December 10, 2019

D.C. United Game 27 Recap: United build Eastern lead with point at Vancouver

HAMID SAVES THREE AS UNITED BATTLES TO DEADLOCK AT WHITECAPS

With midfielder Chris Rolfe lost to an arm injury and forward Eddie Johnson out due to concussion symptoms, it was fair to have somewhat lower expectations as D.C. United visited the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night. But United held firm, kept a clean sheet, and got out of western Canada with a scoreless tie before 18,116 at BC Place. The result sets United’s record at 14-8-5 (47 points), good enough for a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference over Sporting Kansas City, which lost to New York Saturday, 2-1. Vancouver is 7-6-13 (34 points).

The revamped attack featured Luis Silva and Fabian Espindola leading the offense, with David Estrada slipping into the open midfield spot. United didn’t create many chances, though Espindola gave the Vancouver defense plenty of problems and sent one close chance over the bar. Vancouver had a great chance on Kendall Waston’s header on 30 minutes, but he narrowly missed just wide to United goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s left post. [Read more…]

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 acquire Rochat from Vancouver in deal for draft pick

D.C. United tried to bolster its defense today, sending at least one Major League Soccer SuperDraft pick (and possibly two, the second being a conditional pick) to the Vancouver Whitecaps for left back Alain Rochat. Rochat is a Switzerland international by definition, having been capped once by that country in a World Cup qualifier.

United will be Rochat’s sixth club, as he has spent time in his career with Yverdon, BSC Young Boys, and FC Zurich in the Swiss League, as well as Rennes in French Ligue 1, according to his bio at footballdatabase.eu. Rochat appeared 117 times for FC Zurich before being acquired by Vancouver early in 2011, winning Super League titles in 2007 and 2009. This is Rochat’s third season in MLS. Rochat started in all 27 of his appearances for the Whitecaps last season, scoring two goals and adding two assists in 2,323 minutes (he only missed 107 minutes of a possible 2,430 in his starts last season). [Read more…]

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