ADVANCE 1-0 ON FARIA GOAL
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The MetroStars escaped with a 1-0 road win over the Hampton Roads Mariners of the A-League Tuesday night in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round match.
The U.S. Open Cup is a single-elimination tournament run by the United States Soccer Federation that is open to all professional and amateur teams of the United States Soccer Federation.
Striker Rodrigo Faria scored the game’s only goal in the 76th minute. Midfielder Andy Williams played a through ball over the defense and Faria ran onto it at the top of the box. His left-footed shot was well-saved by Hampton Roads keeper Joe Larson, who was the player of the match despite playing through a quadriceps injury. Faria recovered to slot home the rebound from the top of the box, squeezing it between Larson and a defender.
The MetroStars traveled to Virginia Beach for the second time this year after winning an exhibition match 3-0 on May 31.
First half play was concentrated heavily in the midfield, with both teams passing well between the midfield and the back line, but unable to link up consistently with the frontrunners.
Hampton Roads had the better of possession and also the best chance of the first half with a beautiful, flowing move in the 37th minute. Defender Darren Warham sent a long switch out of the back to former Kansas City Wizards striker Gary Glasgow. Glasgow met the ball with a superb backheel-flick, finding Jerome McCarthy for a one-two. McCarthy’s return pass sent Glasgow into the box, but MetroStars keeper Tim Howard charged Glasgow and, sliding, deflected the ball over the crossbar.
The MetroStars’ best chance in the first half had come in the 24th minute. Faria ran onto a through ball at the top of the box as Hampton keeper Joe Larson challenged. Faria’s toe-poke from the top of the box beat the keeper, but rolled wide of the right post, keeping the match scoreless.
“We didn’t play well in the first half, but we came out strong in the second half,” Faria said.
Faria himself had the first good chance of the second half, heading a free kick on frame and forcing Larson to make the save.
Larson was up to the task again in the 64th minute, diving full-length to his left to save a Mike Petke header. He next robbed Ross Paule in the 72nd minute, diving to stop a 15-yard shot.
Four minutes later, Faria beat the offsides trap to score the match’s only goal.
For Hampton Roads, Glasgow and McCarthy were the most dangerous players all night long, but McCarthy was forced to leave after 74 minutes with a hamstring injury.
The Mariners struggled to create attacking chances in his absence, especially once the MetroStars fell back on the lead. The match was marred late by a few shoving matches, but finished without incident as the MetroStars advanced to host either the Richmond Kickers or the Columbus Crew in a quarterfinal matchup.
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round
Hampton Roads Mariners 0 MetroStars 1
Tuesday, July 16, 2002, Virginia Beach Sportsplex; Virginia Beach, VA
1 2 F
Hampton Roads 0 0 0
MetroStars 0 1 1
MET—Faria (unassisted) 76’.
METROSTARS—Tim Howard (Paul Grafer 46); Mike Petke (Joe Addo 85), Craig Ziadie, Steve Jolley, Ted Chronopoulos; Jeff Moore (Mark Lisi 53), Ross Paule, Brad Davis, Andy Williams; Mamadou Diallo (Byron Alvarez 64), Rodrigo Faria.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Faria 5); FOULS: 19 (Chronopoulos, Paule 4); OFFSIDE: 9; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: Howard 3, Grafer 1; CAUTIONS: Paule 31’, Ziadie 58’, Chronopoulos 61; EJECTIONS: none.
HAMPTON ROADS--Joe Larson; Ian Checcio, Russell Hutchinson (Cecil Lewis 89), Gabe Eastman, Darren Warham; Rich Hansen, Christof Lindenmayer, Ricardo Villar (Gary Brooks 80), Jerome McCarthy (David King 74’); Gary Glasgow, Shaker Asad (Guillermo Henriques 58).
TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (McCarthy 3); FOULS: 22 (Lindenmayer 4); OFFSIDE: 6; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: Larson 7; CAUTIONS: Lindenmayer 48’; EJECTIONS: none.
Referee: Mike Stutts; Assistant Referees: George Vergara, Bill Dittmar
Attendance: 828; Weather: Warm, humid, partly cloudy.