Stern John: The Top MLS Man

Author: 
Marc Purcell
Date Published: 
1998-09-27
Source: 
TTFOL

For a while in last night's game it looked like he would do it. However, he fell one goal short of tying the MLS single season goal scoring total. Stern John notched his 25th and 26th goals of the season to finish first in MLS goal scoring and overall scoring with 57 points.

John scored his first goal in the tenth minute when he found himself on the end of the high cross. The unmarked John powered a header home to open the scoring for Columbus.

Just five minutes later John received a ball with his back towards the goal. Stern "turned on a dime" and fired a left footed ball past the hapless DC United goalie.

He missed his fourth hat trick of the season and game winning goal in the 82nd minute when he miss-hit a ball that was just cleared off the line. Columbus went on to loose the game 3-2 after a shoot-out.

John and Columbus now face New York in the Eastern semi-final. They will either face DC United or Miami if they get through to the final. DC United is the the favorite to make it to the MLS cup final. However, Soccer America made the comment last month that Stern John seems to be the only man that will be able to stop United.

Rougier makes his return

Tony Rougier made his return to action on Saturday after resting last week due to injury. He came on at the start of the second half but could not propel Hibernian in there encounter with Hamilton. The game ended 0-0 to keep Hibs fourth in the Scottish first division table.

Keeping in Scotland, Marvin Andrews and Raith Rovers could only manage a 2-2 draw with Stranraer. Andrews had a couple of chances of to win the game in the closing minutes but his headers went inches past the left post.

Demmin takes game one

Craig Demmin and the Rochester Rhinos are one step closer to the A-League finals. They defeated Wendell Regis and Hershey 3-1 to take game one of the best of two series. The series now sifts to the small town in Pennsylvania for game two later on this week.

Demmin and Rochester are favorites to walk away with the A-League title after a impressive season. Demmin signed with Rochester at the beginning of this season after spending last season in Jackson, Mississippi.

In the shooting range...

In Switzerland, Jerren Nixon and FC Zurich defeated FC Luzern 2-0. In Portugal, Leonson Lewis came on in the second half but could do nothing to prevent Sporting Lisbon from walking away with a 3-0 win over Amadorra.