New York/New Jersey scores twice at the end for a 2-1 victory.
By FRANK PASTOR
© St. Petersburg Times, published July 5, 2001
TAMPA -- In the six days since he was acquired from Colorado, goalkeeper Adin Brown has seen the Mutiny take losing from one extreme to another.
After being dominated for much of a three-goal loss Saturday at Kansas City, the Mutiny blew a game it appeared certain to win Wednesday.
Tampa Bay outplayed New York/New Jersey for 85 minutes only to allow two goals in the final eight minutes to lose 2-1.
Billy Walsh scored the tying goal in the 85th minute, and Michael Butler scored the winner in stoppage time as the MetroStars stunned the Mutiny at Raymond James Stadium before 20,730, the fifth-largest crowd in team history.
"It's tough," Brown said. "You play so well for 84 minutes and then have five minutes of absolute poop. It's frustrating. In the two games I've been here, we haven't put together a full game."
How frustrating was this loss, the Mutiny's ninth in its past 11 Major League Soccer games?
Coach Alfonso Mondelo did not address the media for the first time this year. Forward Mamadou Diallo, who scored his team-leading eighth goal, also declined to comment.
"We should have had the win," defender and captain Steve Trittschuh said. "It's not easy to lose 3-0, 4-0, but these games are hard to take because you know you should have won the game or you should have tied the game. You're in position to do that."
Most disappointing was that the Mutiny played one of its best games of the season while building a 1-0 lead.
Starting five midfielders instead of its usual four, Tampa Bay worked hard on defense, covered for each other and limited New York/New Jersey's scoring opportunities while creating plenty.
The Mutiny (3-12-1) converted in the 27th minute.
After Tampa Bay was awarded a corner kick, Eric Quill played the ball back to midfielder Steve Ralston. Ralston chipped it to Trittschuh in the box.
Trittschuh headed the ball across the box to Diallo, who settled it with his chest before kicking it into the net with his left foot.
New York/New Jersey (7-6-3) had several scoring chances in the half but couldn't put the ball behind Brown.
Mark Chung got around defender Scott Cannon in the 16th minute, but Craig Demmin slid to break up Chung's cross for Adolfo Valencia and cleared the ball from the box.
In the 39th minute, Brown rushed from the touch line to the top of the 6-yard box to punch the ball away from the hard-charging Martin Klinger.
Tampa Bay failed to put the game away in the second half.
In the 50th minute, New York/New Jersey midfielderRichie Williams pushed Ralston in the box, giving the Mutiny a free kick from inside the arc. Quill touched the ball to Diallo, but the striker missed wide right.
In the 59th minute, Eric Denton serviced the ball to Cannon, who launched a shot that goalkeeper Tim Howard blocked with his right foot. The ball deflected off midfielder Josh Keller's foot toward the far post, but Williams cleared it before it crossed the goal line.
That set the stage for Daniel Hernandez, who set up both New York/New Jersey goals.
After a Mutiny foul, the defender took the free kick from 30 yards. Walsh, standing near the top of the 6-yard box, redirected the ball past Brown to tie.
Then, with seconds remaining in stoppage time, Hernandez crossed the ball over Denton's head and into the box, where Butler headed it past Brown.
NOTE: Forward Ali Curtis suffered a left lateral meniscus tear Saturday against Kansas City. He is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery Friday to determine how long he will be out.
SAN JOSE 1, MIAMI 1: In a matchup of surprising top two teams, the host Earthquakes and the Fusion extended their unbeaten streaks to 12.
Preki scored in the first half for the Fusion. Ramiro Corrales scored his first goal of the season for San Jose.
The Earthquakes lost captain Jeff Agoos, a starting defender for the U.S. national team, to a bruised lower back in the first half. Agoos fell hard when he was undercut by MLS leading scorer Diego Serna.
CHICAGO 7, KANSAS CITY 0: Jamar Beasley converted in the opening minute and Peter Nowak and Hristo Stoitchkov each scored twice as the visiting Fire came within one goal of the MLS record for most in a game. The Fire scored the most goals in an MLS game this season.
NEW ENGLAND 1, DALLAS 1: Edward Johnson scored in the 90th minute to tie it for the host Burn, which had outscored the Revolution 7-2 in their past four games.
-- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
SATURDAY: Chicago at Mutiny, 7 p.m.