Howard stands on head as Metros sneak by Chicago
June 22, 2002
Rodrigo Faria scored a late goal and Tim Howard recorded his second straight shutout, as the MetroStars beat the Fire 1:0 to move back to .500. The win is the first by the Metros over Chicago since 2000 and the first road win since the first game between two teams in 1998.
Playing in the shoebox conditions of Naperville, Illinois in 100+ degree weather, the MetroStars sat back for most of the game, relying on the counter-attack for most of their chances. Howard came up big time after time, especially when he stopped Ante Razov on a breakaway midway through the second half.
The lone goal of the game came in the 81st minute, as Faria took a great pass from Mamadou Diallo and had no problems putting it past Zach Thornton for his fifth goal of the year to tie Diallo for the team lead. The Metros held on for dear life for the rest of the game, as Chicago had numerous chances to tie the score. Only Howard's magnificent play preserved the win.
Lineup: Howard, Chronopoulos, Petke, Jolley, Ziadie, Moore, Paule, Davis, Williams, Faria, Diallo. Subs: Addo, Lisi, Forko.