Ten Best: Metro vs Columbus
November 15, 2015
We looked at the ten best Metro games vs Columbus prior to a little match in 2008. That didn't end too well, so, seven years later and days from the biggest matchup between the two teams since then, let's revisit...
10) May 28, 2005: Columbus 0, MetroStars 3
Youri Djorkaeff started to play well right off the bat, but it took him a few games to get his first Metro goal. When it happened, it came on a gorgeous shot from outside the box into the upper left corner. Eddie Gaven and Abbe Ibrahim helped pour it on. It was Ibrahim's first Metro goal.
9) May 19, 2007: New York 4, Columbus 0
Speaking of first Metro goals, the third one of this match was Juan Pablo Angel's first league tally, and Sal Caccavale made history by playing his only two MLS minutes and managing to score a goal in that time. John Wolyniec opened the scoring and Clint Mathis added one on his quest for 45.
8) September 18, 1996: MetroStars 1, Columbus 0
Metro's first playoff clinch came in the penultimate game of the inaugural regular season, and it came at the hands of the Crew. In the 38th minute, Antony De Avila ran onto a ball, and raced through the penalty area, slotting it past Brad Friedel.
7) August 6, 2003: Columbus 3, MetroStars 4
Raise your hand if you remember that match. Yeah... we thought so. But on Metro's ride to the 2003 Open Cup final, they defeated three MLS teams, the first being the Crew in the Round of 16. Down two early, Metro got an own goal from Brian Maisonneuve. Maisonneuve then made it 3:1, but Metro roared back, first through Steve Jolley, and then with Eddie Pope tying it in the 77th and winning it in the 86th, heading an Amado Guevara cross. The pair were Pope's only goals for Metro.
6) April 7, 2012: Columbus 1, New York 4
A magnificent performance by Thierry Henry versus Columbus? This will become a theme. Here, Kenny Cooper made it 2:0 in the game's first 13 minutes, the first one assisted by Henry. Titi added two himself, the last one in stoppage time. Pissed off that Metro lost a shutout late, Henry blasted a rocket through the net.
5) October 18, 2008: New York 3, Columbus 1
Desperately needing a win with two games left in the regular season, and playing without suspended starters Jon Conway and Jeff Parke, Metro got two from Angel, and then a miraculous goal from goalkeeper Danny Cepero, on his debut, nonetheless.
4) July 12, 2014: New York 4, Columbus 1
More Titi magic, as he had a hand in all Metro goals. First, Henry set up Bradley Wright-Phillips. The Crew answered, but Titi knocked home a bad clearance to regain the lead. Then, Henry found Lloyd Sam, and finally Eric Alexander in injury time. The final assist broke Metro career league record, shared by Tab Ramos and Guevara.
3) June 30, 1996: Columbus 0, MetroStars 4
Still tied for the biggest road win in Metro history had a little of everything: a Nicola Caricola goal on a long blast (and this time, into the correct net), a Tony Meola penalty save, and a late goal from Chris Unger, who previously worked in the Metro front office. Giovanni Savarese and Ramos had the other Metro goals.
2) September 15, 2012: New York 3, Columbus 1
Titi yet again. Metro gave up a goal early, but Henry answered, and then set up a Dax McCarty header in the second half. Three minutes into stoppage time, the French ubermensch curved a corner kick directly into the net for one of the most magnificent goals in Metro history... just wait for the one below.
1) September 20, 2003: MetroStars 1, Columbus 0
A scoreless tie nine minutes into overtime. Three points are necessary for the playoff push. A Guevara free kick in the from behind the halfway line. A perfect pass that ends on the foot of Wolyniec and gets one-timed into the upper right corner of the net. Victory. Pandemonium. One of the greatest goals. Ever.