- The Washington Times - Monday, August 26, 2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Clint Mathis scored his first goal since the World Cup, connecting on a pass from Rodrigo Faria in the first minute of injury time yesterday to lead the New York/New Jersey MetroStars over D.C. United 1-0.
Mathis had not scored since spraining and tearing the meniscus in his right knee on July6 against Columbus.
Heralded as a potential star before the World Cup, Mathis' condition was criticized by U.S. coach Bruce Arena. Mathis scored one goal during the tournament, giving the Americans a 1-1 tie against South Korea in the first round.
The MetroStars (10-11-2) stopped a three-game losing streak and moved within two points of Chicago and Columbus (10-10-4), tied for first in the Eastern Conference standings.
Midfielder Andy Williams started the scoring play by pushing the ball ahead to Rodrigo Faria, who found Mathis streaking toward the goal. Mathis eluded goalkeeper Nick Rimando to score his third goal of the season.
United (6-12-5) had its best opportunity to score off a header by Eddie Pope in the 58th minute. But goalkeeper Tim Howard stopped the shot for his fourth shutout of the season.
D.C. was outshot 8-1 by the MetroStars.



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