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MLS WEEK 13 WRAP: Ref robs Harris of super goal
June 30th, 2003 5:34PM



By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor

No change at the top of the Western Conference standings as the Quakes hold their one-point lead by tying the Wizards, 0-0; Chicago takes over top spot in the East by shading the Metros, 2-1; the Galaxy blasts the Burn, 3-0, and the Crew drills D.C. by the same score; the Rapids lose their league-worst eighth game on an own goal.

BEST GOALS: One of the most amazing goals in league history didn't count; Revs' striker Wolde Harris hit a spectacular overhead kick that struck the underside of the crossbar and landed over the goal line before bouncing back into play.

Referee Noel Kenny -- who was taken out of the MLS refereeing pool last year but reinstated for the 2003 season -- and his assistants missed it.

Of those goals that did count, Chris Albright's interception of a clearance, dribble past two defenders and shot into the top corner for the first Galaxy goal in its 2-2 tie with Colorado last Wednesday will be a Goal of the Year candidate.

Also memorable Diego Walsh's trap of a long pass from Brian Dunseth and clean finish to score the third Crew goal in its 3-0 thumping of United.

Kudos also to Ricardo Clark of the Metros, who scored his first MLS goal by cracking a shot on the short hop from the edge of the penalty area that tore past Fire keeper Zach Thornton, who is not a man easily overpowered.

BEST ASSISTS: Pat Noonan set up Harris for a goal that did count with a clever flick. The first Fire goal in its 2-1 win over the Metros was triggered by Andy Williams winning the ball in midfield and then sending it up the flank for Justin Mapp, who carried it deep before crossing a low ball Damani Ralph turned into the net.

BEST SAVES: Tim Howard pulled off a few more beauties against the Fire, including a superb kick save of a point-blank shot from Williams and a dive that foiled a Carlos Bocanegra header.

Colorado keeper Scott Garlick had five saves, one of which denied Harris on a diving header, but he couldn't stop a misdirected clearance from teammate Wes Hart that proved to be the winning goal.

MILESTONE: Harris' goal was the 50th of his MLS career. He is the 15th player to reach that mark.

LEAKY LEADS: Colorado squandered a 2-0 lead in tying the Galaxy, 2-2, on Wednesday, then blew a 2-1 advantage in losing to the Revs, 3-2.

DEADLOCK: The 0-0 tie between San Jose and Kansas City left their all-time record tied as well, at 13-13-4. The teams tied in their previous meeting this season, 1-1, on April 19. The Wizards do hold the all-time edge in goals scored, 38-37.

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