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Rapids "Lose" to Fire
CHICAGO, IL. - The Chicago Fire bested the Colorado Rapids 1-0 at Soldier Field on Saturday night. The controversial goal was scored by Nate Jaqua who netted his first of the season. Colorado ends their unbeaten streak while the Fire end their winless streak.

Chicago came into the game with a three game winless slump. Their last match resulted in a 3-1 defeat by the Columbus Crew.

Colorado was attempting to continue their three game unbeaten streak. The Rapids last outing was a 2-1 victory over DC United.

The first half of the match was a seesaw of possession and momentum. The Rapids had the best chance of the first half. Forward Jean-Phillipe Peguero made a cheeky back-heel pass to midfielder Chris Henderson who one-timed it towards goal. Chicago keeper Henry Ring stopped the chance with a fingertip save.
The Fire also had their share of solid chances including a breakaway chance by DaMarcus Beasley that tested Rapids keeper Joe Cannon late in the first half.

The closely contested half ended scoreless. Both teams had everything to play for in the second half. Rapids captain John Spencer was subbed on at the half. This was the first time he saw play after sustaining a hamstring injury.

The beginning of half two showed a similar flow to the first half. Both Chicago and Colorado continued to create chances.

The Fire struck in the 66th minute with the only goal of the match. Andy Williams crossed the ball from the right to Damani Ralph who laid it off to Nate Jaqua. Jaqua fired a shot that hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced of the goal line and back into play. Cannon protested fiercely that the ball never crossed the line but center referee Ricardo Valenzuela ignored the keeper's argument.

The Rapids broke down after the goal. Colorado created only a handful of chances, while the Fire controlled the majority of the possession. The match ended with the 1-0 result going to Chicago.

The lone goal of the match was not without controversy. The officials hesitated after the shot but center referee Ricardo Valenzuela then called the attempt at goal. The linesmen never signaled a goal or no goal, despite being in the best position to see the ball. Replay clearly showed that the ball never crossed the line. This was unfortunate a result of the officials "falling asleep".

The Colorado Rapids will host their next match against the Kansas City Wizards on June 9th. Chicago will hold their next match on June 5th when DC United come to Soldier Field.
May 30, 2004 Patrick Quinn


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