Petke is golden as Metros come back to beat DC
April 22, 2000 (Official Game Summary)

DC United MetroStars
04.22.00 · League

Mike Petke headed in the winning goal off a Lothar Matthaus free kick in the fourth minute in the Metros first-ever OT for a thrilling 3-2 road victory at DC United Saturday night before a crowd of 14,985 fans. The win ends a three-game losing streak by the MetroStars.

The MetroStars scored first on an own goal by DC defender Jeff Agoos in the 9th minute. Rookie defender Orlando Perez carried the ball down the left side and sent a cross into the box, which Agoos intercepted and tapped toward the direction of a surprised Tom Presthus. The DC 'keeper could not handle the pass and allowed the goal. Perez would be involved in another own goal, this time against his Metros 13 minutes later, when his clearance of a Marco Etcheverry free kick was redirected into the goal for the 1-1 tie.

DC took a 2-1 lead in the 25th minute on a penalty kick by Etcheverry, raising DC United's lifetime mark to 6-6 in PKs against the MetroStars. Referee Noel Kenny awarded the penalty kick after Dahir Mohammed, making his first Metro start, brought down A.J. Wood with a sliding tackle.

The MetroStars tied the game in the 41st minute on a combination of good passing between the Colombian connection of Alex Comas and Adolfo Valencia. Comas began the scoring drive at midfield, sending a pass up ahead to Valencia, who dribble the ball down the right flank before sending a cross to Petter Villegas. The Metro midfielder controlled the cross and put it past Presthus for the tying goal. The half ended with DC outshooting the MetroStars, 9-2.

DC came out attacking again in the second half, and their momentum increased in the 68th minute when Valencia was ejected. Referee Noel Kenny gave "El Tren" his first MLS yellow card for bringing down Agoos at midfield. He gave Valencia a red card for dissent moments later after the striker argued the call.

Despite being one man down, the MetroStars managed to hold back DC for the remainder of the half for the club's first appearance in the two "golden-goal" overtime periods (five minutes each). Petke made the MetroStars first overtime a memorable one when he headed Matthaus' free kick into the goal in the 94th minute. Lothar's kick took one bounce in front of the goal, but Petke timed his attack to the net to head the ball as it came off the ground.

Lineup: Ammann, Petke, Mohammed, Perez, Jolley, Chung, Shak, Villegas, Matthaus, Comas, Valencia. Subs: Kelly.

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