now winless after three games for the first time in his MLS career -- brought on Eddie Gaven as a 70th-minute substitute for Galvan Rey but to little effect. The MetroStars were forced to play long and seek opportunities on the counter attack to avoid the tenacious Chicago midfield, but they could not garner any serious scoring chances.
The MetroStars will play their first game away from Giants Stadium this season next weekend when they travel to Denver to take on the Colorado Rapids at INVESCO Field at Mile High on April 30 at 9 p.m. ET.
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Zach Thornton (Chicago Fire)
Rich Schneider is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.
Chicago Fire (2-1-1) vs. MetroStars (0-1-2)
April 22, 2005 -- Giants Stadium
CHI -- Nate Jaqua 1 (unassisted) 29
Chicago Fire -- Zach Thornton, C.J. Brown, Jim Curtin, Samuel Caballero, Kelly Gray, Chris Armas (Logan Pause 59), Thiago, Jesse Marsch, Ivan Guerrero, Nate Jaqua, Justin Mapp (Chad Barrett 65).
Substitutes Not Used: Leonard Griffin, Andy Herron, Matt Pickens.
TOTAL SHOTS: 8 (Nate Jaqua 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Kelly Gray 1, Nate Jaqua 1); FOULS: 18 (Jim Curtin 4, Justin Mapp 4); OFFSIDES: 1 (Chad Barrett 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Thiago 6); SAVES: 3 (Zach Thornton 3)
MetroStars -- Zach Wells, Chris Leitch, Carlos Mendes, Jeff Parke (Tim Ward 46), Jeff Agoos (Tim Regan 46), Youri Djorkaeff, Michael Bradley, Amado Guevara, Mark Lisi, John Wolyniec, Sergio Galvan Rey (Eddie Gaven 70).
Substitutes Not Used: Ramon Bailey, Gilberto Flores, Jason Hernandez, Mike Magee, Seth Stammler, Michael Ueltschey.
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Youri Djorkaeff 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Youri Djorkaeff 3); FOULS: 8 (Youri Djorkaeff 2); OFFSIDES: 3 (John Wolyniec 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (3 tied with 1); SAVES: 1 (Zach Wells 1)
CHI -- C.J. Brown (caution; Pushing, Holding) 27
CHI -- Nate Jaqua (caution; Pushing, Holding) 60
MET -- Amado Guevara (caution; Dissent) 61
Referee: Ricardo Valenzuela
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry; Steven Taylor
4th Official: Jorge Gonzalez
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.