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Crew Falls to NY/NJ MetroStars on Penalty Kicks in U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal Marathon at Crew Stadium

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Wednesday, August 9, 2000) - The Columbus Crew fell short in its valiant attempt to advance to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals for the third straight season, losing to the NY/NJ MetroStars 7-6 in penalty kicks Wednesday at Crew Stadium, after the teams were tied at 1-1 through regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods.

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.

Following a scoreless first half, NY/NJ got on the scoreboard first, in the 62nd minute, when Tab Ramos finished a give-and-go with Alex Comas. The Crew saw and 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.

McBride did succeed in tying the match at 1-1 in the 74th minute, going high in the air to head home a Robert Warzycha corner kick from the right flag. Tied at 4-4 in the shootout, The Crew's Matt Napoleon and Howard traded saves, stopping Ramos and Jason Farrell, respectively. Then tied at 6-6, Mike Petke converted for the Metros and Columbus defender Mike Lapper fired wide right to end the contest.

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 an single-elimination tournament.

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


Participants:Columbus Crew (MLS) vs. NY/NJ MetroStars (MLS)
Competition:2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal
Venue:Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Date:August 9, 2000

Scoring Summary:1st2ndOT1OT2FinalPKs

MetroStars - Ramos, (Comas), 62,
Crew - McBride, (Warzycha), 74.

PK Summary:
MetroStars - Valencia (goal); Crew - Warzycha (goal);
MetroStars - Walsh (goal); Crew - McBride (goal);
MetroStars - Chung (goal); Crew - Perez (goal);
MetroStars - Jolley (goal); Crew - Joseph (goal);
MetroStars - Ramos (saved); Crew - Farrell (saved);
MetroStars - Corrales (goal); Crew - Aguilera (goal);
MetroStars - Shak (goal); Crew - Yeagley (goal);
MetroStars - Petke (goal); Crew - Lapper (wide right).

METROSTARS - GK-Tim Howard, D-Mike Petke, D-Lothar Matthaus, D-Billy Walsh, D-Steve Jolley, M-Tab Ramos, M-Mark Chung, M-Peter Villegas (J. Gomez, 103), F-Adolfo Valencia, F-Alex Comas (Ramiro Corrales, 85), F-Clint Mathis (Steve Shak, 41).

CREW - GK-Matt Napoleon, D-Mike Clark, D-Todd Yeagley, D-Mike Lapper, D-Mario Gori (Miles Joseph, 120), M-Ansil Elcock (Mike Duhaney, 106), M-Robert Warzycha, M-John Wilmar Perez, F-Brian McBride, F-Jason Farrell, F-Jeff Cunningham (Roland Aguilera, 108).

Statistical Summary:NY/NJCLB
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Misconduct Summary:
Ramos (caution)28,
Lapper (caution)58.