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Home Opener vs. D.C. United Live Blog

Posted on 10 April 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Well that’s it for us here. A Le Toux hat-trick gets the Union their first win. The players just jumped into the supporters section and people are sticking around, going absolutely nuts. We’ll  be back with much more later and tomorrow. Expect pictures, quotes, stats, etc. A really fun night.

WHISTLE BLOWN. First UNION WIN. Union fans were a little quick on that one…and there’s the FIREWORKS in Union colors.

90′ – Arrieta hobbling a bit after a run-in with Rodney Wallace.

90′ – The fans are standing up and waving like it is a Phillies playoff game. This is incredible. They want the win (clearly).

90′ – McInerney gets his first foul. Bodies a United defender off the ball. This kid will be really good one day.

Four minutes injury time.

89′ – Adam Cristman gets a yellow for mouthing off to the ref. United thinks they’re not getting any foul calls their way. Zimmerman in for Alejandro Moreno. That was a workhorse day for Moreno. I think that’s how it’s supposed to work.

88′ – Nick Zimmerman about to come in.

87′ – Chris Seitz is not having the best of games. A little rattled it seems. Both goals could have been prevented.

83′ – I can’t even keep up with this. McInerney with a cheeky touch to almost set up another Union breakthrough. The crowd is eating this up. Adam Cristman comes in for Danny Allsopp.

80′ – HAT TRICK LE TOUX!!! Right under the United wall and the Union take the lead. Le Toux is now Philadelphia’s favorite player. ATTENDANCE ANNOUNCED AS 34,870. 3-2 UNION.

78′ – Dejan Jakovic drags down Moreno and Terry Vaughn has no problems whatsoever throwing the RED. Red card Jakovic. A dangerous possibility at the top of the box. McInerney comes in for Jacobson. The Union are clearly going for the win.

76′ – Fred sets up Moreno nicely in the middle but Moreno can’t convert. It’s blocked by a United defense that has looked much better in the past 15 minutes or so.

75′ – Le Toux is leveled. The Union are spending a lot of time on floor. Jack McInerney is heading in shortly.

73′ – Shea Salinas finds some space only to be undercut by Santino Quaranta. Yellow card issued. United is a lot dirtier than the Union ever were in Seattle.

70′ – Wow. Unbelievable. DC United equalizes on a Jaime Moreno goal. Seitz dropped the ball while attempting to punt only to have Moreno pick it up, juke the goalkeeper, and pass it in the back of the net. 2-2 now.

68′ – Roger Torres is coming off to a standing ovation of 32k plus! Shea Salinas coming on. All of this after Moreno found Le Toux open but he was pushed wide by Jakovic.

66′ – Before that can happen, Danny Califf is taken down hard by United’s striker Danny Allsopp. Yellow card issued.

66′ – Shea Salinas is set to come on.

65′ – The momentum seems to be slowly shifting. A foul in the corner gives United a good chance at net. Quaranta’s free kick finds Allsopp but his header hits Seitz’s mitts.

63′ – GOAL DC. Santino Quaranta grabs a turnover in the midfield. The United midfielder takes a shot from 20 yards out.  A small deflection later it’s in the back of the net. 2-1 now and the United supporters are now awake.

62′ – Thomas, McInerney, Okugo, Salinas, and Zimmerman all warming up.

60′ – Yellow to new signing Arrieta after a tough tackle right outside the box. One more step and that would have been a PK. Pontius botches the free kick.

60′ – Very little going on. A little back-and-forth, possession evened out but no one is breaking through.

53′ – Another through ball springs Le Toux but he can’t put it past Pickens.

52′ – A Perkins touch keeps Michael Orozco from heading in the third goal.

51′ – Moreno is much more involved today. Arrieta is played into the corner and his ensuing cross is deflected out for a corner.

50′ – The Union continue to push forward and I repeat, Roger Torres continues to be dangerous.

46′ – Sub for DC, Jaime Moreno is in for Christian Castillo. Photographer Terry just came up here and said, “The SoBs are loud as hell”. Second half is off and rolling.

Sorry for not recapping. Heard some real good stuff from the Commish, Don Garber.

The First Half concludes – 2-0 Union so far and EVERYONE is on their feet. A great looking defense right now mixed with a dangerous front attack that looks in tune with each other. Can’t ask for much more at the Home Opener.

45′ – Danny Allsopp nods a corner kick high over Chris Seitz’s goal. First real nice look at goal.

45′ – Two minutes injury time. Torres stays in and almost springs a nice break as the United defense sleeps.

44′ – Torres taken down hard again by Barklage. This time it doesn’t look he’s getting up. Barklage is let off with a warning. The play continued on before Terry Vaughn came back to deal with Torres injury and Le Toux had a near post shot on the right side that Perkins parried away.

42′ – Now United is getting pissed. Barklage with a hard foul on the right side, second yellow card of the game issued.

40′ – Alejandro Moreno with a gorgeous through pass to Seb Le Toux!! GOAL LE TOUX. Le toux takes and outsprints by Castillo and James. The Frenchmen slots it home past Perkins for his second goal of the game. Matches last season’s total!

39′ – Chris Pontius with DC’s first shot at Seitz, deflected and out of bounds for a Quaranta corner.

39′ – Curt Onalfo is pissed about something. So is the United bench. No one else is sure why.

D.C. United wins in the colored boot match-up 4-2, Castillo, Quaranta, Wallace, and Pontius all with yellow and red kicks to Orozco and Jacobson (with purple and yellow respectively).

35′ – First yellow of the match issued to DC’s Rodney Wallace with a tough challenge on Fred. First card of the game and it wasn’t to a Union player!

32′ – Torres was down for a bit after a turned ankle but looks to be going at full speed again.

31′ – Some nifty close-quarters play on the left side  between Harvey, Torres, and Miglioranzi.

28′ – United’s other starting central defender Dejan Jakovic is down now, could actually be coming off. People are still flooding in by the way…I’m going to call it, 37k attendance-wise. Jakovic is now up, walking off and should stay in.

25′ – Califf with a nice diving stop of a dangerous through ball from Quaranta, the US international has been everywhere in the early going.

22′ – Now the lower bowl is close to full – whole concourse still FULL OF PEOPLE, the Secret Service must be doing their job a little more efficiently.

The Union are looking very comfortable on the ball. Torres and Le Toux especially.

18′ – The Sons of Ben are calling for a handball but Le Toux’s kick is blocked.

17′ – Moreno down again! Le Toux will take the free kick, on the left side about 20 yards out.

15′ – Pena can’t continue, former Houston centreback Julius James enters the game.

14′ – DC United’s Juan Manuel Pena is down injured. Awaiting treatment.

13′ – The ball is almost tackled into the net by Danny Califf but he is boxed out by Dejan Jakovic. DC tries to start a counter but it is broken up by Harvey.

12′ – Moreno bodychecked in the corner. Roger Torres is over the ball.

11′ – A couple hard challenges so far but Terry Vaughn is letting them play for the most part.

9′ – Le Toux has a shot blocked. If that was left untouched, it could be 2-0 right now.

3′ – GOAL LE TOUX!!! A cross from the right side was headed into the right post by Seb Le Toux, Roger Torres and Alejandro Moreno gets the assist! That’s the first Union goal ever. Glad we got that over with.

2′ – Moreno takes a tough hit, Torres and Le Toux standing over the ball about 22 yards out. Shot is parried.

6:12PM – Roger Torres strips a ball and has a nice run down the right flank. Pass to Le Toux disrupted. They have come out looking lively.

6:11PM – Don Garber and Walter Bahr will be available at halftime for comments!

6:11PM – AND WE’RE OFF!!!! The Sons of Ben are representing incredibly well. All in light blue, going crazy in the corner.

6:08PM – There are some pissed Union fans still waiting to get into Lincoln Financial Field, lined up all the way to Citizens Bank Park. A moment of silence for the Polish plane crash.

6:05PM – Fireworks as the National Anthem winds down. Crowd goes wild as they announce the starting lineup once again and Biden gets set to deliver the First Kick. Walter Bahr is presenting the Vice President with game ball. Biden puts the ball down, little girl kicks it, and Danny Califf receives.

6:00PM – Here comes the Union! Flags are waving and there are definitely 30k plus here. Just found out they have a huge contingent of over 300 kids from Chester attending the game for free! (alright, I have to lay off the exclamation marks) Joe Biden is on his way out dressed in Union garb.

5:53PM – Our photographer Terry is stuck in traffic and missing all the good pictures! Annoucing the Starting Lineups as I type…crowd just went wild with the Union. All the players are being announced with big “portraits” on the big screens.

5:49PM – Everybody is so spread out. There is probably 25,000 here right now yet it looks like much less if you don’t get the full picture. It looks like Carl Cherkin’s family is sitting right in front of the Press Box and the pre-game activities are getting set to start.

5:41PM – And they’re still filing in – Danny Mwanga is listed as a midfielder again this match.

5:31PM – Looks like 13 minutes until the Pre-Game Activities…we’re 30 minutes from game time and people are taking their good old time coming in.

5:23PM – So no Shavar Thomas in the starting line-up, Cristian Arrieta gets thrown right into the fire. The Union players have taken the field for warm-ups! Crowd that’s already inside cheers. What do you think of the line-up?

5:20PM – Union Starting Lineup




—————-Moreno——Le Toux—————–

Fred could be in the middle slotted behind Moreno and Le Toux with Jacobson on the left but both former DC United players get the start.

5:12PM – The McFaddens SoBs are in their seats as Chris Seitz is warming up on the field with GK coach Rob Vartughian.

5:02PM – The Sons of Ben are on their way, led by the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales – meanwhile we have the DC United starting lineup. NO MORENO, but Danny Allsopp (big offseason signing) gets his first start.





4:56PM – From ASN colleague Sam Toma, “Just witnessed the entire DC United supporters group enter through the West Gate, chanting & singing even as they were going through security”. Now you can hear them from the Press Box…

4:49PM – So if (and when) the Union score, who’s it going to be that puts it in the net?

4:40PM – United’s record vs. an expansion team in their inaugural year is 14-4-1. Can we make that five losses?

4:37PM – Terry Vaughn will be the head ref today, averages around 4 yellow cards a game. Better tread lightly…Fans start to come in a much quicker pace now.

4:33PM – There goes FSC’s Christopher Sullivan. DC United players are walking the field while fans start to trickle into the lower bowl of the Linc.

4:27PM – Due to the death of the Polish president and the plane crash, Piotr Nowak will coach this match from a box instead of being on the sideline.

4:25PM – This is the 3rd time in DC United history that an Expansion Squad has played its first home match vs. the Red and Black.

4:15 PM – Spoke with a member of the Union front office and she said, “The phones have been ringing off the hook”. Expecting 35,000 or so…

4:10 PM – So here we are…over 35,000 plus expected and everyone has to be on their best behavior – no streamers, confetti, or breathing while VP Joe Biden is around. The game is set to kick off a little after 6PM. Steve Goff the Soccer Insider is here, Shawn Francis the MLS Insider, Grant Wahl – you name it, they’re here.


Union Injury Report


FW Danny Mwanga (Left Wrist Sprain/Left Calf Strain)
DF Danny Califf (Right Ankle Sprain/Right Hamstring Strain)
MF Stefani Miglioranzi (Left Groin Strain)
MF Amobi Okugo (Right Knee Strain)
FW Nick Zimmerman (Right Ankle Contusion)
DF Jordan Harvey (Left Knee Sprain)

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