2004 Club by Club
Jan. 16 - The MetroStars select six players in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC: Seth Stammler, Zach Wells, Olivier Occean, Michael Bradley, Johnny David, and Jeff Parke.
Jan. 22 - MetroStars forward Clint Mathis signs a contract with German Bundesliga club Hanover 96 after spending the previous four seasons with the “Red and Black.“ Mathis ends his Metro career playing in 67 games (66 starts), scoring 33 goals and 21 assists for 87 points for second in scoring in team history.
March 5 - The Metros capture the 2004 La Manga Cup with a 1-0 victory over Viking FK of Stavanger, Norway at La Manga Club Resort in La Manga, Murcia, Spain. Rookie defender Jeff Parke scored the game-winner in the 27th minute to earn the Metros the preseason trophy. Veteran midfielder Amado Guevara earned Most Valuable Player honors after leading the Metros to the title and a 3-1-0 record in the tournament. To start the tournament, the MetroStars dropped a 1-0 result to Viking on February 25, 2004 in Group A. The “Red and Black” thumped FK Bodø/Glimt, 3-1, courtesy of two goals by Joselito Vaca, to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, the Metros defeated Ukrainian powerhouse Dynamo Kyiv, 3-2, to advance to the final.
March 26 - The MetroStars acquire Argentine forward Sergio Galvan Rey with an allocation from Colombian club Once Caldas.
July 31 - MetroStars Eddie Gaven, Amado Guevara and Eddie Pope were starters for the Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game at Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium. While Pope is an All-Star veteran, being named in eight consecutive midseason classics, Gaven is the youngest player in history to be voted in as an All-Star starter and becomes the second youngest player to appear in the history of the event. In addition, Guevara captures the game’s MVP with two goals and one assist.
Sept. 14 - MetroStars forward Amado Guevara, along with other Hispanic MLS players, was honored by President George W. Bush at the White House in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Oct. 30 - MetroStars eliminated from 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs by D.C. United on aggregate, 0-4.
Nov. 11 - MetroStars midfielder Amado Guevara named 2004 MLS MVP.
Nov. 12 - MetroStars defender Eddie Pope named 2004 Fair Play Award winner. Midfielders Eddie Gaven, Amado Guevara and defender Eddie Pope named to the 2004 MLS Best XI.
Dec. 10 - MetroStars acquire defender Jeff Agoos from San Jose in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.