Moreno continues to haunt Metro in a 4:3 DC win
September 23, 2006

DC United New York
Guevara 2
09.23.06 · League

We hate Jaime Moreno. The DC bastard, rescued from the Scum by Bob Bradley, tanked his year with Metro, refused to report to camp in 2004, and forced a trade back to DC, which had by then fired Jaime's reason for leaving, Ray Hudson. But that is history, and since then, just like before, Moreno has killed Metro, and he did so tonight as well, figuring in two key DC goals in their 4:3 victory. Amado Guevara scored twice for Metro to match his league output prior to this game.

Tony Meola came back in goal after missing the last three games. In front of him, Metro reverted to a 4-4-2, with Carlos Mendes coming back from suspension to his usual role and Marvell Wynne returning to the right back spot after two games in midfield. Danny O'Rourke also made a start after missing last game; Dema Kovalenko moved to the left wing and Markus Schopp was deemed ready to start on the right. Youri Djorkaeff moved to forward, with Edson Buddle benched.

Just ten minutes into the game, a costly mistake was made by the usually steady Mendes, as he accidentally kicked in a DC free kick past Meola. Thankfully, it only took Metro ten minutes to recover, as a Seth Stammler shot was handled in the box by Facundo Erpen, and Amado Guevara coolly converted the penalty kick to his usual left, beating Troy Perkins, whose guessing the right way couldn't stop the shot.

And from that point on, Metro began to dominate. Unfortunately, the sharp passes, running off the ball, and a number of good chances (the best coming from a long turnaround shot by John Wolyniec that hit the post) went for naught as the half ended without any further scoring.

And then, Moreno, rested at the start of the game, came into the second half. It took him just three minutes so set up Christian Gomez in the 60th, and then he got one himself in the 73rd. Erpen's red card for stomping on John Wolyniec came right after the Gomez goal, but did little in bringing back Metro's level to what it was in the first half.

In the 82nd minute, Guevara placed a beautiful free kick that Dema Kovalenko soft-touched over Perkins to bring Metro within one. DC answered in the 89th minute, Matias Donnet's rocket fooling Meola. Two minutes into injury time, Guevara slid a ball to Josmer Altidore, who got his second career goal... A goal that mattered much less than his first. The assist was Guevara's 36th in league play with Metro, tying him with Tab Ramos for most in franchise history.

With Kansas City tying New England, the playoffs are still reachable. It's not over... yet.

Go to hell, Jaime Moreno.

Lineup: Meola, Stammler, Mendes, Parke, Wynne, O'Rourke, Kovalenko, Schopp, Guevara, Djorkaeff, Wolyniec. Subs: Camp, Altidore, Henderson.

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