Metros meltdown in DC
September 14, 2002

DC United MetroStars
09.14.02 · League

There's no question who the worst team in this league is, and it's not DC Scum. And there's no question who the worst coach in this league is, and it's Octavio Zambrano. When all is said and done, the MetroStars might still make the playoffs, but does it even matter anymore?

What's worse, the Metros will play their do-or-die finale at New England without Clint Mathis and Tim Howard, who were both ejected from this game -- Mathis in the 30th minute for stepping on the little hacking bastard Jose Alegria, and Howard in the 3rd minute of injury time for taking down Roy Lassiter outside the box. This means that Metro hopes will lie with Paul Grafer, who will start his first MLS game in two years.

Rodrigo Faria put the Metros on top 1:0 in the 6th minute after he intercepted a Petter Villegas pass. Villegas found Bobby Convey to tie the game in first half injury time, and Ali Curtis won it for DC in the 87th.

The ineptitude of Zambrano reared its ugly head again, as he tried to play for a draw after the Mathis red card, first removing Rodrigo Faria and then Mamadou Diallo. The second half of the game consisted of DC controlling the ball 80% of the time, sending one attack after the other at the Metro goal, commencing with Curtis' score. Other than Faria's goal and another one that was correctly called offside, the Metros created a grand total of zero chances.

Lineup: Howard, Akwari, Petke, Jolley, Ziadie, Paule, Davis, Ramos, Mathis, Faria, Diallo. Subs: Chronopoulos, Williams, Lisi, Grafer.

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