Preseason continues with 3:0 loss to Dallas
March 5, 2003 (Official Game Summary)
The MetroStars dropped a 3-0 preseason match to the Dallas Burn tonight in the first match of a Copa Carnaval doubleheader at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. Forward Paul Dalglish, on trial with the Dallas Burn, netted two goals as the Burn
outlasted the Metros.
The first half was evenly played by both sides with the only difference proving to be an 11th minute penalty kick awarded to the Burn for a foul committed on forward Jason Kreis. Dallas' all-time leading scorer, who enters his eighth season with the Burn, converted the spot kick beating MetroStars and U.S. National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The Burn's attacks originated mostly down the flanks. The team especially relied on the forays of left midfielder Antonio "Chivas" Martinez, who often penetrated deep down the left side. The MetroStars instead sought a possession game and a patient build-up with Howard making three saves in a first half that featured few scoring opportunities.
The second half was marked by a slew of substitutions as both teams used their benches extensively with only two players from a total of 44 not seeing action in the match.
The MetroStars also continued to evaluate a number of players as Head Coach Bob Bradley carries through the rebuilding process in his first year with the club. Missing star forwards Clint Mathis (hernia procedure) and Jaime Moreno, the MetroStars received respectable performances from Frenchman Frederic Meyrieu at attacking midfield and Kieran McAnespie. The 23-year-old
Fulham reserve player was making his first appearance for the Metros in the preseason at left back.