MLS: Weekend Exhibition Highlights (Feb. 19-21)

Mutiny edge Metros on Gilmar goal

Gilmar latched onto a through ball from Derek Backman and scored the gamewinner in the 83rd minute as Tampa Bay edged the MetroStars 2-1 in Bradenton, Fla. on Feb. 21. Tampa's Eric Quill opened the scoring in the 21st minute, but the Metros equalized through Paul Dougherty's header five minutes into the second half. Mutiny midfielder Dominic Kinnear had to leave the game in the 25th minute after suffering a severely sprained ankle. Feb. 21 in Bradenton, Fla. Tampa Bay 2 MetroStars 1. Goals: Quill 21, Gilmar (Backman) 83; Dougherty (Rooney) 50. Tampa Bay -- Petras, Frye (Backman, 78), Houser (McCarty, 66), Yallop, Duhaney (Moore, 70), Hejduk (Keller, 61), Gilmar (Bailey, 88), Kinnear (Escalante, 25, Wilson 62), Ralston (Mekelburg, 74), Shannon (Bell, 46), Quill. MetroStars -- Meola, Esmaldo, Semioli, Harty, da Silva, Sorber (Ledesma, 51), Rooney, Zavagnin (Munoz, 55), Kelly, Olivera, Dougherty. Red card: MetroStars -- Esmaldo 66. Att.: 1,000.

Keegan, Jair lift Revs over Ikast of Denmark

The New England Revolution scored a pair of early goals and hung on to edge Ikast of the Danish Super League 2-1 on Feb. 21. Paul Keegan struck for the Revs in the 5th minute, with Jair adding a second eight minutes later. Johnny Torres, New England's top pick in the 1998 college draft, set up both goals. Trinidad & Tobago international David Nakhid also assisted on the first goal. The match marked the first appearance of Dutch defender Richard Goulooze for New England, which also waived midfielder Steve Klein and keeper Dave Salzwedel. Feb. 21 in Pensacola, Fla. New England (MLS) 2 Ikast (Denmark) 1. Goals: Keegan (Nakhid, Torres) 5, Jair (Rocha, Torres) 13; R.Andersen 71. Revolution lineup -- Hudock, Chronopoulos, Mohammed, Goulooze (Coye, 61), Michallik, Wise, Nakhid, Jair, Torres (Van Saun, 61), Keegan (Jachym, 65), Rocha. Att.: n/a.

Maessner Lifts Miami Former D.C. United midfielder John Maessner scored with one minute to play to give the Miami Fusion a 3-2 exhibition win over the A-League's Jacksonville Cyclones on Feb. 19. Feb. 19 in Wellington, Fla. Miami (MLS) 3 (Vaudreuil, Lima, Maessner) Jacksonville (A-League) 2 (scorers n/a.). Half: n/a. Att.: 1,500.

Galaxy to Travel to Central America

The Los Angeles Galaxy will play four international games in El Salvador and Guatemala between Feb. 25 and March 4. The trip marks the first time that the Galaxy has played exhibition matches on foreign soil. In El Salvador, the Galaxy will play Aguila on Feb. 25, and Luis Angel Firpo on Feb. 27. In Guatemala, Los Angeles faces Coban on March 1 and Comunicaciones on March 4. The team departs for El Salvador on Feb. 23.
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