Chris Roner's pass to Brian Mullan in the Quakes' 3-0 win.

After Brad Davis had mistrapped a corner kick, Roner anticipated and deflected a header by Ezra Hendrickson, then raced to the loose ball and hit a low square pass that Mullan drilled into the net.

STAT: Mullan's goal ended a home goalless streak of 328 minutes for the Quakes, which had played 0-0 ties with Kansas City and Chicago and lost 2-0 to Colorado in its previous games at Spartan Stadium.

BEST SAVES: In the Fire-Wizards game, Chicago's Zach Thornton repelled a low drive by former teammate Diego Gutierrez with a full-stretch lunge, and Tony Meola flew to his right to punch away a Damani Ralph header.

BAD GOALS: Meola conceded two of the weakest goals of his career to give the Fire a 2-0 win.

STAT: The Fire improved to 5-1-2 at Cardinal Stadium, which ties it with Kansas City for the best home record in the league.



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