Alianza 1, MetroStars 1
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ David Chevez and Giovanni Savarese scored within three minutes of each other Wednesday as Alianza of Peru and the New York-New Jersey MetroStars tied 1-1.
Chevez snapped a scoreless tie in the 76th minute when he took a long pass from Paulo Hinostroza, carried the ball just inside the box and blasting a hard shot past MetroStars goalie Zach Thornton from 6 yards.
Then Savarese took a high cross from Manny Lagos at the top of the box, slipped between two defenders and put a shot just inside the right goalpost.
The game marked the first appearance of the year for Major League Soccer All-Star Tab Ramos. Ramos, also a key performer for the U.S. national team, had not played since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament playing for the United States in a World Cup qualifier
against Trinidad on Nov. 24, 1996.
Ramos started at forward and played 64 minutes for New York-New Jersey, showing several flashes of his skills and no effects from his injury.
The MetroStars, 5-10 and in last place in the Eastern Conference, had the best scoring chance of the first half in the 24th minute. Roberto Donadoni lashed a free kick from just outside the penalty area off the crossbar.
With less than a minute to play, Marco Valencia had a chance to win the match for Alianza with a free kick from 21 yards after a pushing foul. But his curving shot aimed for the upper-left corner was knocked away by Thornton.
Alianza, currently in first place in the Peruvian League with a 9-3-1 record, was playing without several of its key performers including goalkeeper Francisco Fortunat, defender Jose Reyna and midfielder Juan Jayo.