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Hudson, Miami take on revived United.

(Tuesday, May 9, 2000) -- Two days after replacing Ivo Wortmann, Miami Fusion interim coach Ray Hudson leads his team tomorrow against suddenly revived D.C. United, the defending Major League Soccer champion.

The two teams are tied for third and last in the Eastern Division with seven points -- D.C. United is 2-5-1, Miami 1-3-4 -- but United, a three-time league titlist, resembled the most dominant team in MLS history with its 5-2 rout at the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

A capsule preview of Wednesday night’s game:

D.C. United at Miami Fusion. 7:30 p.m. (ET)
D.C. United 2-5-1, Miami 1-3-4. The two teams are tied for third in the Eastern Division with seven points.
Season series: First meeting.
All-time regular-season series: United leads 6-2 (D.C. leads 20-13 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: United - F Jaime Moreno (7-1-15); Miami - F Diego Serna (2-1-5).
Did you know? This match will be the professional coaching debut of South Florida soccer legend Ray Hudson, who will guide the team on an interim basis following the dismissal of Ivo Wortmann on Monday.
Key players out: United - D Eddie Pope (knee surgery); Miami - G Jeff Cassar (groin strain), F Eric Wynalda (Achilles tendon).
Key matchup: United F Jaime Moreno vs. Fusion D Leo Cullen - Fresh off a three-goal effort against Colorado, Moreno looks to be heating up at the wrong time for the Fusion. . . Paired with Francis Okaroh at the center of the Fusion defense, Cullen's quickness will leave him tracking the always dangerous Bolivian. . . With M Marco Etcheverry at the top of his game, it could be a long night for Miami netminder Garth Lagerwey if the Fusion defense is stretched early.
Notes: Although the team still sits in the uncustomary third position in the East, United seems to be on the rebound, following a 5-2 drubbing of the Colorado Rapids at Mile High Stadium on Saturday. . . Bolivian internationals Moreno and Etcheverry continue to carry the load for the defending champ. . . In his last four games, Etcheverry has scored three goals and collected four assists, while Moreno netted his first MLS hat trick against Colorado on Saturday . . . Eight games into the season, Moreno is the lone United forward to have notched a goal . . . Interim head coach Ray Hudson will try to figure out a way for the Fusion to shake a season-long scoring slump of scoring only five goals . . . Striker Roy Lassiter has not found net in six games, the longest span of his career . . . Despite its offensive struggles, Miami's defense continues to keep the club afloat, surrendering only nine goals on the season, third best in MLS. . . United M Ben Olsen has been listed as doubtful by the club because of a groin strain.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Alex Prus. Assistants - Reggie Rutty, Rob Mann

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