Camping season opens for Metros

that connection between the forwards. Hopefully, whoever is here, we're able to do a little better job of connecting between the forwards rather than the ball always having to come from the midfield."

There is a lot of work to be done before the MetroStars begin their season on April 2 against Real Salt Lake. A returning core of capable players and recent acquisitions such as Ward and a five-time MLS Cup winner in defender Jeff Agoos should make the Metros a formidable side in 2005.

"I think we do have some exciting players coming back," said Leitch. "I know the attitude around our camp is very upbeat and very positive. I know for a fact that we're going to work extremely hard. I think when it's all said and done we're going to put an exciting product on the field. We're not thinking of anything other than bringing home some hardware."

Jonathan Nierman is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.

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