Wizards, Metros tangle at Arrowhead

after scoring two all of last season -- to pull the MetroStars all the way back. He hit for his first just before the halftime break, John Wolyniec slipping a square pass inside the box for the Colombian to drive past Bo Oshoniyi (43).

  • Then on the hour, Galvan Rey hit again, with Wolyniec again the provider. He ran down a long ball from the center circle from Youri Djokaeff -- who made his MLS debut -- and after holding off a defender in the penalty area laid it back for the oncoming Galvan Rey, who made no mistake with his low finish.
  • Here's Bob Bradley's team (4-2-1-3): Zach Wells - Chris Leitch, Jeff Parke, Carlos Mendes, Jeff Agoos - Michael Bradley, Mark Lisi (Abbe Ibrahim 87) - Amado Guevara - Youri Djorkaeff (Mike Magee 75), Sergio Galvan Rey, John Wolyniec
  • Here's Bob Gansler's team (4-4-2): Bo Oshoniyi - Alex Zotinca, Jimmy Conrad, Nick Garcia, Jose Burciaga Jr. - Chris Klein, Diego Gutierrez, Kerry Zavagnin, Jack Jewsbury (Scott Sealy 70) - Josh Wolff, Davy Arnaud
    HISTORY
  • A year ago, the MetroStars won the first two meetings before the Wizards came back for a victory in the third. The Metros won 1-0 at home on May 30 (Wolyniec 73), then 2-1 at Arrowhead on July 28 (Klein 37 - Glen 23, Guevara 66), but the Wizards captured a 1-0 victory at home on Sept. 4 (Wolff 43)
  • The MetroStars had won three consecutive meetings between the teams before Kansas City's triumph on Sept. 4 of last year. The teams had split their season series the three previous seasons before last year.
  • Coaches record: Bob Gansler vs. MET: P17 W7 L6 D4 ... Bob Bradley v KC: P21 W14 L5 T2

    KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

    The Kansas City Wizards lost for the first time in three matches but continued their up-and-down campaign, falling 3-2 to D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. The Wizards fell back into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, level with the MetroStars and Columbus Crew on nine points (from seven matches), two behind United and 11 behind pace-setting New England Revolution.

  • The second rematch of MLS Cup 2004 had a little more excitement than the first, the game bursting to life over the final hour.
  • Jaime Moreno put D.C. United in the lead in the 29th minute when he converted from the penalty spot after Alecko Eskandarian was pulled back by Jose Burciaga Jr. in the area. But the Wizards leveled the match just after the hour when a Chris Klein rolling cross from the right corner was unfortunately turned into his own goal by United rookie center back Bobby Boswell.
  • But United responded in short order through Gomez's pair. In the 69th minute, Eskandarian flighted in a cross that Moreno knocked down for Gomez to bang home just before a heavy collision with Wizards 'keeper Bo Oshoniyi. Then Freddy Adu latched onto the ball in midfield and set off on a juking run through the Wizards before laying it off to Gomez who coolly slotted home (80).
  • The Wizards caused some tense moments for the finale, United 'keeper Nick Rimando spilling a cross just after a tremendous save, and Scott Sealy banging home from close range (88). The home side were then left a man down when Josh Gros was sent off, but they survived the final moments.
  • Wizards coach Bob Gansler made no changes to the team that defeated the Columbus Crew 4-0 at Crew Stadium the previous weekend. Here's Gansler's team (4-4-2): Bo Oshoniyi - Nick Garcia, Shavar Thomas (Preki 78), Jimmy Conrad, Jose Burciaga Jr. - Chris Klein, Sasha Victorine, Kerry Zavagnin, Alex Zotinca (Jack Jewsbury 74) - Davy Arnaud (Scott Sealy 84), Josh Wolff
  • "It was a pretty even game," he said. "Shots and shots on goal were dead even. Sometimes possession is fool's good - it's how you create and realize chances [that matters]. I thought we were a little too generous, especially on the first and the third goals," Gansler said. "We've got to make better defensive plays. They're a good team, and I think we're a good team. But we wasted some good soccer tonight because we got too generous ... It's one thing if you get beat and stink up the place. But we didn't stink up the place (tonight)."

    TEAM NEWS

  • Despite the up-and-down nature of the season, Gansler is not concerned about his club in relation to the remainder of the league. "You've got 12 teams (in MLS), and I bet you every coach with the exception of coach Nicol in New England, would say 'we're not consistent enough and we don't put together enough good soccer,'" he said. "But it's a work in progress. Perfection is what we're looking for, and we're not close enough yet, so we're going to keep working."
  • "We can't keep giving up opportunities after we get ourselves back in the game. We've done that a couple of times this year - we get a goal, and then we turn around in the next five or ten minutes and give up some good looks. That happened again tonight," Wolff said.
  • Three times in the last five matches, the Wizards have allowed three goals. In the other two matches, they've posted shutouts. "One of the things we did not do in the first half was tackle ... We had a shutout last week and last time we played against D.C., so we're capable of that," said Gansler. "It's not about defenders; it's about defending."

    METROSTARS

    The MetroStars remained winless at home on the season though they nearly overcame a man disadvantage to end the New England Revolution's unbeaten run, a late goal giving the visitors a 2-2 draw at Giants Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The MetroStars are joint fourth in the Eastern Conference with nine points from seven matches, level with Kansas City Wizards and Columbus Crew, two behind D.C. United and 11 adrift of the Revolution.

  • The 10-man MetroStars had seemed to have overcome their disadvantage and put an end to the Revolution's undefeated run to start the campaign - until Taylor Twellman again came to the rescue.
  • Twellman had given the Revolution the lead after just six minutes. Pat Noonan collected a Steve Ralston ball played down the right flank before curling in an early cross that Twellman knocked home inside the far post with a sublime first-time strike. But the home side responded just 10 minutes later, a neat bit of juggling from Amado Guevara able to find Tim Ward in the corner, who spun and drove a low cross into the area that Eddie Gaven stabbed home.
  • MetroStars striker Abbe Ibrahim - making his first MLS start - was sent off for a second bookable offense in the 66th minute. Yet it was the Metros who responded, Mike Magee driving in a low cross from the right corner that John Wolyniec slid to bang home off his knees in the middle of the goal area.
  • But the Revolution weren't going to let their hot start slip away, and a minute from the end, substitute Khano Smith teased in a cross from the left flank that Twellman lunged forward to power home, heading it off the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net.
  • MetroStars coach Bob Bradley made one change to the team that knocked off the Chicago Fire 3-0 the previous weekend. Togolese international Abbe Ibrahim was given his first MLS start, coming into attack in place of Mike Magee.
  • Here's Bradley's team (4-4-2): Zach Wells - Chris Leitch, Jeff Agoos (Jeff Parke 76), Tim Regan, Tim Ward - Michael Bradley, Mark Lisi - Eddie Gaven (Mike Magee 74), Amado Guevara - Youri Djorkaeff (John Wolyniec 80), Abbe Ibrahim
  • "Today was a step in the right direction but we're not going to overstate it. We didn't win. We still had the lead at the end and didn't come away with three points," Metros coach Bob Bradley said. "It's not like we're all excited in there, that's for sure. We're pretty angry."

    TEAM NEWS

  • Bradley started the match with four teenagers - 18-year-olds Gaven, Ward and Ibrahim and 17-year-old Michael Bradley, which is the most ever in league history.
  • The pairing of Djorkaeff and Ibrahim was the fourth different strike partnership for the MetroStars this season. "He's (18-years-old) and he had many opportunities, he showed his ability, he's showed his quickness," Djorkaeff said of Ibrahim. "I was very happy for him but I was very sad because he was sent off."
  • For the fourth time in five home games, the Metros allowed the first goal at home. The fifth game ended in a scoreless draw.
  • "We have been actually talking about it this week and the last game we played at home and how we gave up our first goal," Gaven said. "I think our level kind of dropped a little bit, but if we go up a goal or go down a goal we are just going to keep our level high and I think that is what we did after they scored, we came out and just kept on going and kept on pushing forward and making chances and wound up getting them back. It was good to see that."
  • Jeff Agoos was forced to leave the match at the 75-minute mark because of calf cramps. He missed two matches with a calf strain.


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