Meola hopes to continue scoreless streak against struggling MetroStars.
(Tuesday, April 18, 2000) -- The Kansas City Wizards Tony Meola hopes to keep his hot goalkeeping streak alive tomorrow night when he faces his former teammates, the host MetroStars, who are struggling to find net.
Meola has not permitted a goal in 280 minutes for the hot Wizards (3-0-1) and he is closing in on his own Major League Soccer record of 414 minutes without being scored on. He set that record with the Metros in 1996.
The Metros (1-3) are looking to break a two-game losing streak in which they were shut out in both outings and haven’t scored in 214 minutes.
In their first game at Giants Stadium, the Metros drew 27,322, best among the league’s 12 home openers.
A capsule preview using Eastern Time.
Kansas City Wizards at MetroStars, 7:30 p.m., MetroSports KC, MetroChannel.
All-time regular-season series: Kansas City leads 6-4 (K.C. leads 19-12 in aggregate goals)
Leading scorers: Kansas City - F Miklos Molnar (3 goals-1 assist-7 points); MetroStars: F
Alex Comas (2-1-5)
Did you know? Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola's MLS record 414-minute consecutive shutout streak was ended by an own goal from MetroStars teammate Nicola Caricola on July 4, 1996 at Colorado.
Key players out: Kansas City - none. MetroStars - D Ramiro Corrales (U.S. Olympic team), M Tab Ramos (calf strain - injured reserve), D Thomas Dooley (hamstring - injured reserve), D Mark Semioli (calf strain - injured reserve), G Tim Howard (U.S. Olympic team).
Key matchup: Kansas City F Molnar vs. MetroStars D Lothar Matthaeus - Molnar's direct opportunistic approach to scoring will go head-to-head with Matthaeus' ability to organize the Metros' defense ... The absence of Dooley, Corrales and Semioli means Matthaeus will need to prevent fatal mistakes and keep a close eye on the crafty Dane.
Notes: Having lost two consecutive matches, the MetroStars enter a difficult week which finds them hosting unbeaten Kansas City, before heading to RFK Stadium for an early rematch with struggling defending champion D.C. United on Saturday . . . The Wizards have harnessed the firepower of Molnar and a balanced attack which has five players with four or more points . . . The Wizards also have shown the desire to play defense, having not allowed a goal in 280 minutes . . . Meola leads a revamped back line featuring veteran Peter Vermes and rookie Nick Garcia that has posted three consecutive shutouts . . . The Metros seemed to have things going the right direction after knocking off United 3-2 in their home opener, but have fallen on hard-times offensively, going scoreless in their last two matches . . . Meola, who played with the MetroStars from 1996-1998, makes his first return visit to Giants Stadium since the trade . . . Despite trailing in the all-time series, the MetroStars are 3-1 against K.C. at Giants Stadium.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Marcel Yonan. Assistants - Chip Reed, Gerry Corrie.