Pre-game report: MetroStars vs. Dallas Burn

Date: Saturday, June 5, 2004
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Giants Stadium

Local TV: MSG
Play-by-play: Steve Cangialosi
Analyst: Shep Messing
Producer: Eddie Caggianelli
VYVX Conf #: 1650682

Local Spanish Radio: WADO 1280 AM
Play-by-play: Ernesto Motta
Analyst: Robert Sierra

Referee: Gus St. Silva
Referee's Asst.: Craig Lowry (SAR), David Bragg (JAR)
Fourth Official: Andrew Chapin

Injury Report
Ricardo Clark - QUESTIONABLE - Left Quad Strain
Fabian Taylor - QUESTIONABLE - Left Hamstring Strain
Craig Ziadie - QUESTIONABLE - Right Quad Strain

Probable Starters
GK #1 Jonny Walker
D #3 Chris Leitch
D #12 Jeff Parke
D #23 Eddie Pope
D #21 Craig Ziadie
M #24 Eddie Gaven
M #8 Mark Lisi
M #20 Amado Guevara
M #10 Joselito Vaca
F #15 John Wolyniec
F #19 Fabian Taylor


Up Next, Dallas: The MetroStars finish a two game home stand when they host the Dallas Burn on Saturday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET (TV: MSG, Spanish Radio: WADO 1280 AM). The "Red and Black" last squared off with the Burn on October 11, 2003 when the two squads played to a 0-0 draw at Giants Stadium.

The Metros hit the road again on Saturday June 12 when they travel to San Jose, Calif. to play the Earthquakes for the second time in the 2004 season. The last time the two met resulted in a thrilling 5-5 tie on May 8.

Tickets are available for all MetroStars home games at the Continental Airlines Arena box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets will also be available through Ticketmaster by phone for callers in New Jersey (201-507-8900), New York (212-307-7171), and for Spanish-speaking customers throughout New York and New Jersey (212-307-4757).

Fightin' With Fire: With their 1-0 win against the Kansas City Wizards last Sunday, the "Red and Black" regain their tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with rival Chicago Fire. Both squads have 13 points.

Woly's Trifecta: John Wolyniec's goal in the 73rd minute on Sunday marks three goals in three starts for the Fordham product in the 2004 season. Coincidently the Metros' three 2004 wins have come in the games that Wolyniec has started.

Walker's First Clean Sheet: Sunday's 1-0 win is the first shutout of the 2004 MLS season for Metros' 'keeper Jonny Walker. Walker had four clean sheets in the 2003 season, after coming to the Metros on July 14, 2003.

Metros Undefeated at Home: The MetroStars continue their undefeated streak at Giants Stadium in 2004 with a record of 2-0-2 at home. They have won twice (April 17, 2004 3-2 vs. D.C. United; May 30, 2004 1-0 vs. Kansas City Wizards) and tied twice (April 25, 2004 1-1 vs. New England Revolution; May 15, 2004 1-1 vs. Chicago Fire).

Staying at the Top: The Metros are undefeated this season when scoring first. They have maintained their lead to either win or tie in three matches (May 8, 2004: 5-5 tie against San Jose Earthquakes; May 15, 2004: 1-1 tie vs. Chicago Fire; May 30, 2004 1-0 win vs. Kansas City Wizards).

Lisi and Gaven Makin' Connections: Mark Lisi and Eddie Gaven are both tied for the top spot amongst MLS Assist Leaders. The duo currently sits at the top in a six-way tie with Chris Albright (LA Galaxy), Landon Donovan (San Jose Earthquakes), Andreas Herzog (LA Galaxy) and Andy Williams (Chicago Fire). All have four assists thus far in the young 2004 season.

High-Octane Offense: The MetroStars offense is one of the most potent in the league, as the MetroStars are averaging 1.88 goals per game with 15 goals scored in eight games (second behind LA's mark of 2.20 goals per game).

Comeback Kids: The MetroStars have come back five times this season after being down one goal to either win or tie a game. The Metros defeated the Columbus Crew (3-1, April 3rd, 2004) and D.C. United (3-2, April 17th, 2004) and came back to tie the San Jose Earthquakes (5-5, May 8th, 2004) and the New England Revolution twice (1-1, April 25th, 1-1, May 22nd, 2004) ensuring at least a point for their squad in each match.

Time and TV Changes: The MetroStars' September 11, 2004 gametime against the New England Revolution will be pushed back from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will be shown on MSG rather than ESPN2. Additionally, the MetroStars' July 24 game against Chicago will now be shown on FSNY rather than MSG and the August 29, 2004 game against the Columbus Crew will no longer be televised.

Glen Gets the Call: MetroStars forward Cornell Glen played 28 minutes in the Trinidad and Tobago National Team's 4-1 loss to Scotland on May 30, 2004 at Edinburgh, Scotland's Easter Road Stadium. The 22-year-old Glen has earned 13 caps, scoring one goal for the "Soca Warriors," since making his first appearance with the full team on November 15, 2002, in a 2-0 win over St. Kitts and Nevis in a 2003 Gold Cup Qualifier. Glen is expected to start for the Soca Warriors in their two-leg World Cup qualifying matches against the Dominican Republic on June 13 and 20.

Reggae Boyz Head South: MetroStars forward Fabian Taylor and defender Craig Ziadie will be heading down to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on June 7, to join up with coach Carl Brown and the Jamaican National Team in preparation for their World Cup qualifying matches against Haiti, scheduled to take place on June 12 and 20. Ziadie has earned 20 caps for the Reggae Boyz under manager Carl Brown since making his international debut on November 20, 2002, vs. Japan in a 1-1 tie in Tokyo. Taylor has earned 29 caps and nine goals with the Jamaican National Team since making his first appearance with the full squad in 1999.

T-Bone with Uganda: MetroStars defender Tenywa Bonseu joined the Ugandan National Team on May 30, in the squad's preparation for upcoming World Cup qualifying matches against D.R. Congo and Cape Verde on June 5 and the weekend of June 17 respectively. Bonseu has earned 19 caps from the full international level since 1995-1996.

Team of Many Nations: The 2004 MetroStars feature players from eight different nations: Argentina (Galvan Rey), Bolivia (Vaca), Brazil (Flores), Honduras (Guevara), Jamaica (Taylor, Ziadie), Trinadad (Glen), Uganda (Bonseu) and the United States.

Honduran Invasion: The MetroStars will host the Honduran under-17 National Team between June 12-20. They will play friendlies against St. Benedict's Prep, the Long Island Rough Riders and the MetroStars' U-19 and U-16 teams, with a final game against the "Red and Black" U-19s on June 19 at Giants Stadium with the MetroStars game against the L.A. Galaxy.

After the Show, It's the Johnnie Walker Party: After the MetroStars game on Saturday, Metros players, coaches, staff and fans will be gathering for some post-game fun at the Johnnie Walker Party at Classics Restaurant and Bar located at 2 Meadowlands Plaza just minutes away from Giants Stadium.