From Savarese to Guevara: six Metro hat-tricks
Savarese (left) vs Colorado, 1996
May 3, 2005
With Amado Guevara's hat trick against the Rapids on Saturday, MetroFanatic remembers the other such feats in Metro history. It has now happened six times, including a MLS record five-goal fest by Clint Mathis and a four-goal game by still-hated Mamadou Diallo.
May 16, 1996: MetroStars 3, Colorado 0; Giovanni Savarese
The first hat-trick in Metro history came on a night of many milestones. The 3-0 win, coming in the Metros' sixth match, was the first regulation win in club history (they were coming into this match with two shootout wins and three losses). It was also the club's first shutout. Giovanni Savarese's trick brought his tally to seven out of the Metros first eight goals (the other was an own goal by Tampa Bay's thankfully-long-forgotten Cle Kooiman). Gio would score one more in a week to make it eight out of nine. In this match, his goals came in (assists in parentheses) the 11th (Silvera, Rubencho!), 30th (Harty), and 75th (Joseph) minutes, against ex-English international and horrible MLS failure Chris Woods.
August 26, 2000: Dallas 4, MetroStars 6; Clint Mathis (5)
The Metros had to wait over five years for the next hat-trick, but when it came, it came in a big way. Not three, not four, but FIVE goals from Clint Mathis, a MLS record that is still to be matched. The win also clinched the Metros first -- and so far only -- division championship. It featured two lead changes as the Metros jumped off to 3-1, only for Burn to score the next three goals, but then Mathis added two more, and Adolfo Valencia scored the last to make it the highest-scoring game in club history. Mathis' goals came in the 3rd (Comas, Myers), 26th (Comas, Villegas), 40th (Comas, Villegas), 68th (Petke), and 83rd (penalty kick), against his favorite whipping boy, Matt Jordan.
September 9, 2000: New England 4, MetroStars 3; Alex Comas
Metro didn't have to wait long for their next hat-trick. Needing a win and some help from Kansas City and Chicago to clinch the best record in the league, they came into New England trying to close out their best regular season ever. But when Mathis missed a penalty kick wide early on, it was up to the much-maligned Alex Comas to get the Metros on board, with he did in the 15th (unassisted), 34th (Jolley), and 47th (Villegas), against Jeff Causey. But the three weren't enough as the Revs scored one more to steal the victory. After the game, Octavio Zambrano made a point that the result didn't matter since the Wizards and the Fire both got the results they needed to finish above Metro regardless of how this match ended. Unfortunately for the Metro coach, at halftime, all three results were still up in the air.
May 2, 2001: MetroStars 4, Kansas City 1; Clint Mathis
|Mathis vs Kansas City, 2001|
Oh, the days when Mathis was his old self. After Kansas City took the lead on a blast by ex-Metro Kerry Zavagnin, Clint decided to turn it on, and scored with his right off a direct free kick, with his left, and with his head off a corner kick to get his scored career hat trick. Once again, Valencia rounded up the scoring. Mathis' goals came in the 16th (unassisted), 32nd (Ramos, Valencia), and 49th (Ramos), against old pal Tony Meola. The win was the Metros' second straight in what would become five in a row. Then Mathis tore his ACL and that was that.
June 15, 2002: MetroStars 5, Los Angeles 0; Mamadou Diallo (4)
He wanted us to love him, and for that one day, we did. In his second match as a Metro, Mamadou Diallo scored four goals in what would become the largest-margined Metro win in history. Having his way with the Red Donkey Alexi Lalas, who had to be substituted because of his horrible defending, Diallo scored in the 27th (Williams, Davis), 36th (unassisted), 58th (Williams, Paule), and 90th+ (penalty kick), against Kevin Hartman. He had to fight off Rodrigo Faria to take the spot kick. Brad Davis rounded out the Metro scoring on a day when the hate died... if only to be resurrected weeks later.
April 30, 2005: Colorado 1, MetroStars 3; Amado Guevara
Another long wait for a hat-trick, and an unexpected one from Amado Guevara, who has struggled the previous week, missing a penalty kick as the Metros started the season without a win in three games. Playing on a road in a middle of snow flurries, Guevara had a chance to redeem himself, and opened the scoring by burring a penalty kick. He added two more, the last one on a postage-stamp blast to give the Metros their first win of the year. The goals came in the 23rd (penalty kick), 26th (Gaven), and 73rd (Ibrahim), against Joe Cannon.