CATONSVILLE, MD., AUG. 16 -- F.C. Washington defeated the Maryland Bays, 2-1, today in an American Soccer League exhibition match. But the players for both teams had to be forgiven if they let their minds wander ahead to next April.

That's when regular season play in the new league is scheduled to begin and -- the players are hoping -- when the Washington-area weather will be a little cooler and less humid than it was today.

The temperature hit 95 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and it showed on the playing field. After Washington built a 2-0 lead on first-half goals by John Klein and Scott Snyder, both teams slowed in the second half, although Maryland's Elvis Comrie scored on a seven-yard volley with 21 minutes left in the game.

"When it gets this hot, it's tough to walk around here, much less run up and down the field," F.C. Washington Coach John Kerr said. "There's no timeouts, and you can't get those guys a break, so when it gets into the second half those guys get tired. But when you play earlier in the year, it's cooler, maybe wetter, and it should speed things up."

Snyder's goal, with 39:45 gone in the first half, put F.C. Washington up, 2-0, going into halftime, which Kerr said might have been dangerous. "When you're up, 2-0, at that point, you figure 'We win it. What's the point?' " Kerr said.

Eagles 3, Diplomats 1: Brian Conlon had two goals and one assist to lead the New Jersey Cosmopolitan Eagles past the Washington Diplomats in Paterson, N.J.

Dennis Ponce scored Washington's goal on an assist from Luis Calderon, tying the game, 1-1, in the first half.