2001 Club by Club
Feb. 4 - The team selects unknown forward Rodrigo Faria from the reserve team MetroStars Black with the #13 pick overall in the 2001 SuperDraft.
March 28 - Clint Mathis scores on a free kick in the 87th minute to give the U.S. a dramatic 2-1 road win at Honduras in World Cup qualifying.
May 5 - The MetroStars score three goals in the game’s last 11 minutes to come back and defeat D.C. United, 3-2, at Giants Stadium.
May 26 - The MetroStars defeat UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich, 2-0 in a friendly at Giants Stadium.
June 5 - Clint Mathis suffers a torn ACL during a U.S. National Team practice in Columbus, OH. He misses the remainder of the season.
June 16 - Mike Petke breaks the team record for minutes played (Tony Meola 8,100) after recording 100 minutes in a scoreless home draw against the San Jose Clash. Petke, who set the record in the 73rd minute, finishes the game with 8,126 career minutes.
Sept. 29 - The MetroStars lose Game 3 of the MLS Cup semifinals and then the overtime minigame, 4-2 on aggregate, to be eliminated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Oct. 15 - Fans in online voting on the league’s official website (MLSNET.COM) name Clint Mathis as the recipient of the 2001 Goal of the Year with his April 28, 60-yard run against the Dallas Burn at Giants Stadium. Tim Howard is selected as the 2001 New York Life MLS Humanitarian of the Year.
Oct. 16 - Tim Howard, in his first year as a starter, is selected as the 2001 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.
Oct. 17 - The Copa Merconorte game between the MetroStars and Mexican club Chivas of Guadalajara at Giants Stadium is canceled, after Chivas players and coaches inform the MetroStars they would not travel to the New York area to play. MetroStars win by a 2-0 forfeit.
Oct. 17 - Rodrigo Faria is selected as the 2001 Rookie of the Year.
Oct. 28 - The MetroStars, D.C. United, New York Power, and Washington Freedom host first of two benefit doubleheaders dubbed “The Unity Games” to aid victims of the September 11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. The two doubleheaders (the second one was held Nov. 3 at RFK Stadium in Washington) raised over $250,000.
Nov. 12 - Tim Howard is named to the Board of Directors of the Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey (TSANJ).
Nov. 21 - Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) acquires the MetroStars from Metromedia Company.