MetroStars Post 2-0 Win Over Bayern Munich in Exhibition
CHICAGO (Sunday, May 27, 2001) - On first-half goals from Clint Mathis and Alex Comas, the MetroStars secured a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in an international friendly played at Giants Stadium on Saturday night. Exhausted after winning the Bundesliga title last weekend and securing the UEFA Champions League title with a penalty kick shootout win against Valencia in Milan, Italy, on Wednesday, Bayern was dominated throughout the match by the reigning MLS Eastern Division champions.
MLS leading-scorer Mathis got the home team on the scoreboard in the 36th minute, capitalizing on a lapse of concentration in the Munich defense. Bayern defender Michael Tarnat attempted a pass to a teammate on the back line, but Mathis was there to intercept it. Mathis then used a delightful chip to loft the ball over goalkeeper Bernd Dreher, starting in place of Oliver Kahn - the hero in Wednesday's Champions League triumph - who did not make the trip.
In another exhibition match pitting an MLS side against a Bundesliga power, D.C. United fell 4-3 Wednesday night to Bayer Leverkusen, the fourth place finishers in the Germany's top division in the recently-completed 2000-2001 campaign. Dimitar Berbatov registered a hat trick for Leverkusen, including the game-winner in the 83rd minute. The German side will wrap up its three-game U.S. tour on Tuesday against the Columbus Crew. On Saturday, they defeated the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the A-League, 6-4, in another high-scoring affair.