Metros pay for mistakes in 4:2 loss to Revs
June 25, 2005

4:2
New England MetroStars
Cancela
Heaps
Ralston
Noonan
Djorkaeff
Galvan Rey
06.25.05 · League

The MetroStars allowed one in the opening seconds of the game, played well to take a second-half lead, and then broke down late to hand the Revolution a 4:2 victory. Each Rev goal was a direct result of a Metro players' mistake; two by Zach Wells, one by Jeff Agoos, and one by Jeff Parke.

The MetroStars made one change from last week's lineup, and it wasn't by choice; Ante Razov, banged up in the workouts during the week, could not play. Sergio Galvan Rey started instead.

And 25 seconds into the game, the score was 1:0 as the Revs' Jose Cancela lobbed a volley from far out over Wells, who was off the line. And a few minutes later, it almost became worse as Clint Dempsey's shot rocketed off the woodwork.

The Metros had their chances in the first ten minutes of the game as well. First, Amado Guevara hit the near post off a short corner kick-esque free kick. The shot fooled the Rev defense, and hit off a defender on the rebound, but missed the net. And then, Galvan Rey scored what looked like a great goal, but was judged to be offside. The Metros had their chances throughout the half, playing long balls to Galvan Rey, but numerous times Matt Reis came out to grab the ball before the Argentine had a chance to get to it.

The insertion of jetlagged Eddie Gaven for Mike Magee in the second half re-energized the Metros. Gaven came in the 65th minute, and two minutes later, Galvan Rey was brought down in the box. Youri Djorkaeff converted the penalty kick off Reis' hands to tie the game. And two minutes later, Gaven sent in a cross from the right side onto the feet of Galvan Rey, who knocked it into the Rev net to give the Metros the lead.

But the lead only lasted three minutes. Jay Heaps out-jumped Agoos on a corner kick, and suddenly the game was tied. The backbreaker came with four minutes left in regulation. Parke won the ball from a Rev attacker, but took too much time and was stripped by Steve Ralston, who then easily scored. And then in injury time, Pat Noonan caught Wells needlessly way out of the net, and sent a long shot over the Metro keeper to set the final margin.

Maybe we are not as far from seeing Tony Meola's return in goal as we thought...

Lineup: Wells, Regan, Parke, Agoos, Leitch, Bradley, Lisi, Guevara, Magee, Djorkaeff, Galvan Rey. Subs: Gaven, Stammler.

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