Miami 2, Dallas 1 (SO)

Date Published: 
1999-04-16
Source: 
CNNSI.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Ticker) -- Diego Serna became the first player to score against Dallas this season and goalkeeper Jeff Cassar shut down the Burn in the tiebreaker as the Miami Fusion claimed a 2-1 shootout victory.

Serna's header in the 74th minute on Henry Gutierrez's free kick forged a 1-1 tie and ended Burn goalkeeper Matt Jordan's shutout streak at 357 minutes, the fourth-longest in MLS history.

The goal came against a shorthanded Dallas team, which was forced to play the second half with 10 men after captain Richard Farrer drew a red card in the 43rd minute for a tackle on Nelson Vargas.

Despite the disadvantage, Dallas (2-2) netted the game's first goal in the 58th minute when Brian Haynes sent a long pass to Washington. He got behind the Fusion defense with a well-timed run from midfield, calmly dribbled past Cassar and scored his first goal of the season.

But the Burn lost for the first time in 17 games in which Washington has scored.

In the shootout, Cassar stopped attempts by Haynes, Temoc Suarez and Mickey Trotman in the first three rounds. Gutierrez, Jay Heaps and Leo Cullen converted on three consecutive attempts for Miami.

The Fusion (2-3) won without legendary playmaker Carlos Valderrama, who was kept out of the lineup by coach Ivo Wortmann. He has clashed with Valderrama, who ranks second in MLS history with 50 assists and was named the 1996 MVP while with Tampa Bay.

"We're going to take a deep breath and see how it all turns out," said MLS commissioner Douglas G. Logan, who traveled to South Florida for the game. "Ivo's coaching a pretty young team out there tonight, but they're playing well."

Wortmann deflected questions about Valderrama after the game.

"I have to make myself clear," he said. "I have nothing against the players. I'm here to do my job and respect the players, and I think of what is best not for me, but for the organization."