A man advantage finally pays off late in Tampa Bay's 3-1 win.
By JOSH STEWART
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 22, 2001
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It took a while, but the Tampa Bay Mutiny finally took what the New York/New Jersey MetroStars gave it.
Tampa Bay, which played most of the contest with a man advantage after a MetroStars red card, scored three goals in the final 16 minutes for a 3-1 come-from-behind victory Saturday at Giants Stadium.
Mutiny goalkeeper Scott Garlick picked up his 32nd career win with the club, tying Mark Dougherty's team mark.
And he earned every bit of the win. He was peppered with shots early and made a pair of diving saves to keep the game scoreless.
Tampa Bay (2-1-0) went one man ahead in the 28th minute when MetroStars midfielder Pedro Alvarez was ejected after receiving his second yellow card. But the MetroStars continued to attack, and Alex Comas scored off an assist from Tab Ramos in the 37th minute for a 1-0 halftime lead.
The Mutiny struggled to set up its offense until late in the game. Steve Ralston's goal tied it in the 74th minute. Four minutes later, Carlos Valderrama and Mamadou Dialloassisted on Josh Keller's goal past keeper Tim Howard to give the Mutiny a 2-1 lead. Ali Curtis scored in extra time for the Mutiny. "We just didn't click the first 60-65 minutes," Keller said. "The way we were playing, it didn't matter that we were up a man. But we put an extra player up top in the second half to try to attack, and it finally started working."
GETTING ROWDIE: Diallo was ejected in the final minute for taking down defender Mike Petke. The play resulted in a brief skirmish. ... Two men with Mutiny affiliations were recognized for their play with the old Tampa Bay Rowdies NASL team. Assistant coach Perry Van Der Beck played for the Rowdies from 1978-82 and '84. Chief operating officer Eddie Austin was a member of the Rowdies' 1975 NASL championship team. They were included in a ceremony honoring former New York Cosmos NASL players.
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