June 12, 2021

D.C. United Game 17 Recap: Penalty, lack of offense, do in United

D.C. United fell to 2-12-3 on the 2013 Major League Soccer season thanks to its inability to convert on a nice stretch of play in the first half, and a Vancouver penalty kick early in the second half that appeared as dubious as it was deflating. The Vancouver Whitecaps beat United, 1-0, before 13,122 at RFK Stadium on Saturday night. Vancouver improved to 7-5-4 (25 points). United is stuck on 9 points, last place in the Eastern Conference.

Most will point to the 47th minute when Vancouver’s Matt Watson entered the penalty area, chasing after a lead pass after having cleanly beaten the United defense. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid came off his line, running out to his right to try and get to the ball before Watson. Watson leaned in to try and get a touch on the ball, knowing if he did and then went down, it’d likely be a penalty, since he’d probably knock the ball past Hamid and Hamid would take Watson down without having gotten the ball. [Read more…]

D.C. United GAME 8 ANALYSIS: After scoreboard fire was extinguished, United doused by Crew

After the glow of fire light,
United lost again, right?
Yet another scoreless night,
In this season filled with fright.

That’s where D.C. United’s journey through the 2013 Major League Soccer season has taken us – through eight matches, it’s time to start writing (very amateur) poetry.

With Saturday night’s 3-0 loss at the Columbus Crew, United fell to 1-6-1 (4 points) on the season, worst in the 19-team league that is MLS. United hasn’t won since the second game of the season, a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake that now seems decades ago. D.C. has gone 0-5-1 since, scoring just three times. Perhaps more alarming were the three goals given up in the first half on Saturday (one came from the penalty spot), an indication of just how bad things can be if the offense, already struggling, is joined by a defense that isn’t getting the job done, either. [Read more…]

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