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Lassiter instrumental for D.C. United in 2-1 victory over Eastern foe Mutiny.

TAMPA, Fla. (Friday, September 10, 1999) -- Roy Lassiter's netted one goal and assited the other to help D.C. United win its ninth straight outing 2-1 over the Tampa Bay Mutiny tonight before a Major League Soccer crowd of 12,397 at Raymond James Stadium.

Lassiter's offensive output, coupled with Carlos Llamosa's airtight defensive play, snapped the Mutiny's four-game winning streak and padded D.C.'s lead in the Eastern Conference. D.C. United (21-7, 53 points) sits atop the Eastern Conference with a comfortable 15-point lead over the Columbus Crew (16-10). The Mutiny (13-15, 29 points) sits in third place.

Lassiter terrorized the Mutiny defense for much of the first half, turning minor defensive miscues into one-on-one chances. In the 23rd minute of play, Mutiny midfielder Steve Ralston passed a ball back to defender Chad McCarty, who mishandled the ball. Lassiter seized the opportunity, taking the ball deep into the Tampa Bay penalty area. Mutiny defender Joseph Addo made a valiant effort to stop Lassiter, but the league-leading scorer danced around Addo and planted a right-footed strike into the back of the net. The goal, Lassiter's 17th of the year, ties him with Columbus' Stern John for the league lead.

Lassiter struck again in the 43rd minute, when he received a short pass from teammate Jaime Moreno inside the Mutiny box. Lassiter quickly touched the ball around the defense and back onto Moreno's foot. The give-and-go put Moreno in prime scoring position, and the Bolivian forward deftly placed the ball past former United goalkeeper Scott Garlick.

Moreno has now been involved with nine of D.C. last 10 goals (two goals, seven assists).

The Mutiny almost got on the board a minute later, when Raul Diaz Arce's redirection of a Manny Lagos cross barely missed going into the D.C. net, rolling wide by mere inches.

The Mutiny showed more signs of life in the second half, mounting consistent offensive pressure that tested United's defense. Llamosa and Jeff Agoos were on constant call, defusing the opportunities created by Mutiny playmaker Carlos Valderrama.

In the 64th minute, McCarty again came close to scoring with a quality header that was knocked wide by D.C. goalkeeper Mark Simpson. On the ensuing corner kick, Diaz Arce headed home an apparent goal that was immediately disallowed due to Mutiny interference in the box.

Diaz Arce would not leave the game empty-handed, however, as he knocked home the Mutiny's only goal of the game and his 13th of the season in the 72nd minute. Defender Ritchie Kotschau accepted a long ball feed from Mauricio Ramos while streaking along the left-hand touch line. Kotschau put the ball into the center of the box, and Diaz Arce slid in and knocked the ball home to make the score 2-1.

Despite a 19-7 edge in shots, the Mutiny could not pull even.

D.C. United 2, Tampa Bay Mutiny 1

Lineups: Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Joseph Addo, Chad McCarty, Dominic Kinnear, Ritchie Kotschau, Carlos Valderrama, Mauricio Ramos, Manuel Lagos, Steve Ralston (Pete Marino 82), Josh Keller, Raul Diaz Arce; D.C. United - Mark Simpson, Carey Talley, Carlos Llamosa, Diego Sonora, Jeff Agoos, Geoff Aunger, Marco Etcheverry, Antonio Otero (Ben Olsen 64), Chris Albright (Clint Peay 77), Roy Lassiter, Jaime Moreno.

D.C. United - Lassiter (unassisted) 23;
D.C. United - Moreno (Lassiter) 43;
Tampa Bay - Diaz Arce (Kotschau, Ramos) 72.

Total shots: Tampa Bay 19 (Ramos 7), D.C. United 9 (Lassiter 4). Shots on goal: Tampa Bay 7 (Diaz Arce 2), D.C. United 2 (Lassiter 1, Moreno 1). Saves: Tampa Bay - Garlick 0; D.C. United - Simpson 5. Fouls: Tampa Bay 13 (Keller 3), D.C. United 11 (Aunger 3, Olsen 3, Talley 3). Offside: Tampa Bay 3, D.C. United 7. Corner kicks: Tampa Bay 9, D.C. United 6. Yellow card cautions: Tampa Bay Kotschau 50; D.C. United - Talley 74. Possession percentage: Tampa Bay 50%, D.C. United 50%.

Referee: Brian Hall. Referee's assistants: Robbie Mann, Roger O'Brien. Attendance: 12,397 at Raymnd James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Weather: Clear, 89 degrees, humid.

Colorado Rapids 0, Kansas City Wizards 0
(Colorado wins shootout 3-2)

DENVER -- The Colorado Rapids climbed into a tie for second place in the Western Conference, scoring a 3-2 shootout victory over the Kansas City Wizards after a scoreless tie before 17,832 at Mile High Stadium.

"Our inability to score right now is killing us," said Rapids striker Paul Bravo. "We had a couple of good chances, but we need better chances and more chances. We must start scoring more goals. As a team tonight we played very well, but we just are not doing it around the box. We ran out of ideas on attack."

The one-point victory gives the Rapids (17-9) 43 points in the playoff standings, dead even with the defending MLS champion Chicago Fire (15-11). The win also snapped a three-game losing streak for the Rapids, while extending the Wizards' slide to three consecutive games.

"Overall I'm happy with the way we played, but I'm concerned that we are not creating enough quality goal-scoring chances," said Colorado coach Glenn Myernick. "To play that well between the boxes and not really create any goal-scoring chances, everybody in the final third has to be better. "It's a good victory for us, we dominated the game in every single department."

Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola faced a busy night, being called upon to make five saves during regulation play. His Colorado counterpart, keeper Ian Feuer, did not need to make a save as K.C. did not put a shot on net.

"It was important today that we did not give up any goals," said Colorado defender Marcelo Balboa. "We created some chances, but the problem we have had lately is putting them away."

In the tiebreaker, Colorado received goals from defender Joey DiGiamarino, forward Wolde Harris, and midfielder David Vaudreuil. On the other side of the pitch, only midfielders Chris Klein and Brian Johnson could get the ball past Feuer.

Colorado Rapids 0, Kansas City Wizards 0
(Colorado wins shootout 3-2)

Lineups: Colorado - Ian Feuer, Peter Vermes, Tim Martin, Marcelo Balboa, Matt McKeon, David Vaudreuil, Kevin Anderson (Marquis White 81), Paul Bravo, Ross Paule, Darren Sawatzky (Joey DiGiamarino 59), Jorge Dely Valdes (Wolde Harris 70); Kansas City - Tony Meola, Alexi Lalas, Uche Okafor (Brian Johnson 67), Jake Dancy, Mo Johnston, Chris Klein, Chris Henderson, Sean Bowers, Francisco Gomez (Preki 67), Vitalis Takawira (Alex Bunbury 46), Nino Da Silva.


Shootout scoring:
Kansas City (2) -Henderson (wide left), Bunbury (saved), Klein (goal), Da Silva (wide left), Johnson (goal), Lalas (wide right).
Colorado (3) - DiGiamarino (goal), White (high), McKeon (saved), Paule (hit crossbar), Harris (goal), Vaudreuil (goal).

Total shots: Colorado 15 (Dely Valdes 4), Kansas City 9 (Lalas 2, Preki 2). Shots on goal: Colorado 5 (five players with 1), Kansas City 0. Saves: Colorado - Feuer 0; Kansas City - Meola 5. Fouls: Colorado 13 (Balboa 4), Kansas City 14 (Da Silva 4). Offside: Colorado 3, Kansas City 2. Corner kicks: Colorado 3, Kansas City 2. Yellow card cautions: Colorado - none; Kansas City - Okafor 29, Lalas 53. Possession percentage: Colorado 54%, Kansas City 46%.

Referee: Rich Grady. Referee's assistants: Alex Del Angel, Jose Corro. Attendance: 17,832 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Weather: Rain showers.

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