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Mutiny routed again, streak reaches nine

By GUS MARTINS

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 10, 2001


FOXBORO, Mass. -- The rested and ready Revolution met a fatigued and indifferent Tampa Bay Mutiny Saturday night and the result was a pretty revealing 3-0 victory for New England.

Tampa Bay fell to 2-9-1, had its losing streak extended to six and its winless streak stretched to nine. The Mutiny has an MLS-worst seven points.

The Revolution got a goal by Johnny Torres in the 64th minute on a pass from Braeden Cloutier and Andy Williams.

Tampa Bay, loser in a 1-0 midweek game vs. Dallas, never seemed to have anything to spare. After starting aggressively and getting a number of corner kicks in the first half, two goals by Wolde Harris in the half seemed to demoralize the troops.

The Revolution, by contrast, started to strut its stuff in the second half playing almost without regard for the visitors.

The Revolution did a splendid job of protecting goalkeeper Jeff Causey, appearing in only his second game of the season. Tampa Bay, attacking with just one striker most of the night in Mamadou Diallo, never mounted a worthy attack in the second half.

The closest was in the 72nd minute when Craig Demmin hit a corner kick that was blocked in front.

Corner kicks, a statistic the Mutiny led 7-2 in the first half, should have indicated who was doing most of the attacking.

But the struggling Mutiny found itself down 2-0 courtesy of haphazard defending and one penalty by Demmin on Cloutier in the 20th minute that Harris put past Scott Garlick for his first goal of the season.

Williams put a great ball past the Mutiny defensive line, which appeared to be playing for an offside. Cloutier got free and sprinted to the box. Demmin, who sprinted back into position, bumped Cloutier with his shoulder to set up the penalty that Tampa Bay didn't seem to have any reason to dispute.

Harris got his second goal in the 32nd minute, taking on his chest a chip from Williams, holding off Steve Trittschuh and Scott Cannon and slipping the ball past Garlick in the 32nd minute.

The goal came as the Mutiny was playing short-handed. Midfielder Joe Addo had limped to the sideline with a strained hamstring. He was replaced by Jair but before the substitute could get into the game his team faced a two-goal deficit.

The Mutiny was playing in the Revolution's area for the first part of the half. In the eighth minute Carlos Valderrama got onto a losse ball from a corner kick, beat Ted Chronopoulos and hit a left-footed shot that Causey saved. Causey started because regular keeper Juergen Sommer ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in Friday's practice.

The Mutiny's best chance in the first half came in the 11th minute when Steve Ralston got around the right corner on a feed from Valderrama, then slotted a good pass to Josh Keller, who failed on the finish.

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