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Diallo doubles up again, driving Tampa Bay to 3-1 decision over Crew.

TAMPA, Fla. (Saturday, May 13, 2000) -- Mamadou Diallo scored two goals for the second straight game tonight, lifting the Tampa Bay Mutiny to a 3-1 decision over the Columbus Crew before 10,212 at Raymond James Stadium.

Diallo's goals came on the heels of a two-tally performance last week against Dallas. His four goals were scored in 78 minutes of play. The big striker from Senegal now is third in the league with seven goals, trailing Chicago's Ante Razov and D.C. United's Jaime Moreno by one. He started over Raul Diaz Arce who had four goals in six appearances, but missed the Dallas game to be with El Salvador for a World Cup qualifier.

"I need to play every game to do my best. No player likes to sit the bench," Diallo told the The Tampa Tribune. "I told Raul I knew his situation and I knew he was uncomfortable. I have respect for everyone as a player."

Tampa Bay (6-4, 15 points) held on to first place in Major League Soccerís Central Division and is 6-0 at home, while winless on the road.

Diallo opened the scoring in the 11th minute, capitalizing on a Columbus turnover at midfield. Ritchie Kotschau fed a streaking Steve Ralston toward the top of the box. Ralston then found Diallo free inside the box for a quick-strike goal and 1-0 advantage.

Diallo struck again in the 38th minute to put the Mutiny up 2-0, finishing off an impressive passing sequence. Dominic Kinnear controlled the ball 25 yards out and made a run toward the top of the arc before sending a square ball across to Carlos Valderrama. "El Pibe" slid a soft ball through several Crew defenders to Diallo, who in full stride one-timed it just past diving goalkeeper Mark Dougherty.

"I give all credit to Mamadou. He came up after he saw his name on the blackboard and expressed his feelings about Raul and how difficult the decision is," Mutiny coach Tim Hankinson told The Tribune. "Mamadou was actually feeling badly about getting selected. I had to tell him [that] he was given the responsibility of the match. It was good to see his sensitivity toward the situation."

Three minutes into the second half, Tampa Bay made it 3-0 after Kinnear was the beneficiary of another fine Valderrama through ball. Kinnear capped a long run by blasting his first goal of the season past Dougherty. Valderrama, with tonightís two assists, now has a league-leading 10 on the season.

Columbus (3-6-1, 10 points) pulled one to within 3-1 in the 74th minute when midfielder Robert Warzycha tallied on a free kick from 25 yards out, curling a low shot just inside the left post past a diving Scott Garlick. A yellow-card foul by Joe Addo on Miles Joseph set up the set piece.

The Crew attack took on a different look with top striker Brian McBride, battling illness late in the week, starting on the bench, and midfielder Brian West also sitting in favor of Roland Aguilera, who made his first MLS start.

"We dug a hole deeper than we could get out of in the second half," said Crew coach Tom Fitzgerald. "We played a much better second half. Mike Clark did a much better job on Diallo in the second half but the damage had been done in the first half. We need to forget about this game. We have a chance to redeem ourselves next Saturday in front of our fans."

Ralston was forced to leave the game in the 18th minute, suffering from a right leg contusion after taking a hard fall after challenging a 50-50 ball. The high-scoring midfielder, who has 11 points on two goals and seven assists in 10 games, saw a streak of 1,183 consecutive minutes played end. He was replaced by Kevin Anderson, but is not expected to miss any additional action.

Tampa Bay Mutiny 3, Columbus Crew 1

Lineups; Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Chad McCarty, Ritchie Kotschau, Steve Trittschuh, Joseph Addo, Josh Keller, Dominic Kinnear (Kalin Bankov 70), Manuel Lagos, Carlos Valderrama, Steve Ralston (Kevin Anderson 18), Mamadou Diallo. Columbus - Mark Dougherty, Mario Gori (Miles Joseph 45), Ansil Elcock, Mike Duhaney (Brian West 45), Michael Clark, Roland Aguilera (Brian McBride 55), Todd Yeagley, Robert Warzycha, John Wilmar Perez, Jeff Cunningham, Dante Washington.

Tampa Bay - Diallo (Ralston, Kotschau) 11.
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Valderrama, Kinnear) 38.
Tampa Bay - Kinnear (Valderrama) 48.
Columbus - Warzycha (unassisted) 74.

Total shots: Tampa Bay 16 (Diallo 5), Columbus 21 (Cunningham 8). Shots on goal: Tampa Bay 7 (Diallo 4), Columbus 9 (Cunningham 3). Saves: Tampa Bay - Garlick 7; Columbus - Dougherty 4. Fouls: Tampa Bay 20 (Anderson 5), Columbus 14 (Cunningham 3). Offside: Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 3. Corner kicks: Tampa Bay 7, Columbus 13. Yellow card cautions: Tampa Bay - Addo 74; Columbus - Yeagley 81. Possession percentage: Tampa Bay 50, Columbus 50.

Referee: Kevin Terry. Referee's assistants: Scott Weyland, Tarek Khan. Attendance: 10,212 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Weather: Hot, 88 degrees, clear.

New England 3, D.C. United 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The New England Revolution only managed four shots on net, but three of them were free kicks that went in for a 3-1 defeat of slumping D.C. United before 18,493 who braved the pouring rain at RFK Stadium.

The Revolution (3-2-4, 13 points) remained tied with Miami (3-3-4, 13 points) for first place in the Eastern Division, while defending and three-time champion United has the worst record in he league at 2-7-1 for seven points.

"They had one shot on goal in the run of play and we lose 3-1," said United defender Jeff Agoos. Sometimes things don't make sense."

Jaime Moreno, who moved back into the midfield because of a hamstring injury to star playmaker Marco Etcheverry, grabbed a 1-0 lead for United in the 14th minute, heading home a Ben Olsen corner kick that bounced under diving goalkeeper Jeff Causey. The keeper later would redeem himself in a big way.

The advantage lasted one minute. On a direct kick from 30 yards, the United wall jumped, anticipating a high ball, and forward Wolde Harris drove a low ball under he wall with the ball skipping off the drenched urf into the left corner past keeper Tom Presthus. Harris admitted after the game, he mishit the shot and was lucky to put itt on frame, though after studying film, he expected the wall to jump.

Midfielder Mauricio Ramos converted on a similar free kick from 24 yards for a 2-1 in the 65th minute, curling a shot around the wall into the left corner past a diving Presthus. D.C. midfielder Richie Williams was called for tugging Ted Chronopoulos who was carrying horizontally across the top pf the box.

Causey came up big in the 79ht minute, diving to his right to turn away Morenoís penaly kick, awarded after Chronopoulos was whistled and carded for holding Chris Albright on a corner kick.

Four minutes later, it was second-half sub William Sunsing who went down at the top of the penalty area and midfielder Imad Baba put his 23-yard free kick into the same left corner with Presthus this time getting a hand on it before it found net.

United, which held possession 64 percent of he time according to MLSís stat, outshot the Revs 18-5, but only could equal New Englandís four shots on frame.

New England Revolution 3, D.C. United 1

Lineups: D.C. United - Tom Presthus, Geoff Aunger (Mike Slivinski 73), Carey Talley, Carlos Llamosa, Jeff Agoos, Ben Olsen, Richie Williams, Bobby Convey (John Maessner 60), Jaime Moreno, Chris Albright, Mike Burke (David Hayes 46). New England - Jeff Causey, Rusty Pierce, Brian Dunseth, Ivan McKinley, Ted Chronopoulos, Imad Baba, John Harkes, Carlos Parra (Mike Burns 46), Mauricio Ramos (Paul Keegan 89), Wolde Harris, Johnny Torres (William Sunsing 60).

D.C. United - Moreno (Olsen) 14.
New England - Harris (unassisted) 15.
New England - Ramos (unassisted) 66.
New England - Baba (unassisted) 82.

Total shots: D.C. United 18 (Moreno 5, Agoos 5), New England 5 (five players with 1). Shots on goal:D.C. United 4 (Moreno 3), New England 4 (four players with 1). Saves: D.C. United - Presthus 1; New England - Causey 3. Fouls: D.C. United 12 (Williams 3), New England 19 (Burns 4, Harris 4, Pierce 4). Offside: D.C. United 3, New England 2. Corner kicks: D.C. United 16, New England 3. Yellow card cautions: D.C. United - Talley 62; New England - Chronopoulos 78. Possession percentage: D.C. Uited 64, New England 36.

Referee: Tae Young Kim. Referee's assistants: Craig Lowry, Robert Fereday. Attendance: 18,493 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Weather: Heavy rain.

Miami Fusion 2, Colorado Rapids 1

DENVER -- Jay Heaps and Roy Lassiter scored late in the second half to rally the shorthanded Miami Fusion to its second straight victory 2-1 over the Colorado Rapids before 16,582 at Mile High Stadium.

The Fusion (3-3-4, 13 points) is 2-0 under interim coach Ray Hudson and tied with the Tampa Bay Mutiny (3-2-4) for first in the Eastern Division.

Miami played one player down when midfielder Henry Gutierrez was ejected with his second yellow card in the 55th minute. Colorado defender Marcelo Balboa was also sent off with a second caution, but in the 90th minute.

Miami rookie goalkeeper Nick Rimando, making his second straight start, began the winning sequence, punting the ball downfield to a streaking Lassiter. Lassiter corralled the long ball and ran into the box unchecked against keeper Adin Brown. Lassiter tapped the ball just past a diving Brown to make it 2-1 in the 79th minute.

The Fusion tied the match at 1-1 five minutes off another goal mouth scramble. Welton chased down a long corner kick to the far corner and whipped the ball back towards the near post where striker Diego Serna had the ball deflect off his thigh to Heaps who tapped in his shot off the hands of a diving Brown.

Colorado (4-6, 12 points) took a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute off a scramble in front of the Miami goal. Fusion midfielder Jim Rooney headed a ball off his goal line, but it fell right to Rapids midfielder Jason Bent who slotted it home from 12 yards out.

Miami Fusion 2, Colorado Rapids 0

Lineups: Colorado - Adin Brown, Chris Martinez, Marcelo Balboa, David Vaudreuil, Scott Vermillion (Matt Okoh 86), Junior Agogo, Jason Bent, Paul Bravo, Joey DiGiamarino, Henry Zambrano, Jorge Dely Valdes. Miami - Nick Rimando, Leo Cullen, Jay Heaps (Jeremy Aldrich 78), Pablo Mastroeni, Brian Kamler, Andy Williams (Welton 72), Martin Machon, Henry Gutierrez, Jim Rooney, Roy Lassiter, Diego Serna.

Colorado - Bent (unassisted) 50.
Miami - Heaps (Serna, Welton) 74.
Miami - Lassiter (Rimando) 79.

Total shots: Colorado 16 (Agogo 5), Miami 23 (Lassiter 6). Shots on goal: Colorado 8 (Zambrano 2, Agogo 2), Miami 11 (Lassiter 4). Saves: Colorado - Brown 9; Miami - Rimando 7. Fouls: Colorado 17 (Bravo 5), Miami 11 (Williams 3). Offside: Colorado 8, Miami 6. Corner kicks: Colorado 5, Miami 9. Yellow card cautions: Colorado - Balboa 36, Bent 82; Miami - Gutierrez 39, Serna 89. Red card ejections: Colorado - Balboa 90; Miami - Gutierrez 55. Possession percentage: Colorado 46, Miami 54.

Referee: Sandra Hunt. Referee's assistants: Tom Bobadilla, David Bragg. Attendance: 16,582 at Mile High Stadium Weather: Partly cloudy.

Dallas Burn 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (OT)

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy and Dallas Burn traded goals within an 10-minute span from first-half injury time to early in the second half in a 1-1 draw before 20,417 fans at the Cotton Bowl.

Despite having the majority of scoring opportunities, the Galaxy (5-0-4, 19 points) gave up a late first-half goal to Dallas' Jason Kreis a minute into extra time. Defender Paul Caligiuri scored the game-tying goal in the 55th minute to extend the Galaxy's unbeaten streak to nine games.

"It was on target and I think it deflected. I was just happy to hit it on goal in that situation." The Galaxy, despite remaining undefeated, fell another two points behind the Kansas City Wizards (7-0-2, 23 points) in the Western Division. The Burn (4-4-1, 13 points) played in front of the fifth largest home crowd in Burn history, and the club's largest attendance at the Cotton Bowl since June of 1996.

Paul Caligiuri, who made only his fourth start of the season, continued to be on fire having scored two goals and an assist in six games. Caligiuriís best season, 1996, saw him find net three times.

Kreis gave the Burn a 1-0 lead going into the locker room on a quick counterattack. Aleksey Korol, who made his first start of the season, started the scoring chance by sending a long cross field pass to free Jorge Rodriguez up the right wing. Rodriguez dribbled straight to goal and was met by a charging Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who denied Rodriguez. A trailing Kreis buried the loose ball, ending L.A. keeper Kevin Hartmanís shuout sttreak at 323 minutes.

In the 55th minute, Caligiuri notched his eighth career goal after receiving a corner kick 25 yards from goal and hitting a blast on the first touch past a diving goalkeeper Matt Jordan and inside the left post.

"It was on target and I think it deflected," Caligiuri said. "I was just happy to hit it on goal in that situation."

Los Angeles created a great scoring chance five minutes into sudden death when Simon Elliott found Danny PeŮa, who split two Dallas defenders to hit a streaking Mauricio Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos dribbled toward the near post with teammates in the middle, but instead attempted to beat Jordan to the near post from six-yards out, only to miss into the side netting.

Los Angeles played without striker Clint Mathis and midfielder Joey Franchino, apparently withheld because they will be dealt away when Mexican star Luis Hernandez is signed for the Galaxy this week.

Dallas was without top scorer Ariel Graziani (red-card suspension) and defender Chad Deering (yellow card accumulation).

Dallas Burn 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (OT)

Lineups: Dallas - Matt Jordan, Eric Dade, Ricardo Iribarren (Lazo Alavanja 86), Richard Farrer, Sergi Daniv (Antonio Martinez 60), Jorge Rodriguez, Ted Eck, Bobby Rhine (Mark Santel 79), Oscar Pareja, Jason Kreis, Aleksey Korol. Los Angeles - Kevin Hartman, Paul Caligiuri (Zak Ibsen 77), Greg Vanney, Robin Fraser, Ezra Hendrickson, Simon Elliott, Danny PeŮa, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Roy Myers, Sasha Victorine (Sebastien Vorbe 80), Cobi Jones.

Dallas - Kreis (Rodriguez, Korol) 46.
Los Angeles - Caligiuri (unassisted) 55.

Total shots: Dallas 9 (Rodriguez 2, Rhine 2, Korol 2), Los Angeles 17 (Elliott 3, Victorine 3). Shots on goal: Dallas 3 (Rodriguez 1, Rhine 1, Kreis 1), Los Angeles 5 (five players with 1). Saves: Dallas - Jordan 2; Los Angeles - Hartman 1. Fouls: Dallas 18 (Dade 3, Pareja 3), Los Angeles 13 (four players with 2). Offside: Dallas 1, Los Angeles 4. Corner kicks: Dallas 3, Los Angeles 8. Yellow card cautions: Dallas - Dade 48, Iribarren 72, Alavanja 93; Los Angeles - Pena 11. Possession percentage: Dallas 44, Los Angeles 56.

Referee: Gerry Corrie. Referee's assistants: Sergio Vega, Misail Tsapos. Attendance: 20,417 at the Cotton Bowl. Weather: Clear, 74 degrees, windy.

Chicago Fire 4, San Jose Earthquakes 1

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Fire scored three times in the first 13 minutes and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes before 11,467 at Soldier Field.

Fire forward Dema Kovalenko notched his third goal for a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, receiving a ball from midfielder Diego Gutierrez, dancing past the San Jose defense, and placing a shot into the far side netting past goalkeeper Joe Cannon.

"We say it all the time, Dema works very hard and we've had to use him in a lot of spots this year," Chicago coach Bob Bradley said,. "But we still think that his best qualities are around the goal. He was able to get in a good position a few times, the first goal is a good example of what Dema can do. He's strong, he's hard to knock off his feet, and obviously he can shoot well with both feet.

Defender Lubos Kubik made it 2-0 in the 12th minute, hammering home a 26-yard free kick.

A minute later, Chicago (5-4-1, 16 points) led 3-0 on an own goal after Earthquakes defender Mauricio Wright inadvertently redirected a Peter Nowak cross into his own net.

League scoring leader Ante Razov, fresh off a three-goal performance against the Miami Fusion last Saturday, upped the advantage to 4-0 in the 40th minute. He stripped the ball from a San Jose midfielder at the edge of the penalty area in the 40th minute of play, and immediately fired a quick blast caught Cannon flat-footed for his eighth goal, tying him for the league lead with D.C. Unitedís Jaime Moreno.

San Jose (2-5-2, 8 points), winless in its last four outings, ruined Fire keeper Zach Thorntonís clean sheet when forward Harut Karapetyan notched his first goal of the season. Midfielder Richard Mulrooney's cross from the right flank found defender John Doyle inside the Fire penalty area. Doyle played it back for Karapetyan, who beat Thornton high to the right side. Karapetyan was starting in his first game since being acquired by the Fire from the Kansas City Wizards May 3.

"Chicago was a very good team today, and we put on a very bad performance," said San Jose coach Lohtar Osiander. "We all seemed to have gone up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. We take a 1-0 win in the second-half, but that's about it.

Chicago Fire 4, San Jose Earthquakes 1

Lineups: Chicago - Zach Thornton, Lubos Kubik (Tom Soehn 81), C.J. Brown, Carlos Bocanegra, Chris Armas, Evan Whitfield (Sam George 71), Diego Gutierrez (DaMarcus Beasley 71), Jesse Marsch, Peter Nowak, Dema Kovalenko, Ante Razov. San Jose - Joe Cannon, Ryan Tinsley (Mauricio Solis 46), Mauricio Wright, John Doyle, Wade Barrett (Gabe Eastman 46), Justin Evans, Richard Mulrooney, Harut Karapetyan, Khodadad Azizi (Dario Brose 54), Ronald Cerritos, Abdul Thompson Conteh.

Chicago - Kovalenko (Gutierrez) 5.
Chicago - Kubik (unassisted) 12.
Chicago - own goal (Wright) 13.
Chicago - Razov (unassisted) 40.
San Jose - Karapetyan (Doyle, Mulrooney) 70.

Total shots: Chicago 13 (Kovalenko 5), San Jose 5 (Karapetyan 2). Shots on goal: Chicago 6 (Kubik 2, Kovalenko 2, Razov 2), San Jose 3 (Karapetyan 2). Saves: Chicago - Thornton 2; San Jose - Cannon 3. Fouls: Chicago 17 (Nowak 3, Armas 3, Bocanegra 3), San Jose 18 (Doyle 4). Offside: Chicago 3, San Jose 3. Corner kicks: 6, San Jose 1. Yellow card cautions: Chicago - Kubik 27, Armas 30, Kovalenko 37, Razov 87; San Jose - Mulrooney 11, Azizi 46+, Doyle 90. Possession percentage: Chicago 57, San Jose 43.

Referee: Paul Tamberino. Referee's assistants: Richard Eddy, Cien Asoera. Attendance: 11,467 at Soldier Field. Weather: Windy, Cloudy, 55 degrees.

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