Kitchen Brace not enough for United: Match Gallery

DC United was unable to hold of visitor Red Bull NY despite two goals by DC United veteran midfielder Perry Kitchen. Photos: Martin Fernandez.

Qelcime to The #DCU Kitchen

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Yea, they're here as well… #DCvNY #DCU

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#DCU Talon and his Posee #DCvNY

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The #DCU starters. #DCvNY

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The Others… #DCU #DCvNY

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#DCU & #BEER no #bull here. #DCvNY

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Snap Shots – DC vs FCD

Fabian Espindola scored twice and set up another goal in D.C. United’s 4-1 dismantling of league-leading FC Dallas at RFK Stadium. Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin also scored for United as they put their collective foot on the pedal and rolled past the visitors from Texas. The win helps United jump into a temporary tie at the top of the Eastern Conference with Toronto FC and Sporting Kansas City. United is on a five-game unbeaten run since losing their first two matches of the season. Photos: Tony Quinn.

Snap Shots – DC v RBNY

DC United managed to hold their 1-0 early lead despite a frantic surge from Red Bull and took the first leg lead in the Atlantic Cup over their fiercest rivals. United will now turn their attention to next Saturday’s match in Columbus as they hope to inflict some payback from their 3-0 season opening loss to the Crew at RFK in March. Photos: Martin Fernandez..

Snap Shots – DC v Fire

DC United’s valiant come from behind effort was all for naught as the Fire’s Quincy Amerikwa’s redirect from the six-yard box in the 82nd minute leveled the match at 2-2 and spoiled the party for the announced crowd of 9,445 fans, the smallest league crowd at RFK in over five years.

DC United have now gone 15 matches without a win over the course of two seasons. United will next take aim at the New England Revolution who come to town next Saturday night at 7pm.

Photos: Martin Fernandez.

When Saturday Comes

Those of you who have followed for a while know that way back in the day when there was virtually no DC United coverage to be found these pages provided fans with some very original content.

Back then the site pages were graced by the wordsmith skills of Ian Plenderlith and Jimmy LaRoue – both of whom remain good friends of the site, and both of whom have moved to more “lucrative” writing endeavors…

Still – our bonds remain strong and recently I had the chance to work with Ian again on a feature he wrote for When Saturday Comes, The Half Decent Football Magazine from the UK.

Ian provided the words and I the images for the feature that appears in their August 2013 Issue.

These are a snapshot of the magazine pages where my work appears. For obvious reasons I am not including Ian’s text – you’ll have to go find a copy of the magazine to read his still “unique” and highly entertaining style.

You can access the full article on WSC’s website

United vs Houston: Draw not enough for United; Dynamo advance to MLS Cup with 4-2 aggregate win

D.C. United tied 1-1 against the visiting Houston Dynamo and lost 4-2 in the aggregate goal count to bow out of the MLS Cup 2012 race.

At the end of the day, the mountain was just too high to climb for the Black-and-Red in their matchup against the Houston Dynamo. Mounting injuries, untimely suspensions and a boatload of logistical issues made United’s playoff run to the Cup rather difficult as they came up against a veteran playoff experienced team in Houston (in spite of their #5 seeding) that was at full strength and has arguably the best coach in MLS on their sideline in Dom Kinnear.

Oscar Boniek Garcia’s 33rd minute goal against the run of play essentially sealed United’s fate as it gave the visitors a 4-1 aggregate lead. With United needing three goals to just extend the match to extra time and the fact that Houston is one of the most disciplined and suffocating defensive teams in MLS, the task was just too tall considering the lack of options United had due to injuries (Chris Pontius) and suspension (Andy Najar).

However, that did not deflate United as they were backed by a season-high crowd of 20,015 fans decked out in all black. The energy of the crowd ensured that United would not give up until the final whistle and Branko Boskovic made it interesting in the 83rd minute with a well-crafted run through the Dynamo defense to level the match at 1-1.

United had a handful of chances throughout the second half that could have made the game much more interesting including efforts from Robbie Russell, Maicon Santos and a few from Hamdi Salihi.

However, the it was the visitors from Houston who proved their class over the two legs and they deservedly pushed past United to MLS Cup where they will face the Los Angeles Galaxy in a rematch from last season’s season ending game.

To sum up a memorable season seemingly against all odds, this is what UnitedMania saw:

  • A fan base that, once again, outdid themselves – What a tifo!
  • A team that refuses to quit
  • A young Coach that has molded a group of guys in his image, this team IS Ben Olsen – He IS the coach of the year
  • The Rookie of the Year, If Nick doesn’t get it MLS is flat out wrong
  • A City that desperately needs a Soccer Specific Stadium
  • A tie, that sent United out of the play-offs but that showed MLS that the Eagle is rising again – We can hope for the shield and the cup next year
  • And then these, a few shots form under the clock…