DC United Beat Back Revolution In Reserve Match

Santino Quaranta's 85th minute goal gave DC United's reserves a 2-1 win over New England at the RFK Auxiliary Field.

Quaranta cut inside brilliantly and slotted a lovely shot into the lower corner to score the winning goal after the Revolution's Connelly Edozian had tied the game five minutes before. United had taken the lead in the 60th minute from a goal by Nana Kuffour.

After another scoreless first half in reserve play, United again played a much more aggressive second half to put the Revolution away. DC's Eliseo Quintanilla had another good game as he assisted on both goals, the first being a clever play that carved open the Revolution defense.

After controlling a difficult pass in midfield, Quintanilla slid a wicked pass right through the Revolution defense to Jamil Walker deep in NE's penalty area. Walker turned well which drew the defense, and he was able to slip a square pass to Kuffour for the easy finish into the open net which gave United the lead midway through the second half.

United pretty much controlled play for the rest of the match, but a mistake in midfield allowed NE to level the game ten minutes from time. Freddy Adu, no doubt tired from playing significant minutes in last night's first team match misplayed a ball in United's half which allowed NE's Edozian to run straight in before the United defense could react and strike a perfect shot past a helpless Troy Perkins.

However, United kept up the pressure and was rewarded with a thrilling finish as Quintanilla sent Quaranta down the left side. Quaranta looked to be closed off by the defense, but he managed to beat his mark by suddenly cutting inside, then drifted past another defender and slipped a quick shot that fooled the entire defense as it rolled into the lower corner to seal the victory.

United coach Tom Soehn remarked after the game that United's stronger play as the game goes on in these reserve matches "shows that the whole team is fit" and that "they take pride in this competition". He added that he was happy with the effort from the whole team and that it shows how important it is to "keep your whole 28 man roster filled with players ready to step in and be ready to win whenever they step on the field in any match."

United did have one excellent chance in the relatively uneventful first half as Kuffour slammed a header off the post after a well hit cross from Jason Thompson found Kuffour wide open in the NE penalty area.

United's next reserve match is May 22 against the Kansas City Wizards.

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