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MetroStars control the action, but Wizards are even on scoreboard 0-0.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Wednesday, August 23, 2000) -- The MetroStars held a significant possession advantage, launched twice as many shots and three times as many attempts on frame. But it was all for naught in a 0-0 draw with the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer action before 16,898 at Giants Stadium tonight.

Kansas City (14-7-7, 49 points), the Western Division leader, maintained its one-point advantage over the MetroStars (15-10-3), the top East team, in the overall standings.

Wizards goalkeeper Tony Meola recorded his 14th shutout of the season, making nine saves, while MetroStars keeper Tim Howard earned his fourth clean sheet with four stops.

The MetroStars held advantages of 29-13 in shots, 12-4 of shots on goal and 8-4 on corner kicks. "We had to do a good job at defending first against them," Meola said. "That's how we thought we could beat them and we had our chances. We had enough to score a goal. We're looking at it from a standpoint where we were undermanned, but we had good enough chances."

The visiting Wizards played a tight, defensive game from the opening whistle, though both sides did manage a handful of quality scoring chances throughout regulation. MetroStars defender Mike Petke had the most exciting chance in regulation, forcing Meola to tip a vicious 40-yard rocket over the bar in the 62nd minute.

MetroStars midfielder Mark Chung volleyed a hard shot on goal in the second overtime period, but Meola was in position to easily collect the ball. On the other end of the field, Kansas City's Vicente Figueroa threaded a dangerous ball into the box to Chris Henderson whose shot went just wide of the near post.

"I wish we would have gotten that one at the end from Henderson, but that would have been the coup de grace," Kansas City coach Bob Gansler said. "We didn't get that done, but we gave a good account of ourselves without quite a few of our striking force. At this time of the year, it's a marathon. I think we did well with the people we had available and we played according to their strengths."

The goal-less result left two players still on the verge of breaking scoring records. MetroStars forward Adolfo Valencia needs just one more tally to break Giovanni Savarese's team-high mark of 14 goals in a season (set in both 1997 and 1998). Kansas City midfielder Preki's next tally will make him the first player in MLS history to record 50 career goals and 50 assists.

MetroStars 0, Kansas City Wizards 0

Lineups: MetroStars - Tim Howard, Thomas Dooley (Billy Walsh 87), Steve Jolley, Lothar Matthaeus, Mike Petke, Mark Chung, Tab Ramos, Petter Villegas, Roy Myers (Alex Comas 67), Adolfo Valencia, Clint Mathis (Julian Gomez 101+). Kansas City - Tony Meola, Nick Garcia, Brandon Prideaux, Brian Johnson, Peter Vermes, Matt McKeon (Vicente Figueroa 54), Kerry Zavagnin, Preki, Chris Brown, Chris Henderson, Ihor Dotsenko (Francisco Gomez 46).

Scoring: none.

Total shots: MetroStars 29 (Valencia 5), Kansas City 13 (Henderson 5). Shots on goal: MetroStars 12 (Chung 3), Kansas City 4 (Preki 2). Saves: MetroStars - Howard 4, Kansas City - Meola 9. Fouls: MetroStars 14 (Valencia 2, Petke 2), Kansas City 20 (Henderson 5). Offside: MetroStars 0, Kansas City 3. Corner kicks: MetroStars 8, Kansas City 4. Yellow card cautions: MetroStars - Comas 81, Matthaeus 85, Chung 90; Kansas City - Figueroa 56, Gomez 60, Meola 92+. Possession percentage: MetroStars 56, Kansas City 44.

Referee: Alex Prus. Referee's assistants: Chip Reed, Richard Eddy. Attendance: 16,898 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Weather: Overcast, 70 degrees, 87 percent humidity.

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