Faria's two goals lead Metros over Kansas City
July 24, 2002 (Official Game Summary)

Kansas City MetroStars
Simutenkov Faria 2
07.24.02 · League

Rodrigo Faria notched two goals and an assist to lead the visiting MetroStars to an impressive 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards in a Major League Soccer match played Wednesday night in Arrowhead Stadium. The win keeps the MetroStars in first place in the East, while improving to 8-2-0 when scoring two or more goals in a league game. They also hold a winning record for the first time since early May.

Faria scored his first goal in the 22nd minute after defender Ted Chronopoulos sent a pass up ahead on the left flank to Joe Addo, who received his first start in defensive midfield. The Ghanaian international defender fired a cross through the box that took one bounce to find Faria, who one-timed a left-footed shot for the opening goal against Wizards goalkeeper Bo Oshoniyi.

The MetroStars quickly increased their lead to two goals four minutes later thanks to Mamadou Diallo's 11th goal of the season and his 10th in eight games with the MetroStars since the May 24 trade with New England. The scoring play began on a counterattack with Andy Williams sending a long through ball up the midfield to Faria, who headed the ball up ahead further to an open Diallo for the open scoring opportunity for a 2-0 lead.

The Wizards, who controlled the momentum throughout parts of the second half and out shot the MetroStars, 17-10, scored their lone goal in the 61st minute off a penalty kick rebound. Defender Mike Petke's challenge to Igor Simutenkov on the end line near the goal was ruled a penalty kick, despite the protest from players and the bench that it was a clean play. Tim Howard guessed correctly to his right to make the save off the hard shot, but Simutenkov kicked home the rebound before Howard could smother the ball in the box.

The MetroStars defense held the rest of the way until Faria put the final nail on the win in the final minute thanks to Williams again finding an open player up field in Lisi, who eventually sent a cross calmly through the box to find a trailing Faria for the third goal of the evening in the 3-1 win.

Lineup: Howard, Chronopoulos, Petke, Jolley, Ziadie, Addo, Moore, Paule, Williams, Faria, Diallo. Subs: Lisi, Forko, Piesner.

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