Metros come back, but lose in OT to DC, 3:2
August 2, 2000 (Official Game Summary)

3:2
DC United MetroStars
Diaz Arce
Moreno
Wood
Valencia
Walsh
08.02.00 · League

D.C. United pulled out a 3-2 overtime win over the MetroStars Wednesday night, snapping the Metros' nine-game unbeaten streak while keeping United's playoff hopes alive. Second-half substitute A.J. Wood tipped home the golden goal for the victory.

Wood's goal came in the 99th minute, as Wood redirected a Richie Williams shot from the top of the box. Williams unleashed a fierce blast on the run, and a streaking Wood tipped it just wide of MetroStars goalkeeper Mike Ammann. Wood's goal, his third of the season, earned United their first overtime win of the year.

A defensive miscue by veteran defender Mark Semioli gave United the early lead. Semioli attempted to pass a Thomas Dooley ball back to Ammann, but his touch was too soft. Forward Raul Diaz Arce pounced on the loose ball in the deserted area in front of the goal and beat Ammann easily.

The Metros drew even in the 33rd minute off a penalty kick goal by Adolfo Valencia after United defender Jeff Agoos was whistled for pulling down Petter Villegas inside the penalty area.

United pulled ahead again in the 68th minute, thanks to forward Jaime Moreno. Marco Etcheverry threaded a ball from midfield to Moreno on the right flank, who continued to run into the box. Evading a Dooley challenge, Moreno fired a shot that beat Ammann to the far post for the 2-1 lead.

The MetroStars again erased the lead, netting a late equalizer in the 87th minute. Dooley pushed the ball along the flank to rookie midfielder Steve Shak, who curled a picture-perfect cross in front of the net. Midfielder Billy Walsh got his head on the ball directly in front of goal, nodding the ball into the back of the net to force the golden goal overtime.

The beginning of the tilt was delayed for half an hour, as the teams worked to eliminate the confusion created when both arrived with clashing uniforms. D.C. attempted to wear their third kits, which referee Marcel Yonan deemed the jerseys too similar with the Metros white road uniforms to play with. United changed into their usual black strips for the game.

Lineup: Ammann, Semioli, Jolley, Shak, Dooley, Walsh, Villegas, Chung, Ramos, Valencia, Mathis. Subs: Comas, Gomez, Perez.

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