MLS PLAYOFF WRAP: Game 3 thrillers set semifinal field

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor

Revs roll into semifinals

Game 1: New England 2 Chicago 0
Game 2: Chicago 2 New England 1
Game 3: New England 2 Chicago 0

Score early at home and ride the momentum and a solid system to victory. That's how New England knocked off Chicago in Games 1 and 3 by identical 2-0 scores to advance past the first round for the first time in club history.

In Game 1, Taylor Twellman scored in the 13th minute and Daniel Hernandez added a second goal in the 60th minute.

In Game 3, Brian Kamler scored in the 12th minute and this time Twellman himself applied the coup de grace with 25 minutes to play.

TURNING POINT: Following Kamler's goal, keeper Adin Brown kept Chicago from tying the match with saves from Jesse Marsch and Hristo Stoitchkov before halftime.

The Fire had rallied to win game two in Naperville last Sunday after falling behind, 1-0, but couldn't crack Brown last night.

STAT: In their last nine games -- six in the regular season and three in the playoffs -- the Revs have posted five shutouts and conceded only four goals.

UP NEXT: In the semifinals, New England meets Columbus, which had ousted San Jose in two games. The Revs and the Crew tied with 38 points but the Revs earned the Eastern Conference title and homefield advantage by winning the season series with the Crew 2-1-1.

Galaxy stars too bright for Wizards

Game 1: Los Angeles 3 Kansas City 2 (OT)
Game 2: Kansas City 4 Los Angeles 1
Game 3: Los Angeles 5 Kansas City 2

The go-to guys got it done for Los Angeles.

First-year phenom Carlos Ruiz and original Galaxian Cobi Jones each scored twice at the Rose Bowl to eliminate Kansas City with a 5-2 rout.

TURNING POINT: The Galaxy scored twice in four minutes to break the game open after Kansas City narrowed the deficit to 2-1 with a Chris Klein goal less than two minutes into the second half.

Jones put away the rebound of a Ruiz shot off the post and then set up Ruiz to befuddle defender Nick Garcia and score again.

STAT: Los Angeles won the series despite giving up eight goals in the three games. It had posted the best regular-season mark with 33 goals allowed in 28 matches.

CROWD: A crowd of 14,713 watched Game 3. The Galaxy had drawn 14,505 to the Rose Bowl for Game 1. Those were the best attendances for the quarterfinals and both games were played on Wednesday.

Rapids stun Burn in extra session

Game 1: Dallas 4 Colorado 2
Game 2: Colorado 1 Dallas 0
Game 3. Dallas 1 Colorado 1 (OT)
Series Overtime Game: Dallas 0 Colorado 1

After being thrashed in the Cotton Bowl, 4-2, to open the series, Rapids coach Tim Hankinson abandoned the three-man backline his team had played for the past two months and went with four in the back.

In Games 2 and 3, Colorado conceded just one goal with Wes Hart at right back, Ritchie Kotschau on the left, and Robin Fraser and Stephen Herdsman in the middle. Mark Chung scored the winner one minute into the 20-minute tiebreaker after the teams had ended regulation and overtime deadlocked at 1-1 for the night and 4-4 in points (a win and a tie apiece).

TURNING POINT: The Rapids rallied after falling behind in the sixth minute to equalize with a spectacular goal.

After a clearance was intercepted by Carlos Valderrama, back-to-back backheels by Chung and Chris Carrieri set up John Spencer, who tucked the ball past keeper Matt Jordan and.

STAT: The Burn had been 9-0-3 this season when it had scored the first goal.

ALSO: Of the 11 quarterfinal games played, only Columbus was able to win on the road, although Colorado's win will count because MLS considers the tiebreaker to be an extension of the third game.

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