United ties A-League's Storm
A late goal from Tony Sanneh helped 10-man D.C. United salvage a 2-2 draw with the A-League's New Orleans Storm on March 5. John Harkes gave the two-time
MLS champs the early lead with a 12th minute goal off of an assist from Jaime Moreno, but New Orleans equalized eleven minutes later through former Vanderbilt star Tony Kuhn. United's Marco
Etcheverry was red-carded in the 41st minute. "If that was a red card," United coach Bruce Arena said after the game. "Then there should have been about five players sent off." The Storm
capitalized on the man advantage in the second half, as Kuhn scored his second in the 58th minute. It was only Sanneh's 15-yard blast in the 87th minute that allowed United to escape with a tie. "We
had the chance to use this as a real game and get ready for the season, and instead it was a waste of time for us," Arena lamented. "Give New Orleans credit -- they played well. But those
opportunities are few and far between right now, and we wasted this one. Right now we're not ready with eight or nine days 'til we start the season."
March 5 in New Orleans New Orleans
(A-League) 2 D.C. United (MLS) 2. Goals: Kuhn (Owens) 23, Kuhn (Benjamin) 58; Harkes (Moreno) 12, Sanneh (Williams, Harkes) 87. New Orleans -- Dutra, Benjamin (Cavitt,70), Brown, Restrepo
(Renfurm, 46) Edwards (Norwood, 73), Rocke, Gentile (Rebuck, 82), Blanchard (DePaco, 86), Felician (Hook, 66), Kuhn, Owens. D.C. United -- Garlick (Presthus, 46), Aunger, Llamosa, Talley,
Kamler, Williams, Sanneh, Harkes, Etcheverry, Moreno (Wood, 74), Wegerle (Olsen, 74). Red card: D.C. United -- Etcheverry 41. Att.: 3,578.
Miami edges Mutiny in
shootout 10-man Miami held out for a 1-1 draw with Tampa Bay and then prevailed in a shootout on March 5. Henry Gutierrez gave the Fusion the lead when he scored on a 25-yard free kick in
the 24th minute, but Miami had defender Cle Kooiman sent off for a second yellow card just 12 minutes later. Tampa Bay rallied with a 58th-minute goal from Swedish defender Jan Eriksson. The Mutiny
peppered Miami keepers Scott Budnick and Jeff Cassar, but weren't able to score any more goals. In the shootout, former Mutiny midfielder Carlos Valderrama scored the winner for Miami in the eighth
round. Tampa Bay also drew 2-2 with the University of Tampa on March 6. March 5 in Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay 1 Miami 1 (Miami wins shootout 3-2). Goals: Eriksson (Kinnear) 58; Gutierrez
24. Tampa Bay -- Ravelli, Frye, Yallop, Moore, Eriksson, Hejduk (Bell, 82), Kinnear, Ralston, Keller, Lassiter, Gilmar. Miami -- Budnick (Cassar, 46), Cullen, Kmosko, Kooiman,
Vaudreuil, Martinez (Maessner, 46), Kelderman (Mastroeni, 71), Herrera (Vargas, 71), Valderrama, Gutierrez, Tamashiro (Stebbins, 58). Shootout: Miami -- Maessner (saved), Kelderman (wide
left), Gutierrez (goal), Stebbins (saved), Vaudreuil (goal), Kmosko (wide left), Vargas (saved), Valderrama (goal); Tampa Bay -- Ralston (goal), Gilmar (goal), Lassiter (saved), Kinnear (saved),
Yallop (saved), Eriksson (saved), Keller (wide left), Frye (wide right). Att.: 700. March 6 in Tampa Univ. of Tampa 2 Tampa Bay (MLS) 2. Goals: Foxengerger (Philpott) 57,
Paulsson 83; Prampin 55, Kinnear (Yallop, Ralston) 85. Mutiny lineup -- Petras, Bailey, Moore (Frye, 74), Backman, Prampin, Keller (Kinnear, 62), Mekelburg, Bell, Quill (Yallop, 74), Godwil
(Ralston, 62), Willis (Smith, 46). Att.: n/a.
Columbus edges K.C. in shootout Columbus keeper David Winner made four saves and scored the winning goal in the ninth round of
the shootout to lead the Crew over Kansas City before a standing room only crowd of 5,000 plus in Centerville, Ohio. March 7 in Centerville, Ohio Columbus 0 Kansas City 0 (Columbus wins
shootout 3-2). Columbus -- Sommer (Dougherty, 46, Winner, 89), Clark, Lapper, Elcock, Yeagley, Thompson, Maisonneuve, Carrera (Smith, 46), Warzycha, Farrell, McBride. Kansas City --
Ammann, Tinsley (Uderitz, 58), McKeon, Okafor, Bliss (Debrito, 76), Klein, Johnston, Sabanadzovic (Hunjak, 90), Chung, Preki, Takawira (Marino, 75). Shootout: Kansas City -- Chung
(goal), Hunjak (saved), Preki (saved), Marino (wide left), Johnston (saved), Debrito (goal), Klein (saved), Uderitz (wide right), Ammann (wide right). Red cards: Kansas City -- McKeon 51,
Okafor 82. Att.: 5,000 (sellout).