EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Rookie Pat Noonan and Dario Fabbro each scored a goal to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-0 win over the MetroStars in the opening round of the MLS playoffs Saturday.
Under the league's new playoff format, the two-game series switches to Foxboro, Mass., for a second match next Sunday. The team with the most goals in the two games advances to the Eastern Conference finals.
Noonan has scored eight goals in five games against the MetroStars this season, the most any Revolution player has ever scored against one club.
Fire 2, United 0
WASHINGTON Andy Williams and Ante Razov each scored a goal to help the Chicago Fire spoil D.C. United's return to the MLS playoffs.
United, which was 12-0 at home in the playoffs coming into the game, hadn't played in the postseason since beating the L.A. Galaxy for their third MLS Cup title in 1999.
United will need to beat the Fire by at least two goals when the two teams play the final game of the two-game series next Sunday in Chicago to have a chance at advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.
The team that scores the most combined goals in the two games moves on to face either New England or MetroStars.
Galaxy 2, Earthquakes 0
CARSON, Calif. Sasha Victorine and Carlos Ruiz scored in a three-minute span in the second half to give Los Angeles a win over San Jose Earthquakes in the opening round of the MLS playoffs.
Kevin Hartman made four saves for the defending champion Galaxy.
The Earthquakes will need to beat the Galaxy by at least two goals when the two teams play the final game of the two-game series next Sunday in San Jose to have a chance at advancing to the Western Conference finals. The team that scores the most combined goals in the two games moves on.
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