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Title: MLS WEEK 6 WRAP: Nowak goal highlights rain battle
April 30th, 2002 3:35PM

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By Ridge Mahoney

GAME OF GREAT GOALS: A cold, rainy night and a SafePlay field besmirched by football lines produced a pair of excellent goals as the Fire and Revs played to a 2-2 tie.

Peter Nowak tore through the Revs' defense on a 40-yard run before shooting low past Juergen Sommer and New England's Joey Franchino scored the final goal with a superb bending free kick from nearly 25 yards out.

A crowd announced at 9,444 came out to see the Fire's first MLS match at Cardinal Stadium at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The capacity, which was 10,000 for the opener, will eventually be expanded to 15,000.

GOAL STREAK: With all the hullabaloo over Carlos Ruiz scoring in the first four games of the season the exploits of Jason Kreis had gone largely unnoticed.

Ruiz's streak ended at four games in the Galaxy's 1-0 loss to Colorado but Kreis tallied in his fourth straight match as the Burn and Wizards tied, 1-1.

Kreis drilled his second free-kick goal of the season to match an earlier strike by Chris Klein. The Burn have tied three straight matches after twice finishing knotted up with the Galaxy by the same score.

OTHER STREAKS: By tying the Metros, 1-1, San Jose extended its unbeaten run against them to eight games. The last three meetings between the teams have ended in ties.

The Crew snapped a three-game home losing streak by beating D.C. United, 1-0. Columbus had finished the 2001 regular season with five straight home wins.

MORE ROOKIES: All Kyle Martino did in his first MLS start was start the scoring sequence on the Crew's goal against D.C. United and roar through the middle to steal a back pass and nearly score on Nick Rimando.

Martino, a 2002 SuperDraft first-round selection out of Virginia, hit a crossfield diagonal ball that Brian McBride ran down and chipped for Brian Maisonneuve to head in.

In the second half Martino raced onto a Marco Etcheverry back pass and skipped past Eddie Pope. Rimando saved his chip, the rebound hit off Martino's chest and Milton Reyes cleared it off the line.

Jeff Stewart (Santa Clara) started his fifth straight game for the Rapids at right back in their 1-0 win over the Galaxy.

Brad Davis (Saint Louis), who has scored twice for the Metros as a sub, got his first start against the Quakes in place of Tab Ramos, who was sitting out a red-card suspension.

REDS: Ivan McKinley was ejected for a second yellow when he elbowed Crew's Jon Busch while the keeper caught a high ball McKinley had no chance of getting.

In its six games this season D.C. has had three players sent off.

New England's Jim Rooney received a straight red for a late, wild, two-footed tackle on Josh Wolff.



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