Striker Stammler leads still-Metros over Galaxy
March 3, 2006 (Official Game Summary)

Los Angeles MetroStars
Enfield Stammler
03.03.06 · Preseason

The MetroStars defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 during preseason action at The Home Depot Center on Friday. Seth Stammler -- playing up top for the first time in his Metros career -- had a hand in all three Metros goals, as he scored one and assisted on the two others, by Thiago Martins and Jordan Cila.

"I am very pleased with the result and how we competed," said MetroStars head coach Mo Johnston. "Stammler played superb. We had him up front for the first time and he did exceptionally well. It is great to have players who are adaptable and can play multiple positions."

Under intermittent showers, the Galaxy and MetroStars battled to gain control of the match, but the advantage fell to the Metros as they excelled with a very direct style of play that suited the wet field turf surface. However, Los Angeles created the first scoring opportunity as rookie midfielder Marc Burch was played into the box, but Burch's hard low shot saved by MetroStars goalkeeper Jon Conway.

The MetroStars' Stammler would strike first on a well-struck shot from 25-yards out in the 15th minute, beating Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin. The MetroStars' luck took a turn for the worse in the 42nd minute, when Metros defender Jeff Parke was shown his second yellow card of the match for a dangerous tackle on the Galaxy's Marc Burch.

During halftime, the Galaxy allowed the MetroStars to replace the ejected Parke for the second half. Back to eleven, the MetroStars doubled their lead in the 48th minute, when midfielder Eddie Gaven provided a perfect pass for Martins to slot home the easy goal from four yards out.

Los Angeles would pull back a goal in the 65th minute, as Enfield was fouled inside the box by Metros defender Taylor Graham. Enfield stepped up to take the penalty kick himself and blasted a low shot inside the right post as the Metros' Conway dove the wrong direction.

In the 80th minute, Metros midfielder Cila sealed the match for his club off a quick counter-attack that caught the Galaxy off guard. Slicing between two Galaxy defenders at the top of the box, Cila took a single touch before firing a hard shot past second half goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

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