All blanks as Metros miss two PKs, save one vs Burn
October 11, 2003
Try to figure the Metros out. A week after dominating the league's best team on the road, they laid a goose egg against the league's worst team at home, missing two penalty kicks in the process. They then needed to save one on the other end as Jonny Walker came up big, preserving a scoreless tie against Dallas.
With Richie Williams and Clint Mathis back from suspension, they regained their starting roles at the expense of Ricardo Clark and Mike Magee, for played midweek for the US U-20s. It looked like the Metros got a break just seconds into the match, as John Wolyniec was brought down in the box by Matt Behncke. But Metro reject DJ Countess guess right on the ensuing Amado Guevara penalty kick, keeping the game scoreless.
It remained scoreless as the Metros looked apathetic for most of the game, perhaps with the playoff spot sown up and the Open Cup finals on their mind. Nevertheless, they received a second penalty in the 86th minute as Dallas was whistled for an elbow in the box. This time it was Mathis who screwed up, blasting his kick too close to the center.
Seconds later, Andrzej Juskowiak hit the crossbar with his header, and seconds after that, Joe Addo brought down a Dallas player on the other end. It was Walker's turn to stand on his head as he saved Eddie Johnson's kick, which then bounced off the cross bar and out of play.
Guevara had the best chance of overtime after some terrific work by Magee, but it went inches wide of the post.
Lineup: Walker, Bartolomeu, Pope, Jolley, Leitch, Williams, Regan, Gaven, Guevara, Wolyniec, Mathis. Subs: Addo, Juskowiak, Magee.