Molnar the hero again, netting pair of goals as K.C. drops Metros 2-1.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Wednesday, April 19, 2000) -- Striker Miklos Molnar exploded for a pair of goals for the Kansas City Wizards who erased their first deficit of 2000 and remained unbeaten with a 2-1 victory over the MetroStars before 7,810 at Giants Stadium tonight.
Known as "Danish Dynamite," Molnarís fourth and fifth goals of the season propelled the Wizards (4-0-1) past the Los Angeles Galaxy (3-0-2) atop the Major League Soccer Western Division. The two sides are the only without a loss this season.
"Because the team works so well, I can score goals," Molnar said. "It is the same old story. If we were selfish, I wouldn't score goals, because there would be no chances. The most important thing is that we work hard. We have nice training sessions and a great atmosphere with this group."
Molnar provided the winner in the 43rd minute, sliding unmarked into the box on the right side. Preki had taken a pass from former MetroStar Peter Vermes and found Molnar in a seam and the veteran MLS rookie blasted a shot past goalkeeper Mike Amman to the far post for a 2-1 advantage.
"Bringing in Miklos Molnar up top has been a huge addition for us," Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola said. "He's a flat-out goal scorer."
The Wizards tied the match at 1-1 in the 32nd minute, seven minutes after falling behind 1-0. Molnar finished off a nice passing sequence, started by Mo Johnston, who played the ball down the left wing to midfield partner Chris Henderson. Henderson raced toward goal before slotting to an open Molnar for an quick tap-in.
"This team can be really proud, on the road, to come back after they score quick says something about our guys," Wizards coach Bob Gansler said.
The MetroStars (1-4), losers of three straight, got on the board first in the 25th minute when forward Alex Comas netted his third goal. Midfielder Miles Joseph ran onto a solid, long ball from defender Lothar Matthaeus down the right wing, then sent a cross to Adolfo Valencia. Valencia tapped a pass to fellow native Colombian Comas for a easy six-yard strike.
Meola, who has three shutouts, made only one save, but had his streak stopped a t 305 minutes wuithout permitting a goal. The contest served as a homecoming for Meola, who made his first Giants Stadium appearance since being dealt from the MetroStars before the 1999 season.
Matthaeus started the contest in a sweeper role, but moved forward throughout the second half, taking on the libero role he often played for the German national team. The former Bayern Munich star helped key several chances outside the box, but the Metros couldn't muster a serious chance to tie the match at 2-2 until the 89th minute when a golden close-in chance went wasted by Comas.
Matthaeus expressed frustrated after the match, having rarely gone through three-game losing streaks in Germany. "What can I say, it's the same story as last week," he said. "Again, we have the same communication problems on the field."
The MetroStars were without several key players because of injury. Veteran defenders Thomas Dooley and Mark Semioli sat out with leg injuries. Midfielder Tab Ramos sat out with a calf strain. The New Jersey club was also missing starting defender Ramiro Corrales and reserve goaltender Tim Howard, who are with the United States under-23 team which starts Olympic qualifying Friday.
The Wizards played the contest with a full squad.
Kansas City Wizards 2, MetroStars 1Lineups: MetroStars - Mike Ammann, Orlando Perez (Nino Da Silva 79), Mohammad Khakpour (Dahir Mohammed 46), Mike Petke, Steve Shak, Mark Chung, Lothar Matthaus, Petter Villegas, Miles Joseph (Brian Kelly 46), Adolfo Valencia, Alex Comas. Kansas City - Tony Meola, Nick Garcia, Brandon Prideaux, Peter Vermes, Matt McKeon, Preki, Kerry Zavagnin, Chris Klein, Chris Henderson, Miklos Molnar (Brian Johnson 79), Mo Johnston.
Total shots: MetroStars 12 (Chung 4), Kansas City 14 (Molnar 5). Shots on goal: MetroStars 2 (Matthaus 1, Comas 1), Kansas City 3 (Molnar 2). Saves: MetroStars - Ammann 1; Kansas City - Meola 1. Fouls: MetroStars 11 (Villegas 3), Kansas City 20 (Henderson 6). Offside: MetroStars 1, Kansas City 2. Corner kicks: MetroStars 7, Kansas City 5. Yellow card cautions: Kansas City - McKeon 65, Vermes 81. Possession percentage: MetroStars 55, Kansas City 45.
Referee: Marcel Yonan. Referee's assistants: Chip Reed, Gerry Corrie. Attendance: 7,810 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Weather: Fair, 59 degrees, clear.