Miami, K.C. on Top of MLS Tables; Tampa Bay & Dallas Lead Central
CHICAGO (Sunday, April 22, 2001) - The Kansas City Wizards, defending MLS Cup champions, posted two victories this week to climb their way to the top of the league standings at 3-1-0 and nine points. After falling 3-2 at D.C. United in their season opener, the Wizards have reeled off three straight victories, including a 2-1 win at home on Wednesday over the Miami Fusion and a 3-0 win at Columbus (1-1-1, 4 pts.) on Saturday.
Miami's setback at Kansas City put a blemish on the Fusion's otherwise perfect start to the season as they also stand at 3-1-0 and nine points. They defeated San Jose (1-2-0, 3 pts.) at home by a 2-1 score on Saturday as Alex Pineda Chacon scored his fourth goal in three appearances for the Fusion.
The Tampa Bay Mutiny (2-1-0, 6 pts.) and Dallas Burn (2-1-0, 6 pts.) are now tied for the Central Division lead after posting wins on Saturday. Tampa Bay defeated the MetroStars (1-1-1, 4 pts.), 3-1, at Giants Stadium, while the Burn posted an overtime win at home, defeating the Chicago Fire (1-1-1, 4 pts.) on a goal by Arial Graziani.
The Los Angeles Galaxy (1-2-0, 3 pts.) posted their first win of the season, defeating the Colorado Rapids (0-2-1, 1 pt.) at the Rose Bowl on Saturday with Ezra Hendrickson scoring the lone goal of the match.
The New England Revolution (0-3-0, 0 pts.) remain winless after Abdul Thompson Conteh's two goals led D.C. United (2-1-0, 6 pts.) to a 2-1victory at RFK Stadium. Each of New England's three losses has been by a single goal.
Next Saturday will see five MLS matches, highlighted by the Central Division clash between the Chicago Fire and Tampa Bay Mutiny, which will be broadcast live on ESPN at 4:00 p.m. ET.