It was a hard fought match of few chances for both sides and while on balance Houston deserved the win, if DC had been the team to get the lucky bounce it wouldn't have been anything like the thievery they pulled off in Kansas City earlier in the week.
United got a boost from the return of Ben Olsen and Bobby Boswell to the starting 11 and it seemed to do the trick at first. United showed way more heart and determination than any road game they had played all year. Unfortunately, Houston defense might as well have been a brick wall for all the chances they gave up.
Christian Gomez had the best chance of the night for DC in the 20th minute with a free kick that skipped through the area and fooled everyone except the crossbar.
Houston was a bit more fortunate six minutes later when Richard Mulrooney collected a corner kick clearance and blasted the ball through traffic in front of the net where Brian Ching was able to redirect it past the helpless Perkins.
Still, United nearly tied the match in the 30th minute when Fred launched a lovely ball over the top to Emilio who outfought Eddie Robinson to burst in on goal, but his shot was gobbled up by Onstad.
That pretty much summed up the match for the visitors as they played hard and reasonably well, but just couldn't break down Houston to get any more good looks at goal.
DC's defense played superb throughout the match however and Houston wasn't able to generate much offense either. It was the first match pairing Boswell with the newly acquired Greg Vanney and the two played excellent off each other indicating that DC might well have solved their defensive problems with this mid-season trade of Vanney for Facundo Erpen.
United's next match is in Harrisburg Pennsylvania as they take on the Harrisburg Islanders in the US Open Cup Wednesday night at 7:30. DC's next MLS match takes place at RFK this Saturday night against FC Dallas.