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Weltonís golden goal propels Miami over D.C. United 1-0.

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Wednesday, May 10, 2000) -- Weltonís goal near the end of sudden death -- his first tally of the season -- gave the Miami Fusion a 1-0 decision over D.C.. United and Ray Hudson a victory in his debut as a Major League Soccer head coach.

Before 5,058 at Lockhart Stadium tonight, goalkeeper Nick Rimando earned a shutout in his first MLS start.

The goal came in the 98th minute of play off a long give-and-go play between Welton and forward Roy Lassiter. Welston passed the ball off to Lassiter from just outside the center circle, and Lassiter found a streaking Welton with a well-placed pass. From the edge of the six-yard box, Welton placed the ball low into the far corner for the game-winner.

Key injuries struck both Miami (2-3-4, 10 points) and United (2-6-1, 7 points), with the Fusionís Tyrone Marshall and Unitedís Marco Etcheverry leaving the game before the start of the second half because of strained hamstrings. Marshall left the field early in the first half and was replaced with Martin Machon in the midfield. D.C. United's Antonio Otero took the field after the break.

Miami was without the services of team captain Francis Okaroh, the defender sitting out with a strained groin.

Rimando turned away five shots.

Miami Fusion 1, D.C. United 0

Lineups: Miami - Nick Rimando, Tyrone Marshall (Martin Machon 22), Brian Kamler, Pablo Mastroeni, Leo Cullen, Jim Rooney, Andy Williams (Welton 67), Henry Gutierrez (Nelson Vargas 78), Jay Heaps, Diego Serna, Roy Lassiter. D.C. United - Tom Presthus, Jeff Agoos, Carlos Llamosa, Carey Talley, Geoff Aunger, John Maessner (Bobby Convey 75), Richie Williams, Marco Etcheverry (Antonio Otero 46), Ben Olsen, Jaime Moreno, Chris Albright.

Miami - Welton (Lassiter) 98.

Total shots: Miami 20 (Serna 6), D.C. United 16 (Moreno 4). Shots on goal: Miami 10 (Serna 4), D.C. United 5 (Moreno 3). Saves: Miami - Rimando 5; D.C. United - Presthus 9. Fouls: 19 (Serna 3, Rooney 3), D.C. United 24 (Williams 4). Offside: Miami 3, D.C. United 3. Corner kicks: Miami 7, D.C. United 5. Yellow card caution: D.C. United - Williams 43. Possession percentage: Miami 52, D.C. Unied 48.

Referee: Alex Prus. Referee's assistants: Reggie Rutty, Robbie Mann. Attendance: 5,058 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Weather: Warm, 81 degrees.

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