Obscure Metro Files: Inaugural Draft (Part 3)
January 24, 2006
11) Mickey Kydes, midfielder, New York Fever (USISL)
The former LIU player spent some time playing in the Greek first division before returning to the US. Kydes' Metro career lasted all of eleven forgettable games, as he retired in mid-season. Currently, he runs the massive Mickey Kydes Soccer Enterprises in his home state of Connecticut.
12) Khary Stockton, forward, Richmond Kickers (USISL)
Supposedly the second American to sign with a Brazilian team with a short stint Velo Clube Rio Clarense in 1994, Stockton never made the Metro squad. He did have a solid, if vagabond, minor league career afterwards, playing for the Milwaukee Rampage, Carolina Dynamo, New Orleans Storm, Lehigh Valley Steam, before coming back to the Richmond Kickers. He currently runs the Khary Stockton Soccer Camp in Virginia.
13) Andrew Restrepo, defender, Tampa Bay Cyclones (USISL)
Although he started the first Metro game, Restrepo only played in five matches with the club, getting his release in the mid-season purge. Just as well for him, as he said the Metros had him living in a hole in Passaic. Restrepo would become a useful A-League player, helping the Rochester Rhinos to the 1999 Open Cup and also playing for the Atlanta Silverbacks.
14) Nidal Baba, midfielder, Clemson University
The brother of the more famous Imad Baba, Nidal played three games for Metro, started one... and was horrid, absolutely and despicably horrid. His release couldn't come soon enough.
15) Jorge Acosta, forward, New York Fever (USISL)
The Colombian-American was nearing the end of his career which saw him earn 12 caps for the US in 1991 and 1992. Acosta never played for Metro, and currently works for Kydes in his camp.
16) Walter Bustamante, midfielder, Jersey Dragons (USISL)
The last Metro pick and 159th out of 160, Bustamante is the most obscure of all. The all-time assist leader at LIU, he is not to be confused with a player with the same name that played in Argentina's first division, this Bustamante currently works for something called "World Class Soccer Camp". And isn't that already more information than you ever needed?