Peguero, Stammler steer Metro to crazy 5:4 win
May 20, 2006

New York Chivas USA
Peguero 3
Stammler 2
Razov 2
Palencia 2
05.20.06 · League

Coming in with just five goals in six matches, Metro matched that total in 90 minutes, defeating Chivas USA in a nine-goal thriller to get their first win of the year. Jean-Philippe Peguero scored three Metro goals, and Seth Stammler (Seth Stammler!) had the other two for his first career MLS scores.

With Amado Guevara suspended, Youri Djorkaeff slid back to his spot in central midfield, and Edson Buddle returned from injury to partner Peguero up top. The rest of the lineup stayed the same as last week.

In the 20th minute, Peguero got Metro on the board after a perfectly placed Chris Henderson corner kick. The Haitian striker headed the ball into a perfect arch and into the net. In the 38th minute, he added his second, as the Goats clearance was hit back by Carlos Mendes and over everyone's head. Peguero beat the offside trap, Brad Guzan came out of the net, and Jean-Philippe barely stayed onside, beat Guzan to the ball by hitting it from high in the air into the ground, then easily slotted it home into the empty net. A few minutes later, he almost made it three as Guzan came out once again, but this time Peguero's shot went straight at the Chivas goalie as opposed to around him.

Nine minutes into the second half, Stammler made it 3:0, hitting a terrific long shot through the penalty box and into the net. But down three, Chivas woke up. Five minutes after Stammler's tally, Ante Razov was left alone in the box, and easily slotted home a perfect through pass. Five minutes after that (note the theme), Francisco Palencia made it a one-goal game. If you are a Metro fan, you know it's never easy.

But it was made easier in another five minutes, this time Stammler rising to head in a Djorkaeff free kick. But that two-goal lead only lasted eight minutes, and an Ante Razov free kick found net in the 77th.

And then, with one minute left in regulation, Peguero put the nail in the coffin, beating Guzan on a long low shot that ricocheted off the goalpost and into the net. The hat trick was the eighth in Metro Red history. Palencia added a penalty kick late in injury time after a questionable foul on Peter Canero; the whistle blew soon afterwards.

Even with the win, Metro is still bottom of the East, but at least now, things are somewhat looking positive.

Lineup: Conway, Jolley, Mendes, Parke, O'Rourke, Lisi, Henderson, Stammler, Djorkaeff, Peguero, Buddle. Subs: Canero, Magee.

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