August 22, 2019

D.C. United Game 9 Recap: Early goal and Hamid’s saves lift United to rare road win

Yes, D.C. United fans, it is still legal and in fact encouraged for your local 11 to go on the road and win a match in Major League Soccer play. You could understand if some folks forgot what that felt like before Saturday’s 1-0 victory by United at the Philadelphia Union in front of 18,522 (including a healthy number of United supporters) at PPL Park. Chris Rolfe scored the only goal in the 6th minute. United hadn’t won a league away match since the 2012 season. With the win, D.C. improved to 4-3-2 (14 points), good enough for second place in the Eastern Conference pending other results Saturday.

It wasn’t exactly the most convincing of wins, but given the long barren stretch away from the rickety confines of RFK Stadium, no one should really be picky. Rolfe’s goal came from the center of the penalty area, past not only Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, but also United players Eddie Johnson and Lewis Neal, who both had made smart runs toward the goal as Rolfe took his chance. Both were in offside position, but neither deflected the ball, and while they were between MacMath and where the ball entered the goal, MacMath never made a move to try and save the shot, so he wasn’t impeded and the goal stood despite Philadelphia’s protests.

Johnson, who has been notable for his lack of goals since coming to United from the Seattle Sounders in the offseason, may have had his first later in the half, but he was ruled to be offside upon receiving a nice lead pass from midfielder Davy Arnaud. If Johnson was offside, it was his right arm, which he wouldn’t have been able to use to score a goal. Johnson continued with the play and beat a charging MacMath, but the goal – which would have been Johnson’s much anticipated first for the club – was waived off. [Read more…]

D.C. United and Philadelphia Union swap picks; United select Steve Birnbaum at No. 2 in MLS SuperDraft

Roundly questioned and a bit maligned for a trade earlier this week with Philadelphia that saw D.C. United give up the top spot in Major League Soccer’s allocation order and young defender Ethan White, United dealt with the Union again on Thursday.

This time, United and the Union, slated to pick first and second, respectively, in the draft, swapped picks. United got the player it probably wanted all along in University of California central defender Steve Birnbaum. The Union took goalkeeper Andre Blake, which makes the reasoning for swapping picks with United and sending D.C. allocation money (according to the club) rather strange, since there was next to no chance United were going to select any goalkeeper with the first pick in this draft. [Read more…]

D.C. United ANALYSIS: Club trades Ethan White to Philadelphia in odd deal

D.C. United today announced it had traded defender Ethan White and the top spot in Major League Soccer’s allocation order to the Philadelphia Union for veteran defender Jeff Parke and Philly’s sixth position in the allocation order.

White appeared in 14 regular-season matches for United last season, and 38 overall in three years with the club. He turned 23 on New Year’s Day and joined United after being part of the club’s U-18 Academy team and playing two seasons at the University of Maryland. White was one of several homegrown players on the D.C. roster. [Read more…]

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