The new-look Mutiny still lost Wednesday night like the old team. This time, the Mutiny looked particularly bad in doing so.
The Burn (7-7-4) pulled back to .500 at the Mutiny's expense, scoring from 12 yards or closer in a 3-0 victory in front of 7,119 at the Cotton Bowl. The Mutiny (3-15-1) has been shut out by the Burn in the teams' past two Major League Soccer meetings.
This one had a familiar feel. On June 6, the Mutiny lost to Dallas 1-0 after an illegal pass-back to goalkeeper Scott Garlick gave the Burn a 16-yard free kick, which Jason Kreis converted.
On Wednesday it was the same mistake, different goalkeeper.
In the 36th minute, Burn forward Ariel Graziani made one of many unabated treks into the Mutiny penalty area and slid a pass through defender Eric Denton's legs. Tampa Bay's Joseph Addo beat Graziani to the ball but passed back to keeper Adin Brown, who had little time to think.
Brown, acquired from Colorado in a June 28 trade, picked up the ball instead of clearing it, giving Dallas an 8-yard indirect free kick. Kreis didn't miss, crushing a shot off the underside of the bar for a 1-0 lead.
"It was unlucky for both of us," said Brown, who suffered a slightly hyperextended right elbow, but is not expected to miss time. "(Addo) shouldn't have put it back there, and I shouldn't have picked it up. It was like one of those blooper films."
It was one of those nights for Tampa Bay, which saw leading scorer Mamadou Diallo thwarted consistently, a 25-10 disadvantage in shots, a defense on its heels and few answers for a lost season.
Dallas made it 2-0 to open the second half when Kreis one-touched outside to Oscar Pareja, who banged a shot off the right post. Graziani was there for the rebound and his sixth goal of the season.
Jorge Rodriguez converted a penalty kick minutes later after Joselito Vaca was dragged down in the box by Steve Trittschuh. On the same play, Addo slid into the right ankle of Kreis, forcing the Burn's star forward to leave the game. Kreis said he doesnot expect to miss the Burn's next game Saturday or the July 28 MLS All-Star Game.
Brown did what he could to slow the Burn's firepower, finishing with seven saves. New Mutiny coach Perry Van Der Beck fell to 0-2 and is scheduled on Saturday to face former Tampa Bay star Carlos Valderrama, who went to Colorado in the trade that brought Brown.
"We've had some different lineups," said Van Der Beck, whose team has won once in its past 16 matches. "But at this stage, guys better know where they're at, or it's too late."
Tampa Bay 0 0_0
Dallas 1 2_3
First half _ 1, Dallas, Kreis 5 (Pareja), 36th minute. Second half _ 2, Dallas, Graziani 6 (Pareja, Kreis), 49th. 3, Dallas, Rodriguez 5 (penalty kick), 53rd.
Goalies _ Tampa Bay, Brown; Dallas, Jordan. A _ 7,119 (22,528).
MIAMI 2, CHICAGO 1: First-half goals by Tyrone Marshall and Diego Serna held up for the host Fusion.
With the victory, Miami (12-3-3, 39 points) broke a two-game losing streak. The team had not scored since a 4-3 victory against Columbus on June 30.
After spotting the Fusion two goals within a 13-minute span, the Fire (10-4-3, 33 points) closed to 2-1 on Sergi Daniv's goal in the 72nd minute.
COLUMBUS 2, N.Y./N.J. 1: Dante Washington converted Jeff Cunningham's centering pass in the 83rd minute for the host Crew. Washington, who entered the game two minutes earlier after the teams traded own goals, scored his team-leading sixth goal while falling backward.
In the 62nd minute, Mark Chung of the MetroStars (8-7-3) attempted to head Duncan Oughton's hard shot back to goalkeeper Tim Howard. But Chung inadvertently redirected the ball into his own goal to give the Crew (6-5-5) a 1-0 lead.
Columbus' Mike Lapper made a similar miscue that tied it 1-1 in the 81st minute. He headed a shot by Adolfo Valencia of the MetroStars over Crew goalkeeper Tom Presthus.
SAN JOSE 4, D.C. 0: Two goals each by Manny Lagos and Ronald Cerritos and shutout goalkeeping by Joe Cannon sparked the host Earthquakes.
The victory moved San Jose into first place in the West with 35 points. The Earthquakes were tied with Los Angeles before Wednesday.
The shutout was Cannon's sixth of the season.
COLORADO 0, KANSAS CITY 0: Goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi stopped 16 shots for his second shutout of the season for the visiting Wizards.
Rapids goalkeeper Scott Garlick, formerly of the Mutiny, made 17 saves for his first shutout. Kansas City was held scoreless for the eighth time this year.
_ Information from Times wires was used in this report.