Valderrama Provides Some Drama for Mutiny

<i> From Associated Press</i>

Carlos Valderrama’s home debut for the Tampa Bay Mutiny was cut short, but things went well for the Colombian in the Mutiny’s 2-1 victory over the Miami Fusion, Valderrama’s former team, in Major League Soccer action Saturday night before 15,120 at Tampa, Fla.

Valderrama left the Fusion April 23, when the league reassigned him to the Mutiny because of a strained relationship with Fusion Coach Ivo Wortmann.

Valderrama, who got a standing ovation during pregame introductions, had an assist on a goal by Jefferson Gottardi that made it 2-0 in the 28th minute. But Valderrama was later red-carded for a slide tackle from behind.

Musa Shannon scored the Mutiny’s first goal in the sixth minute. Shannan has scored in five consecutive games.


Chicago 3, D.C. United 2--Chris Armas scored a goal and had an assist on the game-winner five minutes later as the Fire beat D.C. United in a penalty-filled rematch of last season’s MLS Cup before 16,409 at Chicago.

Stuard Dougal, a referee in Scotland’s Premier League who was working the game as part of an MLS exchange program, handed out an MLS-record 11 cards. Of the 11, 10 were yellow and the other was red. The previous record was 10 cards.

Dougal, rated the No. 3 referee in Scotland, has given out 26 cards in three games.

Chicago outshot D.C., 15-10, including 7-5 shots on goal.


Colorado 2, New England 1--The Rapids, playing for the first time since April 17 after having their last home match postponed because of the shooting at Columbine High, got a goal from Wolde Harris in the 82nd minute to beat the Revolution before 13,427 at Foxboro, Mass.