Galaxy Shuts Out Fire 1-0
Jun. 28, 2004
CHICAGO (AP) _ Jovan Kirovski scored in the 79th minute Sunday to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.
Most of the players were in Los Angeles' half of the field when Fire goalkeeper Henry Ring raced more than 20 yards upfield to clear an errant pass by the Galaxy. Kirovski collected the ball at midfield and arched a long shot over Ring and into the empty net.
Los Angeles ended a two-game losing streak, taking over first place in the Western Conference.
Kevin Hartman earned his second shutout with some help from defender Ryan Suarez, who twice saved goals for the Galaxy.
In the 26th minute, Damani Ralph beat Hartman, but Suarez prevented the ball from rolling into the net. Then, six minutes later, Suarez again stopped Ralph from scoring into an empty net after Hartman came out to challenge Ante Razov.
Chicago is winless in its last three games (0-2-1).