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199 MLS All-Star Game

1998 MLS All-Star Game

MLS USA 6, MLS World 1

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Posted: Friday July 16, 1999 10:15 AM

  U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola makes a save during the 1998 All-Star Game against the World Team in Orlando, Florida. Doug Pensinger /Allsport

ORLANDO, Fl. -- Brian McBride of the Columbus Crew had a goal and two assists in the first half as the USA All-Stars defeated the World squad, 6-1, at the third Major League Soccer All-Star Game at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando.

The U.S. team raced to a 4-0 lead in the first half. The squad, featuring a combined 979 appearances for the U.S. national team, scored three times in the first 16 minutes against goalkeeper Jorge Campos of the Chicago Fire.

Head coach Bruce Arena of D.C. United became the first coach to win two MLS All-Star games.

"A lot of these guys know each other's styles, and it was evident today," he said.

Tab Ramos of the MetroStars opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a wide-open shot from eight yards, becoming the first player to score two career All-Star goals. McBride and Colorado Rapids defender Marcelo Balboa assisted.

MetroStars defender Alexi Lalas scored off his own rebound in the 15th minute, and McBride converted a cross from Cobi Jones less than a minute later.

"Anytime Alexi Lalas scores, you know your team is going to win," said USA goalkeeper Tony Meola, Lalas' teammate on the MetroStars.

Kansas City's Preki made it 4-0 in the 40th minute. McBride and D.C. United's John Harkes assisted.

Meola, who holds the MLS record with 18 career shutouts, logged 45 scoreless minutes for Team USA. The former U.S. national team captain made five saves, including diving stops on shots by Jaime Moreno of D.C. United and Raul Diaz Arce of the New England Revolution. Diaz Arce also hit the far post in the 36th minute.

Roy Lassiter extended the U.S. team's lead in the 78th minute when he put home the rebound of D.C. teammate Jeff Agoos' shot. Jones made it 6-0 in the 83rd minute.

Tampa Bay's Mauricio Ramos got the lone goal for the World squad in the 89th minute. The Bolivian midfielder hammered home a back pass by Campos, who played forward in the second half, to help avert the first MLS All-Star shutout.

"If this USA team played in the World Cup, they would have had a better showing," said Tampa Bay goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli, who played in the second half.

  1 2 F

Scoring Summary:
MLU--Ramos (McBride, Balboa) 5
MLU--Lalas (unassisted) 15
MLU--McBride (Jones) 16
MLU--Preki (McBride, Harkes) 40
MLU--Lassiter (Agoos) 78
MLU--Jones (Bravo) 83
MLW--Ramos (Campos) 89

MLS WORLD: Jorge Campos (Thomas Ravelli 45), Geoff Aunger (Martin Machon 45), Jan Eriksson (Richard Gough 45), Lubos Kubik (Uche Okafor 45), Diego Sonora (Mo Johnston 45), Adrian Paz (Leonel Alvarez 30), Mauricio Cienfuegos (Welton 45), Carlos Valderrama (Geoff Aunger 75, Martin Machon 45), Marco Etcheverry (Mauricio Ramos 45), Raul Diaz Arce (Stern John 45), Jaime Moreno (Jorge Campos 69, Thomas Ravelli 45)

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (John 3, Ramos 3, Diaz Arce 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Ramos 2); FOULS: 10 (Alvarez 2, Okafor 2, Aunger 2); OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 5 (Ravelli 4, Campos 1); CAUTIONS: none; EJECTIONS: none; POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 45%

MLS USA: Tony Meola (Zach Thornton 45), Marcelo Balboa (Jeff Agoos 45), Alexi Lalas (Robin Fraser 45), Eddie Pope, Cobi Jones (Ross Paule 45), Thomas Dooley (Chris Armas 45), Tab Ramos (Ben Olsen 45), John Harkes (Cobi Jones 69, Ross Paule 45), Frankie Hejduk (Mike Burns 45), Brian McBride (Paul Bravo 45), Preki (Roy Lassiter 45)

TOTAL SHOTS: 21 (Lalas 3, Preki 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 11 (Lassiter 2, Lalas 2, Jones 2); FOULS: 5 (Hejduk 2); OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 7 (Meola 5, Thornton 2); CAUTIONS: none; EJECTIONS: none; POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 55%

Referee: Esse Baharmast; Referee's Assistants: Greg Barkey, Arthur Reed
Attendance: 34,416; Weather: Sunny, 92 Degrees, Hot, Showers

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