E. RUTHERFORD, N.J.
6 pm ET (MSG; FSN-SW)
Special advisory for fans:
Please be informed that this Sunday's MetroStars match versus the Dallas Burn will be played rain or shine. Ancillary events will also go on as scheduled.
The team currently on the best form in MLS plays host to a team that has been maddeningly inconsistent over recent weeks. The MetroStars come into the match riding a three-match winning streak (and five-game unbeaten run), having beaten the other two teams at the top of the MLS overall table in their last two outings while also pulling into a large lead atop the Eastern Conference. But the Dallas Burn haven't won back-to-back games in more than two months - yet they haven't lost back-to-back games, either, over that stretch.
REFEREE: Andrew Chapin. SAR (bench): Tom Supple; JAR (opposite): Bahij Salman; 4th: Ken Heller
MLS Career: 2 games; FC/gm: 29.5; Y/gm: 5.5; R: 2; pens: 1
Games involving MetroStars: first game
Games involving Burn: first game
INJURY REPORT: METROSTARS - OUT: MD Michael Bradley (R foot stress fracture); MD Gilberto Flores (L ankle ruptured tendon); DF Craig Ziadie (L knee LCL sprain); DOUBTFUL: FW Fabian Taylor (R knee LCL sprain) ...DALLAS BURN - QUESTIONABLE: DF Cory Gibbs (bruised ribs); FW Toni Nhleko (hip flexor)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: MET: Pablo Brenes (Costa Rica Olympic team)
YELLOW PERIL: MET: Amado Guevara (18 CP) ... DAL: Carey Talley (9 CP in 2 gms); Clarence Goodson (10 CP in 2 gms)
ALL-TIME (19 meetings): MetroStars 10 wins (1 shootout), 29 goals ... Burn 10 wins (0 shootout), 37 goals ... 1 draw
AT MEADOWLANDS: MetroStars 5 wins (1 shootout), 14 goals ... Burn 5 wins, 18 goals ... 1 draw
The MetroStars won for the third consecutive week and extended their unbeaten run to five matches, increasing their lead in the Eastern Conference to seven points and moving within a point of the best overall record in the league, defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0 at Giants Stadium last Sunday. The Metros have 32 points from 20 matches, tied with the Kansas City Wizards in the MLS overall table, one behind Los Angeles.
The Dallas Burn continued their recent up-and-down form, falling 3-0 at home to the New England Revolution on Wednesday at the Cotton Bowl. The Burn lost no ground in the Western Conference though, remaining tied with the Colorado Rapids for third place with 26 points from 20 matches, still two points ahead of last-place San Jose Earthquakes and seven behind West leaders Los Angeles Galaxy.