November 20, 2019

D.C. United Game 22 Recap: Real Salt Lake buries listless United right away

The return of Nick DeLeon, Chris Korb, and even Fabian Espindola as a substitute couldn’t save D.C. United from a 3-0 drubbing Saturday night at Real Salt Lake. The listless and stomach-turning performance dropped United to 11-7-4 (37 points) on the season. RSL took over first place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference at 10-4-9, 39 points.

United were neatly and surgically put away within a half-hour, thanks to an 11th-minute goal from Joao Plata and then two goals by defender Chris Schuler, who had a grand total of two career goals prior to Saturday night’s match. He had two in this match by the time 24 minutes were gone. United’s defending was non-existent at times and the attack managed just two shots on goal – eight total – and were flattered by the end to have 45 percent of possession. [Read more…]

D.C. United Analysis: Victorious Cup run should be new start, not an end

It will be a few days before the great feeling from D.C. United winning the 2013 U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 victory at Real Salt Lake on Tuesday night wears off. Certainly, those in attendance at RFK Stadium Friday night when United returns to Major League Soccer play against the Chicago Fire will be in the mood to celebrate.

And rightfully so. For whatever struggles United has had in the league (and the world knows they have been many), putting together a five-match Cup run to win a trophy is never easy, no matter how good the team. Picked individually, maybe someone with a cynical mind would say a certain result along the way might have been a fluke. Such a person could even make that argument right at the very beginning, when United played at the Richmond Kickers – a club two levels below them and that helps develop young United players – and D.C. needed penalties to advance after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer. [Read more…]

D.C. United Open Cup Recap: United’s Cup Dream Comes True

Lewis Neal’s goal just before halftime was enough to lift D.C. United to a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup final at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, Tuesday night, giving United its third Open Cup championship and 13th major trophy.

John Thorrington started the attack, working the ball out wide before sending in a cross that was deflected. In the penalty area, Neal was the right man in the right place, firing a shot that beat RSL (and former United) goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the only goal United would need. [Read more…]

D.C. United parts ways with Brandon McDonald, trades defender to Real Salt Lake

D.C. United announced today that the Major League Soccer club has traded defender Brandon McDonald to Real Salt Lake in exchange for a 3rd-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. There is a conditional pick in 2015 involved, as well, however the terms upon which that condition rests were not released.

McDonald had recently fallen out of United’s starting lineup, though he did make 11 starts for United this season among his 12 appearances.  [Read more…]

D.C. United Game 2 Analysis: United in win column thanks to Pajoy goal

All things considered, D.C. United is probably right where most people would have realistically expected it to be after two games of the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. Having never won at Houston, and never lost at RFK Stadium to Real Salt Lake, both patterns held in the first two weeks to leave United 1-1 with three points. Of the 10 teams in the Eastern Conference, seven currently sit on three points. Only the Montreal Impact have played two and won two (six points) so far in the East.

To accomplish that with former league Most Valuable Player Dwayne De Rosario unavailable for the first two games of the regular season due to a suspension reflects well on the efforts of the rest of the roster. It hasn’t been pretty most of the time, and it was disheartening to go a whole game without a shot on goal in the 2-0 loss at Houston, but Saturday night’s 1-0 win over RSL was a good indication of United’s competitiveness without their leader.

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D.C. United GAME RECAP: All joy for Pajoy, United in 1-0 win vs. RSL

Lionard Pajoy’s diving header past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando gave D.C. United a 1-0 win over RSL at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Saturday night. The win levels United’s Major League Soccer season record at 1-1, 3 points. RSL, winners last week at San Jose, slipped to 1-1, 3 points.

Pajoy, who had struggled prior to the goal and didn’t do much after it, made the most of his one shining moment. On a United corner kick in the 60th minute, the ball left the penalty area and was met by United midfielder J0hn Thorrington. Thorrington patiently waited a second before chipping the ball over the onrushing Real Salt Lake defenders. Thorrington’s touch forced Rimando to dive all out to his right, and he saved the shot with his hand. But that left the rebound available in the penalty area with only Pajoy to play it. He dove forward and headed the ball home for United’s first goal of the season.

Rimando and some RSL teammates looked for an offside call on Pajoy, but it rightly wasn’t given. Pajoy was clearly onside when Thorrington shot the ball, thus it was perfectly legal for him, unmarked, to follow up and score.

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