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Valderrama is punished twice

By RODNEY PAGE

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 31, 2001


Mutiny midfielder Carlos Valderrama will miss Saturday's home match against Kansas City because of a red card he received after Saturday's 4-0 loss to Miami.

Mutiny midfielder Carlos Valderrama will miss Saturday's home match against Kansas City because of a red card he received after Saturday's 4-0 loss to Miami.

After the game, Valderrama took exception to the actions of Miami midfielder Ian Bishop and spit in Bishop's face. Bishop sat on the game ball after the final whistle.

Referee Kevin Stott's final game report was unclear whether a red card was issued. But Major League Soccer confirmed that Stott did issue a red card, which carries a mandatory one-game suspension.

There will be no further league suspensions of or fines for Valderrama. This is the fourth red card a Mutiny player has received in nine games.

Valderrama and goalkeeper Scott Garlick were fined an undisclosed amount by coach Alfonso Mondelo because of their actions in a fight at Tuesday's practice. Valderrama punched forward Eric Quill and attempted to punch Josh Keller during a scrimmage game.

Garlick walked off the field in disgust, which cut practice short.

"I talked with Carlos for two hours (Tuesday) evening, and Alfonso also talked with him," general manager Bill Manning said. "Basically, the message is we want the players to know that no one is above the team. We've had some bad luck this season, but we can't have these incidents that we bring on ourselves."

MIAMI 2, D.C. UNITED 1: Jim Rooney scored in the 71st minute for the host Fusion (8-1-1, 25 points), which is unbeaten in its past seven matches.

Rooney's shot inside the 6-yard box was partially deflected by D.C. goalkeeper Mike Ammann but caromed inside the right post for his third goal of the year. Fusion forward Diego Serna set up the goal with a crossing pass from the right wing.

The Fusion took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on Preki's penalty kick. D.C. tied it in the 54th minute on Chris Albright's first goal of the season.

Albright took a centering pass from Marco Etcheverry, and his shot from the half-circle of the penalty box landed inside the right post.

United's goal broke Rimando's 298-minute shutout streak.

A minute before Albright's goal, Rimando stopped Jaime Moreno's penalty shot, which came after Bobby Convey was fouled inside the penalty area by Pablo Mastroeni.

D.C. had two scoring in the first half, but Rimando came out of the box to deflect a shot by Albright at the 19th minute and stopped a shot by Albright three minutes later.

L.A. 4, CHICAGO 3: Luis Hernandez scored two goals as the Galaxy ended the Fire's MLS-record home unbeaten streak at 15 games.

A score by Hernandez in the 70th minute gave the Galaxy a two-goal lead. It was Chicago's first loss at Soldier Field since May 20, 2000. Eric Wynalda scored in the 75th minute as Chicago closed within 4-3.

Los Angeles' Peter Vanegas lifted a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Zach Thornton in the 53rd minute to break a 2-all tie.

COLORADO 1, SAN JOSE 1: John Spencer's goal in the 75th minute helped the visiting Rapids end the Earthquakes' four-game winning streak.

The temperature reached 100 degrees at kickoff, and tempers flared. The Rapids' Chris Martinez and Ross Paule received yellow cards, and teammate Chris Dawes was ejected for dangerous play. The Earthquakes' Troy Dayak and Jimmy Conrad also received yellow cards.

Dayak's yellow card in the 75th minute was costly to the Earthquakes. On the ensuing free kick, Spencer's shot hit the crossbar and ricocheted to teammate Marcelo Balboa. He headed the ball back to Spencer, who scored.

- Information from other news organizations was used in this report.

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