It’s now officially a trend. Start the game well, get the better of the scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes, rue your missed chances and lose the game. That script played itself out for the fourth time in seven league matches as D.C. United fell 1-0 to FC Dallas tonight at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Jeff Cunningham’s 67th minute goal was just enough to frustrate the Black and Red again after taking the initiative in the first half.
In the 13th minute United should have taken the lead if not for two fantastic saves from Kevin Hartman and one from the goalpost in a frantic sequence. Adam Cristman was first denied on a point blank redirection and then Danny Allsopp’s follow shot was smothered by Hartman to see the rebound carom out to Clyde Simms who rung the goalpost to leave the Black and Red frustrated. More frustration would come later in the half when Clyde Simms was denied one-v-one after a beautiful chest layoff pass from Cristman. Hartman was quick off his line to smother the attempt. United’s final scoring chance was Christian Castillo’s 25-yard free kick bid that was struck well, but right at the stationary FC Dallas goalkeeper to bring the teams to halftime tied at 0-0
United continued to defend well heading deep into the second half but their first half missed opportunities came back to haunt them once again when Jeff Cunningham easily outpaced Carey Talley and slotted past the onrushing Bill Hamid for a 1-0 lead for the home side. Hamid was called upon just one minute later to make a sensational save on FC Dallas substitute Eric Avila to keep the score at 1-0 but the damage had been done. United, as has happened often this season, simply couldn’t produce a game-tying effort and United now has fallen to 1-6 on the season. Kurt Morsink’s deflected drive off the crossbar in the 82nd minute was as close as United would get to an equalizer.
United now turns their attention to the Colorado Rapids who come to RFK Stadium next Saturday evening at 7:30 pm.
– Jordan Graye was subbed out in the first half with a hamstring injury. Julius James filled in well at right back in his absence
– Juan Manuel Pena was still nursing soreness in his leg and did not start. Devon McTavish started in central defense
– Santino Quaranta will be out for two weeks according to Dave Kasper