December 14, 2019

D.C. United Game 12 Recap: United loses game, Eddie Johnson at New England

Any worries about how D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen was going to handle playing the trio of Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola, and Chris Rolfe were answered in emphatic and distasteful fashion Saturday night, as United lost at the New England Revolution, 2-1. Johnson started up front, with Espindola on the bench and Rolfe unavailable, but was sent off late in the game after he shoved Kelyn Rowe from behind than perhaps thought about kicking out at the fallen Revs player.

That was enough for head referee Juan Guzman to give Johnson a straight red, even though the United forward appeared to think better of his action before actually making any contact (see the incident here). United had tied the game earlier in the second half, as a nice cross from the left by Cristian Fernandez was met by leading scorer Espindola for his sixth goal of the year. But Diego Fagundez scored 4 minutes later to decide the match. [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 4 Recap: Rolfe quickly turns tide for United

Chris Rolfe needed just 27 minutes to do for United what so many others had failed to do so often. Rolfe’s goal deep into stoppage time put the finishing touches on a 2-0 D.C. win over the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium Saturday night, snapping a 15-game Major League Soccer winless streak for United. D.C. improved to 1-2-1 (4 points) and moved the club into sixth place in MLS’ Eastern Conference. New England fell to 1-3-1 (4 points) and has scored just two goals and five games.

United could understand the Revs’ meager offensive plight. Entering Saturday’s win, D.C. had only scored two goals, as well. And it was the Revs who put United into the lead Saturday, when José Gonçalves neatly tucked a left-footed volley into his own net in the 43rd minute – because if you are going to score an own goal, make it a tidy one. To be fair, however, United earned the goal, as well, as Cristian made a nice run to take a feed from Fabian Espindola near the end line to New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth’s right. His cross was then turned in nicely by Gonçalves. [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 29 Recap: United loses 20th match of season; fall 2-1 at Revs

Bad defense, a bad call or two, and one bad moment from a substitute all conspired to send D.C. United crashing to its 20th league loss of the season tonight, 2-1 at the New England Revolution. Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, and Scott Caldwell all scored for the Revs, the latter being an 11th-minute own goal that put United in front, 1-0.

United couldn’t hold on, however, and tonight’s defeat dropped United to 3-20-6 (15 points) on the season. New England, fighting for one of the five playoff spots in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, improved to 11-11-7 (40 points). As of this writing, the win lifted the Revs into fifth in the East, one point ahead of the Chicago Fire, who were beaten tonight by the Columbus Crew, 3-0. [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 21 Recap: Early goal not enough as Revs rally for 2-1 win

After a week that promised the biggest off-field change in D.C. United history with Thursday’s announcement of a new stadium plan, Saturday night showed that on the field, not a whole lot was different.

United midfielder/forward Luis Silva scored another nice goal from distance in the first half, giving D.C. the lead only 8 minutes in. But New England began to mount more pressure as the first half closed, and in the second half the dam broke. Dimitry Imbongo Boele and Diego Fagundez scored 9 minutes apart and New England held on to defeat United, 2-1, before 14,122 at RFK Stadium. [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 Game 14 Recap: United grabs away point in scoreless draw

D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid made four saves to blank the New England Revolution tonight, good enough to earn United a 0-0 draw at Foxboro, Mass., before 14,163 at Gillette Stadium. United’s record now stands at 1-10-3, the 6 standings points still worst in Major League Soccer. New England moved to 5-4-5 (20 points) and remain unbeaten in its last five matches (3-0-2).

While United’s winless streak reached 12 matches with tonight’s draw (0-9-3), there were positives for United head coach Ben Olsen and the players to take from the effort. First, holding the Revolution without a goal is quite noteworthy, given United had conceded 24 goals in 13 matches entering tonight, and second, since the Revs had scored 10 goals in their last two matches, including a 5-0 demolition of the Los Angeles Galaxy last week, and a 5-1 win in U.S. Open Cup play. [Read more…]

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