Ten Best: Individual performances
Mathis vs Kansas City, 2001
September 21, 2005
Where does Youri Djorkaeff's performance against New England rank in Metro history? Below is MetroFanatic's selection for the top ten individual performances since 1996. There definitely were some tough omissions.
10) August 16, 2003: Jonny Walker; Los Angeles 1, MetroStars 1
A month into his Metro career, Walker allows an early goal but then closes the gate, denying LA time and time again.
9) June 23, 2004: Eddie Gaven; Los Angeles 0, MetroStars 3
Gaven comes into his own, scoring two goals as the MetroStars completely dominate the Galaxy.
8) April 30, 2005: Amado Guevara; Colorado 1, MetroStars 3
Coming off a disappointing game where he missed a penalty kick, Guevara takes the team on his back, scoring all three, including a penalty.
7) August 22, 2002: Tim Howard; Chicago 0, MetroStars 1
On the carpet of Naperville, Howard proves god-like, as the Fire can do nothing to penetrate the Metro net; Rodrigo Faria scores one late for the Metro win.
6) September 30, 2000: Mike Ammann; MetroStars 2, Chicago 0
His ribs not fully healed, Ammann makes a courageous return when the team needing him as Paul Grafer allowed three in the previous match; he promptly shuts out the Fire as the Metros extend the series.
5) September 17, 2005: Youri Djorkaeff; MetroStars 5, New England 4
Djorkaeff gets a brilliant assist, then scores two, including the game-winner from an impossible angle with four minutes left as the Metros come back to beat the Revs in a goal-fest.
4) May 4, 1996: Giovanni Savarese; MetroStars 3, Tampa Bay 3 (2:1 SO)
With the Metros down 3:0, Savarese comes on as a sub; Tampa scores an own goal off a corner kick, and then Gio knocks in two, including the famous bicycle kick to tie the game; Metro prevail in a shootout.
3) May 2, 2001: Clint Mathis; MetroStars 4, Kansas City 1
With his star at its zenith, Mathis scores with his left foot, right foot, and head to take down the Wizards.
2) July 8, 2000: Tim Howard; Kansas City 0, MetroStars 1
Howard ascends to greatness with a spectacular match at Kansas City, proving that he can be one of the best in the world; Mathis scores one late for the Metro win.
1) August 26, 2000: Clint Mathis; Dallas 4, MetroStars 6
It's Mathis times five, as he scores an MLS-record five goals in the comeback win against Dallas.
Just missing out: May 16, 1996: Giovanni Savarese; MetroStars 3, Colorado 0
Gio scores a hat-trick as the Metros get their first regulation win ever.
October 6, 2000: Adolfo Valencia; Chicago 3, MetroStars 2
With the team down 2:0, Valencia scores two, and then has a third called back in the decisive Game 3 of the playoffs.
April 28, 2001: Clint Mathis; MetroStars 3, Dallas 2
Mathis scores on a Maradona-esque half-field run on what will later be named MLS Goal of the Year.
July 7, 2001: Tim Howard; Miami 0, MetroStars 3
Another Howard signature game, as Timmy denies Miami before the Metros explode for three goals.
June 15, 2002: Mamadou Diallo; MetroStars 5, Los Angeles 0
Diallo scores four, as hate turns to love for a brief moment.
June 12, 2005: Zach Wells; MetroStars 0, DC United 0
Wells surprises everyone with a terrific 14-save game against the Scum.