April 18, 2021

D.C. United Game 26 Recap: Up a man but down and out, United fall to Red Bulls

Dwayne De Rosario had a penalty kick saved, D.C. United’s defense failed on multiple occasions, and the New York Red Bulls held on for a 2-1 win over United Saturday night before 17,372 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. United fell to 3-18-5 (14 points on the season) while New York improved to 12-9-6 (42 points). The Red Bulls are in a 3-way tie for first place in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference with Montreal and Sporting Kansas City.

United did get a goal from Nick DeLeon, his first of the season, but down 2-1 in the second half, it was a New York foul that became the fateful moment in the match. [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 25 Recap: Bendik foils United, D.C. settles for draw

D.C. United shot and they shot, but Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik wouldn’t cave in. D.C. fired 9 shots on goal in all, but only Dwayne De Rosario found the back of the net, and once Bobby Convey drew TFC level in the 60th minute, United had to settle for a 1-1 draw tonight at RFK Stadium. United is now 3-17-5 on the 2013 Major League Soccer season (14 points), while Toronto is 4-12-9 (21 points).

United led, 1-0, early in the first half thanks to a piece of individual brilliance from the veteran De Rosario. Getting the ball from Perry Kitchen toward the left attacking sideline in the Toronto defensive third, De Rosario cut to his right, going backward a bit as he went toward the middle of the field. [Read more…]

D.C. United Open Cup Recap: United marches on to Cup final, bests Fire 2-0

In what will likely be its worst Major League Soccer season ever, D.C. United will play in the U.S. Open Cup final.

United secured passage to the championship match of the 100th Open Cup with a 2-0 win at the Chicago Fire tonight, on goals just before and after halftime by Dwayne De Rosario (44th minute) and Nick DeLeon (48th minute). Joe Willis was in goal for the shutout for United, making six saves and having two shots he couldn’t stop saved off the line by Perry Kitchen and James Riley, respectively, in the second half. [Read more…]

D.C. United Open Cup Game Recap: United ease past Revs into semifinals

D.C. United’s Major League Soccer season has mostly been a nightmare, what with just 2 wins so far in 16 matches. The U.S. Open Cup, however, has been a different story, with United now having advanced to the competition’s semifinals after Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the New England Revolution at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.

United got goals from Chris Pontius, Dwayne De Rosario, and Lionard Pajoy in the victory, which books the club a road trip to face the Chicago Fire in the semifinals on August 7. Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers will meet in the other semifinal, as only MLS clubs remain in the 100th edition of this annual tournament. [Read more…]

D.C. United Open Cup Game Recap: De Rosario’s hat trick sends United to quarterfinals

Dwayne De Rosario scored all three goals in D.C. United’s 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union tonight at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md., as United defeated its Major League Soccer rival to advance to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. United will host the New England Revolution at the SoccerPlex on June 26 (7 p.m.). New England beat the New York Red Bulls, 4-2, tonight.

Despite an awful start to the MLS season that has seen United post a 1-10-3 record in 14 matches, United now finds itself just three victories from a trophy in 2013, one that would be the club’s third Open Cup championship. United also won the Open Cup, now in its 100th edition, in 1996 and 2008. [Read more…]

D.C. United Open Cup Game Recap: United survive Richmond’s upset bid in penalties

For 120 minutes in Richmond Tuesday night, D.C. United did what D.C. United mostly does – fail to score. But this time, United found a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of penalty kicks. United outscored the Richmond Kickers, 4-2, in the penalty shootout to defeat the Kickers after a 0-0 draw through regulation and extra time in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup at City Stadium.

United advances to host Major League Soccer rival Philadelphia Union in the fourth round on June 12, according to thecup.us. The Union defeated the Ocean City Nor’easters (PDL), 2-1, on a stoppage time goal by former United midfielder Brian Carroll. [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 10 Recap: Progress, but no points for United in Dallas

FC Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson scored for FC Dallas in the 77th minute off a corner kick to give his side a 2-1 win over D.C. United in a Major League Soccer (MLS) match at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, tonight. The loss extended United’s winless streak to eight matches (including seven losses), and dropped the club’s record to 1-8-1 (4 points) on the season. FC Dallas improved to a league-best 7-1-3 (24 points).

The 2-1 final was closer than some of United’s recent losses, and deservedly so to some extent, as United were better tonight than they had been in recent weeks. There were decent ideas in the attack, a bit better work on defense, and there was an energy that hadn’t been there in the last few games. But it was all for naught on this night in terms of getting a good result as Watson found himself almost more lucky than good on the winning goal, though had it been United in the same position, they gladly would have taken it. [Read more…]

D.C. United GAME 4 RECAP: Crew halt United’s home unbeaten streak at 19

D.C. United’s 19-match home unbeaten streak in Major League Soccer (MLS) play came to an end Saturday afternoon as the Columbus Crew won, 2-1, in an entertaining affair that saw a little bit of everything. Great goals, fantastic saves, curious officiating, this one had it all. But in the end, the majority of it didn’t go United’s way.

United slipped to 1-2-1 on the season (4 points), while the Crew improved to 2-1-1 (7 points). United hadn’t lost a league match at home since the 2012 season opener, when Sporting Kansas City scored a goal in second-half stoppage time to gain a 1-0 victory.

It was Ben Speas’ strike in the 58th minute that proved to be the game-winner. On a Columbus corner, United goalkeeper Bill Hamid knocked away the kick, taken by Crew forward Federico Higuain. The rebound was met by Speas right at the 18, and his low shot eluded Hamid to the goalkeeper’s left, making it 2-1. [Read more…]

D.C. United GAME 3 ANALYSIS: United must pack greater punch for the road

With three matches gone now in the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) season, D.C. United has played twice on the road, failing to score a goal in either contest. On the bright side, United still have managed 1 point from the two trips, thanks to sharp goalkeeper Bill Hamid and the friendly neighborhood crossbar in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at the New York Red Bulls.

United struck for just two shots on goal against the Red Bulls, one each by Chris Pontius and Dwayne De Rosario. Granted, that’s infinitely better than the zero shots on goal posted in a season-opening 2-0 loss at Houston. However, De Rosario, one of the key pieces of the attack, missed that Houston match due to suspension. His return would have led some to hope United’s offense to show more spark at New York, but for the most part, that wasn’t the case.

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D.C. United GAME 3 RECAP: United survive onslaught, steal point at Red Bulls

D.C. United withstood a barrage of New York Red Bulls’ shots from near and far for 90+ minutes, but somehow through the saves of goalkeeper Bill Hamid and some good luck, kept the scoresheet clean to earn a 0-0 draw at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The draw improved United’s point total to 4 (1-1-1), while the Red Bulls now sit on just 2 from three matches (0-1-2).

According to Major League Soccer’s stats online, New York posted 24 shots to United’s four, but just seven of those 24 were on target. Five of those were by Thierry Henry, and Hamid got them all. He also made a huge stop in the final minutes when Tim Cahill came flying in on a late run and sent the ball toward goal. Luckily for Hamid and United, Cahill’s shot bounced off the ground, catching Hamid at about the hip as he jumped to make the save. Had Cahill been able to keep it on the ground, it probably would have been a goal.

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