MLS PLAYOFF SUMMARIES (Sept. 29): L.A., Miami & Chicago join San Jose in semis

Three Game 3 encounters in the MLS quarterfinals on Saturday settled the semifinal matchups. It will be: Miami vs. San Jose and Chicago vs. Los Angeles. Los Angeles, which had a man ejected for the third time in its series, prevailed over the MetroStars with a 3-2 win in a thrilling Game 3 -- on two Sasha Victorine goals -- and a 1-0 win in the mini-game. Mauricio Cienfuegos scored the mini-game decider on a deflected free kick. Dema Kovalenko and Chris Armas struck for Chicago in its 2-0 decider over Dallas, which saw Oscar Pareja sent off. Preki and Chris Henderson delivered MiamiÆs goals against their former team -- the 2000 champs -- in a 2-1 Fusion win over Kansas City. Sept. 29 in Pasadena, Calif Los Angeles 3 MetroStars 2 (Series tied, each team with 4 points, L.A. wins mini-game) Goals: LA --Victorine (Elliott, Lalas) 21 LA --Victorine (Jones, Cienfuegos) 33 MET--Villegas (Faria, Valencia) 49 LA --Frye (Lalas, Jones) 56 MET--Villegas (Chung, Paule) 60 Mini-game Los Angeles 1 MetroStars 0 Scoring Summary: LA --Cienfuegos (unassisted) 98+ LOS ANGELES -- Kevin Hartman, Alexi Lalas, Danny Califf, Paul Caligiuri, Ezra Hendrickson, Simon Elliott, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Peter Vagenas, Adam Frye (Craig Waibel, 75), Sasha Victorine, Cobi Jones. CAUTIONS: Cienfuegos 39; EJECTIONS: Califf 71. METROSTARS-- Tim Howard, Mike Petke (Mark Semioli, 46, Gilmar, 91), Steve Jolley, Orlando Perez, Daniel Hernandez, Richie Williams, Ross Paule (Billy Walsh, 91), Mark Chung, Petter Villegas, Adolfo Valencia, Rodrigo Faria. CAUTIONS: Perez 55; EJECTIONS: none. Referee: Paul Tamberino; Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry, Robert Fereday. Attendance: 6,154; Weather: Sunny, 85; Clear & Hot, Sunny. Sept. 29 in Chicago Chicago 2 Dallas 0 (Chicago wins series, 7 points to 1) Goals: CHI--Kovalenko (Whitfield, Nowak) 17 CHI--Armas (Nowak, Marsch) 55 CHICAGO -- Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown (Jim Curtin, 81), Carlos Bocanegra, David Vaudreuil, Chris Armas, Diego Gutierrez, Jesse Marsch, Evan Whitfield, Peter Nowak (Sergi Daniv, 91+), Dema Kovalenko, Ante Razov (Jamar Beasley, 87) CAUTIONS: Armas 7, Gutierrez 25, Bocanegra 74, Vaudreuil 90; EJECTIONS: none. DALLAS -- Matt Jordan, Ryan Suarez, Eric Dade (Richard Farrer, 64), Jorge Rodriguez, Paul Broome (Antonio Martinez, 58), Oscar Pareja, Chad Deering, Hamisi Amani-Dove (Aleksey Korol, 69), Jason Kreis, Bobby Rhine, Ariel Graziani. CAUTIONS: Deering 30, Graziani 34, Broome 46+, Suarez 68, Korol 73; EJECTIONS: Pareja 75. Referee: Tim Weyland; Assistant Referees: George Gansner, Richard Huber. Attendance: 12,811; Weather: Clear, 59, N-9mph, 88%hum, Cold. Sept. 29 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Miami 2 Kansas City 1 (Miami wins series, 6 points to 3) Goals: KC --Lowe (Burns, Lassiter) 13 MIA--Preki (unassisted) 14 MIA--Henderson (Torres, McKinley) 71 MIAMI -- Nick Rimando, Ian Woan (Johnny Torres, 62), Brian Dunseth, Carlos Llamosa, Ivan McKinley, Lazo Alavanja (Tyrone Marshall, 62), Ian Bishop, Jim Rooney, Chris Henderson, Alex Pineda Chacon, Preki (Jeff Bilyk, 90). CAUTIONS: Alavanja 42; EJECTIONS: none KANSAS CITY -- Tony Meola, Chris Klein, Nick Garcia, Peter Vermes, Mike Burns, Kerry Zavagnin, Matt McKeon, Francisco Gomez (Mo Johnston, 45), Chris Brown (Andrew Gregor, 81), Onandi Lowe, Roy Lassiter (Gary Glasgow, 61). CAUTIONS: Lowe 16, Burns 65, Glasgow 91+; EJECTIONS: none. Referee: Gerry Corrie; Assistant Referees: Chip Reed, Richard Eddy. Attendance: na. Weather: Clear, 76 Degrees, Fair.
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