Doug Miller's goal sparked the minor league Rochester Raging Rhinos to the U.S. Open Cup championship at Columbus, Ohio Tuesday.
Four minutes after entering the game as a substitute, Miller broke a scoreless tie and the Rhinos went on to upset the Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, 2-0.
The Rhinos became the first A-League team to win the Cup since Major League Soccer teams entered the competition three years ago. The win gives the Rhinos an extra boost to their campaign to gain a slot in the MLS, which is aiming to expand from 12 to 14 teams by 2001.
Miller was the Buffalo Blizzard's leading scorer in the National Professional Soccer League's 1998-99 indoor season.
Bill Sedgewick set up the goal in the 66th minute by chasing down a loose ball and passing to Miller, who put the ball inside the left post off the leg of Colorado goalkeeper Ian Feuer from 8 yards out.
Yari Allnut scored in the 90th minute off a pass from former Blizzard player Mike Kirmse to put Rochester up 2-0.
Rochester got to the final by beating the MLS' Dallas Burn, Chicago Fire and, in the semifinals, the Columbus Crew.
"Obviously we're a quality team and a quality organization," Rochester coach Pat Ercoli said. "We've got a great following and hopefully MLS will listen and realize that the community of Rochester, if we get a stadium, deserves a team."
Rhinos owners have pledged to raise $25 million to help build a soccer-specific stadium. The U.S. Open Cup is an 86-year-old, single-elimination tournament open to any professional or amateur team.