Metro loses again at Foxboro, 2:1
September 16, 2015
Maybe it's the artificial turf. Maybe it's how the teams matchup. Maybe it's the ghosts of failures past. Whatever the case is, Metro just does not play well in Foxboro. Tonight, they dropped a 2:1 decision after playing an absolutely incompetent second half. The result allowed the Revs to pass Metro for first in the East, although they have played two extra games.
The lineup stayed the same for the third straight game, but the defense cracked barely a minute in. A free kick from the left side of the field ended at the feet of Diego Fagundez, and he sent a shot that took a bounce and slipped past Luis Robles.
Metro responded quickly, evening it in the sixth minute. Mike Grella started the play at midfield. The ball got to Kemar Lawrence on the left, who sent it into the penalty area. An errant clearance by Jose Goncalves rung off the crossbar and back to Grella, whose blistering one-timer tied the game.
The game was filled with yellows: three for Revs and five for Metro, including one for Damien Perrinelle to bring his yearly total to 10. The record-chaser looked close to be getting a second, as he got a talking to right before the break. As a result, Jesse Marsch yanked him at the half for fellow Frenchman, Ronald Zubar.
The second half was... rather awful. Metro failed to create any offensive cohesion. Absolutely nothing worked. On the other end, it was the Revs who broke through in the 65th. Metro failed to clear a corner, and Kemar Lawrence kept Kelyn Rowe onside. The one-time mangler of Ryan Meara put his team ahead.
Going the other way, Dax McCarty had a diving header off a corner cleared off the line, and... nothing. There was nothing else. Metro just could not break through, with all the attack stuffed by the home team.
It's gotta be the ghosts...
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Perrinelle, Miazga, Lade, McCarty, Martins, Kljestan, Grella, Sam, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Zubar, Wright-Phillips, Veron.