The MetroStars face a second successive I-95 rival in as many weeks when the New England Revolution come to Giants Stadium this weekend, after they took an impressive 3-2 victory against D.C. United in their home opener. The victory propelled the MetroStars to the top of the Eastern Conference with six points from their two matches thus far – all in the conference. The visiting Revolution are at the foot of the East table with no points from their first two matches following a loss to San Jose Earthquakes in their home opener in Foxborough last weekend.
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. SAR (bench): Chris Strickland;
JAR (opposite): Emiliano Monje; 4th: Tony Crush
MLS Career: 99 games; FC/gm: 26.3; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 26; pens: 18
Games involving MetroStars: P22 W7 L14 T1; FC/gm: 27.1; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 10; pens: 5
Games involving Revolution: P12 W9 L3 T0; FC/gm: 29.4; Y/gm: 4.2; R: 4; pens: 2
INJURY REPORT: METROSTARS – NONE REPORTED. … NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – OUT: DF Carlos Llamosa (L knee sprain); PROBABLE: MD Shalrie Joseph (broken nose); DF Rusty Pierce (R quadriceps contusion)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
YELLOW PERIL: none
ALL-TIME (31 meetings): MetroStars 14 wins (2 shootout), 60 goals
… Revolution 15 wins (3 shootout), 56 goals … 2 draws
• The I-95 rivals reprise their bitter rivalry from a year ago, which saw the Revolution claim almost all the spoils, certainly in league and MLS Cup play.
• This is the first of four meetings this year, the first of two at Giants Stadium. They’ll play their first at Gillette Stadium on May 22, then again on June 26, before playing for the final time at the Meadowlands on Sept. 11.
• A year ago, New England didn’t lose in the league series, winning three of the four matches (one draw). The MetroStars posted a stunning comeback to pull back to a 3-3 draw in Foxborough on July 12 (Twellman 9, J-M Moore 36, Noonan 50 – Wolyniec 66, own goal 73, Clark 76), then the Rev won 2-1 on Sept. 13 in New Jersey (Jolley 81 – Noonan 11, 72).
• The Revolution then won both matches in the season-ending home-and-home pair just before they played again in the Eastern Conference semifinals, winning 2-1 at Giants Stadium on Oct. 18 (Juskowiak 75 – Fabbro 15, Noonan 37) then 5-2 in New England on Oct. 25 (Noonan 41, 51, 68; Fabbro 45; Ralston 65 – Lisi 58 pen, LeBlanc 69).
• Then in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Rev eased to a 2-0 victory at Giants Stadium on Nov. 1 in the first leg (Fabbro 17, Noonan 65), before advancing after a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium (Noonan 21 – Guevara 46+ pen)
• The only success the MetroStars saw against New England came in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup, when Metro claimed a 2-1 golden goal victory at Piscataway, N.J. (Mathis 29, Guevara 111 – Heaps 47+).
• The MetroStars haven’t won in the last five league meetings in the series. But their last win, a 4-3 triumph on July 20, 2002, was the last of four in a row against the Rev.
• In 1999, New England had the same kind of success as they did a year ago, winning all four meetings in the series (two by shootout). The next year, the MetroStars won three of the four meetings, all three wins coming before a Rev victory in the final encounter.
• Mark Lisi leads current MetroStars with 2 goals, 7 assists v New England (all but 3 assists while a Metro). Of current MetroStars, only Eddie Pope, John Wolyniec and Ricardo Clark have goals against the Rev (Pope’s while with D.C. United).
• Pat Noonan had a remarkable run against the MetroStars last year, seven of his 11 league goals in his rookie season coming against Metro (then adding two more in the playoffs). He jumped to second on the club’s all-time scoring list against Metro, behind Joe-Max Moore (7 goals, 5 assists). Steve Ralston leads current Rev players with 5 goals, 12 points v MetroStars – 2 goals, 4 assists with New England.
• Coaches record: Bob Bradley v NE: P16 W5 L7 T4 … Steve Nicol v MET: P8 W5 L2 T1
The MetroStars became the only team to stay unbeaten and untied
on the new campaign when a second-half blitz gave them a come-from-behind
3-2 victory against D.C. United at Giants Stadium on Saturday. The
MetroStars leaped over United into the top spot in the Eastern Conference
and the MLS overall table on six points from two games.
• Freddy Adu made history when the 14-year-old hit the back of the net in just his third professional game, but the MetroStars grabbed the headlines with three goals in 13 minutes after the break including a Fabian Taylor double
• Ben Olsen gave United the lead after 26 minutes when he converted a low cross from Dema Kovalenko from the right flank. But Taylor, who came on as a halftime substitute, took just five minutes to pull his club level. He rose up unmarked to meet a Mark Lisi cross, which United 'keeper Doug Warren made a terrific save on, but found the back of the net on the second chance.
• John Wolyniec then gave the Metros the lead seven minutes later with an acrobatic diving header in the six-yard box, before Taylor hit for his second, slipping a shot underneath Warren from inside the area.
• Adu pulled United back within one when he became the youngest player ever to score in an MLS game when he got in front of a Metros defender to stab home a rolling cross from close range (75), but that was as close as United got.
• MetroStars coach Bob Bradley made just one change to the team that defeated Columbus 3-1 away in the season opener two weeks before, captain Eddie Pope returning from a thigh injury to claim his place in central defense ahead of Jeff Parke.
• Here’s the team Bradley ran out (4-4-2): Jonny Walker – Craig Ziadie, Eddie Pope (Jeff Parke 66), Tenywa Bonseu, Chris Leitch – Joselito Vaca, Amado Guevara, Mark Lisi (Ricardo Clark 73), Eddie Gaven – John Wolyniec, Mike Magee (Fabian Taylor 46)
• Taylor’s insertion at the half changed the game, after the MetroStars had been dominated in the opening 45 minutes. "He made a huge difference for us today," Bradley said. "The first goal really turned things around. ... When a player can go out and score a great goal early in the half, it puts an big exclamation point on anything I said at halftime."
• His performance earned him the honor as the MLS Sierra Mist Player of the Week, as selected in balloting of members of the Professional Soccer Reporters Association (PSRA).
• He was the first player to score in his Giants Stadium debut since Wolyniec did it on Aug. 18, 1999.
• Eddie Pope and Jonny Walker were named to the U.S. national team for their April 28 friendly against Mexico at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
• Amado Guevara was called into the Honduras national team by coach Bora Milutinovic for their April 28 friendly against Ecuador in Miami.
• Craig Ziadie was called in the Jamaica national team for their April 28 friendly against Venezuela in Kingston.
The New England Revolution lost for the second time in as many
outings on Saturday, losing a lead to a rampant San Jose Earthquakes
in a 3-1 loss in their home opener. The Rev have allowed three goals
in each of their two losses on the season, falling to Los Angeles
Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in the season opener.
• Taylor Twellman tapped home a pass from Joe-Max Moore when both got behind the Quakes' back four to give the home side the lead just after the break (49) on a goal that had just the slightest hint of offside.
• But a wonderful bicycle kick from Dwayne DeRosario pulled San Jose level four minutes later, the ‘Quakes first goal from run-of-play this season. Arturo Alvarez then slotted home a Landon Donovan cross just two minutes after that to give the Quakes the lead.
• San Jose goalkeeper Pat Onstad kept the Revs at bay with a number of quality saves, then Donovan set up Brian Ching, who lashed home a first-time drive from outside the area to kill off the match with 15 minutes left.
• "We made some mistakes in L.A., and we pointed them out and were clear about them," Rev boss Steve Nicol said. "Obviously, it didn't register. I can't fault the effort but you have to use your brain as well as your heart. We need to be stronger mentally when it's needed. When you get punched, you have to stand up and punch back or get out of the road. And (after taking the lead), we got out of the road for five minutes."
• While Nicol had some injury concerns coming into the contest, he made just one change to the team that played in the season opener, Clint Dempsey coming into central midfield for Shalrie Joseph who was sidelined with a broken nose.
• Here’s Nicol’s team on the night (4-1-3-2): Adin Brown – Jay Heaps, Daouda Kante (Andy Dorman 89), Rusty Pierce (Marshall Leonard 86), Joe Franchino – Clint Dempsey – Steve Ralston, Jose Cancela, Pat Noonan –Joe-Max Moore (Brian Kamler 70), Taylor Twellman.
• “I hope we haven't gotten to the point of where we think that we are better than we are,'' Ralston said. “People have been saying we are the clear-cut favorite in the East. But for us to be successful, we have to get back to where we outwork teams. I don't mean just one guy, but everybody.''
• After a second successive match allowing three goals, Nicol said there is real concerns in what the team will do in the back four to replace Carlos Llamosa. Trinidad & Tobago international Avery John has been on trial with the team, and Nicol said they will look at other players this week.
• "We clearly need to make a move, we need to strengthen the team," Nicol said. "That's the easy part. The hard part is finding someone we can afford and who is better than what we have."
• Sharlie Joseph, who missed the Earthquakes match after suffering a broken nose, said he will be available this weekend but will have to wear a protective mask.
• Pat Noonan and Taylor Twellman were named to the U.S. national team for their April 28 friendly against Mexico at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.