Metros crush Miami 3:0 to sweep Florida
July 7, 2001
After a late 2-1 win over the Mutiny, the Metros traveled to Miami tonight and shutout the Fusion 3-0.
Making his debut was Costa Rican international Roy Myers, who joined the team for a third time. He provided much of the spark in the first half as the Metros were able to put together some nice plays, but clearly showed signs of miscommunication in the top third of the field.
The team entered the locker rooms at the half with a well-earned scoreless tie. Helping to keep the score at zeros was Tim Howard, as he made a spectacular save in the 34th minute to stop Diego Serna from scoring what would have been his 12th goal of the season.
The Metros' first goal came in the 56th minute. Adolfo Valencia, who was making all the runs during the first half, made a brilliant pass to an onrushing Petter Villegas. The Ecuadorian took the ball around Miami goalkeeper Nick Rimando and put the "bulge in the ol' onion bag".
In 67th minute, after winning a free kick outside the box, Daniel Hernandez made a low streaking shot that got past some defenders and finally found Valencia who knocked it from six yards away.
And finally in the 73rd minute, Mark Chung was able to spring Valencia, who got past a Miami defender and took it around Rimando for his second goal of the game.
All-in-all a good effort by the whole team, who a week and a half ago lost an awful match to the Charleston Battery of the A-League. Hopefully the boys can learn from this and build on this wonderful display of effort these past two games.
Lineup: Howard, Perez, Petke, Jolley, Semioli, Walsh, Williams, Villegas, Hernandez, Myers, Valencia. Subs: Chung, Alvarez, Klinger.