Reserve Match: United Stun Wizards 4-1

DC United finally cracked Kansas City's tightly packed defense just before halftime and then cruised to an easy 4-1 victory with three more goals in the second half.

The Wizards' only score came from a wicked free kick by Alex Zotinca that briefly pulled the Wizards to within 2-1, but United scored twice in the last 15 minutes to seal the win.

United thoroughly controlled the majority of the match, but struggled to put the ball into the net until Lucio Filomeno scored a brilliant goal in the 43rd minute. DC's Argentine forward collected a long punt from Nick Rimando and cleverly rounded Kansas City's Tyson Wahl to thump in a 25-yard side volley right past goalkeeper Will Hesmer's ear to give United the lead.

United extended that lead right after the half as Rod Dyachenko showed some flashy moves to draw the defense and then slid the ball to Justin Moose inside the six-yard box. United's first round draft pick easily beat the helpless Hesmer again for the first goal of his professional career.

United appeared to be well on their way to a resounding win until a stunning free kick against the run of play pulled Kansas City to within a goal. After a relatively innocent foul by United's Dyachenko along the right sideline, Zotinca curled a wicked shot over everyone, off the far post and into the net. United's third-string keeper, Ryan McIntosh, who had just come in at halftime for Rimando, could only flail ineffectually at the bending ball.

However, United kept up the pressure and was rewarded with two more goals from an unlikely source, as United's Brandon Prideaux set up two goals while playing forward towards the end of the match.

Prideaux took a knock to his knee midway through the second half and with DC's injury troubles, no easy substitutions could be made, so it appeared that Prideaux was moved forward to finish out the game rather than risk any more collisions in the defense. It turned out to be a brilliant move as United's stalwart defender showed up his former team with some dazzling offensive skills.

Prideaux set up the goal that put the game out of reach as he slid a penetrating through ball deep into the box for Jamil Walker to run onto. DC's speedy forward immediately dropped it back to Jeff Carroll for a lovely give and go, but Hesmer thundered out to the return ball from Carroll, and Walker bravely got a toe to the ball before being demolished by the Wizards' big backup keeper. With both players stunned by the collision, the ball trickled slowly just over the line before anyone else could get there to clear it.

Finally, Prideaux got the primary assist on Filomeno's second goal of the match as time ran out. With a nice move, Prideaux got free down the left side of the box and launched a perfect cross for Filomeno to nod in to complete the scoring.

United's Devin McTavish was nearly rewarded for his tremendous effort during the game with a goal just before the final whistle, but his stinging drive was parried off the crossbar and out.

United remain undefeated in the reserve league at 1-0-1, but are in the middle of the pack in the table as most teams have played more games. DC's next reserve match is in Kansas City on May 28 and their next home reserve match is June 4 at 10 a.m. against the Revolution.

Note: Midfielder Amir Lowery, who played for Colorado's reserves last season and is from Washington, DC, came in for Moose in the 65th minute. Lowery played at Woodrow Wilson HS and was a part of the Virginia ODP. He played college soccer at Wake Forest.


DC United: Nick Rimando (Ryan McIntosh 46), Brandon Prideaux, John Wilson, Stephen DeRoux, Justin Moose (Amir Lowry 65), Jeff Carroll, Devon McTavish, Rod Dyachenko, Andy Metcalf, Lucio Filomeno, Matt Nickell (Jamil Walker 60).

Kansas City: Will Hesmer, Stephen Shirley, Tyson Wahl, Brian Roberts, Ryan Raybould, Yuri Movsisyan, Alex Zotinca, Lance Watson, Jermaine Hue, Will John, Sergei Raad (Ryan Pore 75)

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