2004-05-22 - MetroStars, Revolution call it a draw, 1-1
and seventh including both games in last year's Eastern Conference semifinal series between the two clubs. But Glen's second-half strike guaranteed a share of the points for the visitors, though they haven't defeated the Revolution in seven successive MLS regular season meeting -- nine including the postseason series last year.
It took only seven minutes for the home side to get on the board as the Revolution finished their first chance of the game. Joey Franchino whipped in a dangerous cross from the left flank which Shalrie Joseph got to with a sliding attempt in the penalty area. His effort was blocked by Metro defender Eddie Pope, but Noonan was on hand to calmly put away the rebound from inside the area.
The Revs narrowly missed widening the gap in the 13th minute following some fancy footwork by striker Taylor Twellman. His dribbling effort hit a dead end, but he was able to poke the ball back to José Cancela, who attempted to float the ball into the upper right corner. But MetroStars goalkeeper Johnny Walker tipped the effort over the crossbar.
Striker Fabian Taylor had the best chance for the MetroStars when he got free for a clear header of a Joselito Vaca cross at the half-hour mark. But the Jamaican international saw his effort blocked by a well-organized Revolution defense, which lined from the start of the match in a 3-5-2 scheme for the first time this season, including new signing Avery John alongside Brian Kamler in the new-look back three.
Revolution winger Steve Ralston then followed immediately with a left-footed shot that beat Walker to the far side, but didn't beat the woodwork.
Ten minutes after the break, the MetroStars evened matters. Mark Lisi threaded a beautiful ball through the Revolution defense and into the path of Glen, who scored his third goal of the season when he slipped the ball underneath 'keeper Matt Reis after racing in all alone.
Cancela almost put the Revs back on top within two minutes of the MetroStars' goal. Ralston crossed the ball in from the right flank and Noonan cleverly played a dummy for Cancela. But once again the woodwork saved the MetroStars, as his powerful drive smashed off Walker's right post.
Twellman again had a fantastic opportunity to end his goalless streak and put his team in the lead when he found himself one-on-one with Walker after a nicely played through-ball. But his cross shot from the left side of the box was kicked out well by Walker, the shot ticketed inside the far post.
Rookie midfielder Clint Dempsey the final opportunity to be the hero for the Revolution in the 89th minute, but his free header from six yards away on a corner kick sailed well over the bar.
The MetroStars will take the field Sunday, May 30 when they host the Kansas City Wizards at Giants Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET). New England will host D.C. United in another Eastern Conference clash on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports World/Fox Sports en Espanol).
MLS Man of the Match: Matt Reis (New England)
MetroStars (2-1-4) vs. New England Revolution (1-3-3)
May 22, 2004 -- Gillette Stadium
NE -- Pat Noonan 2 (unassisted) 7
MET -- Cornell Glen 3 (Mark Lisi 4) 55
MetroStars -- Jonny Walker, Craig Ziadie, Chris Leitch, Jeff Parke, Eddie Pope, Amado Guevara, Mark Lisi, Joselito Vaca, Eddie Gaven (Ricardo Clark 80), Cornell Glen (John Wolyniec 84), Fabian Taylor (Mike Magee 68).
Substitutes Not Used: Tenywa Bonseu, Zach Wells.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Cornell Glen 3, Amado Guevara 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Cornell Glen 3); FOULS: 14 (Amado Guevara 4); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 6 (Amado Guevara 5); SAVES: 3 (Jonny Walker 3)
New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, Shalrie Joseph, Brian Kamler, Avery John, Steve Ralston, Jose Cancela (Felix Brillant 71), Clint Dempsey, Joe Franchino, Taylor Twellman, Pat Noonan.
Substitutes Not Used: Richie Baker, Andy Dorman, Daouda Kante, Kyle Singer, Luke Vercollone.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (3 tied with 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Pat Noonan 2); FOULS: 15 (Clint Dempsey 5); OFFSIDES: 3 (Taylor Twellman 2); CORNER KICKS: 11 (Jose Cancela 6); SAVES: 5 (Matt Reis 5)
NE -- Brian Kamler (caution; Tackle from Behind) 39
NE -- Clint Dempsey (caution; Tackle from Behind) 45
MET -- Amado Guevara (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry; Jose Andrade
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Time of Game: 1:50
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.