Metros rout LA for biggest win ever behind Diallo's four
June 15, 2002

MetroStars Los Angeles
Diallo 4

06.15.02 · League

Tomorrow, surprising Senegal is playing Sweden in a World Cup elimination game. Today, Senegal's own Mamadou Diallo scored two, gave his shirt to a fan, and then scored two more to give the Metros a 5:0 win over Los Angeles. The five-goal margin is the largest in Metro history. Diallo's four goals mark the fifth hat trick ever for the MetroStars.

Diallo's first goal came in the 27th minute, after precision passes from Brad Davis and Andy Williams. He doubled the lead nine minutes later, when Alexi Lalas took the Williams pass only to have it stolen back by Diallo, who easily put it by Kevin Hartman.

The game's outcome was never in doubt after that; Diallo got his hat trick in the 58th, knocking in a perfect Williams cross. Just two minutes later, Brad Davis scored his third goal of the year, after an amazing run by Tab Ramos on the right side.

Diallo's second career MLS four-goal game ended in injury time when he converted a PK after being taken down in the box by Hartman, who was horrible even by his own less-than-average standards. Also awful was Lalas, whose misery ended when he was subbed out in the second half.

Tim Howard made a number of key saves to record his first shutout of the year. The Metros won their first league game in over two months.

Diallo joins Giovanni Savarese (1996), Clint Mathis (2000 (five goals) and 2001) and Alex Comas (2000) on the list of Metro hat tricks.

Lineup: Howard, Chronopoulos, Petke, Jolley, Ziadie, Moore, Paule, Ramos, Davis, Williams, Diallo. Subs: Lisi, Faria, Alvarez.

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