The MetroStars and Venezia of Italy's Serie B played to a scoreless draw Feb. 27.
Former U.S. national team keeper Tony Meola had a big game, making several clutch saves to keep the Italian club off the board. He turned away a point-blank, 13-yard effort just three minutes into the match, and made a series of fine saves during a five-minute period in the second half.
"We could have won today's match with a little better finishing," said MetroStars coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. "But overall, I am pleased with the way the team is playing. We created some chances. We are minimizing our mistakes, doing a better job with the ball, and, when we need the big save, Tonay is making it for us."
Parreira used a pair of 21-year-old Brazilian players in the match: Guido, a midfielde, and Renato, a forward. Both played the full 90 minutes, and Renato had a fine chip cleared off the line by a Venezia defender in the 65th minute. The two youngsters played under Parreira at Sao Paulo and will be trying out for the squad over the next several weeks.
The MetroStars will play the final match of their Italian tour next Wednesday against Serie A power Napoli.
Feb. 27 in Mongliano Veneto (outside Venice)
Venezia 0 MetroStars 0.
MetroStars --Meola, Zavagnin, Lewis, Harty, Lamphear, Donadoni, Da Silva, Guido, Johnson (Stewart, 70), Renato, Savarese (Wood, 46).