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D.C. United wins 3-1; Lassiter nets 12th goal.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Thursday, June 10, 1999) -- Roy Lassiter put D.C. United ahead to stay with his Major League Soccer-leading 12th goal, while Richie Williams added a goal and an assist as United posted its sixth straight victory 3-1 over the Miami Fusion before 12,136 at RFK Stadium tonight.

United (9-3, 23 points), playing without its midfield leader Marco Etcheverry, increased its Eastern Conference lead over the Columbus Crew (7-4) with the two teams meeting in Columbus on Sunday.

Etcheverry sat out the match because of caution points accumulation. "We've been working hard in practice and in the games and right now we're playing well," said midfielder Ben Olsen, who gave D.C. a 2-0 advantage in the 32d minute. "I'm just happy to get three points in the standings."

"I think we played a very good first half and werenít able to sustain that in the second half when they played three up front," United coach Thomas Rongen said. "We didnít adjust as well as I thought we could have to really put this team away."

Roy Lassiter put United up 1-0 in the eighth minute. Defender Diego Sonora took a free kick from 35 yards out which midfielder Geoff Aunger headed to Lassiter for an easy six-yard strike.

United used strong possession on the left flank before a square pass to Jaime Moreno to lead to Olsenís tally. Moreno made a through pass to Olsen, running diagonally into the penalty area, and turned to beat goalkeeper Jeff Cassar.

"Richie played me a great ball and I was lucky to get it though there somehow," Olsen said. "We've been working well in the midfield as a team."

Williams made it 3-0 in the 58th minute with a top-poke goal before being leveled by defender Arley Palacios for his trouble.

Henry Gutierrez scored the lone goal for the Fusion off an assist from Pablo Mastroeni in the 69th minute. Miami (4-10, 8 points) has now dropped two straight and sits in a tie with the MetroStars for fifth place in the East.

D.C. United 3, Miami Fusion 1

Lineups: D.C. United - Tom Presthus, Diego Sonora, Jeff Agoos (Eddie Pope 46), Brian Kamler, Ben Olsen, Richie Williams (Carey Talley 79), Geoff Aunger, Jason Moore (Antonio Otero 68), Jaime Moreno, Roy Lassiter, A.J. Wood; Miami - Jeff Cassar (Garth Lagerwey 46), Pablo Mastroeni, Leo Cullen, Arley Palacios, John Maessner, Jim Rooney (Mario Gori 74), Henry Gutierrez, Maurizio Rocha (Jeremy Aldrich 46), Alen Kozic (Tony Kuhn 46), Welton, Diego Serna.

D.C. United - Lassiter (Aunger, Sonora) 8;
D.C. United - Olsen (Williams, Moreno) 32;
D.C. United - Williams (unassisted) 58;
Miami - Gutierrez (Mastroeni, Welton) 69.

Total shots: D.C. United 16 (Moreno 5), Miami 12 (Welton 4). Shots on goal: D.C. United 7 (Lassiter 2), Miami 4 (Gutierrez 2). Saves: D.C. United - Presthus 3; Miami - Cassar 1, Lagerwey 2. Fouls: D.C. United 11 (Moreno 4), Miami 13 (Palacios 5). Offside: D.C. United 2. Miami 7. Corner kicks: D.C. United 10, Miami 6. Yellow card cautions: D.C. United - Moreno 54; Miami - Maessner 49. Possession percentage: D.C. United 57%, Miami 43%.

Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: George Vergara, Tarek Khan. Attendance: 12,136 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Weather: Overcast, 68 degrees.

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