Allsopp scored in the 12th and 34th minutes to give the Black and Red their first lead of the season at any point through six MLS matches. United hung on until a Kei Kamara goal in stoppage time halved the deficit and made the 10,038 fans in attendance at RFK Stadium a bit nervous until the final whistle just a minute later from referee Alex Prus.
United started the scoring in the 12th minute on a relatively harmless clearance by Rodney Wallace out of United’s defensive zone. The ball bounded up field and Allsopp muscled Wizards defender Pablo Escobar off the ball and regained possession 30 yards from goal. The Australian then put a deft touch past the other Wizards central defender Jimmy Conrad and was heading towards goal. Allsopp unleashed a left-footed blast that took a slight deflection off the leg of Conrad past helpless Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and into the net for a 1-0 lead.
United doubled their advantage in the 34th minute off a dreadful mistake from Escobar. The Colombian defender’s pass intended for left back Roger Espinosa was under weighted and easily picked off by the hustling Adam Cristman. Cristman easily dispatched Espinosa’s attempt of a tackle and fed Allsopp all alone in front of goal and the big striker took only one touch before sending a laser precise right-footed shot past Nielsen and into the side netting for a 2-0 lead.
United rookie goalkeeper Bill Hamid was then called on for a reflex save in stoppage time to deny Wizards midfielder Jack Jewsbury and keep the score at 2-0. Hamid looked nervous early on in the game but came through unscathed at the half.
After the half the visitors began to really pour on the pressure. Halftime substitute Kamara, who was stunningly left out of the starting lineup in spite of his personal success against United, was a match up nightmare for United. The 6 foot 4 inch striker was elusive and bothersome to the United defense but after about 20 minutes of sustained pressure, United began to turn the tide. Allsopp nearly had a hat trick when his left-footed effort was palmed away by Nielsen to keep the score at 2-0. In the 68th minute Clyde Simms had a similar shot but from about 25 yards away that narrowly missed the outside post. In the 77th minute United’s last chance at goal was denied by the woodwork. Christian Castillo’s pile driver of a free kick from 40 yards stung the right post and the rebound was then sent into orbit by Boyzzz Khumalo.
United defended gamely but did concede late in stoppage time when Josh Wolff’s excellent whipped in cross found the outstretched boot of Kamara to beat Hamid and spoil the rookie’s shutout bid in his first game.
United will now go on to face FC Dallas this weekend at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday evening at 8:30 pm EST.
- Luciano Emilio and Andy Najar were both unused subs tonight for United
- Devon McTavish made a late appearance subbing in for a very tired Juan Manuel Peña