Metrostars And Galaxy Gain Semifinals In Playoffs

Posted: September 21, 2000

DALLAS - The New York/New Jersey MetroStars won a postseason series for the first time in club history by downing Dallas, 2-1, last night at the Cotton Bowl to sweep the quarterfinal series.

Clint Mathis scored a pair of goals and the MetroStars advanced to the MLS Cup 2000 semifinals.

Mathis, who has 14 career goals against the Burn, broke a scoreless tie in the 53d minute. Adolfo Valencia, who scored the game-winner late in overtime in a 2-1 win in Game 1, carried the ball through midfield and sent a pass to Roy Myers on the left side.

Myers fired a crossing pass into the box to Mathis, who one-timed a shot past Matt Jordan for a 1-0 lead.

Mathis extended the lead to 2-0 in the 81st minute. He evaded several defenders at midfield to create a one-on-one chance against Jordan.

The Burn keeper came off his line to make the save, but Mathis knocked in the rebound.

Dallas scored on a penalty kick by Jorge Rodriguez.


PASADENA, Calif. - Luis Hernandez had a goal and three assists to send Los Angeles past Tampa Bay and into the semifinals.

Ezra Hendrickson scored in the 14th minute with a 15-yard shot. In the 19th minute, Brian Kelly scored from five yards.

Mamadou Diallo scored both of Tampa Bay's goals. Hernandez and Mauricio Cienfuegos scored early in the second half. Cobi Jones scored in the 85th minute.


DENVER - Colorado fell behind Kansas City, 4-1, in playoff points with the tie that forced a third game in the series, to be played Sunday night in Kansas City.

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