It took 29 games into his professional career, but David McGill finally scored his first goal and made it a big one.

It came Saturday night at RFK Stadium and gave the Diplomats a 1-0 upset victory over the fort Lauderdale Strikers.

"He's a good little tackler," said Diplomat Coach Ken Furphy of the 20-year-old Canadian. "He had a great shot in training but he always blasts them over the bar or wide of the goal in game situation."

McGill played his first three games as a back but moved up to the midfield position when Ivan Belfiore made his first start since pulling his hamstring in preseason. In the lone goal, Belfiore passed to Trevor Hebberd who sent a looping pass to McGill. The youngster then headed it past Goalie Jan van Beveren.

In their first three starts the Dips continually sat on leads but changed their strategy and went for the win against the 1980 Soccer Bowl finalists, according to Furphy.

Furphy pulled forward Paul Cannell and replaced him with winger Paul Nardiello in the final minutes to strengthen the Dips' defense. Cannell plays more of an offensive position in front of the cage while Nardiello plays back in a defensive position.

General Manager Duncan Hill was ecstatic following the Dips' third straight win. "All that talk about Fort Lauderdale and their stars, it doesn't mean a thing. This is a team game. I think it's very good playing without a superstar."

As the Detroit Express, the club never won three straight games. This latest victory brings the Dips to 3-1.