MetroStars 3, Mutiny 2
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Roberto Donadoni scored one goal and set up two others, including Mike Sorber’s game-winner with six minutes to play, to lead the New York/New Jersey MetroStars to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Mutiny on Sunday night.
The three goals tied the most in a game this season for the MetroStars and they came just one game after New York/New Jersey snapped an MLS-record 361-minute scoreless streak in a 1-0 win over Kansas City.
Carlos Valderrama set up goals by Alan Prampin and Giuseppe Galderisi for Tampa Bay, which lost its third in a row.
Tony Meola of the MetroStars had four saves, the final one of a shot in penalty area by Steve Ralston with 1:22 to play in the game played in the rain.
Donadoni rolled the ball from the left side of midfield to a charging Sorber coming down the middle of the field. He one-touched it and beat goalkeeper Mark Dougherty just inside the right post for his third goal.
Valderrama and Donadoni put on a show in the first half which ended tied 2-2.
Valderrama helped give the Mutiny a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, setting up Prampin’s first goal of the season. MetroStars defender Rhett Harty misplayed the ball in his own penalty area and Valderrama made a nice touch pass to Prampin for a blast past a defenseless Meola.
Giovanni Savarese tied the game two minutes later by heading in a free kick by Donadoni. It was his fourth goal of the season but first since April 19.
Donadoni gave New York/New Jersey the lead in the 27th minute with a great free kick from 30 yards to the top right corner of the net.
Valderrama showed his own prowess on the free kick eight minutes later. He chipped the ball over the MetroStars’ wall and Galderisi headed it past Meola, who had slipped on the wet grass going for the ball.