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Another Victory
With a goal in the 59th minute from Carlos Ruiz, the Galaxy were in the lead of another game. Then another goal from Ruiz fourteen minutes later gave Los Angeles a two goal lead. Galaxy's rookie Joseph Ngwenya made his first professional start. His initiative led to Ruiz's opening goal. Ngwenya was brought down by Columbus' Eric Denton as he penetrated the right side of the Crew penalty area and referee Ricardo Salazar pointed to the penalty spot. Ruiz placed the spot kick to the right of goalkeeper Jon Busch for the lead.

Columbus could have scored the equalizing goal in the 72nd minute as the Galaxy cleared the ball off the goal line on two occasions. Columbus's foward Jeff Cunningham(CLB) dribbled the ball into Los Angeles penalty box, going toward Kevin Hartman, but Ryan Suarez(LA) slid to clear the ball.

In the 81st minute, Carlos Ruiz almost added another goal to score board by placing a header high of the crossbar.

Two minutes later, Ruiz foiled the Crew's plans with a spectacular goal. The Guatemalan player started the play by feeding left back Paul Broome on the left flank. Broome then dribbled by Oughton, sending a cross into the center of the box where Ruiz perfectly timed a right-footed volley through the legs of defender Robin Fraser and past Busch.

The Columbus Crew also had their opportunities to break the scoreless deadlock in the first half through dribbling bursts by Cunningham and the aerial prowess of rookie Chad Marshall on set pieces.

Carlos Ruiz was the MLS man of the match. The final score for the game was Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Columbus Crew 0. Los Angeles go head to head with the New England Revolution, May 1st at Gillete Stadium.

Scoring Summary:
LA -- Carlos Ruiz 4 (penalty kick) 59
LA -- Carlos Ruiz 5 (Paul Broome 1) 83

Columbus Crew -- Jon Busch, Steven Herdsman, Robin Fraser, Chad Marshall, Eric Denton (Erick Scott 81), Duncan Oughton (David Testo 88), Simon Elliott, Kyle Martino, Brian Maisonneuve (Ross Paule 81), Jeff Cunningham, Edson Buddle.
Substitutes Not Used: Clint Baumstark, Chris Wingert.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Jeff Cunningham 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Chad Marshall 2); FOULS: 15 (Brian Maisonneuve 5); OFFSIDES: 3 (Jeff Cunningham 3); CORNER KICKS: 9 (Simon Elliott 8); SAVES: 3 (Jon Busch 3)

Los Angeles Galaxy -- Kevin Hartman, Chris Albright, Danny Califf (Ryan Suarez 67), Tyrone Marshall, Paul Broome, Joseph Ngwenya (Arturo Torres 73), Ned Grabavoy, Marcelo Saragosa, Andreas Herzog (Alejandro Moreno 88), Jovan Kirovski, Carlos Ruiz.
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Gardner, Guillermo Gonzalez, Ricky Lewis, Hong Myung-Bo, Dan Popik, Scot Thompson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Carlos Ruiz 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Carlos Ruiz 3); FOULS: 24 (Marcelo Saragosa 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (Jovan Kirovski 2); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Ned Grabavoy 2, Andreas Herzog 2); SAVES: 3 (Kevin Hartman 2)

Misconduct Summary:
LA -- Jovan Kirovski (caution; Pushing, Holding) 32
LA -- Marcelo Saragosa (caution; Professional Foul) 41
CLB -- Robin Fraser (caution; Reckless Foul) 42
CLB -- Brian Maisonneuve [caution; Interference (GK or Throw-in)] 46+
CLB -- Eric Denton (caution; Reckless Foul) 58
April 25, 2004 Julian Solorzano


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Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
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New England 0
Toronto 0

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Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
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Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
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Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1