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On location: Metros top W. Connection

MARABELLA, Trinidad - Sergio Galvan Rey's goal in the 23' was enough to defeat W. Connection, 1-0, in the MetroStars' final match of their international preseason training presented by Continental Airlines. Goalkeeper Zach Wells was steady in net for the Metros and earned the clean sheet.

Galvan Rey's goal came after W. Connection's netminder Alejandro Figueroa chased down a through ball on the endline, ten yards away from his net. A hustling John Wolyniec sprinted towards Figueroa and pressured the displaced keeper, who rushed to clear the ball. Figueroa's errant pass was intercepted by Galvan Rey, who fired into the vacant net before the goalkeeper managed to get back into position.

Wells withstood a number of attacks by W. Connection and was credited with seven saves in the match. The second-year UCLA product made an outstanding save in the 14', diving to his right to stone a shot put on net by Ronaldo Viana. Wells met another Connection challenge in the 21', when forward William Da Silva Olivera unleashed a knuckler from 25 yards out, but Wells was able to corral it.

A frightening moment occurred shortly after the second half began, as W. Connection's David Atiba Charles caught MetroStars invitee Nicholas Adderly with a vicious elbow to the side of the head. Adderly was knocked unconscious and had to be helped off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to nearby hospital and is listed in stable condition. Charles was dismissed with a red card.

The final leg of the Metros' preseason occurs next Friday, March 25 when they take on the Chicago Fire in Jackson, Mississippi. The club's regular season opener is on April 2 versus Real Salt Lake at 7:00 p.m.

Box Score: MetroStars vs. W. Connection (March 18, 2005)

Team          1st    2nd    Total                
MetroStars     1      0       1 
W. Connection  0      0       0       

Scoring Summary:

MET- Galvan Rey 23'

Discipline Summary:

MET- Mendes (Caution; Professional Foul) 32'

WC- Charles (Sent Off; Professional Foul) 46'

MET- Mitchell (Caution; Professional Foul) 51'

MET- Agoos (Caution; Dissent) 58'

MET- Mitchell (Second caution, Sent off; Dive) 81'

Attendance:

2,124

Weather:

75 degrees and humid

MetroStars: Zach Wells, Jeff Agoos (Tim Regan 71'), Carlos Mendes, Jeff Parke (Pierre Baizie 75'), Chris Leitch (Ademir Dos Santos 75'), Amado Guevara (capt), Gilberto (Ramon Bailey 61), Kevaughn Connell (Osni Neto 45'), Michael Bradley, John Wolyniec (Nicholas Adderly 45', Devon Mitchell 49'), Sergio Galvan Rey

Substitutes Not Used: Jason Hernandez, Seth Stammler, T.J Tomasson, Mark Lisi, Jonny Walker

W. Connection: Alejandro Figueroa (Jan Michael Williams 45'), Elijah Joseph, Gefferson Goulart (Clyde Leon 78'), Kevon Clement (Lyndon Diaz 78'), Andrei Pacheco, Andre Touissant (Hugton Hector 63'), Earl Jean (Bevon Lewis 78'), David Atiba Charles, Nicholson Thomas, Ronaldo Viana (Dwight Scott 64'), William Da Silva Oliveira (Brenton De Leon 78')

Substitutes Not Used: Jason Cudjoe


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