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Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave Celebrate Red Bull NY's second goal of the evening against rival's DC United. New York would go on to win the match 2-0 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Phot Martin Fernandez.

United vs. Red Bull: Power outage continues as United drop 2-0 decision to New York

Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave scored seven minutes apart late in the first half to propel New York Red Bull to a 2-0 win last night over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Photo: Martin Fernandez.

United (1-4-1,  4 points) have now lost three consecutive matches and have failed to score in four of their six league matches to date. The loss drops United to the bottom of the Eastern Conference alongside the Chicago Fire, who play at Houston on Sunday afternoon.

United started the same lineup that took the field in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Kansas City, but this time with the backing of 18,019 fans at RFK, surely United would respond. Unfortunately, the same script that has been seen for most of the season emerged once again.  United looked disconnected in the offensive half of the field and once again failed to generate a single shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. United’s continued impotence allowed Red Bull to take the lead in the 29th minute.

Thierry Henry got hold of a ball just outside the penalty area on the left side and his fake shot attempt temporarily froze United defender Chris Korb. The Frenchmen then pushed the ball towards the middle of the field and bent a shot through traffic towards the far post. Bill Hamid seemed to have the shot covered but it took a bounce just in front of United’s keeper and settled into the far side netting. Hamid got up and immediately looked at the chewed up area in front of the goal in exasperation. It was just a week ago that Hamid had commented on how nice the field was in Kansas City and how rocky and hard the surface was at RFK. Ben Olsen wasn’t having any of it after the match. “I expect Bill to make that save.” said a clearly frustrated Olsen.

Olsen and United’s frustration was doubled just seven minutes later when more lax set piece defending gave the visitors the 2-0 lead. Midfielder Juninho sent a ball into a thicket of players in United’s penalty area and former United defender Brandon Barklage redirected a header towards goal. As Hamid was moving to cover that shot, the ball took another deflection off of Red Bull defender Jamison Olave and gave Hamid no hope of stopping the shot. Olave, acquired in the offseason in a trade with Real Salt Lake, now has 3 goals on the season, one more than United has in six matches.

Olsen didn’t mince words in a very tense post-match press conference, “We’re easy to play against.”We’re pretty predictable in the way we go about things”. Olsen continued, “We’ve got to fix something. I don’t know if we have got to look within the league, I don’t know if we have to make a trade.”

United came out of the locker room and essentially dominated possession for the remainder of the match but rarely created any dangerous chances. The best opportunity for United to crawl back into the match came in the 72nd minute after United was awarded a free kick from 22-yards away. Dwayne De Rosario’s free kick got through the wall and was spilled by goalkeeper Luis Robles right into the path of Carlos Ruiz who’s shot was immediately smothered by Robles. That was pretty much it for the offensive output for United save for a feeble attempt by Chris Pontius late in the match that was easily smothered by Robles.

United now will face the Philadelphia Union next weekend at RFK Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. This match will be televised on ESPN2 to a nationwide audience. If people around the country aren’t aware of United’s current plight, they surely will witness it first hand next weekend.

Davies late penalty earns United a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake

Charlie Davies’ 85th minute penalty kick conversion afforded D.C. United a 1-1 draw against undermanned Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah this evening. Plenty of discussion will come post game on the merits of United earning the draw as Charlie Davies clearly dove to draw favor from referee Terry Vaughn. Davies stepped up and just barely got the ball underneath former United goalkeeper Nick Rimando to level the match.Vaughn had earlier awarded the home team a penalty in the first half when Clyde Simms’ sliding tackle prevented the ball from getting past him and inadvertently hitting his arm.

Fabian Espindola stepped up and sent United keeper Bill Hamid the wrong way to give RSL the 1-0 lead in the 38th minute. Up until that point, United had done well to take the game to RSL as they were missing a number of key players including stalwart midfield maestro Javier Morales (out for another 4 months with ankle injury) and star striker Alvaro Saborio (Gold Cup duty for Costa Rica). As what usually happens when the Black-and-Red visit RSL, the home side started to turn the tide and dominate possession though their chances on goal were few and far between after taking the 1-0 lead.

After halftime United coach Ben Olsen subbed out Clyde Simms in favor of Dax McCarty and it seemed to stem RSL and gave United a few opportunities to get into the match. In the 52nd minute United nearly leveled the match as a nice passing sequence led to a Blake Brettschneider back heel setup for Chris Pontius who’s 27 -yard screamer slammed off the crossbar. Both teams were really not putting much forth after that and the game seemed to be heading for yet another disappointing finish for United.

That is of course until Charlie Davies latched onto a ball heading deep into RSL territory. The speedy striker got into the box and appeared to have dove over the legs of an RSL defender and United shockingly were awarded the penalty. After Davies tied the match, the visitors actually were another crossbar away from stealing 3 points on a well worked free kick from the edge of the box. Andy Najar stood over the ball and sent a square pass to the middle of the penalty area where once again Pontius whacked the shot off the crossbar and out of bounds nearly giving United a dramatic late win.

As it stands, United will gladly take the road point and head back to D.C. and look forward to a rematch with the Houston Dynamo who thumped United 4-1 in Houston in late April.

El DC United no pudo fuera de su casa cayó ante el Real Salt Lake 2-1

No fue para menos y se dió la lógica que el fútbol casi no tiene. Real Salt Lake es uno de los equipos que a pesar que es novicio en la MLS (apenas va por su quinta temporada) camina con ritmo ganador y no ha podido ser superado en su casa, el flamante estadio Rio Tinto, en sus dos presentaciones. Esta vez batió al DC United Washingtoniano remontando marcador.

RSL con el DC United capitalino repitió el plato, lo derrotó por 2-1 con dos furibundos goles y de sabor latino. El colombiano Jamison Olave y el argentino Javier Morales, fueron los verdugos del Monarca de Lago Salado.

Un golazo de este último que casi cayéndose sobre la media luna de la zona defensiva rojinegra consiguió el tanto que de pasada lo han considerado nominado como el gol de la semana.

Fue un partido intenso donde incluso las aguilas rojas capitalinas sorprendieron a los dueños de casa adelatándose en el marcador a los 36’ con gol de su artillero Luciano Emilio quien parece estar retornando por lo suyo…los goles.

Pero la alegría le duró muy poco al DC United porque los Monarcas se apearon con todo y en apenas dos minutos igualaron el marcador con golazo de Olave.

Luego RSL se apoderó del partido y a ritmo candente tuvo todas a su favor ante un United que retrocedió sus filas ante el acoso del RSL resultando mortal ya que faltando 10’ para el final Morales selló la victoria para los dueños de casa y algarabía de los más de 11,000 espectadores que llegaron al moderno estadio Rio Tinto.

En panorama general el RSL fue más agresivo que el DC United que intentó manejar el partido a velocidad media.

RSL fue más global en su accionar partiendo desde el fondo para en bloque intentar inflar las redes rojinegras con disparos desde todo ángulo donde Clint Mathis y Will Johnson fueron los más incisivos en la ofensiva de los Monarcas.

Igualmente el fornido ariete Robbie Findley fue intenso en su ataque. Findley venia de anotar un ‘Hat Trick’ en la fecha anterior cuando pulverizaron al poderoso campeón Columbus Crew quienes aún contando con toda su artillería liderada por el argentino Barros Schelotto, nada pudieron hacer para deterner la furia de los Monarcas en su casa.

Aqui cabe destacar la buena actuación del portero capitalino Louis Crayton que tuvo la tarde a su favor.

DC United hizo un partido meritorio ya que Christian Gómez, su mediocampista estelar, cuando se desenganchaba inquietaba y tuvo a mal traer al portero (ex-United) Nick Rimando muy atento a los disparos de media distancia de Gómez.

Chris Pontius igualmente dio trabajo a la defensa roja de RSL de hecho fue el servidor del gol rojinegro. Chris perfilado por el lateral, en jugada individual a la altura de la zona roja de los Monarcas, puso bola aérea a Emilio que en toque de cabeza al poste izquierdo infló sin problemas la red de RSL ante mala ubicación de Rimando.

RSL se volcó a fondo e hizo suyo el partido desde los dos minutos siguientes en que emparejó el marcador para irse empatados a los vestuarios.

Reiniciadas las acciones al DC United se la acabaron las iniciativas copados por RSL. Primero fue un disparo a quemaropa de Kyle Beckerman que salvó el travezaño tras estar Clayton totalmente vencido.

DC United en la segunda etapa tuvo a su mediocamista el argentino Gómez sin la puntería necesaria para intentar el balance.

A Christian le pusieron marca férrea y zonal que lograron anularlo y por ende la maquinaria capitalina quedó desconectada.

RSL dió rienda suelta a su imaginación tras colapsar el mediocampo rojinegro. Findley, -en la postrimería del partido-, enganchado por izquierda tocó largo desde el lateral sobre Javier Morales, que rondaba la media luna de las 18 aguilucha, que no dudó en disparar rasante para sellar la victoria de los Monarcas de Lago Salado.

Estadísticas del Partido

D.C. United (1-1-2) vs. Real Salt Lake (2-1-0
11 de abril de 2009 — Rio Tinto Stadium

Goles:
DC — Luciano Emilio 3 (Chris Pontius 1, Fred 1) 38
RSL — Jamison Olave 1 (Will Johnson 1,Findley 1) 40
RSL — Javier Morales 1 (Findley 2, Kyle Beckerman 1) 80

Alineaciones:

D.C. United — Louis Crayton, Bryan Namoff, Dejan Jakovic, Marc Burch, Fred (Devon McTavish 69), Christian Gomez (Francis Doe 76), Andrew Jacobson, Clyde Simms, Rodney Wallace (Santino Quaranta 82), Chris Pontius, Luciano Emilio.

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran (Raphael Cox 59), Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert, Clint Mathis (Ned Grabavoy 74), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Robbie Findley (Andy Williams 89), Yura Movsisyan.

Amonestaciones:

RSL — Javier Morales (amarilla) 15
RSL — Chris Wingert (amarilla) 25
RSL — Nat Borchers (amarilla) 35
DC — Christian Gomez (amarilla) 39
DC — Marc Burch (amarilla) 75
DC — Devon McTavish (amarilla) 91+

Árbitro: Kevin Stott
Asistentes: Philippe Briere; Peter Balciunas
Cuarto oficial: Tyler Ploeger