Metro plays Atlanta to irrelevant scoreless tie
October 15, 2017
The theme is irrelevance; this is what Metro's last two games have turned into, as they are now locked into the 6th and last seed for the playoffs. The result today was a 0:0 tie with Atlanta. Irrelevant indeed.
Jesse Marsch made one change from last week, inserting Michael Murillo for the suspended Kemar Lawrence.
The final result seems surprising considering the pace of the game; it was end-to-end action, with Metro often lucky not to let one in. Early on, Atlanta's passes zipped through the penalty box with ease, but the finishing touch was just not there. Later on, Luis Robles came out of the box but failed to clear the ball cleanly, but, thankfully, the visitors misfired on the empty net.
After being dominated early, Metro took over the match. Sacha Kljestan controlled the game with his passing; but, like the other team, that finishing touch was not there. Kljestan hit the post on a long blast, and Metro's best chance came in the second when Bradley Wright-Phillips was set up on the doorstep, but Brad Guzan made the close-range save.
But all of that was rendered irrelevant, as Columbus beat Orlando, meaning it's impossible for Metro to finish anywhere than 6th. The regular season finale at the Scum is now irrelevant as well, so it might be a chance for Marsch to rest some players for the terrifying road playoff winner-take-all game.
Lineup: Robles, Perrinelle, Long, Murillo, Lade, Adams, Martins, Davis, Kljestan, Royer, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Muyl, Veron.