In a match that very much resembled the oppressive humidity in Frisco, Texas, D.C. United and FC Dallas slugged their way to a 0-0 draw tonight at Pizza Hut Park. Both teams wilted in the hot and humid conditions and offered very little in terms of quality. This is the second time this season that these teams have drawn 0-0 but unlike in the first match at RFK in early May, this one seemed destined for a scoreless draw from the jump. While their first match up offered missed chances by United to win early and late, this match had little going for it for either side.
Andy Najar offered United’s only credible threat the entire evening when his first half shot from 22 yards was easily saved by Kevin Hartman. United’s goalkeeper Bill Hamid didn’t have much to do either though two moments late in the second half nearly gave the home side the win. United rookie defender Ethan White was caught with too much time on the ball at midfield and was stripped by FC Dallas forward Marvin Chavez. As the tiny Honduran raced in alone on goal, Hamid came out to apply pressure and forced a weak effort that went well wide of the goal much to the relief of White and his United team mates.
FC Dallas nearly won the match in the 88th minute when Jackson’s lunging stab at a long diagonal ball bounced over Hamid and clipped off the top of the crossbar and over the goal to seal the match at 0-0. United now has gone 3-1-7 in their last 11 matches as their slow climb up the Eastern Conference table continues.
United will now turn their attention to a Wednesday night match up with the struggling New England Revolution at RFK Stadium.
– Josh Wolff did not play due to lingerie issues with a balky hamstring. His availability for Wednesday is unknown. Joseph Ngwenya got the start in his place and produced very little
– Fred, originally thought to be playing his last match in a United uniform, has agreed to stay for one more match to help with United’s thin squad thanks to recent injuries
– Tonight’s 0-0 draw was the 24th scoreless tie of the season in MLS, a league record which no doubt will climb over 30 matches by seasons end. The old record for one season was 21
– Charlie Davies was subbed out early for the second match in a row and is struggling to produce any threat for United in recent matches