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Valencia finds net twice, Villegas in sudden death for MetroStars who come back to stun Mutiny 3-2.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Saturday, May 20, 2000) -- Adolfo Valencia’s second goal tied it in the 88th minute and Petter Villegas blasted home a 25-yarder in sudden death for the MetroStars who erased a two goal deficit to defeat the Tampa Bay Mutiny 3-2 tonight before 29,521 at Giants Stadium.

Mutiny striker Mamadou Diallo had two goals for the third straight game, this time in a losing cause.

Just as the second five-minute overtime began, newly-acquired Clint Mathis controlled the ball down the left side for the MetroStars (4-6, 12 points) before squaring a pass to Mark Chung at the corner of the penalty area. Chung, who entered the game six minutes earlier, sent a rolling pass across the arc to Villegas, who hammered his game-winner into the upper left-hand corner.

Valencia, who now has five goals, pulled the home team even with two minutes remaining in regulation on a play started by Chung who worked free on the left wing. He crossed to Valencia at the six yard mark where "El Tren" turned on Mutiny defender Joe Addo and tapped the ball past goalkeeper Scott Garlick to make it 2-2.

The MetroStars got on the board in the 58th minute after Valencia controlled the ball outside the arc and worked a give-an-go with midfielder Tab Ramos at the top of the box. Valencia made several cutbacks, working through two Tampa Bay defenders, and slipped his shot past Garlick.

The MetroStars, who have now won three out of five, gained a spark after intermission from Chung and Roy Myers, who came after the breakor Alex Comas. The MetroStars picked up Mathis and Myers from Los Angeles this week in supposedly separate transactions that had to do with the Galaxy "divesting" three players to receive he allocation of star Mexican striker Luis Hernandez.

Carlos Valderrama set up the first goal of the game on a free kick from 25 yards out. The veteran midfielder, who has recorded at least one assist in every game in his career against the MetroStars, floated a pass over a MetroStars wall to Diallo, who slipped free behind it and easily beat Mike Ammann from close range to give Tampa Bay (6-5, 18 points) a 1-0 lead.

In the 45th minute, Diallo struck again. Dominic Kinnear won the ball in midfield and found an open Eric Quill down the left wing. Quill raced down the flank and found Diallo in the box. Diallo outmuscled Mark Semioli to head home his league-leading ninth goal in nine games for a 2-0 advantage.

Diallo, a Senegal native and current MLS "Player of the Week," set an record with eight shots on goal in the contest, seven in the first half.

MetroStars 3, Tampa Bay Mutiny 2 (2OT)

Lineups: MetroStars - Mike Ammann, Mark Semioli (Mark Chung 82), Steve Jolley, Mike Petke, Daniel Hernandez, Thomas Dooley (Billy Walsh 26), Tab Ramos, Petter Villegas, Clint Mathis, Adolfo Valencia, Alex Comas (Roy Myers 46). Tampa Bay - Scott Garlick, Steve Trittschuh, Chad McCarty, Joseph Addo, Ritchie Kotschau, Josh Keller, Dominic Kinnear (Kalin Bankov 80), Carlos Valderrama, Manuel Lagos (Raul Diaz Arce 91), Eric Quill (Kevin Anderson 83), Mamadou Diallo.

Tampa Bay - Diallo (Valderrama) 38.
Tampa Bay - Diallo (Quill, Keller) 45.
MetroStars - Valencia (Ramos) 58.
MetroStars - Valencia (Chung) 88.
MetroStars - Villegas (Chung, Mathis) 96.

Total shots: MetroStars 18 (Mathis 5), Tampa Bay 24 (Diallo 10). Shots on goal: MetroStars 9 (Valencia 3, Mathis 3), Tampa Bay 24 (Diallo 10). Saves: MetroStars - Ammann 8; Tampa Bay - Garlick 4. Fouls: MetroStars 9 (Ramos 2, Hernandez 2, Semioli 2), Tampa Bay 8 (Diallo 4). Offside: MetroStars 6, Tampa Bay 3. Corner kicks: MetroStars 7, Tampa Bay 6. Yellow card cautions: MetroStars - Hernandez 69, Walsh 96+; Tampa Bay - Keller 76, Diallo 77. Possession percentage: MetroStars 54, Tampa Bay 46.

Referee: Paul Tamberino. Referee's assistants: Craig Lowry, Alex Schuster. Attendance: 29,521 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Weather: Overcast, 52 degrees.

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