Missed opportunities doom United once again; lose 1-0 in Dallas

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.

United Notes

– 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

5 replies
  1. Chris_B
    Chris_B says:

    Yeh, I’m afraid it is a habit at this point. The story is pretty predictable, score in the first 45 then we have a chance. When we get shut out in the first half, we generally don’t have the legs or ideas to catch the game in the second.

    Still, the last couple games have been an improvement. A couple creative guys in the middle will do this team a world of good. Let’s hope that Najar gets healthy soon and can continue to play well and learn.

  2. Mike Martin
    Mike Martin says:

    Yes, easy to see the ugly trends now. But, I will point out that DC didn’t fold like a house of cards after that first goal like they have every other game. This team now has a plan and knows their roles and is competant. Which means they’re just average at best, they’ll lose many more for sure. But they will win too with more repititions of this kind of effort. They don’t have a ton of talent, but heart and work still garner pride points in this league, and this team has that now.

  3. UnitedMania.com
    UnitedMania.com says:

    I’m still waiting for Castillo to do something; time to becnh him like Perkins. I’m with Chris_B, and have said it for weeks now on the show, United needs a creative player in the middle – someone who can generate more scoring opportunities.

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