2003 Club by Club
Jan. 18 - The team drafts seven new players during the 2003 SuperDraft in Kansas City to immediately inject a fusion of young talent onto the 2003 preseason roster.
April 11 - The MetroStars acquire Honduran National Team midfielder Amado Guevara as an allocation and sign him to a multi-year contract.
June 14 - New Jersey native and MetroStars midfielder/forward Eddie Gaven (16 years, 232 days) becomes the youngest player in club history and the second youngest player in league history to appear in an MLS regular season game, when he started in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Fire at Giants Stadium.
July 5 - At 16 years, 253 days, MetroStars midfielder/forward Eddie Gaven becomes the youngest player in team history, and the second youngest in league history, to score a goal. Mike Magee, who was 18 years, 236 days old when he tallied his first score, held the previous MetroStars record for youngest goal scorer. Magee’s goal came on April 26, 2003, in a 1-0 win at the Columbus Crew. In a quirk, Gaven also becomes the youngest goalkeeper in league history, as he plays a minute in goal during overtime.
July 14 - MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard is transferred to world-renowned English Premier League club Manchester United. Howard ends his Metro career with a record of 37-36-11, a 1.46 goals against average, and 15 shutouts in 85 games. The MetroStars acquire goalkeeper Jonny Walker to replace Howard. The Chilean First Division standout joins the Metros after a successful career with Universidad Catolica, Colo Colo, and Huachipato.
Sept. 20 - In overtime, John Wolyniec scores off a 50-yard pass by Amado Guevara as the MetroStars defeat Columbus 1-0. The goal will be named runner-up for MLS Goal of the Year.
Oct. 1 - The MetroStars reach their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final with late-game heroics, defeating rival D.C. United at Rutgers University, 3-2. John Wolyniec plays the hero as he deflects a Ricardo Clark shot in the 88th minute, which sends the MetroStars to the final against the Chicago Fire at Giants Stadium on Oct. 15. Amado Guevara contributes two goals to help push the Metros to its first final in team history.
Oct. 15 - In a physical battle between two familiar rivals, a second half goal by rookie forward Damani Ralph is all the Chicago Fire would need to earn a 1-0 victory over the MetroStars and the championship of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at Giants Stadium. The final is the first the Metros have qualified for in team history.
Nov. 9 - The MetroStars are eliminated from the playoffs by the New England Revolution, after losing 2-0 and tying 1-1.
Nov. 22 - At the 2003 MLS Gala Awards Ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, MetroStars captain Eddie Pope is named to the 2003 MLS Best XI.