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New England ends losing streak, using late Harris goal to defeat K.C. 1-0.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Saturday, July 23, 2000) -- The MetroStars worst-to-first story keeps getting better and better. The Major League Soccer team with the worst record in 1999 and cumulatively in the league’s first four season, used two goals by Alex Comas to capture its fifth straight match tonight 4-2 over the Miami Fusion before 25,326 at Giants Stadium, remaining tied for the top spot overall in the standings.

Adolfo Valencia and Petter Villegas also scored for the MetroStars (13-7-2) who built a 4-0 advantage after 60 minutes.

Comas put the ball past Miami goalkeeper Nick Rimando to give the MetroStars a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute. Roy Myers led Comas with a long pass from the back and the striker wrestled his way through a line of defenders before slotting his fifth goal of the season past rookie goalkeeper Nick Rimando.

The Metros added a second goal in the 49th minute when Valencia converted a penalty kick.

Five minutes later, Valencia helped extend the margin to 3-0., taking a Villegas pass just inside the box and ripping a quick shot on goal. Rimando was able to make the initial save, but Villegas ran onto the rebound and stuck the ball into the net.

Comas recorded his second goal of the game in the 60th minute, running onto a long pass from Mark Chung. With the ball coming into the box from the left flank, Comas outpaced his marker and upped the MetroStars bulge to 4-0.

Less than a minute later, Miami's Jay Heaps snapped keeper Mike Amman's clean sheet, rising above the defense to snap a header off a Martin Machon short crossed free kick and into the upper left-hand corner of the goal to make it 4-2.

Machon added another assist for Miami (7-11-5, 26 points) in the 89th minute, finding a streaking Roy Lassiter near the far post. Machon took the ball on the run from Diego Serna and sent it wide to an unmarked Lassiter to make the final score 4-2.

The MetroStars leads the Eastern Division by 12 points and are even with the Kansas City Wizards (12-5-5) for most points in the overall standings.

MetroStars 4, Miami Fusion 2

Lineups: Miami - Nick Rimando, Tim Sahaydak, Ivan McKinley, Pablo Mastroeni, Martin Machon, Jay Heaps, Brian Kamler, Jim Rooney, Henry Gutierrez, Roy Lassiter, Diego Serna. MetroStars - Mike Ammann, Steve Jolley, Mike Petke, Daniel Hernandez, Thomas Dooley, Mark Chung, Petter Villegas, Ramiro Corrales (Mark Semioli 66), Roy Myers, Adolfo Valencia (J Gomez 75), Alex Comas (Orlando Perez 83).

MetroStars - Comas (Myers) 39.
MetroStars - Valencia (penalty kick) 49.
MetroStars - Villegas (Valencia) 53.
MetroStars - Comas (Chung, Corrales) 59.
Miami - Heaps (Machon, Gutierrez) 60.
Miami - Lassiter (Serna, Machon) 90.

Total shots: Miami 14 (Lassiter 5), MetroStars 19 (Valencia 5). Shots on goal: Miami 10 (Lassiter 4), MetroStars 13 (Valencia 5). Saves: Miami - Rimando 6; MetroStars - Ammann 6. Fouls: Miami 17 (Rooney 4), MetroStars 28 (Jolley 6). Offside: Miami 3, MetroStars 3. Corner kicks: Miami 6, MetroStars 2. Yellow card cautions: Miami - Mastroeni 13, McKinley 29, Rooney 72, MetroStars - Corrales 44, Ammann 90. Possession percentage: Miami 47%, MetroStars 53%.

Referee: Ted Covaciu. Referee's assistants: Misail Tsapos, Todd Perry. Attendance: 25,326 at Raymond James Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees.

Tampa Bay Mutiny 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

TAMPA BAY, Fla. -- Defender Steve Trittschuh and striker Mamadou Diallo found net in the final nine minutes of regulation, sparking the Tampa Bay Mutiny to defeat a shorthanded Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 before 9,432 at Raymond James Stadium.

For much of the game, the two offenses were held in check by superb defensive plays. The Mutiny's primary offensive weapon, Diallo, the league’s top goal-getter, was kept off the board by the collective effort of rookie defender Danny Califf and veteran Paul Caligiuri. On the other half of the field, Joe Addo's solid play denied Galaxy forwards Marvin Quijano and Sebastian Vorbe running room.

Trittschuh finally broke the deadlock in the 81st minute of play, redirecting a rising Josh Keller pass past goalkeeper Matt Reis. Keller launched a long, hard ball, and the defender rose above his marker to head the ball home for his third goal and a 1-0 advantage.

Midfielder Carlos Valderrama made MLS history in the 88th minute, recording his league-record 20th assist this season on Diallo’s tally. Valderrama fed the ball to second-half substitute Kevin Anderson, who threaded it to a wide-open Diallo at the far post. Diallo's 18th tally of the season put the Mutiny up 2-0.

The shutout victory put the Mutiny (12-9-2, 38 points) alone atop the Central Division with goalkeeper Scott Garlick earning his sixth clean sheet of the season.

The Galaxy (10-7-7, 37 points) suffered its second consecutive setback while missing six players due to national team call-ups for World Cup qualifying matches. The Galaxy, at one point, had seven rookies on the field.

Tampa Bay Mutiny 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

Lineups: Los Angeles - Matt Reis, Zak Ibsen (Ivan Polic 45), Danny Califf, Adam Frye, Paul Caligiuri, Peter Vagenas, Sasha Victorine, Sebastien Vorbe, Jorge Salcedo, Simon Elliott (Brian Kelly 37), Marvin Quijano (Seth George 79). Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Joseph Addo, Steve Trittschuh, Ritchie Kotschau, Steve Ralston, Carlos Valderrama, Josh Keller, John Maessner (Dominic Kinnear 46), Manuel Bucuane (Manuel Lagos 46), Mamadou Diallo, Eric Quill (Kevin Anderson 85).

Tampa Bay - Trittschuh (Keller, Kinnear) 81.
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Anderson, Valderrama) 87.

Total shots: Los Angeles 11 (Vorbe 3), Tampa Bay 24 (Diallo 9). Shots on goal: Los Angeles 1 (Kelly 1), Tampa Bay 7 (Diallo 3). Saves: Los Angeles - Reis 5; Tampa Bay - Garlick 1. Fouls: Los Angeles 9 (Vorbe 2, Victorine 2), Tampa Bay 12 (Keller 2, Maessner 2, Diallo 2). Offside: Los Angeles 4, Tampa Bay 6. Corner kicks: Los Angeles 6, Tampa Bay 6. Yellow card cautions: Los Angeles - Ibsen 42, Tampa Bay - Diallo 19, Kinnear 83, Ralston 89. Possession percentage: Los Angeles 51%, Tampa Bay 49%.

Referee: Gerry Corrie. Referee's assistants: Zekai Akbay, George Gansner. Attendance: 9,342 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Fla. Weather: Pending, cloudy, overcast.

Kansas City Wizards 3, Columbus Crew 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Midfielder Chris Henderson notched a pair of second half goals as Kansas City downed Columbus 3-1 before 8,629 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Wizards (12-5-5, 41 points) snapped a three-game losing streak, while the Crew (9-11-4, 31 points) lost for the first time in four games.

Kansas City went up 2-1 in the 74th minute when Henderson finished off a nice passing sequence. Matt McKeon took a feed from Kerry Zavagnin and beat Crew midfielder Miles Joseph to the end line, chipping a pass back to an open Henderson who tapped home the game-winner.

The veteran midfielder wasn't done there, finishing off a counter attack to make it 3-1 in the 82nd minute. Midfielder Chris Klein controlled the ball down the right wing and squared a ball to Brian Johnson down the middle. Johnson's attempted shot deflected right to Henderson, who netted his seventh of the year from inside the six-yard box.

The Wizards went ahead 1-0 in the 22nd minute, breaking a four-game goal drought. Klein took a nice back-heel pass from Chris Henderson just inside the box and blasted a shot past Crew goalkeeper Mark Dougherty, off the post and in. This ended a 427-minute scoreless streak.

Columbus was outplayed for much of the first half, but managed to knot the score before the break. Speedy forward Jeff Cunningham was hauled down by Kansas City defender Nick Garcia in the box. Crew veteran Robert Warzycha buried the penalty kick to even the score at 1-1 in the 40th minute. Warzycha's goal was the only shot on goal all night for Columbus.

Kansas City Wizards 3, Columbus Crew 1

Lineups: Columbus - Mark Dougherty, Mike Lapper, Michael Clark, Mario Gori (Roland Aguilera 77), Todd Yeagley, Jason Farrell (Miles Joseph 73), John Wilmar Perez, Mike Duhaney, Robert Warzycha, Dante Washington, Jeff Cunningham. Kansas City - Tony Meola, Nick Garcia, Peter Vermes, Brandon Prideaux, Kerry Zavagnin, Matt McKeon, Chris Henderson, Chris Klein (Uche Okafor 86), Vicente Figueroa (Chris Brown 68), Preki (Brian Johnson 78), Mo Johnston.

Kansas City - Klein (Henderson, Preki) 22.
Columbus - Warzycha (unassisted) 40.
Kansas City - Henderson (McKeon, Zavagnin) 74.
Kansas City - Henderson (Johnson, Klein) 81.

Total shots: Columbus 11 (Warzycha 4), Kansas City 18 (McKeon 4). Shots on goal: Columbus 1 (Warzycha 1), Kansas City 10 (four players with 2). Saves: Columbus - Dougherty 6; Kansas City - Meola 0. Fouls: Columbus 22 (Lapper 5), Kansas City 23 (Vermes 3, McKeon 3). Offside: Columbus 1, Kansas City 1. Corner kicks: Columbus 4, Kansas City 5. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - Vermes 27, Johnson 88. Possession percentage: Columbus 46%, Kansas City 54%.

Referee: Richard Heron. Referee's assistants: Richard Huber, Peter Kokolski. Attendance: 8,629 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Partly cloudy, 72 degrees.

New England Revolution 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Forward Wolde Harris had an goal and an assist for the New England Revolution which downed the San Jose Earthquakes before 7,827 at Spartan Stadium.

The Revolution (9-9-5, 32 points) have won two in a row after suffering through a six-game losing streak.

"We went through a real rough stretch, but we've gotten two good road results this week," Revolution captain John Harkes said. "Are confidence is returning and hopefully we're on the right track now."

Juergen Sommer made seven saves to earn his second straight victory. The veteran goalkeeper made several bid stops to preserve the victory, including a sliding save on a deflected Dario Brose blast from 20 yards out in the 71st minute.

New England took the lead for good at 2-1in the 63rd minute, taking advantage of a second major San Jose defensive error. Harris dribbled down the right wing and looked to play a long ball into the box, but the pass went too long and toward the goal. Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon mishandled the ball on one bounce and fell backwards toward the goal as the game-winner trickled over the line.

San Jose (5-10-8, 23 points) had several chances to again even the score in the final minutes. Midfielder Harut Karapetyan volleyed a pair of shots just over the crossbar as the game wound down.

The Revolution got on the board first, capitalizing on a San Jose turnover in midfield. Harris pounced on a misplayed ball and immediately found a streaking William Sunsing just outside the box. Sunsing rushed into the box unmarked and easily beat Cannon with a low shot for his first MLS goal and a 1-0 advantage.

San Jose tied it at 1-1 one minute into the second half. Midfielder Khodadad Azizi sent Mike Burns into the left side of the box and he cut to the middle before passing to Karapetyan, who, in motion, blasted a shot off Sommer. Wojtek Krakowiak collected the rebound and easily slotted home his fourth goal of the season from 12 yards.

New England featured a revamped look on defense. With central defenders Mauricio Wright (yellow-card accumulation) and Brian Dunseth (groin strain) out, Harkes assumed the sweeper's role for the first time in his career. The veteran keyed a solid effort in back which featured rookies Rusty Pierce and Adam Eyre.

New England Revolution 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

Lineups: New England - Juergen Sommer, Rusty Pierce, Joe Franchino, Adam Eyre, Leonel Alvarez, Imad Baba, John Harkes, Mauricio Ramos (Carlos Parra 76), Ted Chronopoulos, Wolde Harris (Jose Luis Morales 79), William Sunsing (Jamar Beasley 91+). San Jose - Joe Cannon, Ryan Tinsley (Ian Russell 72), Dan Calichman, Mike Burns, Jim Conrad, Wojtek Krakowiak, Mauricio Solis, Khodadad Azizi (Scott Bower 72), Harut Karapetyan, Dario Brose, Abdul Thompson Conteh.

New England - Sunsing (Harris) 16.
San Jose - Krakowiak (Karapetyan, Burns) 46.
New England - Harris (Alvarez, Ramos) 63.

Total shots: New England 8 (Harris 2, Sunsing 2, Ramos 2), San Jose 13 (Solis 3, Karapetyan 3, Brose 3). Shots on goal: New England 5 (Harris 2, Sunsing 2), San Jose 9 (Solis 3). Saves: New England - Sommer 7; San Jose - Cannon 3. Fouls: New England 15 (Baba 3, Franchino 3, Pierce 3), San Jose 13 (Karapetyan 4, Conrad 4). Offside: New England 6, San Jose 3. Corner kicks: New England 3, San Jose 3. Yellow card cautions: New England - Alvarez 27. Possession percentage: New England 47%, San Jose 53%.

Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: Kari Seitz, Robert Sabella. Attendance: 7,827 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. Weather: Sunny.

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