- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 8, 2001

Galaxy 3, DC United 0

Once again, the Los Angeles Galaxy felt right at home at RFK Stadium.

Forward Cobi Jones and midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos each notched a goal and an assist as the Galaxy blanked D.C. United 3-0 in a physical game before a predominantly pro-Los Angeles crowd of 23,704 last night.

The Galaxy (8-5-5) scored two insurance goals in the final seven minutes. It was the second time this season United (5-10-1) failed to score. The other was June 9 in a 3-0 loss at the Dallas Burn.

The crowd showed up to cheer Cienfuegos. The Salvadoran rewarded his fans on Hispanic Heritage Night in the 82nd minute after referee Noel Kenny awarded the Galaxy a penalty kick.

To set up the penalty kick, Cienfuegos, who had a terrible first touch, chased after his own loose ball in the box. United goalkeeper Mike Ammann came off his line to grab Cienfuegos' ball and in the process collided with the 5-foot-6 playmaker.

When Kenny pointed to the penalty spot, RFK erupted. Luis Hernandez beat Ammann on the ensuing attempt, and the Galaxy led 2-0 in the 83rd minute.

"There is always a part of the crowd for us every time we come to D.C., and that is obviously because of Mauricio Cienfuegos and that makes it easier for us," Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. "It's louder when we score here than it is at home [at the 92,542-capacity Rose Bowl]."

One minute later, Jones scored his goal on an assist from Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos, who was on the left wing, crossed over the top of the 18-yard box. Hernandez let the ball go, and Jones ran onto it and slotted his right-footed blast off the left post to make it 3-0, adding to the frenzy behind RFK's north goal.

"When you buy a ticket, you can root for whomever you want to," United coach Thomas Rongen said. "As long as they show up in big numbers, that creates an atmosphere."

United forward Chris Albright botched a golden scoring opportunity in the 18th minute. United forward Jaime Moreno did a remarkable job of getting free on the left wing when he played his ball through the legs of Galaxy defender Danny Califf and ran onto it.

Greg Vanney, the Galaxy's other central defender, stepped in front of the charging Moreno at the edge of the 6-yard box. Moreno showed Vanney his ball skills when he slid the ball through Vanney's legs and played the ball to Albright, who was unmarked eight yards in front of the Galaxy goal. But Albright's right-footed strike went wide left by two feet on an opportunity United should have converted.

Albright's miss was the only shot on goal by United in the first half.

While United wasted its best opportunity, the Galaxy took a 1-0 lead just before halftime in injury time on a corner kick. Jones, one of three players to play in every game of the 1994 and 1998 World Cups for the United States (Thomas Dooley and Earnie Stewart are the others), sent a perfectly placed corner kick into the middle of the penalty area.

Galaxy defender Ezra Hendrickson was Jones' target man. From just outside the 6-yard box, the 6-foot-3 Hendrickson outjumped United defender Eddie Pope and headed Jones' ball into the lower right corner to make it 1-0 in the 46th minute. The goal was Hendrickson's third of the season.

The Galaxy missed a scoring opportunity in the 40th minute on another set piece. Simon Elliott, the Galaxy's New Zealand national team midfielder, played a free kick into the box, and Adam Frye headed Elliott's ball off the right post.

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