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Dely Valdes strike in 90th minute lifts Rapids past Tampa Bay 1-0.

TAMPA, Fla. (Friday, August 13, 1999) -- Striker Jorge Dely Valdes' slashing header with 30 seconds remaining in regulation sent the Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 decision over the Tampa Bay Mutiny tonight ion a Major League Soccer match in which the result also counted in U.S. Open Cup competition.

After the victory before 9,651 at Raymond James Stadium, Colorado (16-6, 42 points) widened its lead in the Western Conference to eight points over the Chicago Fire and also advanced to the Open Cup semifinals.

"As long as you keep the other team off the scoreboard, you have a chance," said Colorado coach Glenn Myernick. "I really didn’t think it was going to be our night with all the chances we wasted."

On the game-winning play, Dely Valdes collected a Colorado clearance of a Tampa Bay corner kick and carried three quarters of the field. At the top of the Mutiny penalty area, Dely Valdes dished the ball to his right to first-year MLS midfielder Kevin Anderson. Anderson, a late sub, quickly returned the pass to the Panamanian who outjumped three Mutiny defenders to head home the winner from 15 yards.

"Kevin hit me a perfect cross," said Dely Valdes. "He really put it right on my head and I was just able to get over the cross and get great contact on it and game over."

With the strike, which snapped a Rapids scoring drought of 301 minutes, Dely Valdes becomes the Rapids' team leader in goals (nine) and the MLS leader in game-winning tallies (six).

Tampa Bay (9-14, 19 points) was shut out by Colorado goalkeeper Ian Feuer, who recorded his sixth win and made six saves to record his fourth shutout of 1999.

"When the chances weren’t going in for us, the defenders and I just dug in because we knew we’d get it eventually," said Feuer. "Luckily we kept them off the board until Jorge got the winner for us."

Tampa Bay midfielder Manny Lagos was sent off following a hand ball in the box in the 35th minute, but despite playing at a one-man disadvantage for 55 minutes, the Mutiny recorded a 19-17 edge in shots.

The game was marred by two injuries in the first half. Mutiny captain and defender Dominic Kinnear was carried off the field on a stretcher following a collision with Rapids forward Jorge Dely Valdes, while Colorado midfielder Ross Paule, who missed the last three games with a knee injury, suffered a concussion after colliding with Tampa Bay defender Ritchie Kotschau.

Colorado Rapids 1, Tampa Bay Mutiny 0

Lineups: Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Dominic Kinnear (Ritchie Kotschau 28), Joseph Addo, Manuel Lagos, Chris Houser, Mauricio Ramos, Josh Keller, Steve Ralston, Carlos Valderrama, Musa Shannon, Raul Diaz Arce; Colorado - Ian Feuer, David Vaudreuil, Chris Martinez, Marcelo Balboa, Matt McKeon, Ross Paule (Darren Sawatzky 42), Peter Vermes, Paul Bravo (Kevin Anderson 69), Joey DiGiamarino, Jorge Dely Valdes, Wolde Harris.

Colorado - Dely Valdes (Anderson) 90.

Total shots: Tampa Bay 19 (Shannon 5, Ramos 5), Colorado 17 (Dely Valdes 5). Shots on goal: Tampa Bay 6 (Shannon 2, Ramos 2), Colorado 7 (Dely Valdes 3). Saves: Tampa Bay - Garlick 5; Colorado - Feuer 6. Fouls: Tampa Bay 6 (Addo 2), Colorado 14 (McKeon 4). Offside: Tampa Bay 2, Colorado 7. Corner kicks: Tampa Bay 7, Colorado 1. Yellow card cautions: Tampa Bay - Valdererama 57; Colorado - none. Red card ejection: Tampa Bay - Lagos 35; Colorado - none. Possession percentage: Tampa Bay 58%, Colorado 42%.

Referee: Andrew Barnes. Referee's assistants: Robert Fereday, Sharon Wheeler. Attendance: 9,651 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Weather: Overcast, 105-degree heat index, 95 percent humidity.

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