METRO MONDAY: Mathis leads MetroStars past Revs at Gillette

#MetroMonday is a weekly blast from 19 seasons of soccer past. 


June 29th, 2002 - Mohawked hero leads Metros over Revs

Just three days after playing their worst game of the season, the MetroStars regrouped in beating the Revolution, 2:0. Mathis created both goals and could have caused two more if not for Rodrigo Faria's atrocious finishing.

The Metros got on the board just five minutes into the game, as Mathis took a pass from Steve Jolley deep in the Metros' half, and placed a perfect half-field long pass to the onrushing Mamadou Diallo. Diallo easily beat Adin "Cult! Cult! Cult!" Brown to give the Metros the early lead

As the Metros went down to ten, the team resigned to stay back and counter-attack on rare occasions. Faria's entry into the game in the second half saw him blow two clear chances, as in both cases Mathis served perfect balls to the Brazilian who was left one-on-one with Brown.

Tim Howard was once again amazing, getting his third shutout in four games, saving numerous Revolution chances. The second Metro goal came five minutes from time, as Brown couldn't hold a shot by Mathis, who just made a beautiful move on the sideline to break free. Mark Lisi, just inserted into the game, easily kicked in the rebound.

The 2-0 win in New England lifted the MetroStars three days after a crushing home defeat, in which they surrendered the game winner in the 88th minute. The 2002 squad, including current head coach Mike Petke, were able to pick themselves up and go back to work, finding a way to win on the road.
The 2014 Red Bulls find themselves in a similar situation. Though the stakes are higher than any game played in June, and despite all of the factors stacked against them, the task is the same: work hard and find a way to get the job done. ​