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August 22, 2004

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Carlos Ruiz scored on a header in the 89th minute, giving Los Angeles a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire on Saturday night in the Galaxy debut of former U.S. men's national team coach Steven Sampson.

Damani Ralph scored in the 67th minute for Chicago.

Sampson was hired Wednesday, two days after Sigi Schmid was fired, despite guiding the Galaxy to a MLS-high 34 points.

Los Angeles (9-6-8) is winless in its last six games, going 0-1-5 during that span. The tie and Kansas City's 2-1 victory at New England earlier Saturday means the Galaxy and Wizards are tied atop the Western Conference with 35 points.

The Fire (5-9-8) are 1-7-4 in their last 12 league games.

Ralph put a shot from the right side diagonally past Los Angeles goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and just inside the left goal post for his 10th goal. Evan Whitfield was credited with an assist.

Ruiz headed in a cross from Arturo Torres for his league-leading 11th goal as the Galaxy ended a 268-minute scoreless streak. Cobi Jones also assisted on the goal.

Los Angeles led 16-12 in shots and 7-5 in shots on goal, while Chicago led 5-4 in corner kicks. Fire goalkeeper Henry Ring made five saves and Hartman four.

The first half was scoreless, with Chicago leading 8-4 in shots, 4-0 in shots on goal and 4-2 in corner kicks.

The Fire's Nate Jaqua hit the right post with a shot in the fourth minute.

Ruiz had the Galaxy's best scoring chance, hitting the right post with a shot in the 20th minute.

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