- The Washington Times - Monday, September 4, 2000


D.C. United topped off a memorable day of soccer in Washington yesterday by beating the New England Revolution 2-0 after the U.S. national team's dramatic win over Guatemala before 51,996 at RFK Stadium.

It was sweet revenge for United (8-17-6, 30 points), which had outplayed the Revolution (12-12-6, 42 points) on Wednesday night, only to lose 1-0.

Super sub Pete Marino came off the bench in the 46th minute to score both goals in United's second-to-last game of the season.

"The last game we played New England, we did everything but finish," Marino said. "Tonight we finally got it right."

It was a bad day for New England, which lost goalie Juergen Sommer with a possible fractured finger and failed to clinch a playoff spot.

The Revolution were robbed of a goal in the 18th minute when the referee called Eric Wynalda's header past Mark Simpson offside although television replays showed he was clearly onside.

As torrential rains began to fall, United totally outplayed New England, which still has a chance of making the playoffs with two games left in its regular season.

United took the lead in the 55th minute when Marino connected with a header off Jeff Agoos' free kick, sending the ball past Sommer from 9 yards out.

Sommer then pulled off a great save on Bobby Convey's shot after getting no help from his defenders.

Marino, who may not be brought back by United next season, put the game away after a beautiful give-and-go with forward A.J. Wood. After collecting the ball from Marino, Wood sped 30 yards down the right flank and returned a perfect cross for Marino to tap home his fourth goal of the season.

"It was nice to see Pete come off the bench and give us a lift, and that is what he is there to do," United coach Thomas Rongen said.

With several starters missing because of national team commitments and injuries, United began the game with seven reserve players. Youngsters Convey Eric Denton and Antonio Otero all played well for D.C., boding well for next season.

"It was nice to see the Oteros, the Conveys and Dentons play well," Rongen said. "Otero is back where we thought he needed to be."

Carlos Llamosa did double duty, coming on as a substitute for both the U.S. national team (77th minute) in the 1-0 win over Guatemala and for United (45th minute) against the Revolution. Agoos had suited up for the U.S. game but had not played.

"When it rains, we don't have the fastest players in the world, and [United was] much faster," New England coach Fernando Clavijo said. "In the end, we paid the price."

Missing from the D.C. lineup were Chris Albright and Ben Olsen on the Olympic team, Eddie Pope (U.S. team), Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno (Bolivian team), Raul Diaz Arce (El Salvador team) and Tom Presthus (back injury).

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