The Columbus Crew strolled into town and laid a 3-0 beat down on the “new look” D.C. United tonight at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Photos: Martin Fernandez
Jairo Arrieta (19) started the scoring for Columbus in the 18th. minute. The Crew never looked back on their way to a 3-0 win over DC United. Photo: Martin Fernandez.
With an off-season roster overhaul of twelve new players, seven of which started the match tonight, no one saw this coming.
The Columbus Crew strolled into town and laid a 3-0 beat down on the “new look” D.C. United tonight at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. With mayor Vincent Gray and his support staff in attendance, United rolled over and very much resembled the squad from 2013, the team this new group vowed not to emulate. Clueless in defense and impotent in the final third, not much seemingly has changed from the disaster that was the 2013 season for United.
Granted, this is just the first match of the season and head coach Ben Olsen did say beforehand that it will take some time to get this right. But this? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Federico Higuan scored twice for the visitors after Jairo Arrieta gave them the lead after just 18 minutes. Arrieta received an inch-perfect centering pass from defender Josh Williams who easily split the left-sided tandem of Cristian Fernandez and Nick DeLeon and poked the ball past Bill Hamid for the opening goal. Just 9 minutes later it was 2-0 after Perry Kitchen hauled down Michael Parkhurst in the penalty area. Replays showed that Parkhurst was nowhere in contention to receive the ball, but the off-season emphasis for the referee’s on shirt grabbing in the area bit United in the butt and Higuain’s penalty easily sailed into the top corner.
After the break, Olsen’s men applied heavy pressure but could not come up with even a decent half chance for all the possession they had in the second half. As the time was winding down, Columbus made it 3-0 when Higuan got on the end of a Justin Meram cross and easily beat Hamid to finish off United.
Easily one of the most disappointing season-opening efforts in recent memory for United came and went without a fight. Now United has to stew on harsh feelings for the next two weeks when they head up north of the border to take on the new look Toronto FC.