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    Ralph Nets Dramatic MLS Record-Breaker

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    COLUMBUS, OH (August 14) – Former University of Connecticut men’s soccer All-American Damani Ralph (Kingston, Jamaica) set a new Major League Soccer rookie goal-scoring record on Wednesday night, when his team the Chicago Fire played to a 2-2 tie against the Columbus Crew. His goal was a dramatic equalizing strike in the 90th minute to help the Fire remain tied for first place in the Eastern Conference.

    The goal was Ralph’s ninth of the season, surpassing the mark set by Jeff Cunningham (1998), Josh Wolff (1998) and Rodrigo Faria (2001). He netted the record-setting goal in spectacular fashion in the 90th minute as he tied the match at 2-2. Ralph collected a centering cross by second-half substitute Nate Jaqua, a former opponent of Ralph’s from Portland. With his back to goal Ralph brought the ball down with his right foot and then quickly spun around and fired a left-footed drive under the crossbar and past helpless goalkeeper Jon Busch.

    At Connecticut, Ralph played and started in 45 games, and notched 28 goals and 11 assists for 67 points in his two years in Storrs. A 2002 All-American and the 2002 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Ralph was a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team member, and led the Huskies in scoring for the past two seasons.

    A second-round pick of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft (18th overall), Ralph has played in 16 games for the Fire notching nine goals and three assists for 21 points. He is currently fifth in overall scoring within the league behind league standouts Taylor Twellman, Preki, Ante Razov and Carlos Ruiz.