Metro dominates, then holds off Revs, 1:0
August 28, 2016
The first half featured complete dominance, but no goals. The second half was more even, but there was a goal scored. Thankfully, it came on the right end, as Bradley Wright-Phillips' lone tally stood up in Metro's 1:0 win over New England.
For the third straight league match, the same lineup was used. This obviously included Ronald Zubar in central defense, and we have to give it up for the much-maligned Frenchman: he was actually terrific this week.
Another defender who figured early was Kemar Lawrence, who jumped on a ball that trickled through the box and rung it off the left post. Metro's other first half opportunities came on a BWP close-range header that missed wide, and a Sacha Kljestan attempt following a give-and-go that was saved.
The Revs could do absolutely nothing before the break, losing the ball as soon as they received it. They did get a chance off a corner, but Kei Kamara (somehow left unmarked by the Metro defense) missed the net.
The goal came in the 55th minute. Kljestan fed the ball in the box, where it was taken by the Revs. Alex Muyl fought off Jose Goncalves to win it back and sent a shot that was saved. An unmarked BWP pounced on the rebound to extend his Metro scoring records.
Even though the visitors played better in the second, it's hard to remember any serious chances. The one blemish came late into injury time, when ex-Metro whiner Juan Agudelo upended Luis Robles. The Metro goalie was visibly hurt as the teams played out the string.
Hopefully, this dominance can extend to road matches as well?
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Collin, Zubar, Duvall, Davis, Martins, Kljestan, Grella, Muyl, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Damari, Royer, Veron.