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Galaxy 2, Fire 1, OT

April 7, 2002

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ Carlos Ruiz’s second goal of the game, two minutes into overtime, gave the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

Chicago forward Ante Razov forced the overtime with an 89th-minute goal, rolling a shot diagonally past Galaxy goalkeeper Matt Reis after DaMarcus Beasley’s pass deflected off Los Angeles defender Ezra Hendrickson.

On the winning goal, Hendrickson’s throw-in went to Tyrone Marshall, inserted into the game at the start of overtime after missing the Galaxy’s opener March 23 because of a sprained right knee. Marshall drove to the goal, sent a cross to Ruiz, who put a shot just under the crossbar. A Guatemalan national team member in his first season in MLS, Ruiz has scored all four goals for Los Angeles (2-0).

On Ruiz’s first goal, rookie substitute Gavin Glinton sent in a cross that went off Chicago defender Billy Sleeth to Ruiz, who fired a shot from about eight yards out past Fire goalkeeper Zach Thornton.

The Galaxy, which played before a crowd of 13,887, led 17-9 in shots and 9-2 in shots on goal. Reis needed to make only one save, stopping Sergi Daniv’s drive in the 21st minute.

Thornton made five of his seven saves in the first half.

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