DJ's holes for hands give Metros OT win
July 19, 2003
Two years ago, the Metros traded DJ Countess to Dallas because the pompous rookie thought he was better than Tim Howard. Although they were bashed for making that trade, they are now finally reaping the rewards from it. And no, it's not because of the long-gone Winston Griffiths. In his second meeting against his ex-team, Countess made three horrible mistakes, giving the Metros a 2:1 overtime win. John Wolyniec scored the game winner five minutes into the extra session, the Metros' fifth in five league games.
The Metros played a lethargic first half, ending with no shots on goal. It was the ex-Metro, Brad Davis, who opened the scoring in the 24th minute, receiving a cross from Joselito Vaca, hitting the ball into the air to control it, then one-timing it into the Metro net. Jonny Walker, starting his first league game, had no chance.
Magee didn't start for the first time in weeks, but came on for Jaime Moreno in the 63rd. Soon afterwards, the game turned as Dallas started to run out of gas. In the 84th minute, Amado Guevara hit a shot from about 30 yards out that caught Countess completely off-guard. As the Burn defenders fell asleep, Mike Magee pounced on the rebound to tie the game. And just a minute later, Walker's terrific stop on a Jason Kreis breakaway preserved the tie.
Countess' inability to hold rebounds proved wonderful for the Metros once again. First, the Metros cleared the ball that DJ should have easily handled. Instead, he chested the ball out of bounds, giving Metros the corner. As a direct result of that, the Metros won the ball back and Magee sent in a long low shot that the Dallas goalie bobbled. Fortunately, Wolyniec was right on the doorstep and knocked it home for another terrific win, his third goal in as many games.
DJ, it's called "catching" the ball. Look into it.
Lineup: Walker, Bartolomeu, Forchetti, Addo, Leitch, Clark, Williams, Lisi, Guevara, Wolyniec, Moreno. Subs: Magee, Galvan, Regan.