Goals, answers hard for Metros to find
After falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire on Friday night at Giants Stadium, frustration was the overriding emotion in the MetroStars locker room. Having secured only two points from three home games to start the season, the head coach and players are starting to feel the pressure to get a positive result.
"It's disappointing and frustrating to have only two points, but it's a long season and I think some things in these last three games made everybody feel that this is going to be a good team," said head coach Bob Bradley, who failed to win one of the first three games of the season for the first time in his MLS career.
On Friday night the MetroStars struggled offensively and were shut out for the second time in three games this year, forcing Bradley to closely examine the causes for the power shortage.
"We need to switch the field better, get out of pressure a little better at times. At times, in certain situations, need more from our frontrunners in terms of being stronger, going by people, making chances on their own," said Bradley.
Youri Djorkaeff, who accounted for all three MetroStars shots on goal on the night, expressed the disappointment that was universally felt by the team after the game.
"Like everybody I am very disappointed because after three games I thought we'd have six or seven points, and we have just two points. What is important after a defeat like this is to come back tomorrow and work hard," Djorkaeff said.
When the MetroStars do come back to work, they will likely be without the services of a pair of starting defenders, Jeff Parke and Jeff Agoos, both of whom left the game injured at halftime. Parke suffered a mild concussion, and Agoos went down with a strained right calf.
On a night when the post-game sense of disappointment was palpable, nobody felt the bitter sting more than captain Amado Guevara, who missed a second half penalty that would have tied the game.
"It was very frustrating, and today we lost three points," said Guevara. "I am very sad, not only because I missed the PK, but because I let my team down. We should have tied it at least."
Now with the first road contest of the season scheduled for next weekend in Colorado, the MetroStars need to regroup and readjust their early season goals.
"We had a goal to get a certain amount of points after three games and we didn't do that. One of our goals this year was to be a more dominant team at home, and so far we haven't done that," midfielder Mark Lisi said.
Rich Schneider is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.