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Lagos leads Mutiny in 5-1 win

Published Sep. 5, 1999
Updated Sep. 29, 2005

Manny Lagos had a career game Saturday night to lead the Mutiny to a 5-1 victory over the New England Revolution, its third straight over its Eastern Conference rival.

Lagos had the first two goals of his MLS career and two assists on goals by Carlos Valderrama and Mauricio Ramos. Raul Diaz Arce got the Mutiny's other goal.

For Lagos, traded to Tampa last month from Chicago in a four-player trade, the goals were the culmination of a tough period. He missed all of last season with a patella tendon injury that followed an anterior cruciate ligament tear the previous season.

"I'm really enjoying myself," he said. "I think the trade has worked out well for me. (Coach) Tim (Hankinson) has given me a lot of confidence as someone who's known me for a long time. I've gotten a chance to play, while in Chicago it was hard to get into the games because (coach) Bob Bradley had his starting team and it was just hard to break through."

Lagos' six points tied a Mutiny record shared by Musa Shannon, Steve Ralston and Diaz Arce.

Hankinson said he always had known Lagos as a scorer even though he played defensive midfielder in his longest MLS stint, while with New York/New Jersey.

"He had gone through those seasons of injury, but it's good for him in that he's a player on the rise again," Hankinson said. "Manny's a total footballer. So let it be a surprise to the league for giving up on him."

The Mutiny moved to 29 points, putting more distance between itself and the Revolution (19) and Miami (22), which lost 2-1 to Los Angeles, in the race for the playoffs.

Lagos put the Mutiny on the board at 15 minutes on an unassisted goal. The Revolution's Gio Savarese tied the score two minutes later off a header, his first goal in 10 games. But Lagos got one back on another unassisted strike, stealing a ball from Mario Gori before walking in alone and shooting past Walter Zenga.

Diaz Arce scored in the 38th minute to make it 3-1 against a team that last won in regulation July 4, beating the MetroStars 3-2.

The Mutiny has captured the last three games over the Revolution by a combined 10-2, winning here two weeks ago 1-0 and 4-1 July 31 at Raymond James Stadium.

For the past two contests, central defender Joseph Addo played solidly for the Mutiny. The Revolution had tried out Addo in July but did not sign him, opting for Ariel Graviani, whom it traded just two weeks later to Dallas.

"I think this was a pivotal game for both teams," Lagos said. "It could have been a six-point swing in their favor if New England had won. It just gave us some breathing room."

COLUMBUS 2, COLORADO 1: Robert Warzycha scored off a rebound of his missed shot to give the host Crew a victory. The Crew's win, combined with losses by New England and Miami, put it in the playoffs for the fourth time in the league's four-year history. Columbus (16-10) also set a franchise record for victories.

L.A. 2, MIAMI 1: Cobi Jones' goal early in the second half gave the visiting Galaxy a victory.

U.S. women breeze by Ireland 5-0

FOXBORO, Mass. _ In its first reunion since winning the Women's World Cup July 10, the U.S. team played Ireland to a 5-0 victory but, more important, played to the crowd of 30,564.

"We've arrived," U.S. defender Brandi Chastain said as fans outside the interview tent screamed for the players. "I don't see the wave crashing on the ocean floor. I think it's still cresting. I want it to stay around forever."

Tiffeny Milbrett had two goals and an assist for the United States, which began its tuneup for the Olympics. Julie Foudy, Joy Fawcett and Kristine Lilly also scored.

Many fans left after the game rather than watch the Revolution's 5-1 loss to the Mutiny.

_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.