53,147 see D.C. United win, 1-0, after shootout in Los Angeles MLS

March 30, 1997|By L.A. DAILY NEWS

PASADENA, Calif. -- Before the opening whistle, the Los Angeles Galaxy already had good news: Once again, Major League Soccer's L.A. franchise exceeded all attendance expectations as 53,147 filed into the Rose Bowl on Opening Night last night.

The Galaxy outplayed defending MLS champion D.C. United in a defensive game that sucked much of the life out of what started out as a lively crowd, one in which neither team could score in regulation.

The United, which came from two goals down to beat Los Angeles, 3-2, in the inaugural MLS Cup last season, won by the same score in the shootout to spoil the Galaxy's day and take a 1-0 victory.

The winning shootout goal was made by reserve midfielder John Maessner, who waited for Galaxy goalkeeper David Kramer to lunge for the ball and then poked it to his left and into the goal. The Galaxy's Martin Machon then knocked a shot over the net to give the United the victory.

The crowd didn't approach the stunning 69,225 who filed in for the first MLS game in Los Angeles last season but exceeded the team's goal of about 40,000 for last night. It was the fourth-biggest crowd in the franchise's short history.

Crowds at other venues yesterday ranged from just more than 10,000 in Kansas City, Mo., to 15,000 in Columbus, Ohio, and Tampa, Fla.

Pub Date: 3/30/97

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