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MetroStars edge Crew in penalty kicks after 1-1 draw.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Wednesday, August 9, 2000) -- It took eight rounds of tie-breaking penalty kicks for the MetroStars to eliminate the Columbus Crew 7-6 after a 1-1 draw between the teams before 7,096 at Crew Stadium.

The MetroStars emerged victorious in the eight-round penalty-kick shootout to advance to the tournament semifinals where they will face the Miami Fusion (3-2 winners over D.C. United in OT Wednesday). The Crew advanced to the finals in 1998 and the semis a year ago.

Tim Howard
Tim Howard
Both clubs made their first four penalty attempts, but Crew keeper Matt Napoleon and MetroStars keeper Tim Howard stopped the fifth attempt by each club. In the eighth round, Mike Petke scored for the Metros and the Crew's Mike Lapper shot wide right to give the MetroStars the victory in a game that lasted close to three hours.

"It was a good game played by both sides who really wanted to win," said Metros coach Octavio Zambrano. "The action was up and down the field all night. Lothar Matthaeus played very well in his return to our line up. Tim Howard, as he has done all year, was solid and made the big plays in regulation, overtime, and penalty kick period to keep us in the game."

Matthaeus started and played for the first time since a scoreless draw with San Jose June 28 at Giants Stadium.

Midfielder Tab Ramos began the Metros first scoring play in the 62nd minute on a give-and-go with Alex Comas in front of the penalty arc. The Colombian striker sent a through pass on the return to Ramos who beat Todd Yeagley inside the penalty area for the ball and then scored. The Crew saw an apparent equalizer negated just a minute later, when Brian McBride was ruled offside before he banged the ball past Metros goalie Tim Howard. Television replays showed McBride was on-side on the goal.

The Crew tied the game in the 74th minute on a header by Brian McBride off a corner kick by Robert Warzycha. The United States national-team striker leapt over the Metros defense to knock the ball past Howard into the right corner of the goal. The goal allowed by Howard was only his second in three Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games this year.

Dating back to 1914, the U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual tournament is a single-elimination tournament.

The Crew returns to MLS action a week from tonight, Wednesday, August 16, when it will take on the Columbus Fusion at Crew Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

MetroStars (MLS) 1, Columbus Crew (MLS) 1
(MetroStars win penalty kicks 7-6)

Lineups: MetroStars - Tim Howard, Mike Petke, Lothar Matthaus, Billy Walsh, Steve Jolley, Tab Ramos, Mark Chung, Peter Villegas (J. Gomez 103), Adolfo Valencia, Alex Comas (Ramiro Corrales 85), Clint Mathis (Steve Shak 41). Columbus - Matt Napoleon, Mike Clark, Todd Yeagley, Mike Lapper, Mario Gori (Miles Joseph 120), Ansil Elcock (Mike Duhaney 106), Robert Warzycha, John Wilmar Perez, Brian McBride, Jason Farrell, Jeff Cunningham (Roland Aguilera 108). Scoring:
MetroStars - Ramos (Comas) 62.
Columbus - McBride (Warzycha) 74. Penalty kick scoring:
MetroStars - Valencia (goal), Walsh (goal), Chung (goal), Jolley (goal), Ramos (saved), Corrales (goal), Shak (goal), Petke (goal).
Crew - Warzycha (goal), McBride (goal), Perez (goal), Joseph (goal), Farrell (saved), Aguilera (goal), Yeagley (goal), Lapper (wide right).

Total shots: MetroStars 23, Columbus 17. Shots on goal: MetroStars n/a, Columbus n/a. Saves: MetroStars 4, Columbus 6. MetroStars 23, Columbus 10. Offside: MetroStars 3, Columbus 3. Corner kicks: MetroStars n/a, Columbus n/a. Yellow card cautions: MetroStars - Ramos 28; Columbus - Lapper 58.

Referee: n/a. Referee's assistants: n/a. Attendance: at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Weather: n/a.

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