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SCOREBOARD
Score Posted Fri Oct 31 01:25:13 EST 2003 EST
LATEST GAME
Chicago
D.C.
Oct 15 - 5:00 pm
FIRE NOTES
After dropping a 6-2 result at Columbus to end the MLS regular season, the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Fire (15-7-8, 53 points) will begin the journey toward a second MLS Cup championship Nov. 1 in Washington, D.C., against fourth-seeded D.C. United (10-11-9, 39 pts.) in the first leg of a two-game series at RFK Stadium at 6:30 p.m. CT. Despite some spirited competition from a rookie standout, forward Ante Razov once again ended the regular season as the Fireís leading scorer, earning the 29-year-old striker his fifth Fire scoring crown in the teamís six-year history. Razovís 34 points on 14 goals and six assists gave him the scoring title over rookie Damani Ralph, who surged to a second place finish with 28 points (11g, 6a). This year marks the sixth time in six seasons that Chicago has qualified for the MLS postseason, while United is making its first trip to the playoffs since 1999. Chicago will be looking for revenge against D.C. after losing the 2003 season series 1-2-1. The two squads fought to a 0-0 draw in their first meeting of the year at RFK Stadium on April 19, but United defended its home turf on June 7 by winning 2-0. United would hand the Fire its only home loss of the season by a 2-1 score at Cardinal Stadium in Naperville on July 12, but Chicago got revenge and its first win against D.C. on Aug. 16 at Cardinal with a dominating 3-1 result. With this yearís results, D.C. took a slim 7-6-3 advantage in the all-time regular season series. The Fire have not fared well in the nationís capital, going just 2-5-1 at RFK Stadium. The two sides have met only once in postseason play on Oct. 25, 1998, when Chicago defeated D.C. 2-0 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to claim the 1998 MLS Cup title. The first round has switched this year to a home-and-home, aggregate-goals format. As opposed to the MLS regular season, there will be no five-minute overtime periods should a match end in a tie. However, if the two sides are tied on aggregate goals at the conclusion of the second match, a 30-minute, golden-goal overtime period will follow, to be played in two equal 15-minute halves. Should the 30 minutes of extra-time not produce a victor, the series winner will then be decided by penalty kicks. The semifinals and MLS Cup will each be conducted as a one-game knockout round, with the same extra-time and penalty kicks procedure in place should a match end in a draw after regulation.
STANDINGS
EasternWLTiesPtsStreak
Chicago157853Lost 1
New England129945Won 5
NY/NJ1110942Lost 2
D.C.1011939Tied 1
Columbus1012838Won 2
UPCOMING GAMES
OpponentDate
at D.C.Sat. Nov 1
D.C.Sun. Nov 9
| Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep |

STATISTICAL LEADERS
GOALSGASOGGWG
A. Razov
D. Ralph
D. Beasley
14
11
7
6
6
5
67
36
16
4
4
1
Totals:534220014

ASSISTSAGWAG
A. Williams
D. Ralph
A. Razov
7
6
6
2
3
3
2
11
14
Totals:421253

FOULSFoulsFouls AgstYelRed
E. Whitfield
D. Beasley
A. Razov
57
48
40
44
96
44
6
5
3
0
0
1
Totals:491544503

GOALIESWLGAGAASa
Z. Thornton
C. Spiteri
15
0
6
1
37
6
1.22
12.0
123
4
Totals:157431.0133



Last updated: Fri Oct 31 01:25:14 EST 2003

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