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J Si t . ! j; THE HARTFORD COURANT: Monday, United in their support Fans make final a watershed event By MARK PUKALO FittJCBORO, Mass. They came ifj rain gear of various colors, making Foxboro Stadium look like an autumn ride through New England's mountains. , They came Sunday to make noise and to celebrate. And they weren't about to leave early, no matter how much chilling rain fell. When the D.C. United players returned from the locker room, a large .group of fans waited to give them one last ovation after a 3-2, com&from-behind victory in overtime over the Los Angeles Galaxy in MLS Cup '96. ,"t don't know of any sport in the world with fans like this, with the staying power they exhibited," Major League Soccer commissioner Doug Logan said. "We're grateful to them. When I woke up this morning, I was confident we could get 15,000 to 20,000 to show up in this weather. To double that was terrific.' ;.- There were 42,368 tickets sold for the first MLS title game and 34,643 attended. - Brian O'Donovan, the general manager of the host New England Revolution, said the game would have been sold out (53,000) if the weather had been dry. Ticket sales were running about 4,000 a day early last week and the total was at 42,000 by Friday. There was little walkup. C2 Etcheverry sets up all three D.C. goals Continued from Page CI taring the tempo. On a deteriorating field that made passing almost impossible, a D.C. United comeback seemed unlikely, but coach Bruce Arena said he never lost hope. "The key to the game was that LA adapted better in the first half than we did, but I was confident we could get a goal back," Arena said. "Whether we could get two, that's another matter, but I felt that we could make things happen if we were able to increase the pressure on them at the back." Arena made a key move with 30 minutes remaining, taking out defender Mario Gori and inserting a third forward, Tony Sanneh. Ten minutes later he gambled again, inserting another forward, Shawn Medved, for midfielder John Maessner. Both substitutes scored on Etche verry free kicks, Sanneh on a header in the 73rd minute and Medved in the 92nd, stabbing in his rebound after a diving stop by Jorge Campos in the mud. That sent the game to sudden death overtime. Pope's winner arrived with sudden finality after one of the game's stars, Jaime Moreno, won a corner on the left endline. "Etcheverry bent the corner away from the line, where it is really hard to get to," Galaxy defender Curt Onalfo said. "It was a class cross by a great player and Pope was in the right spot." D.C. 3, LA 2 (OT) U( AngtlM D.C. 0 2 1 3 First half 1 , Los Angeles, Hurtado (Cienfue-gos), 5th minute. Second half 2, Los Angeles, Armas, 56th minute. 3, D.C, Sanneh (Etcheverry), 73rd minute. 4, D.C., Medved, 82nd minute. Overtime 5, D.C, Pope (Etcheverry), 94th minute. Goalie Los Angeles, Campos (7 shots-4 saves). D.C, Simpson (4-2). A 34,643 (23,865). ""t n Ai iniermraiaie anu Grand Am GT tCloiti ul utn with HrehtM ostiom. Gnti Willi: J6 wo. laaaa; $1,500 ea ent r.f iM.ritti iDMit ii i45 tn. fat Isntii mltVmt. hm ti wa. axtra. Offan) a i vT"" checl nocley- double elimination playoffs, pro style uniforms, 'J . 'Srt," f"H statsstandings, and Regional and National Playoffs. Celebrating 17 T foRfNTIDINFOHMAIIONCAll: VISIT OU INTERNET WfSStTf: worn? 1-800-4-HOCKEY www.hna.com October 21, 1996 V f f i ' t ;' : - , Associated Press D.C. United' Mario Gon, left, closes on Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Cobi Jones in the first half Sunday. "I started out by being very disappointed in the press," O'Donovan said. "But the most important thing is to recognize these fans who came hungry. They came from this area, from D.C. and all the MLS cities. What a tribute to the passion of the game. "If you look back at games in a historical context, this might stand up as the launch of something major." O'Donovan said 6,000 to 7,000 fans made the trek from Washington and brought along the loud, festive atmosphere that has been building at RFK Stadium. By midway through the second half, much of the crowd was behind D.C. United. They stood the whole game, waved banners and sang. Several D.C. fans wore hats shaped like a devil's head, in honor of Marco "El Diablo" Etcheverry. Onalfo, a Ridgefield native, had been sent in by Galaxy coach Lothar Osiander with 12 minutes left as Los Angeles tried to reinforce a tiring defense. The Galaxy's regular center back, Dan Calichman, was suspended for accumulating too many yellow cards in the playoffs. "It was like being tossed into a war zone," Onalfo said. "They were coming at us in waves and the footing was incredibly bad. All you could try to do was get the ball away from our half, but it was hard to do. It was a great game for U.S. soccer, but it was too bad we had to be on this end of it." Osiander said his team "just ran out of gas" and badly missed Calichman, a Williams graduate considered the team's most solid back. Mark Semioli and Jorge Salcedo came in with injuries and wore down in the second half. All three United goals exploited 3UY1 h. . GET 2 FREEST I DETAILS IN STOBC SOUTHINGTON 621-8006 EAST HARTFORD 568-7473 V WETHERSFIELD r -4&-- ft 257-840Q MyfhlM WEST HARTFORD w5!L 9s3-2415 .:Jr Open 7 Days MEMBERSHIPS ' BEGINNER HOCKEY FOR ADULTS! Learn to oUy hockey with other adult beginners, 21 and older, in HNA Beginner Hockey for Adults! ;r the past 17 seasons, Hockey North America has taught thousands of adults in over 20 cities. After graduation from Beginner Hockey School, you and your new teammates compete in city-wide Beginner Games with Local Playoffs. Once your team has some experience, the League offers I--. 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The decision to cancel the regatta in its entirety came after organizers examined conditions on the river. "We were worried most about inexperienced rowers, hypothermia was a big issue," regatta co-chairman K.C. King said. "But we also were concerned about our ability to rescue people." Organizer Fred Schocfi said the Hornets sign Smith; Sonics win in Spain Associated Press Free agent point guard Tony Smith, who played for Phoenix and Miami last season, signed a contract Sunday with the Charlotte Hornets. Smith (6 feet 4), a six-year veteran, averaged 5.1 points and 2.6 assists in 59 games last season. "Tony has a reputation of being a good defender in this league and the capabilities of playing either the point or two guard," coach Dave Cowens said. Not a warm reception: A crowd of 9, 1 00 whistled and jeered at the lack of offense as the Seattle SuperSon-ics defeated the Indiana Pacers 82-72 in an exhibition game in Seville, Spain. The Sonics, who lost to the Pacers by three points Friday night in Berlin on the first stop of a two-city European tour, got 21 points from Detlef Schrempf, 17 from Sam Perkins and 15 from Gary Payton. Indiana was led by rookie Erick Dampier with 12. "The fans had a right to whistle tt 01 0 0 lui siesaiioiisi Bodywear We Accept Tjadb-ins New England's Largest Selection OPEN Mon-Sat 1030-7 pm laUNTEMISSX 1247 Mam St.East Hardbrd 2H-S00U NEXT TO TRIPLES DINER '97 Dakota Sport for 48 Automatic Ar corxitioning acereo M542S0 BUY FOR 6,435 LEASE FOR $285" MrchiM options mi libit mm. Nt moiMV I'M. 11 iee 11 J"'". txpirai 102596, Tumi mi re. axtra. 12,000 tarn. iua cue, smsoury Call 408-6005 n it I aa 1 ii Must be activated with 1 yr.plan. IMMEDIATE ACTIVATION! BEEPER WAREHOUSE HilMew Plaza 44 Bank Street Waterbury, CT 203-753-6026 24 Belden Avenue (inside Rivervitw Haa Mall) Norwalk, CT 203-846-1188 OHer expires 103196. 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"It's a long trip, a long way from home and guys are dragging," King said. "There just wasn't much intensity out there." Seattle's offense missed Shawn Kemp, who has been holding out. NBA rules prohibit him from renegotiating his contract before next season, and coach George Karl said he expected to see Kemp in camp today when the team returned home. Hill leads Pistons: Grant Hill scored 27 points and Terry Mills scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as Detroit held off the Utah Jazz 95-88 in Nashville, Term. Chris Morris points. led Utah with 11 MATUIULIST girl 'ksxt cocn rmtt iiue tuuu sau, rcvutxa: lUHJ ix ST., r: 1-384 to (tKit 3 tttfn Si. M-S3113-8, Sun 12- 747-27S3 "MSnri !Atfl Dl.it.aa m-l.lm. m Sal lLs8.iut 2 jsft,! vs. iiuxsua MSg p 1 KB2Y paBi! 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They each also posted their personal best times at the Chicago Marathon Evans at 2 hours, 8 minutes, 51 seconds and Sutton at 2:30:41 to take home $40,000 each plus appearance fees. Americans finished second in both the men's and women's divisions. Jerry Lawson of Jacksonville, Fla., finished in 2:10:03, while Kritty Johnston of Coos Bay, Ore., finished in 2:31:06. Compiled by Robert Campbell MMtedfe I WORLD SERIES 7:15 p.m.: Game 2, Braves at Yankees, OKB, WFAN (660), WABC (770), WWCO (1240) PRO FOOTBALL 9 p.m.: Raiders at Chargers, OCDCEOCD 569402, WFAN (660) (in progress) FIGURE SKATING 7:30 p.m.! World Junior, ESPN2 8847773 (tape) liow can wo heip you? We invite readers to write, call or - : visit to snare their opinions, ideas for news stories and letters to the editor. : The sports department is located at 265 Broad St., Hartford, CT 06115. Telephone: JaffOttwtein Sports Editor 241-6435 or, toll-free, 1-800-524-4242, Ext 6435. Jeff Otterbein is sports editor. He can be reached at 241-6434 or, toll-free, 1-800-524-4242, Ext 6434. All comments regarding the sports section may be addressed to him. Send letters to the sports editor Intended for publication to: Letters to the Sports Editor, 285 Broad SL, Hartford, CT 06115. I mwnMittaitMfnsitmuWf taKiim I L" JO iIiTiTilJTl be charged a service charge. & tf ,'h o r ' Stadium in Starrs. jim in . .i.w.u iiiiiuii. 1 J. -.wr f I i m-J 1 Sv - liiUa pJ V, .'" , "V GsEII)' I 4 1

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