Chicago hands Metros second straight loss, 3:1
August 6, 2000 (Official Game Summary)
The Chicago Fire defeated the MetroStars 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, prevailing in this year's second installment of the two teams' developing rivalry. Chicago forward Ante Razov notched both Fire goals on the night, and a pair of extra time penalty kicks made up the remainder.
Razov got the Fire on the board in the 41st minute of play, flashing a header past goalkeeper Mike Ammann. In the confusion following a broken defensive play, midfielder Chris Armas collected a MetroStars clearance and played the ball wide to Mike Sorber. Sorber looped a cross to Razov, who nodded his 14th goal of the season just inside the far post.
Razov would add another in the second half, finishing off a DaMarcus Beasley centering pass. Beasley, who entered the game in the 13th minute after a left knee injury forced defender Lubos Kubik to the sidelines, used his speed to intercept a MetroStars pass and streak down the left flank. Beasley pulled up quickly and threaded the ball to the top of the arc to a waiting Razov. Unmarked, Razov was able to tee up a powerful shot that had no problem beating Ammann.
The Metros were awarded a penalty kick in the second minute of extra time after Beasley fouled Petter Villegas inside the box. Just three minutes after midfielder Roy Myers converted the attempt to make the score 2-1, Myers was ejected from the game after disrupting forward Hristo Stoitchkov's breakaway run. Stoitchkov beat Ammann from the spot to seal the 3-1 victory.
Lineup: Ammann, Dooley, Jolley, Petke, Walsh, Corrales, Villegas, Chung, Ramos, Mathis, Valencia. Subs: Shak, Myers, Semioli.