For the record, D.C. United is unbeaten in its last four games. But in reality, Saturday night’s 1-1 draw at Columbus features all the satisfaction of moving up two spots in a 40-person line at the DMV. Up a goal and up a man, D.C. United had a 3-on-2 break to put the game away, but Fabian Espindola lost the ball to Crew defender Will Trapp, who then played a perfect cross-field ball for Héctor Jiménez, who blasted a shot past United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra to level the match.
The draw put United’s record at 2-2-2 (8 points). D.C. is 2-0-2 in its last four matches, and the result, if taken by just the score only, is a nice improvement from United’s 3-1 loss to Columbus at RFK Stadium earlier this season. But the bottom line is there is no joy in this draw before 11,437 at Crew Stadium, within which United gave up the equalizer while playing against just 10 men after Bernardo Anor was sent off in the 81st minute for a two-footed tackle on D.C. midfielder Perry Kitchen. [Read more...]