United wasn’t without their chances as 17-year old Andy Najar forced Kasey Keller into a number of first half saves to keep the game at 0-0. In the second half Najar continued his torrid pace down the right flank and nearly set up Chris Pontius only to have Keller bat the ball away at the last second. United debutants Pablo Hernandez and Branko Boskovic both came into the match and briefly spurred United to better opportunities. Both players had shots saved by Keller deep in the box to keep the visitors within striking distance.
And as it has happened seemingly all season long, United paid for their impotence in the final third of the field in the 89th minute with Graye’s youthful mistake. United now must face the impossible task of hosting MLS league leaders the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday evening with only two days rest. One team can’t stop scoring goals and one team can’t score at all. I’ll let you decide which is which.
- Bryan Namoff has decided to suspend his playing career due to his long-term concussion injury. United has already seen the careers of Alecko Eskandarian and Josh Gros end prematurely due to the same injury.
- No word yet on whether or not United will pick up Luciano Emilio’s contract for the remainder of the season. Emilio did not score in league matches but did get two goals in Open Cup and the AC Milan match