Rome wasn’t built in a day. Of course, if you’re building a city, you might want to at least align some bricks or something on the first day. Such limited progress wasn’t really seen Saturday night at RFK Stadium, as D.C. United were steamrolled at home, 3-0, by the Columbus Crew before 13,540. Federico Higuain scored twice and Jairo Arrieta added the other, as United is now winless in its last 13 Major League Soccer matches going back to last season.
While the talking point for many will be the penalty awarded by replacement referee Andres Pfefferkorn that led to the Crew’s second goal, there is very little reason to think that had the call not been given and the match stayed at 1-0 to Columbus, that United wouldn’t have lost anyway. Much like last year, United were anemic offensively, taking just one shot on goal (from 11 attempts). And that shot was from defender Christian Fernandez. [Read more...]