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10 man Metros beat the Ukrain powerhouse FC Dynamo to make it to the Finals of the La Manga cup. Bradleys son was sent off in the 76th minuet and the Metros hang on to a 3-2 victory.


MetroStars advance to La Manga final
MURCIA, Spain (March 1, 2004) – The MetroStars defeated Ukrainian powerhouse FC Dynamo Kyiv, 3-2, today to advance to the final of the 2004 La Manga Cup tournament.
La Manga is a nine-team pre-season tournament for countries that play a traditional summer season like Scandinavian and Russian teams. Major League Soccer teams have been invited to play for the past two tournaments.

The San Jose Earthquakes face Viking of Norway in the other semifinal on Tuesday, March 2 at 12:00 p.m. local time (6:00 a.m. ET). The final will be held on Friday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. ET).

Dynamo Kyiv’s Goran Sablic knocked in an own goal to give the MetroStars the decisive lead and a trip to the final, in the 73rd minute.

MetroStars midfielder Eddie Gaven collected a pass in the midfield and quickly raced up field. The 17-year-old sent a lead-pass to Olivier Occean up the left wing and the forward dribbled towards the Kyiv goal, while fending off the challenge of defender Yuri Dmytrylin. Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyi rushed out to challenge Occean, but the Southern Connecticut St. product slotted a pass across the front of the goal. Sablic got his foot on the pass to block it, but hit it into his own net to give the Metros the 3-2 advantage.

The MetroStars opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Honduran midfielder Amado Guevara converted a penalty kick. Kyiv defender Oleksandr Golovko fouled Occean as he dribbled in the box and the referee immediately signaled for the spot kick. Guevara stepped up and placed a right-footed shot past the goalkeeper to put the Metros up 1-0.

In the 31st minute, the Metros took a two-goal lead on the UEFA Champions League squad. Bolivian midfielder Joselito Vaca sent a long ball from the defense up the right side to forward John Wolyniec. The Fordham product raced to the end line, muscled around Dmytrylin and drew the goalkeeper to the near post. He slotted a pass in front of the net finding Occean, who placed a shot into the open net for a 2-0 Metro lead.

Dynamo Kyiv battled back and tied the Metros with two goals in 14 minutes. In the 47th minute, midfielder Valentin Belkevich laid a pass back to an onrushing Georei Peev. The Bulgarian international fired a shot that hit the top right corner to cut the MetroStars’ lead. Belkevich was at it again in the 61st minute, when he sent a corner kick into the box. Defender Goran Gavrancic got free and blasted a 15-yard shot into the top right corner to bring the reigning Ukrainian Premier Division Champions back from the two-goal deficit.

MetroStars midfielder Michael Bradley was sent off in the 75th minute after a tackle from behind and the Metros were reduced to 10 players. He will miss the final game.
 

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Can this be an all American Final. Well today will tell as the Quakes will play in there Semi final match:

La Manga, Murcia, Spain (Monday, March 1, 2004) – The MetroStars defeated Ukrainian powerhouse FC Dynamo Kyiv in the semifinals of the 2004 La Manga Cup, 3-2, today to advance to the final of the tournament. Dynamo Kyiv’s Goran Sablic knocked in an own goal to give the MetroStars the decisive lead and a trip to the final, in the 73rd minute. MLS Cup Champion San Jose Earthquakes face Viking of Norway in the other semifinal on Tuesday, March 2 at 12:00 p.m. local time (6:00 a.m. ET). The “Red and Black” will face the winner of the match in the final on Friday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. ET).

The Metros will take on Real Murcia of spain in a friendly for a tune-up for the finals.

The “Red and Black” will play Real Murcia of the Spanish first division in a friendly match on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET).
 

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San Jose lose to the Vikings of Norway in a match that went to penelties to sort ot the winner.

Quakes Lose on PK's 02/03/04

The San Jose Earthquakes earned a hard-fought 1-1 tie against Viking Stavangar (Norway) in the semifinals of the La Manga Cup, but lost the penalty kick shootout 5-3.

The Quakes are now scheduled to play in the third place game on Friday, March 5 against Dynamo Kiev at 12 p.m. (local time). Dwayne De Rosario scored his second goal of the tournament to tie the game in the first half, but the Quakes could not break through in the second half.

The Quakes came out attacking early and created a few solid chances to take the lead. Five minutes into the match, De Rosario broke free on the right wing and shot low, but Viking goalkeeper Frode Olsen was there for the save. In the eighth minute, De Rosario sent Brian Mullan free down the right wing, but Mullan's cross just missed Jamil Walker at the back post.

Despite San Jose's early pressure, Viking scored the first goal of the match on a free kick. Mullan fouled a Viking player five yards outside the box and Frode Hansen stepped up to take the free kick for Viking. He drove the ball around the wall to the far upper corner off the fingertips of Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad and into the net.

Jeff Agoos nearly brought the Quakes back with a free kick just four minutes later. After a fake shot by Ronnie Ekelund, Agoos spun the ball over the wall, but Olsen scrambled to his right and made the save.

Good fortune smiled on San Jose in the 33rd minute as Jorgen Tengesdal got open at the right edge of the penalty box. He blasted a shot that beat Onstad, but it struck the crossbar and bounced in front of the goal allowing the Quakes to clear it away.

As the Quakes did last Saturday against Stabaek, they came back to tie the match with an excellent play between Mullan and De Rosario. In the 36th minute, Mullan collected a loose ball 40 yards from goal and cut to his right. He then spotted De Rosario at the far post and drove a cross in. De Rosario out-jumped his defender and nodded the ball past Olsen just inside the post to even the score at 1-1.

San Jose's best chance of the second half came less than one minute after the half kicked off. Walker got free at the top of the 18-yard box by dribbling past two defenders and then was fouled as he attempted to move past a third. Ronnie Ekelund took the free kick and bent it over the wall, but it hooked just wide of the near post.

The remainder of the match saw both teams struggle to create any clear-cut scoring chances, as the defenses clamped down. Onstad was forced to make one difficult save in the 80th minute as he dove to his right to block a long-range blast by Bjorn Berland.

After finishing 1-1 in regulation, the match headed directly to penalties to determine which team would move on to the final of the tournament. Viking was a perfect five-for-five from the spot, with Peter Kopteff scoring the game-winning penalty for the Norwegian club. The Quakes second shooter Jeff Agoos, was the only Quake not to score, as Olsen saved his shot to the lower right post, helping to send Viking into the final.

Unfortunately for the Vikings they will face the Best Team in the MLS The Metros. ;)
 

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Metros Draw with spanish first Divivsion Real Murcia 0-0 in a friendly prior to the finals.

MetroStars Tie Real Murcia of Spanish Primera Division 0-0

La Manga, Murcia, Spain (Wednesday, March 3, 2004) – The MetroStars tied Real Murcia of the Spanish Primera Division, 0-0, Wednesday in a friendly match at La Manga Club Resort in La Manga, Murcia, Spain.

In the last minute of the contest, MetroStars defender Craig Ziadie lofted a cross from the right wing into the Murcia box. Murcia goalkeeper Juanmi rushed out to play the pass, but the wind pushed the cross to the top of the box away from him as he was caught out of position. The ball was deflected by Murcia defender Ivan Hurtado and fell to MetroStars midfielder Eddie Gaven at the top of the box. The 17-year-old fired a quick shot that Juanmi blocked as he was trying to regain position.

MetroStars rookie goalkeeper Zach Wells made several saves to secure the shutout. In the 35th minute, Murcia midfielder Richi dribbled into the left side of the box and found forward David Karanka with a cross. Karanka one-timed a shot that Wells dove to save. Wells came up with another stop in the 42nd minute, when Karanka hit a hard, bouncing shot that the UCLA product grathered.

The “Red and Black” will now turn their total attention to the 2004 La Manga Cup Final against Viking of the Norwegian Tippeligaen on Friday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. ET). The Metros dropped a 1-0 result to Viking in the first match of La Manga Cup last week.

MetroStars Lineup: (4-4-2) GK – Zach Wells; D – Craig Ziadie, Jeff Parke (Tim Regan 44), Danilo, David Hayes; M – Michael Bradley, Joselito Vaca, Eddie Gaven, Gilberto; F – Mike Nugent (Olivier Occean 75), Gary Hamilton (John Wolyniec 75).
 

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Metros win!!!!!


Metros Capture La Manga Cup
Team Coming Together As Season Approaches
The MetroStars pre-season trip to Spain took on a whole new meaning Friday. The Metros captured the 2004 La Manga Cup with a 1-0 victory over Viking FK of Stavanger, Norway. The Cup victory marks the end of a very successful two-week camp in Spain and serves an indication that the club is making great strides in its preparation for the MLS Season, which is now just four-weeks away.

Rookie defender Jeff Parke scored the game-winner in the 27th minute, to earn the Metros the preseason trophy. Veteran midfielder Amado Guevara earned Most Valuable Player honors after leading the Metros to the title and a 3-1-0 record.

In the process of winning the Cup, the MetroStars got a close look at many of its new players. Parke, along with Joselito Vacca, Olivier Occean, Michael Bradley, and Zach Wells, saw valuable playing time and made great contributions in the tournament.

“We are very happy to win the La Manga Cup,” said MetroStars Head Coach Bob Bradley. “The La Manga Cup is a very good event and the people, who run it do a great job. The competition here is strong and we are proud of the young players, who stepped in and performed well. We are also happy with the veteran players like Amado, who took on more of a leadership role.”

In the 27th minute, the MetroStars earned a corner kick on the right side. Guevara launched the corner kick into the box to the back post and Parke leaped over the defense and nodded the shot past Viking goalkeeper Frode Olsen to put the Metros up 1-0. The Drexel University product’s goal also avenged the Metros’ only loss of the tournament, which came at the hands of Viking in the group play round.

“One guy was up on me tight and I was able to get past him after he was holding my arm,” said Parke. “I saw the ball going to the back post and I just tried to get there. A few other guys were there, but I was able to get over them.”

The “Red and Black” had an opportunity to compound Viking’s woes, in the 33rd minute. Metro midfielder Eddie Gaven raced up the left wing after receiving a pass from forward John Wolyniec. The 17-year-old was clipped by Tom Sanne, but was able to regain his balance and run in alone on the goalkeeper. As Gaven approached Olsen in the box, he laid off a pass to Olivier Occean, who was running towards the back post. Occean slipped, then cut the ball inside to avoid two defenders and slotted a shot at the net, but Viking defender Thomas Pereira was able to just clear it off the line.

The Metros held onto the lead, but Viking threatened with their best chance, in the 62nd minute. Viking midfielder Jone Samuelsen fired a 20-yard shot to the lower right corner, but MetroStars ‘keeper Jonny Walker dove and blocked it. The ball rebounded in front of the net, but the United States international was able to collect it before Hannes Sigurdsson could get to it.

In the 89th minute, the Metros pressured Viking on another corner kick. Guevara sent in the corner that found the head of a leaping Wolyniec, but his header bounced just wide right of the net.

The MetroStars end their preseason training stint in Spain and will return home tomorrow. The team will reassemble in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, March 9 through Saturday, March 20.
Metros Capture First European Trophy
 

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Yes im so happy they are doing well
 

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What is so impressive is they did this with their Young lads. Gaven, Bradley, Vacca, Occean, and Wells. Other than Gaven and Vacca I dont expect the others to see much playing time.
 
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