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© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 8, 2001


N.Y./N.J. ends Miami win streak

MIAMI -- Adolfo Valencia scored twice as the New York/New Jersey MetroStars beat Miami 3-0 Saturday night, snapping the Fusion's 12-match unbeaten streak.

MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard had seven saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

The Fusion entered Saturday's match with a league-best 11-1-3 record and 36 points.

Petter Villegas scored in the 57th minute for the MetroStars (8-6-3). Valencia sent a pass from inside the midfield stripe to Villegas, who dribbled, unmarked, inside the Miami penalty box and beat Fusion goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 18 yards.

Valencia scored in the 66th minute, off a free kick from Daniel Hernandez, and added his second goal in the 73rd minute.

Valencia took a deep pass from Mark Chung, ran past the Miami backline into the goal area and beat Rimando from 20 yards for his second goal of the game.

Howard thwarted two Fusion scoring chances in the final 11 minutes of the first half.

In the 34th minute, Howard deflected a header by Diego Serna inside the 6-yard box with his foot, and stopped a 12-yard header by Alex Pineda Chacon with one minute left in the first half.

LOS ANGELES 3, D.C. 0: Ezra Hendrickson, Luis Hernandez and Cobi Jones scored to lead the visiting Galaxy. Goalkeeper Matt Reis made four saves for his sixth shutout as the Galaxy (8-5-5) won its fourth straight game at RFK Stadium and improved to 8-8-0 against United. Los Angeles, winless in two games (0-1-1), has scored a MLS-high 20 road goals this season. D.C. (5-10-1) is winless in three games (0-2-1) and 2-8-1 in its last 11 matches. Hendrickson scored during first-half injury time. Jones curled a corner kick from the right side. Hendrickson dove and headed the ball between goalkeeper Mike Ammann and the right post for his third goal of the season. Hernandez and Jones scored in a one-minute span in the second half.

COLUMBUS 2, DALLAS 2: Edson Buddle scored on a header in the 90th minute for host Columbus. Jeff Cunningham fought off six Dallas players in the box and passed to Buddle, who shot over charging Burn goalkeeper Matt Jordan. Buddle's goal was the fourth in the final 15 minutes and kept Columbus (5-5-5) within two points of second-place Dallas (6-6-4) in the Central Division. Chad Deering gave the Burn a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute. He deflected a shot by Jorge Rodriguez past Columbus goalkeeper Tom Presthus.

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CAROLINA 2, PHILADELPHIA 0: Danielle Fotopoulos scored on a header in the fourth minute as the host Courage ended a five-game winless streak.

Fotopoulos scored her sixth goal of the season off Jaclyn Raveia's free kick, outjumping two defenders. Hege Riise added a goal in the 84th minute, her third.

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