Jinx continues as Metros can't beat Fire
May 15, 2004
At least this wasn't a loss. The MetroStars continued to drop points against the one team that owns them over the past four years, the Chicago Fire. This time, a 1:1 tie was achieved after a second-half Ante Razov goal canceled out an earlier strike by Fabian Taylor.
With Craig Ziadie out, Chris Leitch switched to right back, and Tim Regan made his first appearance of the season on the left. The only other change from last week was the re-insertion of Mark Lisi for Ricardo Clark.
The Metros broke through in the 13th minute, after Amado Guevara sent a ball to Taylor in the box. The Jamaican took it, turned around, fooled the Chicago defender, and hit a low shot to the bottom right corner of the net to give the Metros the lead.
It was all Chicago from there; Jonny Walker made a number of good saves and the terrific work of much-maligned Tenywa Bonseu helped keep the enemy off the board for the first half. But in the 51st minute, the usually steady Eddie Pope had a bad touch, with the ball going to the Fire deep in the Metro end. DaMarcus Beasley sent it through the box, and Regan, who had a pretty good game other than that, overran the ball, giving Ante Razov an easy tap in to tie the game.
The goal brought the Metros back from the dead, and Lisi barely missed on a long shots and an uncontested header from a very close range. In stoppage time, Guevara had a one-on-one with Henry Ring, but the Chicago goalie cut off the angle, making the save.
Although it wasn't the best result, the performance was much improved over the one two weeks ago. Hopefully, the Metros will figure this team out sooner rather than later.
Lineup: Walker, Regan, Pope, Bonseu, Leitch, Lisi, Gaven, Vaca, Guevara, Glen, Taylor. Subs: Galvan Rey, Wolyniec, Clark.