NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Ronnie Ekelund scored on a penalty kick
in the second half Sunday to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1
tie with the Chicago Fire.
With the Quakes threatening to score, Fire defender C.J. Brown
tripped Dwayne De Rosario inside the 18-yard box. Ekelund converted
the penalty kick by sending a low shot past a diving Zach Thornton
in the 60th minute.
Chicago's Kelly Gray, a 21-year-old San Jose native, opened the
scoring in the ninth minute. After taking a pass at midfield from
Peter Nowak, the midfielder raced 30 yards and split the San Jose
defense, kicking a low shot past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Nowak nearly won the game in stoppage time, but his attempt from
10 yards out sailed over the goal.
The Fire (4-3-2) remains in first place in the Eastern
Conference, and San Jose (5-3-2) moved into the Western Conference
lead, ahead of Colorado.
The game marked the first time the Fire attracted a capacity
crowd of 13,521 to Cardinal Stadium, their new suburban home.