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published June 27, 2001


With 3-2 loss, Mutiny eliminated from U.S. Open Cup NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Despite a late goal, the Mutiny lost to the Connecticut Wolves 3-2 at Veterans Memorial Stadium and were eliminated from the 2001 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The last time Tampa Bay was eliminated in the second round was 1996.

The Mutiny cut the lead to one with an 89th-minute goal by Mamadou Diallo on a freekick from 22 yards. The shot was saved by 2001 Mutiny draft pick Adam Throop, but the ball trickled past the Connecticut goalkeeper to give Diallo his only goal of the U.S. Open Cup.

Connecticut took a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute with a goal by Winston Griffiths.

The Wolves added a goal by Irasto Knight in the 86th minute. Griffiths had the assist. Tampa Bay tied it at 1 with a 55th-minute goal by Devin Barclay. Diallo was credited with the assist on the shot.

TRINIDAD FIRES COACH: Trinidad and Tobago fired its national coach six days after a loss to the United States in a World Cup qualifier. Ian Porterfield of Scotland was replaced by Rene Simoes of Brazil, the country's federation said.

Simoes, who led Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup in France, has a reputation as a disciplinarian.

Trinidad is last in the six-team qualifying group representing North and Central America and the Caribbean. The team is 0-4-1.

DRUG RULES: In the wake of a rash of failed drug tests, Italy's leagues adopted a new "code of behavior" aimed at limiting the use of banned substances. Under the new terms -- agreed to Tuesday by the top three leagues, plus player and coaches associations -- players cannot take any treatment without the approval of team doctors. That puts the onus firmly on official team doctors, who will be "personally responsible for the substances and health treatments they prescribe for players," according to the agreement.

OFFICIAL ABDUCTED: Leftist rebels kidnapped the vice president of the national soccer federation in western Colombia, authorities said, sparking new concern about holding the Americas Cup tournament in war-torn Colombia.

The abduction as well as reported kidnap threats against star Argentine players follow a wave of urban bombings last month.

Police accuse guerrillas in the abduction Monday of Hernan Mejia, 66, the first vice president of the Colombian Soccer Federation and an Americas Cup organizer. Mejia was one of 20 people seized at a rural roadblock near Pereira.

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