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North vs. South
D.C. United downs Vasco da Gama to take InterAmerican Cup
Posted: Monday December 07, 1998 08:36 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) -- D.C. United became the first U.S. team to win the InterAmerican Cup, as Eddie Pope and Tony Sanneh scored Saturday in a 2-0 second-leg victory over Brazilian club Vasco da Gama.
D.C. United won the two-game series, which pitted the North and South American club champions, by an aggregate score of 2-1. Vasco da Gama won the first-leg match 1-0 in Washington on November 14.
For Vasco da Gama, the loss to a U.S. club that's been playing for just three years will be a major embarrassment. It also caps a 23-day trip away from Rio de Janeiro that included a 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Intercontinental Cup on Tuesday in Tokyo.
United's win closed out coach Bruce Arena's tenure with the club, which included two Major League Soccer titles.
Sanneh gave United a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute by running onto a far-post low cross played by defender Jeff Agoos through the middle of the Vasco da Gama defense.
With the aggregate scored deadlocked at one, the Brazilians picked up the pace in the second half, but to no avail.
In the 56th minute, Donizete hit the post from a wide angle, and seconds later he forced D.C. goalkeeper Scott Garlick into a diving save from nearly the same spot.
D.C. United made it 2-0 and took the lead in the series on Pope's goal in the 77th minute. The goal started with Marco Etcheverry's corner kick that was headed by Roy Lassiter to an open Pope.
D.C. defender Carlos Llamosa blocked a volley by Vasco's Guilherme in the 89th minute to preserve the win for United.
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