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Diallo show leads East rout 9-4.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Saturday, July 29, 2000) - Tampa Bay's Mamadou Diallo tied an MLS All-Star Game record with five points as the East routed the West 9-4 Saturday afternoon at Columbus Crew Stadium. Diallo was named All-Star Game MVP while Mutiny teammate Carlos Valderrama and Los Angeles' Cobi Jones jointly set an All-Star Game record with four assists.

"I'm very happy to play in my first All-Star Game," said Diallo, who left with a lower back strain after playing 22 minutes. "It doesn't matter if you play 90 minutes or 10 minutes, if you are a good player you can do something."

The West held a 4-3 lead at halftime, but the East exploded for an All-Star Game record six goals in the second half. Saturday's game was the highest scoring All-Star Game ever.

Mark Chung of the MetroStars got the East even at 4-4 in the 51st minute, launching a rocket from 25 yards out on the left. Valderrama fed Brian McBride at the top of the arc, and the Crew forward slid a square ball for Chung to blast into the upper left hand corner past a diving West goalkeeper Zach Thornton.

Minutes later, MLS' top scorer took over the game. Diallo, who has 18 goals in 21 league games for Tampa Bay, ran onto a Valderrama through ball in the box to beat Thornton for the game winning goal. The East went up 5-4 in the 59th minute.

Two minutes later it was the Mutiny connection that produced a goal for the East. Valderrama chipped a ball over the defense, and Diallo ran onto the ball and found the back of the net.

The rout was on from there. Diallo made a run down the left wing and found an open Jay Heaps in the box, and the Fusion defender beat Thornton from 10 yards out.

Hometown favorite Dante Washington ran onto a Mike Petke (MetroStars) cross from the right wing and found space in the box to net a goal in the 67th minute. Another Crew striker, Brian McBride, excited the home fans with a goal from Washington and Valderrama in the 76th minute to close the scoring.

"Our whole team played pretty well, and it was good to see all those goals," West Head Coach Bob Gansler said. "In the second half, we just didn't finish our chances."

The first half was an evenly played contest, with the West actually taking a 3-1 lead at one point.

Three MetroStars made sure the East would have the lead right after the opening kickoff. Goalkeeper Mike Ammann made his first save, and immediately fired the ball out to Chung on the left wing. Chung played a long ball to a sprinting Clint Mathis, who beat West 'keeper Tony Meola (Kansas City) from close range.

"This was such an exciting day for the players and the fans," Mathis said. "It was nice to get the scoring started for both sides."

Cobi Jones then created three straight goals for the West. Jones took a Preki feed down the right wing and crossed for a quick-strike goal from Ante Razov in the 17th minute. Jones then set up Galaxy teammate Mauricio Cienfuegos (19th minute) and Razov (22nd minute) again minutes later.

The East drew even as Jaime Moreno (36th minute) scored off a Chung corner kick in the 51st minute. The D.C. striker's blast deflected off a diving Meola, and the rebound was quickly put into the net by MetroStars striker Adolfo Valencia in the 39th minute.

Jones capped off a great first half with his fourth primary assist, again taking a Preki feed and finding Peter Nowak unmarked in the box. Nowak beat Ammann to put the West up 4-3 just before halftime.

Preki finished with two points on the night, leading the MLS in all-time All-Star scoring with 13 career points in the showcase event. Valderrama and McBride are tied for second in All-Star scoring with 12 points apiece.

Both starting goalkeepers reentered the All-Star Game as forwards in the closing minutes of play. Mike Ammann entered the game wearing the number 19 jersey of MetroStars teammate Daniel Hernandez, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. The West's Tony Meola broke in on goal in the 81st minute, but could not beat East 'keeper Scott Garlick from 10 yards out.

"I hate to be scored on in the first place, but especially by another goalkeeper," Garlick said. "I know I would have been having nightmares."

Garlick made seven saves to earn a shutout and the victory in the second half. Garlick's second half stand set a new All-Star record for saves made, edging out Jorge Campos' six-save performance in 1997.

The East set another All-Star record as 11 different players registered at least one point. The previous high was 10, set by the U.S. side in 1998.

The Major League Soccer regular season resumes on Wednesday, August 2 with five league contests.

East 4, West Fusion 2

Lineups: West - Tony Meola (Zach Thornton 46), Robin Fraser (Peter Vermes 46), Greg Vanney, Marcelo Balboa, Khodadad Azizi (Chris Henderson 46) (Tony Meola 80, Zach Thornton 46), Preki (Khodadad Azizi 67, Tony Meola 80), Mauricio Cienfuegos (Luis Hernandez 46), Peter Nowak (Dario Brose 46), Chris Armas (Matt McKeon 32), Ante Razov (Jason Kreis 46), Cobi Jones (Ariel Graziani 46). East - Mike Ammann (Scott Garlick 46), Eddie Pope (Mike Clark 32), Lothar Matthaus (Jay Heaps 46), Jeff Agoos (Mike Petke 34), John Harkes, Jaime Moreno (Brian McBride 46), Steve Ralston (Pablo Mastroeni 34), Carlos Valderrama, Mark Chung (Mike Ammann 88, Scott Garlick 46), Clint Mathis (Mamadou Diallo 46), Adolfo Valencia (Dante Washington 46).

East - Mathis (Chung, Ammann) 2
West - Razov (Jones, Preki) 17
West - Cienfuegos (Jones) 19
West - Razov (Jones, Azizi) 22
East - Moreno (Chung) 36
East - Valencia (Moreno) 39
West - Nowak (Jones, Preki) 44
East - Chung (McBride, Valderrama) 51
East - Diallo (Valderrama) 59
East - Diallo (Valderrama, Heaps) 61
East - Heaps (Diallo, McBride) 65
East - Washington (Petke) 67
East - McBride (Washington, Valderrama) 76

Total shots: West 29 (Kreis 4, Hernandez 4), East 28 (Valencia 4, Mathis 4, McBride 4). Shots on goal: West 8 (Meola 4, Thornton 4), East 10 (Garlick 7, Ammann 3). Saves: West - Rimando 6; East - Ammann 6. Fouls: West 1 (Vanney 1), East 1 (Harkes 1). Offside: West 5, East 6. Corner kicks: West 8, East 6. Yellow card cautions: none. Possession percentage: West 50%, East 50%.

Referee: Paul Tamberino. Referee's assistants: George Vergara, Robert Fereday. Attendance: 23,495 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Weather: Cloudy, humid, 78 degrees.

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