- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 30, 2002

Bobby Convey certainly has taken his share of ridicule this season. Last night he silenced his critics.
Convey scored the most important goal of his career when he headed in the game-winner in overtime to give United a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy before 18,854 last night at RFK Stadium.
On Convey's goal in the 98th minute, the 19-year-old went up high between Galaxy defenders Danny Califf and Adam Frye to nod in the ball underneath the crossbar and over goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
"All respect to Bobby Convey, but he shouldn't be winning a header between Danny Califf and Adam Frye," Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said.
The play started in United's defensive third of the field when Galaxy midfielder Simon Elliott misplayed a ball to the right flank for the Galaxy (6-6-2). United central defender Ryan Nelsen collected Elliott's bad pass and played a long ball up United's left flank to playmaker Marco Etcheverry at midfield.
Etcheverry sent the ball back into the middle to forward Jaime Moreno. Moreno played the ball back to Etcheverry on the left. Etcheverry then rolled the ball into space and into the left corner to left back Ivan McKinley. From 19 yards from goal, McKinley delivered a great ball into the middle, and Convey rose to the occasion.
"It's a start for this season. I know everyone was wondering when I was going to score again, but it's not a big deal," Convey said. "I play outside half, just getting up and down the line, I was able to get there, I made a run and got to the ball."
Said United coach Ray Hudson: "[Convey] rose like a young salmon in a river. Bobby Convey was our hero. He deserved his sugar. He bounced back in this game after he had his cage rattled earlier on."
In the dying seconds of regulation, United goalkeeper Nick Rimando made crucial game-saving stop on a breakaway by Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz. Ruiz, who entered the game as Major League's Soccer's second-leading goal scorer with 10 goals, carried the ball to top of the 18-yard box with only Rimando to beat to win the game.
Rimando came out of the net and met Ruiz at the top of the box with a sliding save to keep the Galaxy scoreless.
"Rimando defied and denied them all night long," Hudson said. "I dare anybody to show me a better goalkeeper in this country."
To the disappointment of the thousands of Mauricio Cienfuegos fans, Schmid did not start his Salvadoran midfielder for the second straight game. It all comes to performance. Cienfuegos' numbers are down this year with just two assists in 11 games in what is probably his last season in MLS.
The biggest cheer of the game came in the 77th minute when Cienfuegos came on for rookie forward Alejandro Moreno.
Both midfields played well in a scoreless first half. The Galaxy had the better scoring chances, but United (6-6-1) showed better possession. United looked great until it got into the Galaxy's defensive third and then bogged down. United took only two shots in the first half and was on goal.
Rimando was tested once in the first half and came up big. In the 36th minute, United central defender Brandon Prideaux mistakenly played a ball back to Ruiz instead of Rimando inside the 18-yard box.
Ruiz touched the ball and dribbled once heading to the right post from about 10 yards out. When Ruiz made the dribble, it allowed Rimando time to come off his line and smother the ball on Ruiz's foot without letting the dangerous Guatemalan to get off a shot.
Santino Quaranta must miss United's match Thursday at Kansas City for an accumulation of yellow cards. Quaranta, United's leading scorer, was issued a yellow card in the 61st minute because of a reckless tackle on Ruiz.

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