Forward John Wolyniec scored two goals and midfielder Mark Lisi netted the game winner in the 86' as the MetroStars defeated San Juan Jabloteh, 3-2, in an international club friendly played in front of 1,750 at Port of Spain's Hasely Crawford Stadium. This match marked the first of two games for the MetroStars Preseason Training in Trinidad presented by Continental Airlines, with the second coming on Friday, March 18 versus W. Connection.
Jabloteh jumped on the board first in the 26' after Kerry Baptiste drilled home an Ansil Elcock cross past Metros goalkeeper Zach Wells on the far post. However, Wolyniec answered with the equalizer just three minutes later when he hammered a Gilberto rebound past Jabloteh 'keeper Duarance Williams. The play was set up by Amado Guevara who struck a beautiful through ball that Gilberto chased down and fired on net. Williams deflected Gilberto's attempt, but Wolyniec was there for the putback.
The score remained at 1-1 until the 47' when Jabloteh forward Nicholas Addlery got behind the Metros defense and snuck one past Wells to make it 2-1 in favor of the home team.
Wolyniec again knotted the score, this time on a chip shot that soared just over the head of the outstretched Williams in the 61'. Forward Sergio Galvan Rey was credited with the assist after making a nice feed to the streaking Wolyniec from the left side.
The match turned extremely physical in the second half and a number of cautions were handed out to both squads. A brutal foul committed by Trent Noel in the 78' on Metros defender Ademir Dos Santos earned Noel a red card, and the subsequent dissent over the call by teammate Charles Pollard warranted a yellow, which was Pollard's second of the game.
The Metros capitalized on their two-man advantage minutes later after Lisi teed off from 23 yards away and hooked the ball past the diving Williams. The game winner was Lisi's first of the preseason.
Jabloteh lost another player in the 88' after Celestine was booked for his second yellow card of the contest, giving the Metros an 11-8 advantage for the final minutes of the contest.
Box Score: MetroStars vs. Jabloteh (March 15, 2005)
Team 1st 2nd Total
MetroStars 1 2 3
Jabloteh 1 1 2
JAB- Baptiste (Elcock) 26'
MET- Wolyniec (Gilberto, Guevara) 29'
JAB- Addlery 47'
MET- Wolyniec (Galvan Rey) 61'
MET- Lisi 86'
JAB - Eve (Caution; Professional Foul) 32'
MET - Bradley (Caution; Professional Foul) 42'
JAB- Pollard (Caution; Dissent) 73'
MET- Guevara (Caution; Dissent) 73'
JAB- Celestine (Caution; Professional Foul) 75'
JAB- Noel (Sent Off; Professional Foul) 82'
JAB- Pollard (Second caution, Sent Off; Dissent) 82'
JAB- Celestine (Second caution, Sent Off; Professional Foul) 88'
MET- Lisi (Caution, Dissent) 89'
70 degrees and calm
MetroStars: Zach Wells, Tim Ward (Chris Corcoran 59'), Carlos Mendes, Jeff Parke Chris Leitch (Ademir Dos Santos 69'), Amado Guevara capt. (Pierre Bazie 76'), Michael Bradley (Mark Lisi 64'), Gilberto (Tim Regan 45'), Mahktar N'Diaye (Osni Neto 59'), John Wolyniec, Sergio Galvan Rey
Substitutes Not Used: Jason Hernandez, Seth Stammler, Ramon Bailey, T.J Tomasson, Jeff Agoos
San Juan Jabloteh: Daurance Williams, Charles Pollard, Trent Noel, Keyeno Thomas, Angus Eve (Travis Mulraine 64'), Kerry Baptiste (Michael Celestine 59'), Nicholas Addlery (Josh Johnson 59'), Nigel Daniel (Devin Mitchell 59'), Ansil Elcock, Nigel Pierre, Aurtis Whitley (Nigel Codrington (78')
Substitutes Not Used: Brian James, Vernon Bailey, Dexter Franklyn, Jerol Forbes, Cyd Gray