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Meola betters his own record shutout streak as K.C. blanks Metros 2-0.

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Meola hopes to continue scoreless streak against struggling MetroStars.

U.S. soccer GOALKEEPER
Tony Meola
Height: 6-1 (1.86 m).
Weight: 205 (93 kg).
Born: Feb. 21, 1969, in Belleville, New Jersey.
Hometown: Kearny, New Jersey.
College: University of Virginia.
Club: Kansas City Wizards (MLS).


             U.S. National Team Statistics 2001

Opponent    Date   GP  GS   MIN  GF  GA    GAA   Y   R

China      Jan 27   1   1    90   2   1   1.00   0   0
Colombia    Feb 3   1   1    90   0   1   1.00   0   0
Brazil      Mar 3   1   1    90   1   2   1.00   0   0

Total               3   3   270   3   4   1.33   0   0

National Team
Year Record GP/GS Min GAA SO
1988 0-1-0 1/1 90 1.00 0
1989 4-0-2 7/6 585 0.15 5
1990 3-11-0 15/14 1,260 1.93 1
1991 7-4-5 16/16 1,440 0.81 6
1992 5-7-3 16/16 1,395 1.29 4
1993 7-7-3 18/18 1,588 1.36 7
1994 5-4-5 14/14 1,260 0.93 4
1999 1-1-1 3/3 196 0.46 2
2000 3-0-1 4/4 360 0.50 2
2001 1-2-0 3/3 270 1.33 0
Total 36-36-20 97/95 8,444 1.13 31
Professional
Year Club GP/GS W GAA SO
1996 MetroStars (MLS) 29/29 14-15 1.31 9
1997 MetroStars (MLS) 30/30 12-18 1.61 5
1998 MetroStars (MLS) 31/31 14-17 2.00 4
1999 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 9/9 1-8 1.18 3
2000 Kansas City Wizards (MLS) 31/31 15-7-9 0.92 16
Total (MLS) 130/130 56-65-9 1.44 37
MLS Champion - 2000
College
Year Club GP Record GAA SO
1988 Univ. of Virginia - - 0.31 11
1989 Univ. of Virginia - - 0.37 6
Total 33 - 0.34 17
NCAA Champion - 1989

U.S. National Team: Returned to the National Team lineup in 1999 for the first time since the 1994 World Cup, immediately reestablishing himself in the international picture ... A two-time World Cup veteran (1990 and 1994), he served as the starting U.S. goalkeeper from 1989-94 ... His 90 caps rank him first all-time among U.S. goalkeepers heading into 2000 ... 1999: After more than four-and-a-half years away from the National Team, he returned to the lineup on Jan. 25 as the U.S. drew 0-0 against Bolivia ... Wore the captain's armband and registered a shutout as the U.S. defeated Germany, 3-0, on Feb. 6 in Jacksonville ... Suffered a mild concussion and needed stitches to mend a laceration to his mouth suffered in the Nike U.S. Cup '99 clash with Mexico ... 1994: Played every minute of all four games in the '94 World Cup, including a 2-1 victory over Colombia to advance to the second round ... 1993: Had seven shutouts for the USA, including a 2-0 win over England in the U.S. Cup ... 1990: At age 21, played every minute of all three games of the 1990 World Cup in Italy ... Started the last four CONCACAF World Cup qualifying games, including a 1-0 shutout of Trinidad & Tobago that earned the USA a spot in the 1990 World Cup ... Earned a shutout in his first international start, a 3-0 win over Peru on June 4, 1989 in the Marlboro Cup in New York ... First Appearance: June 10, 1988, vs. Ecuador ... First Shutout: June 4, 1989, vs. Peru.

Professional: Recognized as one of the top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer ... Is a three-time MLS All-Star ... 1999: Traded to the Kansas City Wizards prior to the season, but injured his knee before the team's opener, missing virtually the entire season ... Finished with just 9 games played, but managed to hold opponents to just 1.18 goals per game, despite going 1-8 on the year ... 1998: Had another solid year in MLS, finishing first in both minutes (2,790) and saves (164) in helping the MetroStars qualify for the playoffs for the second time in three years ... 1997: Finished second among MLS goalkeepers in minutes (2,683) and saves (147), while tying for third in shutouts (5)... 1996: Named the MetroStars Bic Tough Defender of the Year ... Led the league with nine shutouts and finished second with a 1.31 GAA ... Finished the season as Soccer America's top rated goalkeeper with a 6.31 rating (out of 10) ... 1995: Led the Long Island Rough Riders to USISL Select League title in 1995 ... Played for the APSL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1991 ... Played 11 games with Brighton in England's Second Division in 1990 before being sold to Watford.

College: Won the 1989 Hermann Trophy and the 1989 Missouri Athletic Club award as the top collegiate soccer player in the country in his senior season at the University of Virginia... Was also named the 1989 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in '89 ... Was a first team All-American in 1988 and 1989 ... Led the Cavaliers to a NCAA co-championship (shared with Santa Clara) in 1989 ... Had 17 shutouts in 33 games at Virginia, allowing just 11 goals in 2,922 minutes ... A two-year letter winner for the Virginia baseball team, he was later drafted by the New York Yankees ... High School: Named an All-American goalkeeper by Parade Magazine while playing at Kearny High School ... Had 43 shutouts in three years as a goalkeeper, then scored 33 goals as a forward in his senior season ... Joined World Cup teammate John Harkes in helping Kearny to a 24-0 record and the New Jersey state title in 1986.

Personal: One of the most recognizable faces in U.S. Soccer history ... Had a tryout as a place kicker with the New York Jets of the National Football League following the '94 World Cup, surviving until the final cut ... Appeared in the off- Broadway comedy "Tony and Tina's Wedding" in 1995 ... Father Vincent, a local barber in Kearny, played professionally in Italy during the early 1960s ... Married to Colleen.

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