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Diallo makes demands and then nets two goals; Mutiny drops Burn 3-1, taking over first in Central Division.

TAMPA, Fla. (Saturday, May 6, 2000) -- On the day of a key Major League Soccer Central Division match with the Dallas Burn, Tampa Bay Mutiny’s striker Mamadou Diallo appeared in the St. Petersburg Times, demanding the Mutiny either make him a starter or he was quitting the team.

"I left my country to come over here and play," Diallo, a native of the African nation Senegal, told the Times. "You have to trust me that I'm a good player. If you don't trust me, then I cannot stay."

Diallo had not started the Mutiny’s last two games, but with the Mutiny’s top forward, Raul Diaz Arce with El Salvador’s national team for World Cup qualifying, Diallo was in the starting lineup this afternoon and he produced. He netted a pair of goals, including the decisive tally with six minutes remaining, to power Tampa Bay past the Burn 3-1 before 7,051 at Raymond James Stadium.

Midfielder Carlos Valderrama assisted all three goals for the Mutiny (5-4, 15 points), which erased a one-goal deficit and grabbed first place in the Central Division ahead of Chicago (4-4-1, 13 points) and Dallas (4-4, 12 points). Tampa Bay is 5-0 at home this season, but winless on the road. Dallas is 0-3 away from the Cotton Bowl.

After an opening goal by Dallas' Ariel Graziani, Diallo got the Mutiny even just before halftime. Carlos Valderrama chipped a short pass down the right side towards the top of the box. Diallo beat Dallas goalkeeper Matt Jordan to the ball, and dribbled around Jordan into the box from a sharp angle. Diallo cut the ball back toward the center of the box and put a shot past a couple of Burn defenders to make it 1-1 in the 45th minute.

Valderrama now has 71 career assists, but remained tied with midfielder Marco Etcheverry who had three asssists in D.C. United’s 5-2 victory at the Colorado Rapids.

The Burn suffered a major blow in the 66th minute when Graziani was sent off after receiving a red card. Graziani was trying to shake loose from Mutiny midfielder Steve Ralston, but caught him in the face with an elbow. The Burn striker will miss a May 13 contest with Los Angeles, but could be suspended longer for making contact with referee Noel Kenny while arguing the ejection.

With the Burn reduced to 10 men, Diallo registered the game-winner in the 84th minute. Valderrama sent Diallo into the box with a nice through ball and the striker beat Jordan from 12 yards out.

Kevin Anderson iced the victory in the 90th minute, capping off a nice Valderrama pass from midfield. Anderson raced in on Jordan untouched and scored with a close range shot just before time expired. Graziani had given the Burn a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute, finishing off a dazzling sequence for Dallas. Midfielder Ted Eck swung a cross into the box from the right wing, which Jason Kreis quickly headed toward the back post. Graziani smashed a full volley from 15 yards out past helpless Mutiny keeper Scott Garlick to put the Burn ahead.

Tampa Bay Mutiny 3, Dallas Burn 1

Lineups: Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Steve Trittschuh, Joseph Addo, Ritchie Kotschau, Chad McCarty, Dominic Kinnear (Kevin Anderson 83), Steve Ralston, Carlos Valderrama, Manuel Lagos (Amos Magee 77), Josh Keller, Mamadou Diallo (Kalin Bankov 89). Dallas - Matt Jordan, Ricardo Iribarren, Brandon Pollard, Richard Farrer, Ted Eck, Chad Deering, Paul Broome (Brian Haynes 67), Oscar Pareja (Lazo Alavanja 80), Bobby Rhine (Aleksey Korol 62), Jason Kreis, Ariel Graziani.

Dallas - Graziani (Kreis, Eck) 14.
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Valderrama, McCarty) 45.
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Valderrama, Ralston) 84.
Tampa Bay - Anderson (Valderrama, McCarty) 90.

Total shots: Tampa Bay 15 (Diallo 7), Dallas 14 (Graziani 4, Deering 4). Shots on goal: Tampa Bay 6 (Diallo 4), Dallas 5 (Deering 3). Saves: Tampa Bay - Garllick 4; Dallas - Jordan 3. Fouls: Tampa Bay 14 (Keller 4), Dallas 27 (Pareja 5). Offside: Tampa Bay 2, Dallas 4. Corner kicks: Tampa Bay 3, Dallas 3. Yellow card cautions: Tampa Bay - Lagos 31, Ralston 64; Dallas - Deering 41, Iribarren 90. Red card ejection: Dallas - Graziani 66. Possession percentage: Tampa Bay 52, Dallas 48.

Referee: Noel Kenny. Referee's assistants: Nathan Clement, Chip Reed. Attendance: 7,051 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Weather: Hot, 85 degrees, humid.

D.C. United 5, Colorado Rapids 2

DENVER -- If anything could go wrong, it did, or at least that’s the way the early season has seemed to defending and three-time MLS champion D.C. United.

There have been two losses in overtime for a team which has had to juggle is lineup because of injuries and absences. Last weekend, the always-dependable midfielder Richie Williams headed a ball inito his own net to give the Columbus Crew its first win ever at United’s RFK Stadium as D.C. dropped to a league-worst 1-5-1.

And things appeared headed that way again tonight when Colorado scored in the 56th minute to tie the match at 1-1 despite the fact the Rapids had yet to put a shot on frame.

Instead of folding, however, United (2-5-1, 7 points) just got mad and scored four times in the final 34 minutes, including three by forward Jaime Moreno, for a 5-2 triumph over Colorado before 7,125 at Mile High Stadium.

"It was a good performance considering the duress we have been under lately," United coach Thomas Rongen said. "The team really in the last three games has shown what our spirit is all about, and tonight the guys really wanted this one. . . We’re certainly pleased with the result and with the goals we scored. And I’m pleased with our defensive effort."

With the hat trick, Moreno is now tied for the league lead with seven goals with Chicago's Ante Razov, who also had three goals tonight in the Fire's 3-0 triumph over the Miami Fusion. Razov is first with 17 points; Moreno second with 15.

"Jaime is just a great player," Rongen said. "We said to Jaime this year, ‘You have to step it up in the goal scoring department.’ He’s averaging now almost a goal a game which is nice to see. He gets himself in great position."

Colorado’s bizarre tally came in the 56th minute when Scott Vermillion headed back a United clearance from the center stripe to just inside the United penalty area. D.C. goalkeeper Tom Presthus came out for what should have been a routine grab. But he lost his footing and twisted his ankle, writhing in pain while the ball hopped into he net to even he count at 1-1.

Moreno, however, found net twice in the next six minutes to assume the lead for good,

In he 59th minute, Moreno hammered home a penalty kick for a 2-1 advantage after he was tripped up deep in the right side of the box by Colorado’s Danny DeVall. Three minutes later, United midfielder John Maessner carried a Geoff Aunger pass deep along the right flank before firing off a quick cross. Moreno broke free of the defense and beat keeper Adin Brown with a picture-perfect header.

In he 67th minute, Moreno bowled over Colorado's Joey DiGiamarino in the D.C. box to set up a Rapids penalty kick, which was buried by forward Junior Agogo to cut D.C.'s lead to 3-2.

United quickly regained its two-goal cushion after defender Carlos Llamosa went high to head home an Etcheverry corner kick for a 4-2 bulge.

Then in the 78th minute, Moreno redirected an Etcheverry rocket just inside the far post. Etcheverry had his third assist after unleashing a hard, straight shot from a sharp angle across the goal mouth with Moreno sticking his foot out to redirect for the 5-2 final.

"We were dominated in every phase tonight," Colorado coach Glenn Myernick said. "We couldn't keep possession up front, we couldn't mark in the back. This was a poor performance by just about everyone involved . . . Five months ago D.C. United won the championship. You don't become a bad team in five months. They are a very good team and they showed it tonight."

United took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute when defender Carey Talley netted his second goal of the week, using his knee to net a low Etcheverry corner kick which had curled to the far left post.

D.C. United 5, Colorado Rapids 2

Lineups: Colorado - Adin Brown, Marcelo Balboa, Scott Vermillion, Chris Martinez, David Vaudreuil, Paul Bravo (Joey DiGiamarino 57), Danny DeVall (Seth Trembly 80), Jason Moore, Paul Dougherty (Henry Zambrano 65), Matt Okoh, Junior Agogo. D.C. United - Tom Presthus, Carey Talley, Jeff Agoos, Geoff Aunger (Antonio Otero 90), Carlos Llamosa, Marco Etcheverry, John Maessner, Richie Williams, Bobby Convey (Judah Cooks 81), Jaime Moreno, Chris Albright (Eric Denton 85).

D.C. United - Talley (Etcheverry) 36.
Colorado - Vermillion (unassisted) 56.
D.C. United - Moreno (penalty kick) 59.
D.C. United - Moreno (Maessner, Aunger) 62.
Colorado - Agogo (penalty kick) 67.
D.C. United - Llamosa (Etcheverry) 70.
D.C. United - Moreno (Etcheverry, Agoos) 78.

Total shots: Colorado 12 (Agogo 4). D.C. United 21 (Moreno 8). Shots on goal: Colorado 3 (Moore 1, Vermillion 1, Agogo 1), D.C. United 11 (Moreno 5). Saves: Colorado - Brown 6; D.C. United - Presthus 1. Fouls: Colorado 18 (Okoh 6), D.C. United 15 (Williams 3, Llamosa 3, Talley 3). Offside: Colorado 1, D.C. United 7. Corner kicks: Colorado 7, D.C. United 8. Yellow card cautions: D.C. United - Aunger 14, Llamosa 80. Possession percentage: Colorado 44, D.C. United 56.

Referee: Ted Covaciu. Referee's assistants: Roger Sill, Rudy Bettman. Attendance: 7,125 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Weather: Sunny, warm.

Chicago Fire 3, Miami Fusion 0

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The first career three-goal game by Chicago striker Ante Razov provided the margin in the Fire’s 3-0 victory over the Miami Fusion (1-3-4, 7 points) before 13,822 at Lockhart Field.

Following a lackluster first half of play, Razov broke the deadlock in the 49th minute, putting home an Evan Whitfield cross for the goal. Starting the run down the field, Razov pushed the ball wide to Whitfield on the right flank, where the roaming defender had made himself a nuisance for the Fusion. Razov continued his run into the Miami box, making an impressive diving header to connect with Whitfield's cross. The ball blazed past substitute goalkeeper Garth Lagerwey to put the Fire (4-4-1, 13 points) up 1-0.

Razov tallied a second goal in the 56th minute, capitalizing on a defensive error by Miami's Pablo Mastroeni. Fire midfielder Peter Nowak played the ball forward along the left flank, where it looked like Mastroeni would easily intercept the pass. Instead, the ball passed through the midfielder's legs and onto Razov's feet. He cut inside the box and fired a shot past Lagerwey to make it 3-0.

Razov’s first career hat trick was capped in the 72nd minute of play when he stretched out to tap home a Jesse Marsch cross. Whitfield, again threatening along the right side, played the ball up to Marsch, who carried it deep inside the box. Marsch crossed to Razov, who broke free of his defender.

"I almost came out at the half because I took a whack in the 10th minute," Razov said. "I couldn't even run, and I think that is why I wasn't that effective in the 1st half. The field here is a nice big field. It is easy to string together passes for us on this field, its good to play on."

Chicago Fire 3, Miami Fusion 0

Lineups: Miami - -Jeff Cassar (Garth Lagerwey 13), Tyrone Marshall, Francis Okaroh (Jeremy Aldrich 83), Leo Cullen, Jay Heaps, Jim Rooney, Pablo Mastroeni, Henry Gutierrez (Welton 61), Nelson Vargas (Andy Williams 60), Roy Lassiter, Diego Serna. Chicago - Zach Thornton, Lubos Kubik, C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra, Peter Nowak (Sam George 86), Mike Sorber, Diego Gutierrez, Jesse Marsch, Evan Whitfield, Josh Wolff (Andrew Lewis 70), Ante Razov (Dema Kovalenko 82).

Chicago - Razov (Whitfield) 49.
Chicago - Razov (Nowak, Marsch) 56.
Chicago - Razov (Marsch, Whitfield) 72.

Total shots: Miami 11 (Lassiter 3, Marshall 3), Chicago 17 (Razov 8). Shots on goal: Miami 4 (four players with one), Chicago 7 (Razov 5). Saves: Miami - Lagerwey 4; Chicago - Thornton 4. Fouls: Miaim 15 (Serna 3), Chicago 10 (Brown 2, Kubik 2). Offside: Miami 5, Chicago 4. Corner kicks: Miami 5, Chicago 4. Yellow card cautions: Miami - Heaps 32, Rooney 67; Chicago - Kubik 39, Sorber 41, Brown 84.

Referee: Kevin Stott. Referee's assistants: Zekai Akbay, Greg Watson. Attendance: 13,822 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Weather: Warm, 79 degrees, clear.

MetroStars 2, Columbus 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio. -- Adolfo (El Tren) Valencia struck for two goals to lead the MetroStars to their second straight road win, a 2-0 victory over the Columbus Crew before 17,558 at Crew Stadium.

Midfielder Petter Villegas set up both Valencia goals and goalkeeper Mike Ammann needed to make just one save to earn his first shutout of the season

Despite controlling play in the first half, the Metros couldn't break through until the 60th minute. Villegas dissected the Crew defense with a long ball from midfield to the top of the box for Valencia. Columbus goalkeeper Matt Napoleon came out to the top of the arc, only to collide with a defender. Valencia walked in and tucked the loose ball into the empty net for his second goal of the season to make it 1-0.

Midfielder Lothar Matthaeus helped generate the second MetroStars goal. The veteran pounced on a loose ball at midfield and found Villegas open down the right wing. The speedy Villegas carved out a 2-on-2 with Valencia, and slid the ball across to "El Tren" at the top of the box. Valencia dribbled left and faked Napoleon, blasting a shot into the upper right hand corner to make it 2-0 in the 69th minute.

The MetroStars (3-5, 9 points), winners of two of their last three games, started a revamped lineup. Valencia returned after missing a game due to a red card suspension and started alone up top alone because fellow Colombian forward Alex Comas was absent.

Tab Ramos made his first start of the season in an attacking midfield role, while Matthaeus played in a defensive midfield spot. Ramos, making just his second appearance of the season after suffering a calf injury in preseason, was a creative force in midfield as the Metros' chief distributor and captain.

Columbus (3-5-1, 10 points) was also forced to re-work its lineup because top scorer Dante Washington sat out with a stiff neck and back injury. Miles Joseph, acquired from the MetroStars on Wednesday for a second-round draft pick, started at forward against his old club. The Crew managed to put only one shot on goal.

Matt Napoleon got the start in the Crew goal for veteran Mark Dougherty, who strained his hip in Wednesday's 2-1 victory over D.C. United. Crew defender\midfielder Ansil Elcock also missed the contest, competing with Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying.

MetroStars 2, Columbus Crew 0

Lineups: Columbus - Matt Napoleon, Michael Clark (Roland Aguilera 71), Todd Yeagley, Mike Duhaney, Mario Gori, John DeBrito (Jason Farrell 79), Robert Warzycha, John Wilmar Perez, Brian West, Brian McBride, Miles Joseph (Jeff Cunningham 64). MetroStars - Mike Ammann, Mike Petke, Steve Jolley, Ramiro Corrales, Daniel Hernandez, Mark Chung, Lothar Matthaus, Thomas Dooley, Petter Villegas (Steve Shak 92+), Adolfo Valencia, Tab Ramos (Billy Walsh 79)

MetroStars - Valencia (Villegas) 60.
MetroStars - Valencia (Villegas, Matthaeus) 69.

Total shots: Columbus 11 (Perez 2, McBride 2, Gori 2), MetroStars 20 (Villegas 5, Valencia 5). Shots on goal: Columbus 1 (McBride 1), MetroStars 6 (Chung 3). Saves: Columbus - Napoleon 4; MetroStars - Ammann 1. Fouls: Columbus 11 (five players with 2), MeroStars 10 (Chung 3). Offside: Columbus 4, MetroStars 1. Corner kicks: Columbus 5, MetroStars 6. Yellow card cautions: Columbus - Duhaney 58, DeBrito 57; MetroStars - Jolley 78, Matthaeus 78. Possession percentage: Columbus 51, MetroStars 49.

Referee: Mike Tamberino. Referee's assistants: Craig Lowry, John Spicer-Escalante. Attendance: 17,558 at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium. Weather: Sunny, warm, 82 degrees.

New England Revoluttion 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution netted two goals in a three-minute after intermission and won its first game in regulation time, 2-1 over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes before 14,489 at Foxboro Stadium.

With the match scoreless, both teams came out with decidedly offensive approaches after the break. San Jose came close to taking the lead through Iranian star Khodadad Azizi who was making his return to the field after serving a three-game suspension. Azizi hit the left post in the 51st minute from just inside the box.

Four minutes later, the Revolution made its breakthrough. Wolde Harris picked off a bad pass by Ryan Tinsley in San Jose's half and launched Mauricio Ramos who was making a run toward the box. Ramos took the ball off the bounce and caught goalkeeper Joe Cannon off his line with a first time shot in the upper right hand corner of the net. It was Ramos's first goal in a Revolution uniform.

Ramos returned the favor to Harris on the Revolution's second goal in the 58th minute. Harris dribbled past two Earthquake players near the left corner of the box and started a give-and-go with Ramos. Harris received the ball on the left side of the box and his shot toward the far post was touched by Cannon but still made it into the net.

The Earthquakes got a goal from forward Abdul Thompson Conteh in the 72nd minute to narrow the deficit to 2-1. Azizi sent a long pass from midfield to Conteh who used his chest to get around Brian Dunseth outside the penalty area and then loft the ball over Revolution keeper Jeff Causey.

In the final 20 minutes, the Earthquakes came close to tying the score with the best chance coming from second half substitute Wojtek Krakowiak. With two minutes left in regulation, he garnered the ball on the right side of the six-yard box and shot right on Causey who was covering the right post.

San Jose was playing without top striker Ronald Cerritos, who leads the team with nine points, including four goals.

With the victory, the Revolution (2-2-4, 10 points) took over first place in the Eastern Division. The Earthquakes (2-4-2, 8 points) are fourth and last in the West.

New England Revolution 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

Lineups: New England - Jeff Causey, Rusty Pierce, Brian Dunseth, Ted Chronopoulos, Ivan McKinley, Carlos Parra, Imad Baba, Leonel Alvarez (Shaker Asad 67), Mauricio Ramos (Paul Keegan 91+), Johnny Torres, Wolde Harris (William Sunsing 62. San Jose - Joe Cannon, John Doyle, Jim Conrad, Mauricio Wright, Justin Evans, Richard Mulrooney, Ryan Tinsley, Dario Brose (Ian Russell 62, Travis Mulraine 90), Harut Karapetyan (Wojtek Krakowiak 62), Abdul Thompson Conteh, Khodadad Azizi.

New England - Ramos (Harris) 55.
New England - Harris (Ramos) 58.
San Jose - Conteh (Azizi) 72.

Total shots: New England 18 (Baba 4), San Jose 8 (Azizi 2, Conteh 2). Shots on goal: New England 8 (four players with 2), San Jose 4 (four players with 1). Saves: New England - Causey 3; San Jose - Cannon 6. Fouls: New England 25 (Parra 6), San Jose 9 (Evans 3). Offside: New England 4, San Jose 2. Corner kicks: New England 4, San Jose 2. Yellow card cautions: New England - Pierce 14, McKinley 42, Baba 67, Parra 86; San Jose - Conrad 14, Evans 23. Possession percentage: New England 57, Sam Jose 43.

Referee: Rich Grady. Referee's assistants: Glenn Prechac, John Konstantinidis. Attendance: 14,489 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: Fair.

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