The teams get physical on the field but have nothing to show for it on the scoreboard in a scoreless tie.
By RODNEY PAGE
© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 27, 2001
TAMPA -- Sunday night's Mutiny game against New England had physical play, near misses and controversial calls. What it didn't have was scoring as the teams played 90 minutes and a 10-minute overtime, settling for a 0-0 tie in front of 11,315 at Raymond James Stadium.
The game meant nothing in the standings to the Mutiny (4-18-2), eliminated from playoff contention after Dallas defeated Kansas City 3-0 Saturday. New England (7-12-6) is hanging by a thread to its playoff hopes.
"We created enough chances to win this game," Mutiny coach Perry Van Der Beck said. "It frustrates me again because when you create the opportunities, you have to take advantage of it."
There were chances for both teams. New England's best chance came in the 74th minute when forward Cate hit the left post from 15 yards on a breakaway.
The Mutiny's best chance came in the 21st minute when Mutiny forward Mamadou Diallo earned a penalty kick after colliding with Revolution goalkeeper Jose Fernandez, who high-kicked Diallo.
Fernandez redeemed himself by diving to his right to save the penalty kick and the shutout.
Diallo and Fernandez were involved in a collision in the 53rd minute, but this time there was no call. Diallo jumped inside the 18-yard box to retrieve a long ball. Fernandez also jumped and leveled Diallo with a right forearm.
"The first one was maybe a penalty, but the second one honestly was a penalty," Diallo said. "I don't understand the referees here. Sometimes they make you lose the game. I can see missing a call, making an honest mistake. But missing a call like that makes you lose the game."
In the 63rd minute, Mutiny midfielder Josh Keller got tangled with Fernandez in front of the goal. Revolution defender Mauricio Wright pushed Keller while he was on the ground, which started a skirmish. Mutiny forward Eric Quill and Revolution midfielder Joe Franchino were given red cards and ejected for fighting. Quill will miss Wednesday's home game against Dallas.
"I was just protecting Josh," Quill said. "There's three guys over Josh, what am I supposed to do? The ref ruined the game. The last 20 minutes the players were dead (playing 10-on-10). You think people want to ... watch players walk around the field?"
The Mutiny may have lost Diallo for Wednesday's game, too. He received a yellow card for dissent in the 68th minute, and if it is deemed a four-point infraction, the most serious, he will be out with yellow card points accumulation.
Defender Chad McCarty, who missed 22 games with a broken left ankle, played 46 minutes before aggravating the ankle and leaving the game. McCarty expects to play Wednesday.