- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 11, 2002

Nearly every member of the Kansas City Wizards picked up the stomach flu Wednesday in Mexico, where the team lost to Mexican club Morelia in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal.
After last night's game against D.C. United, however, it was hard to tell which team was sick.
D.C. United blew two penalty kicks and settled for a scoreless overtime draw its fourth of the season, including non-league games against the Wizards before 14,630 at RFK Stadium.
In fact, this was the fifth straight game in which United (6-11-4) has failed to score and three of those were scoreless ties. The last time United scored a goal was July 13 on a Bobby Convey header in a 3-1 loss.
United was booed off the field after it ran its club-record scoreless streak to 531 minutes.
Afterward, normally talkative D.C. United coach Ray Hudson offered only "yes" and "no" answers to the media.
Marco Etcheverry missed a penalty kick in injury time, and forward Jaime Moreno blew his in the 47th minute. Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola became the first goalkeeper in the seven-year history of Major League Soccer to save two penalty kicks in the same match.
Etcheverry's miss sparked controversy. In the 88th minute, referee Noel Kenny awarded United its second penalty kick of the night when Wizards defender Carey Talley took down Ivan McKinley in the box in the 88th minute.
Initially, Etcheverry slotted the ball into the net's lower right corner for an apparent goal. Kenny disallowed it and made United's captain take it again because Bobby Convey was in the box early.
On the second attempt, Etcheverry again went to the right, and Meola was there to keep the Wizards (8-6-8) tied.
"Marco had to re-take the penalty kick because there were D.C. players in the box before the ball was played," Kenny said. "Encroachment equals retake."
Wizards coach Bob Gansler said Kenny blew the call by awarding United a second penalty kick anyway.
"Mr. Kenny is a good ref, but I think he missed that one. That wasn't a penalty," Gansler said. "Yes, we have Tony Meola. It's not the first time he's led the pack."
When asked if he has ever seen an encroachment call, Gansler replied, "I've seen it, but it doesn't happen that often."
At the end of regulation, several United players had to be restrained from going after Kenny. Kenny gave midfielder Richie Williams a yellow card for dissent, and Williams will be unavailable for Saturday's game at the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes because of an accumulation of yellow cards.
Moreno missed his penalty kick in the 47th minute when he hit a low, weak drive to the right that gave Meola little problem. However, there appeared to be numerous Wizards in the penalty box when the ball was kicked.
"At that moment of the kick, it wasn't clear to me that players were in the box," Kenny said.
This wasn't the first penalty kick Moreno missed this season. On May 12 against Columbus, Moreno did the same thing, sending his shot low and meekly to the right and allowing Crew goalkeeper Tom Presthus to make an easy save to preserve an ugly 1-1 draw.
When Hudson pulled Moreno for Ben Olsen in the 66th minute, United's all-time leading scorer threw his water bottle at the bench as he came off the field.
In the 70th minute, Meola made a big save on an Olsen header from eight yards out. Eliseo Quintanilla played the ball to Olsen from the midfield, and Olsen went up high and flicked the ball on goal. Meola lunged to his right and pushed Olsen's header wide right.
The most entertaining moment of the first half came in the seventh minute when Hudson disgustedly hurled the ball at Kenny for a non-call on Quintanilla in the box.
Former United midfielder Stephen Armstrong sent Quintanilla flying after a push from behind about 12 yards from goal as the ball was served into the box. Kenny instructed the players to keep playing and took away an apparent penalty kick from United. Hudson cranked a right-armed fastball at Kenny, but the referee just warned Hudson instead of issuing a straight ejection.
United had the first half's best scoring opportunity in the 14th minute. United left midfielder Convey played a through ball to Quintanilla racing off the left flank. The 19-year-old Salvadoran midfielder hit the left post flush from seven yards out.
Meanwhile, United was unable to capitalize against a less-than 100 percent Wizards team.

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