Jorge Dely Valdes headed in a corner kick by Anders Limpar in the 88th minute last night and the visiting Colorado Rapids beat New York/New Jersey, 1-0, the MetroStars' fourth straight loss.

The victory was the eighth in the last nine matches for the Rapids (8-3). The MetroStars (4-8) lost for the seventh time in their last eight matches.

The match appeared to be headed for a shootout but the Rapids got a corner kick when a counterattack cross was headed over the goal line by MetroStars defender Kevin Knight.

Limpar, who has recorded all five of his assists this season on corner kicks, put the ball into the middle of the box and the 6-foot-1 Dely Valdes outjumped the defense and MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard, snapping his header into the right corner of the net.

Until the game-winner, the MetroStars had the better chances. In the 19th minute, they had a flurry that included four quality shots on the Colorado goal.

But shots by Eduardo Hurtado and Brian Kelly were parried away by keeper Marcus Hahnemann, a rebound by Mike Sorber was blocked by Matt McKeon and Mark Chung's shot sailed high over the bar.

In the 44th minute, Hurtado was dragged down from behind just outside the box, resulting in a red card for Kevin Anderson. But the MetroStars were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.

Hurtado had three more good chances in the second half but New York/New Jersey also lost defender Mark Semioli when he received his second yellow card of the match and was ejected.

Substitute Nansha Kalonji almost scored for the MetroStars in the 84th minute when his header off a corner kick was saved off the line by defender Ross Paule.

WIZARDS 1, BURN 0: Dallas midfielder Chad Deering accidentally deflected a shot into his own goal, giving host Kansas City its second win of the season.

The goal came in the 61st minute, when Wizards forward Chris Brown's shot bounced off Burn goalkeeper Matt Jordan to Deering, who deflected it into the goal.

Dallas managed just nine total shots, three on goal. Kansas City (2-10) attempted 18 shots, eight on goal.

GALAXY 2, FIRE 1: Carlos Hermosillo scored in his 1999 MLS debut and Simon Elliott added a goal 17 seconds before halftime for host Los Angeles.

Josh Wolff scored in the 47th minute for the Fire (6-6), who lost their third straight.

Hermosillo missed Los Angeles's first 12 matches because of his commitment to his Mexican First Division team.