On this date in 1996: NY/NJ MetroStars earn first MLS point with dramatic comeback against Tampa Bay Mutiny

On this date 24 years ago, the NY/NJ MetroStars and Tampa Bay Mutiny gave a sizable Giants Stadium crowd everything they could've hoped for in a dramatic 3-3 draw that ended with the MetroStars winning the shootout to earn their first point in MLS history.

After Roy Lassiter and Carlos Valderrama both scored to help the Mutiny stake a 3-0 advantage, a home side that had gone 264 minutes without a goal finally broke through when a corner kick deflected across the line off Tampa defender Cle Kooiman.

From there, Giovanni Savarese — yes, the same one who manages the Portland Timbers — wrote his name into very early club lore with a brace and future Chicago Fire star Zach Thornton forced Ivan McKinley's shootout attempt wide to give the hosts their precious first win.

If you want more than just the highlights of this game, you can also catch it on MLS Classics: Remix on May 6, when Savarese will join fellow ex-MetroStars Tab Ramos and Miles Joseph to provide a fresh, new commentary for this classic match. You can catch the broadcast at 4 pm ET on MLSsoccer.com, YouTube and Twitter.

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