By RODNEY PAGE
© St. Petersburg Times, published August 20, 2001
The Mutiny proved it could match up with one of Major League Soccer's top teams Saturday night, for about 14 minutes. Tampa Bay scored first, then allowed five straight Los Angeles goals in a 5-1 loss at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
It was the Mutiny's 10th straight road loss and its ninth loss in its past 11 games. Tampa Bay (4-18-1) is 1-6 all time in Los Angeles.
"It was frustrating again," Mutiny coach Perry Van Der Beck said. "It's starting to get old. No doubt Los Angeles is a good team, but we can't keep having these lapses. We just lost our discipline, especially after their first two goals."
Steve Ralston started the scoring in the fourth minute with an acrobatic header that beat goalkeeper Kevin Hartman from about 10 yards. Devin Barclay sent the cross in, and Ali Curtis also was credited with an assist.
Things deteriorated quickly, starting with a Greg Vanney goal in the 16th minute. Five minutes later Sasha Victorine's shot was deflected by defender Joe Addo and trickled into the net for an own goal.
Victorine then scored in the 29th minute on an assist by Marvin Quijano, capping three goals in 11 minutes for the Galaxy (12-6-5). Cobi Jones and and Victorine added goals in the second half.
Mutiny forward Mamadou Diallo didn't start because of flu symptoms, but he appeared in the 63rd minute. It might have been Diallo's last game with the Mutiny this season. He is close to signing a loan agreement with Valerenga of the Norwegian Second Division that would keep him with the club until October.
Mutiny keeper Adin Brown made 12 saves, which tied a club record, and faced 20 shots, a career high. Addo bruised his ribs and will be evaluated today.
"I still have the feeling of, 'Why them and not us,' " Van Der Beck said. "Our game plan was solid and we looked good to start the match. But we didn't play well in the middle and things got out of hand. That's the way it's been."
COLUMBUS 1, N.Y.-N.J. 0: Brian Maisonneuve scored in the sixth minute and Tom Presthus stopped a penalty kick near the end of the first half for the visiting Crew.
KANSAS CITY 3, COLORADO 2: Chris Klein, Roy Lassiter and Gary Glasgow scored and keeper Tony Meola made two saves in the final seconds for the host Wizards, who led 3-1 and held off a rally.
ITALY: Brazilian star Ronaldo played 35 minutes in Inter Milan's 7-0 victory in a charity match. He is coming back after missing most of two years with knee injuries. Also, AS Roma beat Fiorentina 3-0 to win the country's Super Cup.
COLOMBIA: National team striker Jairo Castillo sustained soft tissue and ankle injuries in a traffic accident in Cali that killed two.
ENGLAND: Manchester United opened defense of its Premier League title by rallying twice to beat promoted Fulham 3-2. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored twice.