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United vs New England: United’s quick start fades to 2-1 loss to Revolution

Getting out to a lead has been one of many puzzling issues for D.C. United this season. United took the lead in the 8th minute against the visiting New England Revolution but faded as the match wore on and the Revs took home a come-from-behind 2-1 win tonight at RFK Stadium.

Luis Silva’s second goal in as many games as a United player gave the home side a shock lead.  In a definite sign of United’s offensive futility this season, Silva’s goal ties him with Dwayne De Rosario and Lionard Pajoy as United’s leading scorers this season. United continued to put the visitors under pressure and nearly doubled their lead on a few chances inside the first twenty minutes. The Revolution however settled into the match after that and their ball control seemed to unlock United and forced them to put numbers behind the ball.

As the second half wore on the Revolution’s continued dominance of ball possession led to the game-tying goal in the 54th minute when Chris Tierney’s cross eluded multiple United defenders deep in the six-yard box and Dimitry Imbongo ghosted in ahead of United defender Taylor Kemp to poke the ball into the goal.

Just nine minutes later the Revs would get the game-winner thanks to a great individual effort and quick thinking. Saer Sene received the ball on the right side of the penalty area and deeked inside to unleash a left-footed curling shot past goalkeeper Joe Willis only to have the crossbar and the left goal post deny the bid. However, the only player who reacted to the missed shot was Diego Fagundez who easily slipped by James Riley to head the bouncing ball into the net.

United should have leveled the match late when Dwayne De Rosario slipped a pass to Lionard Pajoy but his shot was quickly smothered by Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and United were out of answers once again.

United will now welcome the Montreal Impact to RFK Stadium next Saturday evening at 7pm.

United Notes

  • Perry Kitchen missed his first game since late in the 2011 season. Kitchen was injured in practice on Saturday, snapping a 51-game streak
  • Chris Pontius, Casey Townsend and Carlos Ruiz were all left off the 18-man roster
  • Conor Doyle and Jared Jeffrey made their United debuts with starts tonight
  • Silver Spring, Maryland native Kevin Alston made his first appearance for the Revs since March 30th when he was diagnosed with Leukemia