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Sunday, May 02, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
By The Associated Press
SAN JOSE, Calif. Dema Kovalenko scored on a header in the 66th minute to give D.C. United a 1-1 tie with San Jose yesterday in Freddy Adu's first Major League Soccer start.
The Earthquakes' Troy Dayak opened the scoring in the 33rd minute on a header off Jeff Agoos' free kick.
San Jose paid close attention to Adu, the 14-year-old rookie who came off the bench in his club's first four games.
Brian Mullan fouled Adu in the 70th minute to set up a United free kick just outside the San Jose penalty area. Four minutes later, Adu had an 18-yard shot deflected over the goal line.
United coach Peter Nowak replaced Adu with Alecko Eskandarian in the 80th minute.
"I am just so happy," Adu said. "It is just a great feeling to be able to go out there from the start of the game and play, it is what I have been working so hard for.
"I felt I played OK. I know that I could have done some things better, but we all make some mistakes. I just tried to go at them and play the way I want to play from the beginning of the game."
The teen star helped attract a crowd of 17,667, San Jose's biggest since Sept. 21, 2002, when the Quakes drew 26,229 for a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles.
Revolution 2, Galaxy 1
The penalty kick was awarded when Los Angeles defender Paul Broome was called for pushing down Steve Ralston in the penalty area.
Joe Franchino gave New England (1-2-1) the lead in the fifth minute, converting a heel pass from Taylor Twellman from about 10 yards out on the left wing.
Other MLS games
At Wizards 2, Rapids 0 Tony Meola earned his MLS-record 51st shutout, and Chris Klein and Josh Wolff scored for Kansas City. The Wizards (2-1-1) played a man down after defender Jose Burciaga Jr. was issued a red card for an elbow to the face of Colorado's Matt Crawford in stoppage time at the end of the half.
Colorado dropped to 1-1-2.
At Crew 0, Burn 0 Goalkeeper Jon Busch was helped by the crossbar and the post, and Columbus (0-3-1) tied Dallas (2-0-2).
Well into first-half injury time, a header by Eddie Johnson bounced off Columbus midfielder Kyle Martino, who was standing on the goal line. The ball struck the crossbar, then hit Martino again before Busch grabbed it.
At Fire 3, MetroStars 0 Dipsy Selolwane, Damani Ralph and Ante Razov scored goals, and Henry Ring had his MLS-leading fourth shutout in five games this season for Chicago (2-1-2).
The MetroStars dropped to 2-1-1.
Arsenal stayed unbeaten through 35 matches in the English Premier League after tying Birmingham City 0-0.
Arsenal clinched its third title in six seasons last weekend but failed to record a shot on goal against Birmingham City.
Leicester was relegated from the Premier League. Wolves is also most likely going down. Only a mathematical formality keeps it from being official.
Scott Hileman made 14 saves and Danny Kelly's goal broke a third-quarter tie as the host Baltimore Blast earned its second consecutive Major Indoor Soccer League title by beating the Milwaukee Wave 6-2.
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