DC United's Devon McTavish and Seattles Roger Levesque battle for the ball during the match. Levesque would give the visitors the 3 points on a dramatic 89th minute goal. Photo: Matt Mathai.

Defensive blunder in the 89th minute sends United to 1-0 loss at home to Seattle

DC United's Devon McTavish and Seattles Roger Levesque battle for the ball during the match. Levesque would give the visitors the 3 points on a dramatic 89th minute goal. Photo: Matt Mathai.

DC United's Devon McTavish and Seattle's Roger Levesque battle for the ball during the match. Levesque would give the visitors the 3 points on a dramatic 89th minute goal. Photo: Matt Mathai.

Roger Levesque’s diving header in the 89th minute was all visiting Seattle Sounders FC needed to upend D.C. United tonight at RFK Stadium. United, coming home after a relatively successful road trip, were flat and uninspired for most of the match in the 1-0 loss and it was a bad defensive blunder late in the game that sealed the Black-and-Red’s fate. Rookie defender Jordan Graye was easily stripped of the ball near midfield by substitute Sanna Nyassi who immediately darted towards United’s goal. The Gambian slipped the ball to the right corner into the path of Fredy Montero. Montero’s first time cross floated over Troy Perkins to the back post where Levesque was waiting to meet the ball with a head first dive and into the net to send the 13,716 fans home disappointed again. United has now been shut out an alarming 11 times in 16 league matches, a pace which will cement United into the MLS record books for futility should the season long trend continue.

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.

United Notes

  • 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
3 replies
  1. Chris_B
    Chris_B says:

    Graye is certainly a work in progress. He looked good in the previous road games but less than good last night. It will take time and our options are limited at the moment.

    The pace certainly picked up when Pablo Hernandez and Branko Boskovic entered the game. I hope Boskovic starts on Sunday to see if he can develop some chemistry with Andy, Tino and Pontius.

    Finally, it is time for Jaime to hang the boots up. Let’s retire his number on Sunday, give him the gold watch he deserves and move on. He isn’t helping anymore in league play.

  2. UnitedMania.com
    UnitedMania.com says:

    I think they got to the 89th and thought they would coast to the 90th. same old BS…
    We’ll give them a proper whipping when we do the podcast tomorrow – should be live on the site in the early afternoon. No live show this week cuz of the LA game…

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