United gives it away in the final minute

Match Report – San Jose Earthquakes vs DC United

Date: 05/12/01
Opponent: San Jose Earthquakes
Result: 2-3
Venue: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 36,528
Team: Mike Amman
Craig Ziadie (Santino Quaranta 92′)
Eddie Pope
Carey Talley
Eric Denton 48
Mark Lisi (Chris Albright 78′)
Ryan Nelsen
Marco Etcheverry (Capt.)
Bobby Convey
Jaime Moreno 53
Abdul Thompson Conteh
Unused Subs: Mark Simpson

AJ Wood

Mark Watson

Brian Kamler

Bryan Namoff

Raul Diaz Arce

DC MOTM: Jaime Moreno
San Jose Lineup

Joe Cannon GK, Wade Barret, Jeff Agoos (Captain), Troy Dayak, Zack Ibsen , Manny
Lagos 54, 92, Richard Mulrooney , Ian Russel 36, Ronnie Ekelund , Ronald Cerritos (Conrad 88′),
Landon Donovan


Once again it seemed that DC United was headed into overtime in search of the golden goal, but, with the match tied at 2 in the 90th minute, San Jose’s Manny Lagos snuck behind the United defenders to poach the game winner inside United’s net.

The match seemed destined for a tie. The first half hour of play was uneventful and both teams seemed content with sharing possession of the ball in the midfield. But, in the 36th minute San Jose managed to open the scoring with a breakaway run by Ian Russell.

Cerritos collected the ball near his area and sent a pass into space for Ian Russell. Russell collected the ball on his own half and went to the races along the right flank. Despite being shadowed by Eric Denton, the San Jose midfielder entered the United box and managed to send a powerful shot past Mike Ammann to take the lead.

United tried to create effective attacks, but DC’s strikers were quelled by San Jose’s defense, led by former United player Jeff Agoos and Troy Dayak. United managed only one shot on goal before the halftime whistle, going into the locker room down by one.

However, things drastically changed in the second half. United scored two goals in 5 minutes to take the lead from San Jose. In the 48th minute, Eric Denton sent a powerful shot into the back of Cannon’s net. The young United defender collected the ball on the left flank near the San Jose box. He skillfully maneuvered past a San Jose defender and fired a rocket from outside the area that beat Cannon to the right post and into the goal. The strike was Denton’s first MLS career goal.

Five minutes later, Mark Lisi sent a pass into the box in an attempt to set up Conteh. The Gazelle was able to touch the ball, but not before Troy Dayak fell on it and smothered it with his chest and arms. Referee Noel Kenny immediately blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot. Moreno then calmly sent the ball past Cannon for United’s second of the night.

DC seemed to gain the momentum but had hardly any time to capitalize on it. Less than 1 minute after Moreno’s strike San Jose took advantage of a defensive miscue and tied up the match with Lagos’ first goal of the night. Zaidie failed to clear a cross sent by Ibsen to Lagos on the far post. Lagos simply trapped the ball and calmly sent the ball to the back of United’s net with a well placed shot to the far post.

San Jose continued to pressure, and nearly went ahead in the 72nd minute. But, a brilliant foot save by Mike Ammann kept the score tied at 2.

Things seemed to turn for United, when in the 79th minute Zak Ibsen was ejected for a flagrant foul against Bobby Convey. Despite the man advantage, DC United was unable to penetrate the San Jose defense, and, San Jose’s forwards continued their pressure against United’s back line.

In the 91st minute, a crafty heel pass by second half substitute Dwayne DeRosario found Ian Russell inside the United Box. The San Jose midfielder patiently waited for Lagos to make his run behind United’s defense before sending him a precise pass, which Lagos hammered past a helpless Ammann.

"We’ve got to find the right combination of players that are willing to step into a game, and say, you know what, we’re not giving up anything," said United head coach Thomas Rongen. "We are always going to create, we’re going to score some goals, but we need to defend better. I think the third game in a week took its toll on us a little bit, that’s not an excuse, but that just happens with teams."

"It’s a great win for us, to win on the road is great," said ex-United assistant coach Frank Yallop, now the head coach of San Jose. "It was a great game and at some point of the game, it could’ve gone either way. Our guys really dug deep and showed that they got good spirit and wanted to win the game."

More Comments – audio

Thomas Rongen:

on United’s performance

on DC United defense

on DC United midfield

Frank Yallop:

on win against United

on San Jose’s first goal by Ian Russell

on game and DC United

on Chris Carrieri not making the trip


Match Pictures


Conteh with Goose close behind – 05.12.01

Conteh and Ibsen battle for ball – 05.12.01

Convey with Clark behind – 05.12.01

Convey – 05.12.01

Lisi – 05.12.01

Moreno – 05.12.01

Moreno With Mulrooney trailing – 05.12.01

Moreno With Mulrooney trailing 2 – 05.12.01

Moreno With Mulrooney trailing 3 – 05.12.01

Team Photo – 05.12.01

Zaidie battles for possesion with Cerritos – 05.12.01

Scoring Summary

SJ – Russell (Cerritos, Agoos) 36′

DC – Denton (Pope) 48′

DC – Moreno (PK) 53′

SJ – Lagos (Cerritos) 54′

SJ – Lagos (Russel, DeRosario) 54′

Statistics

DC/SJ

Shots – 7/12

Shots on Goal – 3/6

Saves – 3/1

Corners – 3/6

Fouls – 18/19

Offside – 3/2

Cautions

SJ Richard Mulrooney 4′ ()

DC Bobby Convey 40′ ()

DC Carey Talley 44′ ()

DC Marco Etcheverry 50′ ()

SJ Ronnie Ekelund 70′ ()

SJ Zack Ibsen 79′ ()

DC Eddie Pope 92′ ()


Can United make it two in a row?

NEXT GAME: SJ EARTHQUAKES
DATE: SATURDAY
MAY 12, 2001
KICK OFF: 7:30 EST
VENUE: RFK
BROADCAST: CSN

Radio America (spansih) 1540 AM

CAN UNITED MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW?


The last time the San Jose Earthquakes came to town they eliminated DC’s chances from advancing to the 2000 MLS playoffs. A lone goal by Iranian international Khodadad Azizi was all the Quakes needed to steal the three points form the Black-and-Red and their chances for a post-season. Despite the win, San Jose failed to advance as well, leaving both United and the Earthquakes packing to an early September vacation


But that was on August 19th of 2000 and with two totally different teams. This year both organizations have made wholesale changes to their line-ups and will face each other for the first time since United’s star defender Jeff Agoos and Assistant Coach Frank Yallop left to the Bay Area.


San Jose will arrive with a much more balanced and able team than before. The Quakes’ explosive forwards, Donovan and Cerritos, can tip the scales of a match with one play. Add the skill of Russell and Lagos on the flanks and DC United’s backs will have their hands full. The Earthquakes have a solid defense anchored by veterans Agoos and Dayak and are backed by the solid play of Cannon between the posts.


Both teams faced the same opponent in the past week. San Jose defeated the Revolution 3-2 on May 5th and United routed the Revolution 5-0 on the 9th. San Jose had a little more trouble with the Revs, nearly giving up their 3 goal lead in 2 minutes.


It’s up to United to set the pace for this match. Being 3-0 at RFK stadium, and coming off an impressive victory, the Black-and-Red will have to prove to themselves that they can win on a consistent and basis. Solid play by United’s backs and goals by United’s forwards will lead the Black-and-Red to victory

Mike Martin’s view of the match-up

SQUADS:
DC
UNITED (Home Black):

Mike Ammann GK

Craig Ziadie D

Eddie Pope D

Carey Talley D

Eric Denton D

Mark Lisi M

Ryan Nelsen M

Bobby Convey M

Marco Etcheverry M

Jaime Moreno F

Abdul Thompson ContehF

Potential Substitutes

2 Mark Simpson GK

17 Chris Albright M

EARTHQUAKES
(Away White):

Joe Cannon GK

Wade Barret D

Jeff Agoos D

Troy Dayak D

Zack Ibsen D

Manny Lagos M

Richard Mulrooney M

Ian Russel M

Ronnie Ekelund M

Ronald Cerritos F

Landon Donovan F

Potential Substitutes

NA

INJURY REPORT:

SJ – Troy Dayak – Probable – L thigh contusion

SJ – Ronald Cerritos – Probable – L separated shoulder

DC – Ben Olsen – OUT – R ankle fracture

DC – Marco Etcheverry – PROBABLE- R big toe sprain

DC – Jaime Moreno – PROBABLE – R knee surgery

DC – Eddie Pope – PROBABLE – L big toe sprain

DC – Craig Ziadie – PROBABLE – R medial collateral ligament sprain

PRE MATCH COMMENTS:

Thomas Rongen:

From John Dyson – The Soccer Show

"Its just another game, they’re going to be a team at each and
every game. I think Frank (Yallup) will come out in a 4-4-2. He might
push Landon Donovan forward, but he would be sacrificing somewhere else.
It doesn’t really matter to us, we can deal with two or three forwards.
They have explosive players in Donovan, Cerritos, DeRosario and out wide
with Russel, who runs well at people. The try to push their outside
backs forward. I don’t see too many weaknesses in San Jose. With Dyak
and Agoos in the middle and Cannon as goalkeeper. They haven’t been
exposed too much."

PREVIOUS HEAD TO HEADS AT THE RFK STADIUM – season and play-offs

08-19-2000 DC
United
0-1 SJ
Earthquakes
LOSS
(SO)
04-17-1999 DC
United
1-1
(2-4)
SJ
Earthquakes
LOSS
(SO)
04-29-1998 DC
United
3-1 SJ
Earthquakes
WIN
05-22-1997 DC
United
3-1 SJ
Earthquakes
WIN
04-26-1997 DC
United
2-2
(0-2)
SJ
Earthquakes
LOSS
(SO)
06-05-1996 DC
United
3-1 SJ
Earthquakes
WIN

PREVIOUS
HEAD TO HEADS AT THE NY/NJ MEADOWLANDS- season and play-offs

04-29-2000 DC
United
2-2 SJ
Earthquakes
TIE
(OT)
07-04-1999 DC
United
1-1
(2-3)
SJ
Earthquakes
LOSS
(SO)
06-03-1998 DC
United
4-0 SJ
Earthquakes
WIN
06-01-1997 DC
United
3-2 SJ
Earthquakes
WIN
06-23-1996 DC
United
1-2 SJ
Earthquakes
LOSS
04-06-1996 DC
United
0-1 SJ
Earthquakes
LOSS

ONE
TO WATCH – Jeff Agoos


Veteran US National team defender Jeff Agoos and long time DC United fan favorite Jeff Agoos will be making his debut in a San Jose Earthquakes Uniform at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.

After being traded to the Earthquakes, Agoos was less than pleased. Having been a staple in DC United’s back line, the crafty defender was sent off to the Bay area with United Assistant coach Frank Yallop.

Look for Agoos to put in 120% as he faces his old team mates. The San Jose defender will have a key role in leading his back line and ensuring that United’s forwards, Moreno and Conteh, do not get any scoring opportunities.

His experience, along with Troy Dayak’s gritty play should prove difficult for the DC’s strikers to penetrate.

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United, Conteh erupt for 5 goal victory

Match Report – NE Revolution vs DC United

Date: 05/09/01
Opponent: NE Revolution
Result: 5-0
Venue: RFK Stadium
Attendance: 10,638
Team: Mike Amman
Craig Ziadie
Eddie Pope (Capt.)
Carey Talley 40
Eric Denton
Mark Lisi (Santino Quaranta 73′)
Ryan Nelsen
Marco Etcheverry (Capt.) (Jose Alegria 46′)
Bobby Convey
Jaime Moreno (Chris Albright 60′)
Abdul Thompson Conteh 5, 34, 44, 48
Unused Subs: Mark Simpson

AJ Wood

Mark Watson

Brian Kamler

Bryan Namoff

Raul Diaz Arce

DC MOTM: Abdul Thompson Conteh
Revolution
Lineup

Juergen Sommer, Brian Dunseth (john Harkes 46′), Rusty Pierce Nick Downing, Andy Williams (Matt Okoh 62′)
Joe Franchino, Shaker Asad, Mauricio Wright (Capt.), Johnny Torres,
Marco Antonio Cate, Wolde Harris (John Wolyniec 46′)

Convey also tied a club record by registering 3 assists on the night. Fans at RFK Stadium were treated to a show by DC United not seen since the glory days of the three-time MLS Champion. Skillful play, precise passing and brilliant combinations culminated in 5 goals for the Black-and-Red.

DC started the scoring early on. In the 5th minute Mark Lisi won a ball deep in the left flank. The young United player skillfully slid to win the ball from a New England defender. Once in control, Lisi sent a perfect cross to Abdul Thompson Conteh, who was well positioned at the far post. The United forward simply tapped the ball with his head and sent it into the upper corner of the New England goal. A stunned Juergen Sommer watched the ball sail into his net for United’s first of the night.

The second goal came in the 34th minute from a beautifully orchestrated give-and-go between Bobby Convey and Eddie Pope. Convey collected the ball just outside the box and sent an inside pass to Eddie Pope. The veteran defender simply touched the ball back into space and inside the area for a rushing Bobby Convey. The United midfielder calmly controlled the ball and waited for Juergen Sommer to commit, when he did, Convey sent an agricultural cross to the far post where he found a wide open Conteh. The Sierra Leone striker simply redirected the Kappa ball into a wide open net for his second of the night.

A few minutes later, Marco "El Diablo" Etcheverry performed his magic once again. The DC United captain completely fooled the New England defenders as he entered the box on the left flank. Instead of a shot, El Diablo simply flicked the ball and lobbed it to the far post for Carey Talley to finish the deed. United was up by three.

The Revolution was desperately waiting for the halftime whistle so they could re-group before the second half. But, with only one minute to go Conteh capitalized on a defensive blunder between Juergen Sommer and Shaker Asad. Mark Lisi sent a cross into the box which Sommer could have controlled. Instead he collided with Asad, missing the ball entirely. Conteh, in the right spot, simply sent the loose ball into the goal for his third of the night.

The final goal of the night came in the starting moments of the second half. In the 48th minute. Miscommunication between Sommer and Rusty Pierce allowed Jose "El Chino" Alegria, who came in for Etcheverry at the half, to send a pass into the box for Abdul Thompson Conteh. Again, Conteh capitalized on his opportunity and sent the ball to the back of the net for his fourth goal of the night and United’s fifth.

"I can’t remember ever scoring four goals. I’m very, very happy. I just have to continue playing hard. We have many good players on this team, so I just have to make sure I keep playing well," said an elated Conteh after the match.

Despite added pressure by the Revolution in the final moments of the contest they were unable to pierce Ammann’s goal. New England’s clearest opportunities came late in the second half. A brilliant save by Mike Ammann ensured the shutout and a missed kick by Brazilian midfielder Marco Antonio Cate harmlessly rolled wide.

"I am very pleased with the way we rebounded from a tough defeat in New York (Saturday night). One great thing about youth is they seem to forget quickly and tonight we responded the way we wanted to. We never let up, which is a good sign," said United head coach Thomas Rongen.

United now has 9 points and sits in third place in the East Division standings behind the NY/NJ MetroStars and the Miami Fusion. New England is off to their worst start in club history, with 6 straight losses, two of them against DC United. The foxboro team has allowed 14 goals and scored only 4.

The Black-and-Red will play again on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes at RFK stadium. The match marks the return of Jeff Agoos to the nations’ capital since he was dealt to the Bay Area team. Saturday’s match will be the first of two doubleheaders that DC will play with the Washington Freedom. The WUSA squad will kick off the soccer festivities at 5:00 p.m. against the Boston Breakers, while DC will start their match at 7:30 p.m.

MLS Notes:

Tonight marked the first time in MLS history that two players tallied four goals. Tampa Bay’s Mamadou Diallo also registered four goals earlier in the evening in a 4-4 tie with Los Angeles. Also tonight, 16 year-old Santino Quaranta became the youngest player to appear in an MLS match when he entered the contest for Lisi in the 74th minute.

Scoring Summary

DC – Conteh (Lisi, Denton) 5′

DC – Conteh (Convey, Pope) 34′

DC – Talley (Etcheverry, Convey) 40′

DC – Conteh (Lisi, Convey) 44′

DC – Conteh (Alegria) 48′

Statistics

DC/NE

Shots – 12/12

Shots on Goal – 4/11

Saves – 4/6

Corners – 4/5

Fouls – 22/19

Offside – 4/4

Cautions

NE Torres 41′ ()

NE Franchino 48′ ()

DC Nelsen 58′ ()

NE Wolyniec 81′ ()


Pre-game report – DC vs NE – 05.09.01

NEXT GAME: NEW
ENGLAND REVOLUTION
DATE: WEDNESDAY
MAY 09, 2001
KICK OFF: 8:00
EST
VENUE: RFK
BROADCAST: FSNE

Radio America (spansih) 1540 AM

Deja Vu!

What could be worse than the 11 minute breakdown that United suffered on
Saturday against the MetroStars? Loosing to the winless Revolution!

The New England team returns to RFK only two weeks after their
first visit to the Nation’s capitol. During their last meeting, Abdul
Thompson Conteh, making his first start for the Black-and-Red, managed
to score two goals against the Foxboro squad. Solid defense by United
and opportunistic play by The Gazelle gave the three time MLS Champions
the victory.

Like in their first meeting, New England will be desperately looking for
three points. The Revs are fresh off a disappointing 3-2 loss on
Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. The
Revolution trailed the Quakes for most of the match but managed to mount
a come back in the final minutes of the contest. But San Jose’s three
goal lead proved to be too high to overcome. The Revolution will be
looking to capitalize on DC’s weekend misfortune and use it to their
advantage.

United played a solid 79 minutes of soccer against the league’s most
potent offense. Inexperience and complacency in the final 11 minutes of
the match cost United 3 points they should have had. The loss, against
United’s biggest Rival, was a bitter pill to swallow.

Against the Revolution DC will need to play 90 minutes and ensure that
they do not make the same fatal mistakes that they made in the final
minutes against the MetroStars. If United players stick to their game
plan and maintain their focus throughout the match, they could very easily dominate and
defeat a Revolution team that is completely disoriented and out of sync.

Mike Martin’s view of the match-up

SQUADS:
DC
UNITED (Home Black):

Mike Ammann GK

Craig Ziadie D

Carey Talley D

Eddie Pope D

Eric Denton D

Bobby Convey M

Ryan Nelsen M

Mark Lisi M

Marco Etcheverry M

Jaime Moreno F

Abdul Thompson Conteh F

Potential Substitutes

Mark Simpson GK

Chris Albright M

Chino Alegria M

Chris Albright M

Judah Cooks M

Raul Diaz Arce F

Sergio Salas F

REVOLUTION
(Away White):

Sommer GK

Franchino

Wright

Pierce

Harkes

Asad

Alvarez

Okoh

Williams

Cate

Harris

Potential
Substitutes

NA

INJURY REPORT:

NE – NA

DC – Ben Olsen OUT – Ankle Surgery Recovery

DC – Marco Etcheverry – PROBABLE – Right big toe strain

DC – Jaime Moreno – PROBABLE – Right Knee Surgery Rcovery

DC – Eddie Pope – PROBABLE – Left big toe strain

DC – Craig Ziadie – PROBABLE – Right medial collateral sprain

PREVIOUS HEAD TO HEADS AT THE RFK STADIUM – season and play-offs

04-21-2001 DC
United
2-0 NE
Revolution
WIN
09-03-2000 DC
United
2-0 NE
Revolution
WIN
05-13-2000 DC
United
0-3 NE
Revolution
LOSS
10-09-1999 DC
United
1-1(2-3) NE
Revolution
LOSS
04-24-1999 DC
United
2-3 NE
Revolution
LOSS
03-29-1998 DC
United
1-1(3-2) NE
Revolution
WIN
10-05-1997 DC
United
4-1 NE
Revolution
WIN
09-16-1997 DC
United
2-2(5-4)
SO
NE
Revolution
WIN
08-27-1997 DC
United
3-2 NE
Revolution
WIN
09-17-1996 DC
United
3-2 NE
Revolution
WIN
06-30-1996 DC
United
3-1 NE
Revolution
WIN

PREVIOUS
HEAD TO HEADS AT FOXBORO STADIUM- season and play-offs

08-30-2000 DC
United
0-1 NE
Revolution
LOSS
04-15-2000 DC
United
1-2 NE
Revolution
LOSS
07-25-1999 DC
United
2-0 NE
Revolution
WIN
04-10-1999 DC
United
2-2
(4-3)
NE
Revolution
WIN
07-15-1998 DC
United
1-0 NE
Revolution
WIN
05-13-1998 DC
United
3-2 NE
Revolution
WIN
04-18-1998 DC
United
1-1
(3-2)
NE
Revolution
WIN
10-08-1997 DC
United
1-1
(5-4) SO
NE
Revolution
WIN
06-14-1997 DC
United
1-0 NE
Revolution
WIN
05-18-1997 DC
United
0-0
(4-2) SO
NE
Revolution
WIN
07-20-1996 DC
United
0-2 NE
Revolution
LOSS
04-27-1996 DC
United
1-1
(2-3) SO
NE
Revolution
LOSS

ONE
TO WATCH – MARCOS ANTONIO CATE


The Revolutions newest acquisition, Marco Antonio Cate, will likely make
his MLS debut against DC United at RFK Stadium. The Brazilian midfielder
impressed the Revolution coaching staff during a three-week trial and
was allocated to the Revs on April 10th.

A veteran of the Brazilian and Chilean leagues, Cate will be responsible
for providing the creative spark that the team has lacked throughout its
history.

Look for Cate, who possess tremendous technical ability, speed and
vision to feed the Revolution’s attackers in an effort to give them the
three points.

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United Collapses in New Jersey

They should have had this one.

In a physical, end-to-end match that proved that all other MLS rivalries are pretenders, DC United fell to the MetroStars 3-2 in front of 20,877 people at Giants Stadium. All three MetroStars goals came in the final 11 minutes, as United’s late-game defensive shell broke down against the Metros’ barrage. While United played well for most of the game, and the right-side rookie team of Craig Ziadie and Mark Lisi were particularly impressive, United lost because only one team chose to play until the final whistle.

Though both sides had moments where they controlled play, neither team was dominant. Though the home side had the majority of possession in the early going, it was the visitors who had the best chances. In the first five minutes, Jaime Moreno broke through the defense, only to have his shot saved by Metros keeper Tim Howard. And in the 25th minute, a well-placed 33-yard free kick by Marco Etcheverry also found the hands of Howard.

United goalkeeper Mike Ammann, making his return to Giants Stadium after being traded to DC in February, thwarted the Metros best chance of the half when Petter Villegas found a gap in the United back in the 27th minute. His close-range shot was kicked away by Ammann.

Following that save, United’s offense began to take charge, and in the 33rd minute, Metros defender Steve Jolley blocked a Mark Lisi pass with his hand in the penalty area. It was his second such offense in as many games and Jaime Moreno, making his first start of the season, coolly buried the penalty kick for United’s first goal.

Jolley, whose performance and antics have come into question this season, redeemed himself three minutes when he slid to deflect a Bobby Convey shot. Howard again was needed to deflect the ball over the crossbar. On the ensuing corner kick, Howard and Carey Talley collided as the second-year keeper jumped to catch the ball. Howard retaliated by pushing Talley in the face. Talley received a yellow card for interference from referee Tim Weyland.

Weyland, who did well to keep the tough, physical game under control, was given more opportunities to discipline United players. Harsh challenges by Craig Ziadie and Ryan Nelsen in the 40th and 44th minute warranted yellow cards. Metros defender Orlando Perez also received in the 56th minute a yellow card for a strong tackle on Lisi.

In the 41st, United almost scored again, when Moreno won the ball outside his own 18-yard box, passed to Nelsen and broke into the open field. Nelsen easily found Jaime and a 55-yard run was again stopped by Howard.

The second half began with more pressure by United and in the 51st minute, United struck again. On a free kick just outside the penalty area following a fould on right back Craig Ziadie, Etcheverry made a short pass to Lisi rather than go for goal. The tactic caught the defense off guard and Lisi’s cross found Moreno open at the six, and the goal gave United a 2-0 lead. The goal was reminiscent of Javier Zanetti’s strike for Argentina against England in the 1998 World Cup.

In the 63rd minute, Chris Albright came in for Jaime Moreno. The substitution almost paid off a minute later, as some nice work in tight space between Albright and Abdul Thompson Conteh led to a solid cross from an open Convey. The youngster’s cross hit Conteh, who put it into the net for an apparent 3-0 lead, but Conteh was offside and the goal was disallowed.

Faced with the thought of an embarrassing shutout loss, the Metros began to take over. In the 67th, a well-positioned Ammann saved a 30-yard shot from Clint Mathis, who had had been restricted to just a few shots, none of which were near the goal. Mathis, coming off a hat trick against Kansas City, would be heard from later.

In the 73rd, Brian Kamler came in for Conteh, as United decided to resort to defensive tactics for the rest of the game. The mistake proved costly for the young United defense against the experienced MetroStars offense, and United’s luck ran out six minutes later. A free kick found Jolley on the far post. Whether the ball hit Jolley’s hand or chest could not be detected via the replay, but somehow he got the ball to Mathis, who was stationed at the goal line, and easily scored his league-leading seventh goal of the year,

Though the MetroStars pressured, Etcheverry did his best to keep them on their toes. Some classic Diablo footwork in the 84th minute found him running along the end line and sending a perfect pass to Lisi, who was unable to control it from seven yards out, and the Metros cleared.

The Metros equalized two minutes from time when Alex Comas, who had been invisible for much of the match, headed it to Faria on the edge of the area, who put a clever left-footed shot past a surprised Ammann

The game was lost two minutes later when a lack of communication between the DC defenders allowed Villegas to run wreak havoc in the area, and he chipped it to Comas, who headed towards the far post where Villegas found space between three United defenders to put the ball into the net. Villegas might have been offside on the goal, but by that time, one can hardly say that United deserved a point based on the final ten minutes.

United Breaks Down

Match Report – NY/NJ MetroStars vs
DC United

Date: 05/05/01
Opponent: NY/NJ MetroStars
Result: 3-2
Venue: Giants Stadium
Attendance: 20,877
Team: Mike Amman
Craig Ziadie
Carey Talley
Eddie Pope (Capt.)
Eric Denton
Marco Etcheverry
Ryan Nelsen
Bobby Convey
Mark Lisi (Mark Watson 86′)
Jaime Moreno (Chris Albright 63′) 32, 51
Abdul Thompson Conteh (Brian Kamler 73′)
Unused Subs: Mark Simpson

DC MOTM: Jaime Moreno
MetroStars
Lineup
Tim Howard, Mike Petke, Steve Jolley, Orlando Perez , Richie Williams, Pedro Alvarez (Rodrigo Faria 36), Petter Villegas, Mark Chung (Adolfo Valencia 79), Tab Ramos, Clint Mathis, Alex Comas (Steve Shak 93+)

The Rivalry between the two Eastern teams seemed tame at first. But, in the 32nd minute United went ahead when NY was called for a hand ball in the box. Jaime Moreno netted the ensuing penalty kick to give United the lead and start a wild night at the NY/NJ Meadowlands.

United nearly added to the lead a minute later but Bobby Convey’s attempt was miraculously saved by New York’s keeper. Convey collected the ball outside the box and one-timed a pass to Jaime Moreno. Moreno in turn sent the ball back to Convey who shot on goal. His shot was deflected by a NY/NJ defender and the ball went up high in the air and slowly arched it’s way to the goal. Unfortunately for DC, Howard was able to tap the ball over the crossbar keeping it from entering the goal.

Despite continued pressure by the MetroStars, DC United was able to fend the NY attack with a solidly placed defense led by veteran defender Eddie Pope. Both teams went into the half with United up by one.

DC came out from the locker room with added confidence, adding a goal in the 51st minute. The MetroStars were called for a foul outside the D and an attentive Marco Etcheverry quickly took the free kick and sent the ball to the right inside of the box to Mark Lisi. The young United midfielder squared the ball back to the middle of the box and found an open Jaime Moreno, who netted his second goal of the night.

All things seemed on track for DC. With only 30 minutes to go Coach Rongen took star forward Jaime Moreno out of the match and inserted Chris Albright into the line-up. Ten minutes later Rongen gambled again and removed an ineffective Conteh for Brian Kamler and sent DC into a defensive posture to ride out the NY Storm. And, with 4 minutes to go, Mark Watson replaced Mark Lisi in the DC line-up.

DC’s late second half moves, coupled with several changes by the Metros spelled disaster for the Black-and-Red. Unable to maintain possession and loosing the cohesiveness and focus they showed through the first half and opening moments of the second, United lost control and allowed New York to take over. The MetroStars scored their first goal on a dubious play in the 80th minute. NY won a free kick outside the box which was sent to DC’s far post. A ball that seemed to be headed out for a goal kick was tapped in back into play with what appeared to be a NY handball. The ensuing scramble for the ball was capitalized by Clint Mathis, who narrowed DC’s lead to 1 to begin New York’s comeback.

Mike Ammann and DC’s defenders pleaded their case with referee Tim Weyland, but the official had already pointed to the center of the field and allowed NY the goal.

Eight minutes later NY struck again with a shot by second half substitute Rodrigo Faria. Faria scored his first goal of the season with a nice shot from the right that went past Mike Ammann, hitting the right post and settling into the back of United’s goal. The game seemed to be headed into over time, but in the 90th minute New York forward Villegas gave NY the lead for good after a "comedy" of errors in the DC box.

United was unable to recover from the late strike and did not have enough time left to mount an effective attack. Only one minute later the game ended with United players and fans in disbelief of the Metros Comeback.

Saturday’s match marked the first time that United goalkeeper Mike Ammann and MetroStars midfielder Richie Williams faced their former teammates after an off-season trade that saw them change sides. DC will play again on Wednesday May 9th at RFK Stadium against their Eastern Rivals, the New England Revolution.

Scoring Summary

DC –Moreno (PK) 33′

DC –Moreno (Lisi, Etcheverry) 52′

MET–Mathis (Jolley, Faria) 79′

MET–Faria (Comas, Mathis) 88′

MET–Villegas (unassisted) 90′

Statistics

DC/NY

Shots – 8/22

Saves – 7/4

Corners – 3/3

Fouls – 20/16

Offside – 4/2

Cautions

DC Talley 38′()

DC Ziadie 40′()

DC Nelsen 45′()

DC Etcheverry 78′()

NY Perez'()

MetroStars Match Preview – 05-05-01

NEXT GAME: NY/NJ METROSTARS
DATE: SATURDAY
MAY 5, 2001
KICK OFF: 7:00 EST
VENUE: NY/NJ MEADOWLANDS
BROADCAST: CSN

Radio America (spansih) 1540 AM

CAN UNITED HANDLE THE HEAT?

The MetroStars are coming off an impressive victory against the MLS defending champion Kansas City Wizards. Wednesday night the Metros routed the defending champs 4-1, managing to get 4 goals past star keeper Tony Meola. Three of those coming from midfielder Clint Mathis.

The Metros are in the midst of a six game home stand and will face the three time MLS champions in stride on Saturday night.

DC United has been idle since their home victory against one of MLS’s two winless teams, the New England Revolution. A scheduling fiasco by the Confederation forced United to change their schedule in anticipation of the semifinal rounds of the Giants Cup. With the Giant’s cup postponed until August United’s only match this past week came against the Northern VA Royals, a 5-1 victory in the auxiliary fields of RFK Stadium.

Although United played well against the Foxboro natives and routed the A-league squad, the Black-and-Red will have their hands full against the MLS’s leading scorer, Clint Mathis, and the League’s second best team.

A strong performance by United’s backs is crucial against the MLS’s most potent offence. Solid performances by United keeper Mike Ammann, defender Eddie Pope, midfielder Marco Etcheverry and forwards Jaime Moreno and Abdul Thompson Conteh should lead the Capitol Squad to victory.

Saturday’s match marks the return of United Goalkeeper Mike Amman back to his old digs.

Mike Martin’s view of the match-up

SQUADS:
DC
UNITED (Away White):

Mike Ammann GK

Craig Ziadie D

Carey Talley D

Eddie Pope D

Eric Denton D

Ryan Nelsen M

Bobby Convey M

Marco Etcheverry M

Mark Lisi M

Bobby Convey M

Jaime Moreno F

Abdul Thompson ContehF

Potential Substitutes

2 Mark Simpson GK

17 Chris Albright M

METROS
(HOME BLACK AND RED STRIPES):

Howard GK

Perez D

Jolley D

Petke D

Williams M

Alvarez M

Villegas M

Ramos M

Chung M

Mathis F

Valencia F

Potential Substitutes

NA

INJURY REPORT:

NY – Daniel Hernandez: Out – fractured knee cap-R

NY – Billy Walsh: Out – foot stress fracture-R

NY – Martin Klinger: Out – hamstring strain-L

NY – Mark Semioli: Out – 2nd degree hamstring strain-R

NY – Adolfo Valencia: Probable – sore knee-R

DC – Ben Olsen: Out – right ankle fracture

DC – Marco Etcheverry: Questionable – R hip flexor strain; partial R shoulder separation

DC – Jaime Moreno: Questionable – right knee surgery

DC – Eddie Pope: Questionable – left big toe sprain

DC – Brian Kamler: Probable – right groin strain

PRE MATCH COMMENTS:

Mike Ammann:

From MLS’ 90 Minutes newsletter

"It’s strictly business. We’re going to get three points and not to hang
out with old friends. The only team I want to win MLS Cup
is D.C. United. I would love to see the MetroStars struggle. They’re a
rival now. That’s all part of the game. I don’t want to see them do well."

PREVIOUS HEAD TO HEADS AT THE RFK STADIUM – season and play-offs

08-02-2000 DC
United
3-2 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
04-22-2000 DC
United
2-3 NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS
09-18-1999 DC
United
2-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
(SO)
05-08-1999 DC
United
2-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
08-22-1998 DC
United
2-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
05-09-1998 DC
United
2-0 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
09-28-1997 DC
United
1-3 NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS
04-05-1997 DC
United
2-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
10-02-1996 DC
United
2-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
(PO)
09-27-1996 DC
United
1-0 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
(PO)
09-06-1996 DC
United
1-2 NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS
05-12-1996 DC
United
1-2 NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS

PREVIOUS
HEAD TO HEADS AT THE NY/NJ MEADOWLANDS- season and play-offs

06-21-2000 DC
United
2-2 NY/NJ
Metrostars
TIE
04-01-2000 DC
United
2-3 NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS
08-11-1999 DC
United
4-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
04-03-1999 DC
United
1-0 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
09-16-1998 DC
United
5-0 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
05-16-1998 DC
United
3-4 NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS
07-27-1998 DC
United
1-2 NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS
04-19-1997 DC
United
2-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
09-24-1997 DC
United
2-3
(5-6)
NY/NJ
Metrostars
LOSS
(SO)(PO)
08-21-1997 DC
United
3-2 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN
05-30-1996 DC
United
2-1 NY/NJ
Metrostars
WIN

ONE
TO WATCH – CLINT MATHIS


"Any time I have a realistic chance to get a shot on goal I try to make
it happen. Tonight I was fortunate enough to have them go in. It is not
always the case." That’s what Clint Mathis said during the post game
interviews at the Meadowlands after registering the first hat trick of
the 2001 MLS season and defeating the defending champions 4-1. Lately it
has seemed that "it is always the case" as the Metrostars midfielder
sits on top of the MLS’s leading scorer board.

The MetroStars midfielder has been hot! He has helped both his club team
and the United States Mens National team register consecutive wins
against key rivals. It was Mathis who set up Josh Wolff on the opening
goal against Mexico that has seen the United States go to an
unprecedented 3-0 start in World Cup qulaifying. He then added a picture
perfect free kick goal against Honduras to lead the US to a 2-0 start
and he was instrumental in the US’s victory against Costa Rica,
inadvertantly setting up Josh Wolf for the game winner. Mathis was at
the right pl;ace at the right time.

In New York, Mathis has led the Metrostars to the top of the league and
conference table with 5 goals and two assits in four games, and on
Saturday night he will step on the pitch to try and lead his team to
avictory over arch-rival DC United.

Unless United’s Back, led by Eddie Pope, is top shape and ready to
neutralize and contain New York’s powerfull weapon, the Black-and-Red
will be in for a long night.

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DC Downed Again

Richie Williams A really decent fight was broken up by some mediocre soccer in the third place match between DC and Pachuca. It's not too surprising that two bitterly disappointed teams looking to take it out on someone forgot that the purpose of the game should be creative play. The two teams could have used the game to take some wild chances and play some entertaining soccer, but instead spent most of their time in stupid slap and tickle fouls and arguments.

Any referee would have been hard pressed to control this match, but Ichabod Crane really showed why American referees have a long way to go. Granted, cards mean little in the last game for each team in a tournament, but had he cracked down on some of the idiocy a little sooner, the teams might have been forced to shape up. In particular, the ridiculous fascination the Mexicans had in holding up freekicks was unbelievable. Did they really think our set plays are that dangerous that they needed to hold us up for 10 min. so they could get their defense set?

As is becoming a habit, our defense again made a boneheaded play to give them the lead. An innocent corner kick was turned into a goal because part of the defense pushed out when the other part didn't. High school teams solve simple communication problems like that, but United gave them an easy tap in because someone pulled out too early.

By all rights though, AJ should have evened the score in the next minute, but his header was miraculously blocked. Then SuperBobby cranked a lovely shot off the crossbar that would have been nice as his first true professional goal.

Amazingly, Talley continued his astonishing goal scoring prowess in the Concacaf Cup with an absolute blinder from 40 yards. He scored his third goal in four career games in this tournament and this was easily the most spectacular. He was so far out on the right wing that any farther and he'd have been a spectator, but he looked up and spied the Mexican keeper miles away from his net and blooped it perfectly over him into the far side netting.

Sadly, the tie didn't last as Pachuca finished the scoring with a beautiful shot by Arellano. It looked at first as if he was offsides, but review showed that he ran up to snag the pass from a forward who was offsides, to make the play. What a time for the referees to be absolutely right on a tough call.

Rongen went for some offense by replacing the ineffective Simmonds with Olsen. Oddly, Bennie still had the turban from the last game, either he likes the fashion statement or he's taking grunge to the extreme, but possibly he just likes the way it holds back that rat's nest on his head. Regardless, he didn't make things better and if anything seemed to be more of a target for their fouls.

SuperBobby, Agoos and Cooks all had a chance to tie it up but it just wasn't to be. The goalie stretched to snag SuperBobby's shot to the far post and Agoos' 50 yard bomb, ala Marco, just slid past the top of the crossbar to the unbounded relief of the disoriented Mexican keeper. In the last minute, Denton unleashed a lovely cross that Richie flicked at the near post. Unfortunately, neither Judah nor Watson could finish it off.

Thus endeth our worst finish ever in the Concacaf Cup. After we had started so well, this is particularly upsetting, but at least we didn't get blown completely out of every game. Our starters showed that they are still capable of playing with anybody and some reserves showed they can produce if called upon.

Overall, guys like Albright, SuperBobby, and Talley raised their stock. While A.J. Jaime, Richie, Carlos, Eddie, Agoos, and Simpson showed that they are as good as ever. Marco and Eddie looked to have raised their game from last year as well. Youngsters Denton and Cooks, along with new signing Watson showed that they belong. Only Chino really looked pathetic, but it was his first true game so hopefully he'll come around. As sad as it is to lose at least we can feel reasonably confident about the future