Major League Soccer
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 1Lineups: 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.
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
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.