Rookie Parke nets game-winner
LA MANGA, Spain -- The MetroStars won the 2004 La Manga Cup with a 1-0 victory Friday over Viking FK of Stavanger, Norway in the final of the tournament at La Manga Club Resort.
Rookie defender Jeff Parke scored the game-winner in the 27th minute, to earn the Metros the preseason trophy. Midfielder Amado Guevara earned Most Valuable Player honors after leading the team to the title with a 3-1-0 record.
"We are very happy to win the La Manga Cup," said MetroStars head coach Bob Bradley. "The La Manga Cup is a very good event and the people, who run it do a great job. The competition here is very good and we are very proud of the young players, who stepped in and performed well. We are also very happy with the veteran players like Amado, who took on more of a leadership role."
In the 27th minute, the MetroStars earned a corner kick on the right side. Guevara launched the corner kick into the box to the back post and Parke leaped over the defense and nodded the shot past Viking goalkeeper Frode Olsen to put the Metros up 1-0.
The Drexel University product's goal also avenged the Metros' only loss of the tournament, which came at the hands of Viking in the group play round.
The Metros had an opportunity to compound Viking's woes in the 33rd minute, but Viking defender Thomas Pereira was able to clear Olivier Occean's shot off the line.
The Metros held onto the lead, but Viking threatened with its best chance in the 62nd minute. Viking midfielder Jone Samuelsen fired a 20-yard shot to the lower right corner, but MetroStars goalie Jonny Walker dove and blocked it. The ball rebounded in front of the net, but the U.S. international was able to collect it before Hannes Sigurdsson could reach it.
In the 89th minute, the Metros pressured Viking on another corner kick. Guevara sent in the corner that found the head of a leaping Wolyniec, but his header bounced just wide right of the net.