Metro chews up and spits out DC, 4:0
April 21, 2011
So many years... so many years of coming into the nation's capital only to leave with the head hanging. Well, not anymore. Coming on he heels of last year's shutout at RFK, Metro trashed DC Scum 4:0 in a complete, brilliant, resounding victory. Thierry Henry, whose effectiveness was questioned (by us!) very recently, led the way with two goals. Joel Lindpere and Juan Agudelo rounded out the scoring, and Jan Gunnar Solli assisted on three of the goals. The four-goal margin was Metro's biggest ever over DC and their first four-goal road victory in MLS play since beating Columbus in 1996.
"Clever" Hans Backe did not make any changes after last week's win, and none were necessary. Twelve minutes into the match, Dane Richards passed the ball to Solli on the flank, and the right back's cross was precisely placed into the box. Henry rose to meet the ball, heading it in with a blistering ferocity.
The lead was doubled in the 38th minute, with once again Richards-Solli-Henry being the magical connection. The Norwegian started the play, finding Richards on the right and then making the run in the box, where the Jamaican returned the favor. Solli made a run to the endline and centered the ball, where an unmarked Henry hit it low and in, for his third goal in two matches.
Lindpere's goal came in the 76th. With most of the Scum located in Metro half of the field, failing time and again, Henry found the Estonian, who was making the run from the Metro end. With empty space in front of him, Lindpere took it into the box, and slotted it in after fooling the pathetically overmatched Clyde Simms, who ended up watching the goal from the ground.
But oh, tonight Metro was not done. The last goal of the night might not have been necessary, but boy was it beautiful. And once again, it was Solli playing the provider. Two minutes into injury time, he found Juan Agudelo in the box, and the youngster juggled the ball to himself, and volleyed it to set the final scoreline.
What a goal, what a game, what a victory!
Lineup: Coundoul, Miller, Ream, Marquez, Solli, Tainio, Lindpere, Richards, De Rosario, Rodgers, Henry. Subs: Ballouchy, Agudelo, Robinson.