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Sporting KC Dominate DC United

Posted on 12 August 2012 by Kyle Alm

If you were expecting a let down after Sporting KC played 120 minutes against Seattle Sounders FC in the US Open Cup, you couldn’t have been more wrong. No physical or emotional fatigue were apparent against DC United as the two sides squared off with a shot at first place in the Eastern Conference on the line.

Sporting would draw first blood in the 13th minute as Teal Bunbury would connect on a Graham Zusi header on a corner kick. Sporting won the corner on a long throw in from Matt Besler, a common occurrence. Bunbury had came very close moments before on an cross in open play that was barely too high to connect. Bunbury managed to get inside on Bill Hamid, but the DC United goal keeper was able to catch the cross.

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Photos by Tommy Theis Courtesy of Sporting Reporting

DC United would only see 30% of the possession at the half, but they were able to convert a chance when Andy Najar took a speculative cross into the box that Nick DeLeon was able to get a touch on, Michael Harrington lost sight of the ball and got turned around, DeLeon was able to take a touch and place his finish past Jimmy Nielsen for the equalizer.

DC United made one substitution at halftime, Branko Boskovic for Marcelo Saragosa. DC had been dominated in possession and scoring opportunities in the first half and did not find much offensive rhythm.

The second half did not improve for DC United, in fact they were able to maintain their meager amount of possesion from 37% to 44%, but they were not able to turn possession into scoring chances.

Although the score was 2-1, the game was clearly dominated by Sporting KC. They had numerous scoring opportunities, got quality shots of Besler throw ins, and were quite unfortunate that they hit the frame multiple times, Graham Zusi was victimized twice before he was able to put one away. Sporting were able to play the entire width of the field, Kei Kamara showed exceptional range end to end and sideline to sideline.

There was a bit of a scuffle when Perry Kitchen was backing into Nielsen who was coming out to punch the ball away. Nielsen appeared to try and kick Kitchen, clearly annoyed that he was challenged by the United midfielder.

After the match Peter Vermes gave DC United a compliment on their strategy, “They didn’t come to pack it in tonight and that’s rare when we play teams at home.” Given the personalities of the DC coach, it would have been shocking if Ben Olsen hadn’t played for the win with top of the Eastern Conference table at stake.

When asked about his team’s return to form Peter Vermes replied, “The season is very long in MLS, I think sometimes what happens is you can ride the wave, you can fall off the wave, the big thing is how fast you get back on it. I think that, if anything, we never lost any confidence in ourselves.”

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Revs Beat DC 3-2 in Open Cup Play in

Posted on 30 April 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The Revolution traveled to the Maryland SoccerPlex on Tuesday night to face off against DC United in US Open Cup qualifying, and left with a resounding victory.

With a league game this Saturday, Head coach Steve Nicol left many of his starters behind in Foxboro, and featured a squad consisting of substitutes and reserve players.  Chris Tierney wore the captain’s armband for the team and was joined by former Revs starters Darrius Barnes, Kenny Mansally, Sainey Nyassi, and Kheli Dube.  Also on the field were newcomers Ryan Kinne, Otto Loewy, and French International Ousmane Dabo.  Of all the Revs’ starters on Tuesday night, only Stephen McCarthy had seen consistent first team action.

DC United also rested some key players, with Dax McCarty, Chris Pontius and Charlie Davies all on the bench to start the match.

The Revs’ had multiple chances in the first half thanks to Kheli Dube, who missed a chance in front of the goal in the 26th minute, and then sent a ball over the net from distance in the 31st.  But Dube would finally connect in the 34th, driving home a pass from Mansally into the left corner.

Dube would again find the back of the net in the second half, as he ran on to a nicely weighted looping pass from second half sub Alan Koger in the 47th minute, giving the Revs a 2-0 lead.

Koger himself would eventually win himself a space on the scoresheet in the 69th minute, after his first two attempts were blocked.  Koger pushed hard to win the rebound and with his third chance he finally converted, giving his team a 3 goal lead.

DC United would make it interesting however, as their designated player Branko Boskovic netted 2 goals in the final 20 minutes to pull the home team within one.  Time would run out on the Black and Red however, as the Revs were able to keep DC from mounting another successful attack.

Also of note: Diego Fagundez and Michael Augustine also came in as second half substitutions, both making their first appearances with the “first team”.

With the win, The Revolution will travel to face Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, May 25, in the final round of the MLS Play-In bracket of the U.S. Open Cup. The exact time and site of the May 25 match is still to be finalized, and will be announced at a later date.

New England will travel to Kansas City because the team lost a coin toss on Monday, Feb. 28, at the MLS offices in New York City. The winner of the New England-Sporting Kansas City match will enter the formal U.S. Open Cup bracket in the 16-team third round.

Scoring Summary:
NE – Kheli Dube (Kenny Mansally) 34
NE – Kheli Dube (Alan Koger) 47
NE – Alan Koger (unassisted) 69
DC – Branko Boskovic (Charlie Davies) 73
DC – Branko Boskovic (Andy Najar) 82

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney ©, Ryan Cochrane, Otto Loewy (Michael Augustine (91+), Darrius Barnes, Ryan Kinne, Ousmane Dabo (Diego Fagundez 76), Stephen McCarthy, Sainey Nyassi, Kheli Dube, Kenny Mansally (Alan Koger 46)

Substitutes Not Used: Tim Murray, Zack Schilawski

STATS*: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 3; Corner Kicks: 1; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 18

D.C. United: Pat Onstad, Daniel Woolard, Ethan White, Rodrigo Brasesco (Dax McCarty 79), Brandon Barklage, Santino Quaranta ©, Kurt Morsink, Branko Boskovic, Andy Najar, Joseph Ngwenya (Charlie Davies 68), Blake Brettschneider (Chris Pontius 64)

Substitutes Not Used: Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen, Stephen King, Conor Shanosky

STATS*: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 1; Corner Kicks: 11; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 7

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

Misconduct Summary:
DC – Branko Boskovic (caution) 16
NE – Otto Loewy (caution) 50
NE – Kheli Dube (caution) 79
NE – Ryan Cochrane (caution) 85
NE – Alan Koger (caution) 86
DC – Kurt Morsink (caution) 88

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A night to forget, Union fans endure defeat on two fronts

Posted on 07 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Courtesy PhiladelphiaUnion.com

It’s a double “DOOP” week but for all Union fans, last night was a double dose of defeat. The Union, after a dramatic Brian Carroll equalizer in extra time, fell 4-2 in penalty kicks to DC United to bow out early in Open Cup qualification. To make matters worse, less than an hour or so later, Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath – on international duty with the US U-20s, fell to a resilient Guatemala. Arguably one of the most talented youth national teams in American history will be missing this summer’s World Cup in Colombia.

The silver lining? Okugo and MacMath return to club action as the Union gear up for the New York Red Bulls on Saturday at PPL Park. Piotr Nowak will be working with some tired players all around, however, as they went in to win this game.

The Union started (anyone that was there, please feel free to correct the opening tactical set-up):

——————————–Mondragon————————————

Williams————-Califf——————Valdes——————Harvey

———————–Carroll—————-M. Farfan———————–

Le Toux————————-Nakazawa—————————-Daniel

————————————–Ruiz—————————————-

Bench: Holder, McInerney, Pfeffer, Richter, Agorsor, Torres, Mwanga

The only starters rested were Stefani Miglioranzi and Danny Mwanga. It was a back-and-forth affair for much of the first half with each side having chances. It wasn’t until a dangerous Sheanon Williams long throw-in fell to Carlos Ruiz on the back post in that the fun started. It was a 18th minute put back that started the Union off on the right foot. It wasn’t to be, however. Josh Wolff equalized right before halftime and then Valdes, right before the end of regulation, snapped up his second yellow card leaving the Union a man down and with 30 minutes of extra time. A defensive lapse in the 111th minute gifted a goal to Daniel Woolard of United, seemingly sealing the Union’s defeat and keeping them winless in USOC qualification. Brian Carroll made sure that wasn’t the case, at least extending the action a little longer with a last gasp strike that mirrored Danny Mwanga’s equalizer vs. FC Dallas last season. Highlights all here.

Into penalties it went and it didn’t take the Union long to concede defeat. Both Jack McInerney and Roger Torres failed

Courtesy MLSSoccer.com

to convert their penalty kicks, United went four for four, and the Union now had another season to concentrate solely on the regular season. Meanwhile, in Guatemala, Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath were fighting for a World Cup berth. A win over hosts Guatemala in the quarterfinals would seal the deal. Unfortunately, the hosts weren’t fazed by the American favorites taking the early lead. Okugo showed some real impressive stuff, delivering a picture perfect throughball to Conor Doyle to equalize midway through the second half. Guatemala responded almost immediately and in spite of an American edge in scoring chances and close calls, they bowed out – becoming the first U-20 squad to miss World Cup qualification since 1995.

So, all in all, not a great day for Union fans but the prospect of redemption awaits. Saturday will be a marquee showdown between – as it stands now – two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Will tired legs play a part on Saturday or will a supercharged PPL Park rally the boys to three points? Preview of that match-up to come.

Sidenote: Both a local product (Stephen King, Shawnee HS, Medford, NJ) and a former Union player Fred started for United. Fred played after welcoming his second child into the world earlier that day. Also, for those that were there, please feel free to comment on individual player performances. We particularly would like to hear about Keon Daniel’s second appearance for the club and Michael Farfan, who operated in several positions throughout the game.

SCORING SUMMARY

Philadelphia Union – Carlos Ruiz 18′ (Williams)

D.C. United – Josh Wolff 45′ (Ngwenya)

D.C. United – Daniel Woolard 111′

Philadelphia Union – Brian Carroll 118′

Penalty Kicks:

  • Philadelphia Union – Le Toux – made
  • D.C. United – Pontius – made
  • Philadelphia Union – McInerney – miss
  • D.C. United – Barklage – made
  • Philadelphia Union – Torres – saved
  • D.C. United – Najar – made
  • Philadelphia Union – Nakazawa – made
  • D.C. Uniited – Boskovic – made

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Open Cup Primer: Union look to get at least one step further in 2011

Posted on 04 April 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It’s a double dose of DOOP in the week ahead as the Union will test their depth in both Open Cup and regular season play. Both teams are coming off of losses and on short rest so you can expect to see blend of starters and reserves. Nowak hasn’t been as vocal as last season about how he is going to treat the Open Cup in 2011 but hopefully, however he decides to go about it, the outcome is different.

Philadelphia Union at DC United
Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 7:30PM
Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

Game Notes:

The Union are looking to bounce back after a 1-0 loss to Los Angeles. The Galaxy were coming off a 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake and DC United on Sunday will be coming off a similar result as they were punished by the Colorado Rapids (defending MLS champs) for a second half defensive lapse.

The Union have only given up one goal in their first three games of the season but the offense has only produced two. Despite their lack of production, the Union still sit atop the Eastern Conference with six points. Their attacking performance in Los Angeles, however, was anemic to say the least. No shots. Not a good habit to get into. 

United’s Open Cup luck worked for them yet again, scoring “homefield” advantage at Maryland SoccerPlex after an early March coin toss. DC hasn’t played a road game in Open Cup qualification or the tournament proper in almost four years.  

Last season, in their first Open Cup qualifying match vs. the Red Bulls, the Union failed to show up on all ends losing 2-1 in a lackluster affair. Rookie Conor Chinn, no longer with New York, scored two goals before the end of the first half to give the Red Bulls enough of a lead to hold on to. An injury scare to Sebastien Le Toux was the biggest event of the match for the Union as he was stretchered off late in the game.  

A win over DC would be the first of three possible Open Cup qualifiers. The next match, however, would be played at PPL Park (or a smaller local venue) vs. the New England Revolution. The last and final qualifier would be against the winner of Kansas City or Houston.  

United has won the Open Cup title twice, most recently in 2008.

Personnel Notes:

The Union should be particularly aware of Blake Brettschneider, a rookie that earned his first MLS minutes after an impressive reserve league appearance. He wasn’t outmatched and created United’s best chance in their 4-1 loss to the Rapids. If given the chance, he could be this season’s Conor Chinn. Fellow rookie Chris Korb, an Akron product, had a decent showing at fullback for United as well.

Everybody’s favorite American striker (and sadly, a United player) Charlie Davies sat out Sunday’s loss to Colorado due to a groin injury but the club is confident he’ll be ready for the Open Cup match up. He could play a big part if healthy.

An unlikely Man of the Match came out of Saturday’s loss to Los Angeles for the Union. Trinidad and Tobago international Keon Daniel was a huge bright spot on the wing for the Union after coming in for Danny Mwanga early in the second half. Daniel should see a start in Wednesday night’s match-up, as should another Saturday substitute standout Roger Torres. Despite the late ejection of Jack McInerney on Saturday, the suspension doesn’t carry over into Open Cup play. Jack Mac should get the start, especially if Sebastien Le Toux and his nagging ankle injury are rested ahead of this coming Saturday’s showdown with the Red Bulls.

Amobi Okugo and Zac MacMath will miss their third club match as the US U-20 MNT continue their quest for a World Cup berth. DC United will be missing Perry Kitchen, a starter early on, for the same reason. The U-20s play Guatemala in Guatemala City in the Quarterfinals at 10:00PM EST on April 6th. If won, the semifinal will fall on April 8th with the final scheduled for the 10th. It’s a long stretch for the youngsters. In their group clinching win, a 2-0 result over Panama, MacMath grabbed the shutout while Amobi Okugo was tethered to the bench, preventative care as Okugo – having picked up a yellow card in the last match – didn’t want to risk suspension for the quarterfinals and beyond.

Former Union player Fred should see an extended run vs. his former team on Wednesday night. He was a second-half sub in United’s 4-1 loss to Colorado after most of the damage had already been done.

Quote of the week goes to United’s stand-in goalkeeper Pat Onstad when asked about the 4-1 loss to Colorado: “It was an absolute full kick in the nards”. Hopefully the traveling Union supporters (a whole slew of them we hear) and the Union can deliver another “kick in the nards” come Wednesday night.

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Revs 2 – DC 1

Posted on 26 March 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution secured their first win of the season as they took an early lead and held on for a 2-1 victory over east coast rivals DC United.

It was the first home game of the season for the Revs, and their second game in a week overall, having played LA Galaxy in the season opener last Sunday.

Similar to last week, New England were first on the score sheet. This time it was Zack Schilawski in the 8th minute, who may have played the incoming pass from Shalrie Joseph off his arm, but their was no whistle blown, and the second year man drilled the ball past DC keeper Pat Onstad, securing his first goal of the season. Shalrie Joseph then converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to give the Revs a 2-0 lead.

For the second straight game, Head Coach Steve Nicol went with a 5 man midfield featuring three defensive midfielders. Captain Shalrie Joseph was backed by Pat Phelan and rookie Steven McCarthy, allowing him to get forward to support the lone striker Schilawski. Zak Boggs, who went 90 minutes in the season opener, again got the start on the right flank, and Sainey Nyassi started on the left.

The Revs back line also featured two new starters on Saturday night, with European Veteran turned MLS Rookie Didier Domi taking over the left fullback position, and Kevin Alston returning to the field for the first time since early in the preseason. MLS Rookies Franco Coria and AJ Soares reprised their roles as centerbacks.

The Revs solid back line allowed the midfield to apply pressure on DC United, and allowed for the home team to capitalize. It was this pressure from the midfield that led to the Revs second goal, when an onrushing Pat Phelan beat DC’s Kurt Morsink to the ball just inside the 18 yard box, resulting in a late challenge, and an ensuing penalty kick.

DC United had plenty of possession, however, as both sides dominated the run of play for long stretches at a time. DC’s Andy Najar found some space early on the right side, beating Sainey Nyassi and Didier Domi. Joseph Ngwenya and Josh Wolff also found some room early on, but their shots were also denied.

The Revs were forced into making an early substitution, when Zak Boggs took an elbow from Rodrigo Brasesco, sending him hard to the ground. Boggs had to leave the field with a laceration to the forehead, and was replaced by veteran Kheli Dube in the 32nd minute, who managed to get a shot off at the end of the first half, but his effort went wide. DC Captain Dax McCarty also had a free kick saved by Matt Reis as the half came to a close.

The second half saw two substitutions made by DC United, with Fred coming on for Brasesco , and US National Team hero and fan favorite Charlie Davies coming on for Josh Wolff. But it was the Revs who applied early pressure. Didier Domi had a good opportunity early in the second half, but his shot sailed high. Rookie Stephen McCarthy got into the attack with two consecutive headers turned toward goal, but his first effort also went over the bar, and his second effort just three minutes later was saved. Schilawski’s shot in the 59th minute went wide, and Nyassi’s 60th minute stinger was easily saved by Pat Onstad.

It was then all DC United, as Charlie Davies and Chris Pontius both started to apply pressure. However, Matt Reis was hardly tested until the 80th minute, when Andy Najar drilled a rocket right at the Revs’ keeper. Reis was challenged again just three minutes later, when Chris Pontius forced the keeper into a diving save to his left.

The score remained 2-0 until the 91st minute, after Ryan Cochrane pulled Joseph Ngwenya down in the box. The Referee initially signaled for a goal kick, but then changed his mind an pointed to the penalty spot. Charlie Davies drilled the penalty kick straight past the diving Reis to make the score 2-1. Time eventually ran out and the home team left the field with their first win of the season.

The Revs will face expansion team Portland Timbers next Saturday at Gillette Stadium before heading out to the west coast to face expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, before returning home to face Real Salt Lake on the 9th of April.

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United
March 26, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Scoring Summary:
NE – Zack Schilawski (unassisted) 8
NE – Shalrie Joseph (penalty kick) 17
DC – Charlie Davies (penalty kick) 91+

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Didier Domi, A.J. Soares, Franco Coria (Ryan Cochrane 48), Kevin Alston, Sainey Nyassi (Ryan Kinne 91+’), Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph ©, Stephen McCarthy, Zak Boggs (Kheli Dube 32’), Zack Schilawski

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Ilija Stolica, Darrius Barnes

STATS: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 19

D.C. United: Pat Onstad, Marc Burch, Rodrigo Brasesco (Fred 46’), Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb, Chris Pontius, Dax McCarty ©, Kurt Morsink (Santino Quaranta 74’), Andy Najar, Josh Wolff (Charlie Davies 46’), Joseph Ngwenya

Substitutes Not Used: Bill Hamid, Branko Boskovic, Blake Brettscneider, Daniel Woolard

STATS: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 7; Saves: 3; Corner Kicks: 7; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 11

Misconduct Summary:
DC – Pat Onstad (caution) 16
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 38
DC – Kurt Morsink (caution) 40
DC – Andy Najar (caution) 51
DC – Fred (caution) 68
DC – Dejan Jakovic (ejection) 93+

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Rob Fereday
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Weather: Rain, Partly cloudy, 38 degrees
Attendance: 12,914

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Weekend MLS roundup: Fire upset Galaxy in Ljungberg debut

Posted on 01 August 2010 by jtobin

A three goal first half by the Chicago Fire sparked the visiting team to a 3-2 victory over the struggling LA Galaxy on Sunday night. It was the highest number of goals the Fire have scored all season. Recent designated player signing Freddie Ljungberg replaced Marco Pappa in the 57th minute, but didn’t make much of an impact as the Fire decided to absorb the Galaxy’s pressure and relied on the counter-attack.

Since returning from the World Cup break, the Galaxy have hit a wall of sorts. Los Angeles is 2-2-2 in its last six MLS matches and has been bounced out of the US Open Cup and is in danger of sealing a similar fate in the CONCACAF Champions League Tournament. Los Angeles, which had only allowed four goals in its first 15 games, has conceded nine goals in its last three matches. “It’s a concern,” Galaxy defender Gregg Berhalter told ASN’s Ivan Yeo. “We have to take a look at it and get back to the basics.”

Jeff Tobin has the happier recap from Chicago.

Ljungberg’s old team, the Seattle Sounders, also had a successful weekend, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday 1-0 in a game greatly disappointing Quakes fans. It was the kind of poor showing that had Yallop publicly criticizing his team and Quakes fans talking about wishing they had not come. Eric Pederson reports from San Jose, Calif.

The New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union fought to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoo. Sebastien Le Toux continued his MVP form with a wonderfully-taken goal in the first half but the Revs hit back through the red-hot Marko Perovic, his fourth league goal this season.

The Revs picked up a much-needed road point to continue their league resurgence. Steven Stoehr provides the New England reaction. But the Union feel hard-done by the result, as Breton Bonnette reports from Philadelphia.

Despite holding the lead twice, being up a man for the final 47 minutes of the game, not to mention having Thierry Henry at their disposal, the New York Red Bulls only managed a meager point away to the Houston Dynamo. Daniel Karell has the RBNY reaction.

FC Dallas went up a Mile High and came down with a point. The boys from north Texas remained unbeaten for the eighth straight game, leaving Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO with a 1-1 draw versus the Colorado Rapids Saturday afternoon. Philip Woodruff recaps the match from an FC Dallas viewpoint.

Speaking of excursions to altitude, in Utah Real Salt Lake dismantled DC United 3-1. Patrick McShane has the blow-by-blow of that match, while from the nation’s capital, Steve Long writes that DC United are still poised to exceed the mediocre record they have established for themselves. Though the playoffs still won’t happen.

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RSL dismantle DC 3-1

Posted on 01 August 2010 by Patrick McShane

Real Salt Lake got back to winning Saturday night as they defeated struggling DC United 3-0 to extend their undefeated run at home to 21 games. Alvaro Saborío broke the deadlock just 13 minutes into the match and Robbie Findley scored an insurance goal late, before super-sub Nelson Gonzalez capped off the evening with a stunning chip in stoppage time. With the result RSL put to close an unimpressive month of July and look to the next couple of weeks as they continue to press league-leading LA Galaxy for the Supporters’ Shield.

RSL started off the match with a similar lineup to those that have produced lackluster results over the past couple of weeks, with the exception of Ned Grabavoy starting on the wing in place of veteran Andy Williams. Captain Kyle Beckerman continued his comeback from a foot injury, logging the full 90 minutes while appearing to be more comfortable on the ball.

DC United, on the other hand, entered the match with a pair of fresh faces in their lineup with recent acquisitions Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez both making starting appearances. While these players added a fresh dynamic to the attack, particularly with the assistance of rookie standout Andy Najar, it was also apparent that the team is still trying to figure each other out, as they seemed passive on attack and struggled to link up in the final third.

Despite DC’s commitment to controlling the ball in the middle of the pitch, they continued to fall prey to quick RSL counterattacks, leading to RSL’s first goal. While on the break Findley was able to switch the ball quickly to the other side of the field, finding Grabavoy in perfect position just outside of the box. Though it appeared that it was close to being offside, Gabavoy played a perfect through ball to Saborío for a low rocket that blasted between the legs of keeper Troy Perkins. With the early goal RSL appeared to be in cruise control as DC hasn’t demonstrated much fight all season and the match was definitely going to open up more.

“Everybody knows it’s important, and oftentimes that first goal can be what makes or breaks the game for you,” noted RSL coach Jason Kreis. “It changes tactics. We have had a lot of teams that come in lately and sit. If we can’t score that first goal, then they are content to do that. Once you score that goal, they’ve got to open up. As we’ve seen before, we’re pretty dangerous when teams open up against us.”

Surprisingly the second half produced a much better reaction from DC, with substitutes Stephen King and Chris Pontius having an immediate impact on the speed and skill of their attack. This change almost paid immediate dividends as RSL appeared to be surprised by their sudden attacking prowess and often seemed confused in the back. This struggle and confusion made Findley’s late goal even more important, as it felt as if the match could swing the visitors way at any moment. Playing another quick counter, Williams found Findley completely open on the left side for a free run at Perkins, requiring just a simple low blast to the right to take a deflection and skip just inside the right post and put the match well out of reach.

The remaining 10 minutes was an open affair with RSL appearing conflicted between wasting time and taking advantage of the acres of open space they were given as DC flooded players forward. Earning his first time on the pitch since May 22, Gonzalez came on for the final five minutes of the match and instantly resolved RSL’s conflicting tactics, making an amazing run off of another Williams pass and placing a perfect chip over Perkins as he was trying to close down the run.

While the loss continues DC’s surprisingly poor form, they hope that the new additions will begin to gel as they still remain in the playoff hunt in the Eastern Conference. RSL are in a very different situation, as they now stand only 6 points behind the LA Galaxy and hope to be back on a winning track. Beginning with next weeks match against the Kansas City Wizards, RSL will also start the busy part of the season, as they will play four matches in 11 days, toped off with the club’s first Champions League match at home against Arabe Unido. RSL, and Kreis in particular, have to be pleased with this result going in to this busy stretch as they hope to have a variety of players produce in the critical month of August.

REAL SALT LAKE (10-4-4, 34 pts.) v. D.C. UNITED (3-12-3, 12 pts.)
SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010 – RIO TINTO STADIUM

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Alvaro Saborio 8 (Ned Grabavoy 1, Robbie Findley 3) 13
RSL — Robbie Findley 4 (Andy Williams 4) 79
RSL — Nelson Gonzalez 1 (Andy Williams 5) 94+

Misconduct Summary:
DC — Carey Talley (caution; Dissent) 17
DC — Branko Boskovic (caution; Dissent) 17
RSL — Chris Wingert (caution; Dissent) 58
DC — Andy Najar (caution; Dissent) 67

D.C. United — Troy Perkins, Devon McTavish (Jaime Moreno 78), Julius James, Carey Talley, Marc Burch, Andy Najar, Branko Boskovic, Clyde Simms (Stephen King 44), Santino Quaranta, Danny Allsopp (Chris Pontius 57), Pablo Hernandez.

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Robbie Russell, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert, Ned Grabavoy (Nelson Gonzalez 88), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales (Andy Williams 71), Will Johnson, Robbie Findley, Alvaro Saborio (Jean Alexandre 82).

Referee: Ramon Hernandez
Referee’s Assistants: Anthony Vasoli; Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Yader Reyes
Attendance: 17,719 / Weather: Cloudy-and-87-degrees

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week Fifteen

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Week 15’s Best XI has several new inclusions as we hit the halfway point of what has proven to be a very interesting season. Kansas City, however, looking lost for the past several weeks, rode the quality play of their shotstopper to a much-needed week of results. The Union found more late game dramatics to secure three points at PPL Park, led by a fan favorite who just celebrated an impressive milestone. The battle for Player of the Week in the end went against the grain and to someone that has kept his squad in a match more times than any of us could count. Read on here.

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The Good, the Bad, the Red, the Dead

Posted on 12 July 2010 by dkarell

After a long break (for the World Cup of course) The Good, The Bad, The Red and The Dead is back in action! This is the 10th edition of everyone’s favorite column. This week we will be focusing on the 0-0 draw from Red Bull Arena between the Red Bulls and D.C. United.

The Good:

The Red Bulls didn’t lose, and players like Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Joel Lindpere had their moments, and Tim Ream was very solid in the back. Mac Kandji also played 15 minutes in his return from a broken foot that kept him off the field for nearly three months,

And we cant forget about Thursday, when the Red Bulls are set to announce their 2nd DP (probably the worst kept secret in MLS history, Thierry Henry).

The Bad:
The Red Bulls were sloppy all night long in the final third, constantly wasting good buildup play from the midfield by turning the ball over carelessly. The defense was shaky at times, and D.C. had plenty of chances to score in the box, if not for some desperate defending.

The Red:
Something to keep an eye on for sure is if the Red Bulls get a playmaking midfielder with their 3rd DP player, and GM Erik Soler has said he is looking to sign a third DP. In the game, Juan Pablo Angel and Salou Ibrahim
had trouble all match receiving a pass without having to run into the midfield to receive the ball. Joel Lindpere and Seth Stammler were ineffective in spreading the play around on a consistent basis, and the offense sputtered as a result.

The Dead:
Brian Nielsen’s new Mohawk hairdo…..nuff said.
-Dan Karell

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Photo gallery: RBNY take Atlantic Cup

Posted on 11 July 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls scoreless draw with DC United on July 10 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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