Veron steals victory at Foxboro, 3:2
July 5, 2017

New England New York
07.05.17 · League

Finally, finally, finally! It took two years, but the Designated Player finally showed up. He finally scored a goal that mattered. He finally flashed the skill that... You know what? Let's not be sarcastic for a change. This is Gonzalo Veron's night. Let's enjoy it.

Yes, it was Veron, who scored in the 90th minute, as Metro came back to beat the Revs 3:2. The win was only Metro's second at Foxboro in the last 15 years, and the first time they scored three goals all year.

Injury and international duty forced three new defenders from the last league affair, as Damien Perrinelle, Connor Lade, and Sal Zizzo stepped in for Aurelien Collin, and Michael Murillo. Tyler Adams' suspension meant a start for Sal Zizzo.

The first three goals came in a frantic five-minute stretch. In the 21st minute, Metro let Diego Fagundez run up the left wing, with Teal Bunbury being left completely alone for the opener. A moment of magic from Bradley Wright-Phillips, volleying from the edge of the box, briefly evened the scoring two minutes later. Then, in the 26th, another Fagundez run, this one ending in a shot that Luis Robles saved. Unfortunately, Lee Ngyuen had an easy follow-up rebound to make it 2:1.

At that point and going into the break, Metro looked done for. But in the 55th, Davis got taken down at the edge of the box, and Daniel Royer calmly buried the penalty kick to even the scoring. Metro looked to be holding on for the tie, which was preserved by a late Perrinelle backtrack that broke down a goalmouth pass.

And then, it was Veron time. (We can't believe we just wrote that sentence! Alright, curbing the sarcasm...) A perfect through ball by Felipe found the much-maligned Argentine with room to roam. He split the defenders, run onto the ball, and slotted it from the edge of the box and into the far left corner. Finally!

Metro returns to New England (but not Foxboro) a week from tomorrow for the all-important Open Cup quarterfinal. Let's see if Veron brings it again, or will he be back to his old useless self... (No, that wasn't sarcasm. That was reality. Prove us wrong once again, Gonzalo!)

Lineup: Robles, Lade, Long, Perrinelle, Zizzo, Martins, Davis, Kljestan, Muyl, Royer, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Etienne, Veron, Metzger.

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