Metros get blasted by the Fire, 3:0
July 27, 2002
The MetroStars played their worst game of the year, losing to the Fire, 3:0. Although they lost by their largest margin of the year, the scoreline could have been much worse if not for Tim Howard's amazing performance in goal, stopping a number of Chicago breakaways.
Chicago's first goal came of a free kick in the 6th minute when Jim Curtin fought off Mike Petke in a scramble in the box to knock one in past Howard. The goal stood until halftime, as the Metros were lucky to enter the interval just one goal down. Four minutes before the break, an ineffective Mamadou Diallo was removed from the game. The MetroStars had zero shots in the first half.
When Andy Williams waltzed through the Chicago defense early in the second to give the Metros their best chance of the game, things started to look up. Unfortunately, that feeling only lasted a few seconds, as the Fire doubled the lead on the ensuing counterattack, Josh Wolff undressing Ted Chronopoulos and passing the ball to Metro-killer Ante Razov, who slotted it home. Just eight minutes later, Razov got his second of the game, lobbing one over Howard.
The rest of the game saw a disinterested Metro team knocking the ball back-and-forth, only be interrupted by a number of amazing saves by Howard to keep it only a three-goal game.
Lineup: Howard, Chronopoulos, Petke, Jolley, Ziadie, Addo, Moore, Paule, Williams, Faria, Diallo. Subs: Sheppard, Lisi, Alvarez.