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A road loss _ with twist

Diallo scores twice but Mutiny collapses in a 3-2 overtime loss.

So, so good at Raymond James Stadium, yet so, so bad everywhere else.

Tampa Bay still cannot win on the road.

Not even after carrying a two-goal lead with 30 minutes left.

"Today was so bad for the team," Mamadou Diallo said after the Mutiny's fifth road loss in five games, 3-2 in overtime to the MetroStars on Saturday night at Giants Stadium.

Tampa Bay (6-5) dominated the first 55 minutes and registered its first multiple-goal game on the road, only to surrender goals in the 58th, 88th and 96th minutes to hand over what would have been a gratifying win.

"Everyone is very angry," coach Tim Hankinson said, adding that in the moments before reporters were allowed in the locker room, "All of our players were either quiet or expressing anger."

"Everybody's angry," Diallo said. "I am even angry with myself, even with two goals."

For the third consecutive game, Diallo scored twice. The night seemed destined to belong to Diallo, as he scored in the 38th and 45th minutes to run his season total to nine goals in nine games and provide the Mutiny with a 2-0 halftime lead.

Diallo started again as the lone forward, but was joined by Raul Diaz Arce for overtime. Tampa Bay played without midfielder Steve Ralston (ankle).

He took the MLS goal-scoring lead, set a league record with nine shots on goal and tied a mark with 12 shots.

Carlos Valderrama, who has 11 assists in 11 games against the MetroStars, set up Diallo's first goal for his 100th point in MLS. He has a league-record 74 assists.

But that goal and Diallo's second were not enough. Clint Mathis controlled the ball down the left side as the second overtime began, squaring a pass to Mark Chung at the corner of the box. Chung sent a rolling pass across the arc to Petter Villegas, who sent the winner into the upper left-hand corner.

So what happened in the second half and in the overtime? How did Adolfo Valencia score twice from almost point-blank range?

"We should have put this game away before it ever became a tight match," Hankinson said. "We didn't make them pay the price.

"There was no reason we shouldn't have had a couple more goals. We didn't finish chances. That means when (N.Y./N.J.) took risks, we have to capitalize."

Hankinson said no lineup changes would be made, adding, "There's nothing wrong with our approach, we just have to finish our chances."

"I think it's just the mentality," Diallo said. "I think if we win one on the road, it will change."

_ Information from the MLS Web site was used in this report.

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