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United Reserves Get Some Revenge on the Crew

On the first truly hot day of the year, United’s reserves wilted a bit through the first 50 minutes, but sprang back to life in an exciting second half to surge past the Crew.

Neither team was particularly threatening in a pretty sloppy first half, however, the Crew pulled ahead on a well worked corner kick that found it’s way to the back post where United’s Quavas Kirk was unfotunate to knock it into his own net. Had he not tried to make a play on the ball, Crew defender Ezra Hendrickson was right there to put it in anyway.

After the Crew nearly scored on a shot rifled off the crossbar just before the half, the Crew doubled their advantage just after halftime as Jason Garey tucked in a neat cross to give the Crew a seemingly insurmountable lead given United’s play to that point.

However, minutes later United’s central midfielder Dan Stratford stung a venemous 25 yard shot well into the far side netting and the goal seemed to swing the momentum to United for most of the rest of the match.

With more of the possession as the game wore on, United finally found the equalizer as Ryan Cordiero fought for a ball deep against the endline keeping a play alive. Coming away with the ball, he set up Mike Zaher, who made some nifty moves to draw the defense before laying off to Niell at the edge of the box. The crafty Niell dummied the ball right to Jeremy Barlow to slot into the lower corner from 20 yards.

Tied and United pressing for more, backup keeper Jose Carvallo had to make two spectacular saves on Jason Garey inside the six yard box to keep United from falling behind again.

Finally in the 89th minute, Rod Dyachenko struck a loely thru ball to Cordiero streaking dwon the left side and his shot found the lower corner to win the game.

United is now 1-0 in the MLS reserve league.

Reserve Match: United Rout Revolution

NE was forced to play several trialists and a backup goalie as their right back due to injury problems and it showed dramatically as United's reserved cruised to an easy victory scoring three goals in each half, while NE barely registered even a shot on goal.

 

Lucio Filomeno started the rout midway through the first half as he collected a lovely thru ball from Jeff Carroll and rounded former United keeper Doug Warren easily to tuck the ball in the net. Filomeno nearly scored another more spectacular goal a few minutes later, but his wicked freekick banged off the top of the crossbar.

 

United assumed control of the match from that point on and was rewarded with two more goals before the half. DC's second goal was the result of a beautiful play down the right side of the field which resulted with a terrific pass into the box by Mediate, which Nickell slammed into the net.

 

Then just before the halftime whistle, United's McTavish hit a perfect corner kick right to Nickell at the far post, but as the defense converged upon him, he headed the ball back across the goalmouth for Mediate to nod easily into the open net.

 

United continued their dominance in the second half and NE was lucky not to have lost by an even larger margin as Filomeno was set up twice, but barely missed open shots each time.

 

Still, DC kept up merciless pressure on NE and more goals were inevitable. Nickell was again involved as he showed some lovely moves down the left to draw the defense, then dropped the ball back for Filomeno to tuck the ball into the open net for the fourth goal.

 

With the rout on and NE in full retreat, United brought on some guest players (including former United player Judah Cooks) and was rewarded with a goal from one of their guests and an assist from another. Defender Indris Ughiouhu snuck in behind NE's leaky defense, collected a scoop pass from Rod Dyachenko and he also rounded the defenseless Warren to add the fifth goal.

 

Matt Nickell completed the scoring as he collected a clever pass from Amir Lowery and turned at the edge of the box to curl a lovely shot over Warren and into the upper corner of the net just before the end of the match.

 

DC's reserves are off for about a month until they play two road matches in July. They play in Columbus on July 9th and in Chicago on the 23rd. United's next home reserve match is not until August 20th against the Colorado Rapids at 10 AM on RFK's auxilary field.

 

With the win, United reserve record goes to 2-1-1 and they are still mid-table depending on other results from today's games. DC’s Lucio Filomeno now has 4 goals in the reserve league play and is one goal behind league leader and former DC forward Thiago Martins who has 5 goals for the Rapids.

 

Lineups:

DC – Rimando (McIntosh 65), Stokes (Ughiouhu 55), Wilson, DeRoux, Mediate (Cooks 60), Carroll, McTavish, Dyachenko, Nickell, Filomeno (Lowery 65).

 

NE – Warren, unknown #36, unknown #35, Haggerty, Tomasso, Williamson, Cullen, Wynn, unknown #29, Brown, unknown #37.

Reserve Match: United Stun Wizards 4-1

DC United finally cracked Kansas City's tightly packed defense just before halftime and then cruised to an easy 4-1 victory with three more goals in the second half.

The Wizards' only score came from a wicked free kick by Alex Zotinca that briefly pulled the Wizards to within 2-1, but United scored twice in the last 15 minutes to seal the win.

United thoroughly controlled the majority of the match, but struggled to put the ball into the net until Lucio Filomeno scored a brilliant goal in the 43rd minute. DC's Argentine forward collected a long punt from Nick Rimando and cleverly rounded Kansas City's Tyson Wahl to thump in a 25-yard side volley right past goalkeeper Will Hesmer's ear to give United the lead.

United extended that lead right after the half as Rod Dyachenko showed some flashy moves to draw the defense and then slid the ball to Justin Moose inside the six-yard box. United's first round draft pick easily beat the helpless Hesmer again for the first goal of his professional career.

United appeared to be well on their way to a resounding win until a stunning free kick against the run of play pulled Kansas City to within a goal. After a relatively innocent foul by United's Dyachenko along the right sideline, Zotinca curled a wicked shot over everyone, off the far post and into the net. United's third-string keeper, Ryan McIntosh, who had just come in at halftime for Rimando, could only flail ineffectually at the bending ball.

However, United kept up the pressure and was rewarded with two more goals from an unlikely source, as United's Brandon Prideaux set up two goals while playing forward towards the end of the match.

Prideaux took a knock to his knee midway through the second half and with DC's injury troubles, no easy substitutions could be made, so it appeared that Prideaux was moved forward to finish out the game rather than risk any more collisions in the defense. It turned out to be a brilliant move as United's stalwart defender showed up his former team with some dazzling offensive skills.

Prideaux set up the goal that put the game out of reach as he slid a penetrating through ball deep into the box for Jamil Walker to run onto. DC's speedy forward immediately dropped it back to Jeff Carroll for a lovely give and go, but Hesmer thundered out to the return ball from Carroll, and Walker bravely got a toe to the ball before being demolished by the Wizards' big backup keeper. With both players stunned by the collision, the ball trickled slowly just over the line before anyone else could get there to clear it.

Finally, Prideaux got the primary assist on Filomeno's second goal of the match as time ran out. With a nice move, Prideaux got free down the left side of the box and launched a perfect cross for Filomeno to nod in to complete the scoring.

United's Devin McTavish was nearly rewarded for his tremendous effort during the game with a goal just before the final whistle, but his stinging drive was parried off the crossbar and out.

United remain undefeated in the reserve league at 1-0-1, but are in the middle of the pack in the table as most teams have played more games. DC's next reserve match is in Kansas City on May 28 and their next home reserve match is June 4 at 10 a.m. against the Revolution.

Note: Midfielder Amir Lowery, who played for Colorado's reserves last season and is from Washington, DC, came in for Moose in the 65th minute. Lowery played at Woodrow Wilson HS and was a part of the Virginia ODP. He played college soccer at Wake Forest.

Lineups:

DC United: Nick Rimando (Ryan McIntosh 46), Brandon Prideaux, John Wilson, Stephen DeRoux, Justin Moose (Amir Lowry 65), Jeff Carroll, Devon McTavish, Rod Dyachenko, Andy Metcalf, Lucio Filomeno, Matt Nickell (Jamil Walker 60).

Kansas City: Will Hesmer, Stephen Shirley, Tyson Wahl, Brian Roberts, Ryan Raybould, Yuri Movsisyan, Alex Zotinca, Lance Watson, Jermaine Hue, Will John, Sergei Raad (Ryan Pore 75)

United, Dallas Reserves Play To Scoreless Tie

DC United's defense of their reserve league title got off to a less-than-stellar start in a scoreless tie with FC Dallas at the RFK Auxiliary Field Sunday morning.

United (0-0-1) controlled much of the play, but failed to put the ball into the back of the net against a tenacious Dallas reserve side (0-2-1). It was the first time United fans saw DC's reserves fail to win at home after winning all six matches last season. 

The match was virtually a mirror image of the first-team match the night before, only without the first-half goals. Dallas again trotted out a team determined to defend at all costs, and it took United until late in the second-half to break them down. Unfortunately, last year's reserves scoring leader, Jamil Walker, along and Matt Nickell, missed clear chances to win the match in the last fifteen minutes. 

After a dreadfully tame first half, United came out in the second-half much more lively, as Nickell seemed to inject some urgency in the attack. Twice Nickell set up thru balls for Walker to run onto, but both plays just missed. The first was a lovely curled pass behind Dallas' defenders into the box for Walker to run onto, but United's speedster just barely missed getting to it. Then a few minutes later, Walker was sent into the box and this time got to the ball but was leveled by goalkeeper Jeff Cassar in what should have been a penalty. 

Still, United kept up the pressure and should have put the game away with two beautiful plays late in the match. In the play of the day, United's Dominic Mediate sent the ball into the box to Nickell, but he was closed down and dropped the ball back to Rod Dyachenko at the top of the box. After drawing the defense to him, Dyachenko slid a perfect lead pass to Walker all alone on the right side of the box, but Walker's first touch failed him and the ball squirted right to Cassar. 

Dyachenko set up another golden opportunity in the 86th minute, sending Andy Metcalf on a thundering run down the right side. Metcalf then crossed perfectly to Nickell at the top of the box, but his shot sailed just over the bar. 

Still, despite the tie, reserve coach Tom Soehn had to be pleased with United’s effort as they controlled much of the play and were never really threatened by a Dallas side that contained quite a few experienced regulars trying to work their way back into the first team after coming back from injury.

United’s next reserve match is May 14 against Kansas City at RFK’s Auxiliary Field at 10:00 a.m. 

Lineups:

DC United: Ryan McIntosh; Bryan Namoff, Devon McTavish, John Wilson; Domenic Mediate, Jeff Carroll, Clyde Simms, Rod Dyachenko, Stephen deRoux (Andy Metcalf 52); Lucio Filomeno (Matt Nickell 45), Jamil Walker

FC Dallas: Jeff Cassar; David Wagenfuhr, Michael Dello-Russo, Chris Gbandi, Justin Moore; Marcos Charras (Mario Torres 57), Richard Mulrooney, Aaron Pitchkolan, Arturo Alvarez, Abe Thompson, Dominic Oduro

Stats (DCU/FCD)
Shots: 6/10
Fouls: 13/11
Corners: 6/7

Cautions:
DCU – Domenic Mediate 54
FCD – Justin Moore 82
FCD – Justin Moore 85

Ejections: FCD – Justin Moore 85 (second caution)

DC Takes Inaugural Reserve League Title

United finished the reserve season undefeated at home on their way to a league high 8 wins out of 12 games played. Their 8-4-0 record puts them three points clear of any other team, regardless of the other results in the final matches this weekend. No other team will have more than six victories on the year.

 

 

Jamil Walker Celebrates

United jumped out to the early lead over the Crew in today's match on the strength of a very typical Jamil Walker goal. He used speed to beat the Crew defense to the near post to stuff in a perfect cross from Nick Van Sicklen. Afterward he said 'It's great being able to get the goal and the result, but it's a total team effort. Nick put the ball right there and I was fortunate enough to be there to finish it.'

 

 

Jason ThompsonJason Thompson put in the insurance goal by finishing a very lovely play in the 58th minute to put United ahead for good. Nana Kuffour began the play by collecting a poor clearance and then launching a stunning crossfield pass to Freddy Adu running free down the left. Adu picked the ball out of the air with a spectacular heel flick right into the path of Tim Merritt going to goal. Merritt's shot was expertly deflected by Thompson past the keeper to assure DC's championship.

 

 

DC Reserve Team Coach Tommy Soehn was particularly proud of the team's achievement saying that it 'feels great, we pride ourselves on having 28 guys that can play at any moment. I think it shows through games like today, throughout the whole event, that these guys at any point can take the field and make a difference for us. We're pretty proud of them. We work hard during the week and it shows every weekend when they get a chance to prove it on the field. Guys are ready top to bottom to come out on the weekend and get the job done.'

 

 

DC's defense was rarely tested in the match, but United gifted a goal to the Crew with an appalling mistake 20 minutes from the end of the match. Perkins misplayed a back pass that he should have just launched into orbit, allowing the Crew's David Testo to scramble the ball away from the United keeper. Typically, the ball rolled right to the Crew's Knox Cameron and he easily chipped the ball into the back of the net behind the helpless Perkins.

 

 

Still, the result was never really in doubt the rest of the game.  United survived only one dangerous play from the anemic Crew offense when Wolyniec muscled around John Wilson in the 80th minute only to shoot wide of the post.

 

 

Even though United dominated the majority of the match, stunning saves by both keepers kept the game close since both teams had quality chances in the opening 45 minutes.

 

 

The Crew nearly tied the game in the 30th minute on a wicked Marcus Storey blast that knuckled and nearly fooled Perkins, but DC's keeper was able to parry it away. Then it was Crew goalie Bill Gaudette who prevented a first half hat trick by Walker with two lovely saves just before the end of the half.

 

 

In the 37th minute, Clyde Simms took a quick FK to Freddy bolting down the left and Walker got on the end of his lovely cross, despite a healthy shove in the back by the Crew's lumbering mystery defenders. However Gaudette got a palm on Jamil's header to guide it just wide of the net.

 

 

Then on the stroke of the halftime, Freddy earned and took another FK to Walker at the far post, but Gaudette showed Rimando like reflexes to dive back across the goal and smother the shot.

 

 

However, in the second half, United took control of the match and was unfortunate not to put up more goals. An early Freddy Adu CK to Merritt at the back post was volleyed dead on target, and only another diving save by their goalie kept the ball out of the net. Then it was the woodwork that saved the Crew, when a few minutes later Freddy slid the ball up to Nana Kuffour barreling towards goal, but his shot pinged off the post.

 

 

When Coach Soehn was asked if any players stood out in terms of winning the title, he was quick to point out that it was a total team effort. He said 'Jamil comes up with a lot of goals for us, Clyde Simms, Bobby Boswell, John Wilson, they've all done a great job as far as being the upper echelon, but we're proud of everybody. We're not afraid to put anybody out there. Everybody pulls their weight. We're a team. It's not first team and reserve team, it's a team and whatever the competition is, we're looking to win.'

 

United enjoyed the trophy ceremony following the match, celebrating with about 500 raucous fans who attended and cheered on the reserves throughout the match. The team also wins $20,000 that Coach Soehn said will be divided up by the reserve match players.

DC United Beat Back Revolution In Reserve Match

Santino Quaranta's 85th minute goal gave DC United's reserves a 2-1 win over New England at the RFK Auxiliary Field.

Quaranta cut inside brilliantly and slotted a lovely shot into the lower corner to score the winning goal after the Revolution's Connelly Edozian had tied the game five minutes before. United had taken the lead in the 60th minute from a goal by Nana Kuffour.

After another scoreless first half in reserve play, United again played a much more aggressive second half to put the Revolution away. DC's Eliseo Quintanilla had another good game as he assisted on both goals, the first being a clever play that carved open the Revolution defense.

After controlling a difficult pass in midfield, Quintanilla slid a wicked pass right through the Revolution defense to Jamil Walker deep in NE's penalty area. Walker turned well which drew the defense, and he was able to slip a square pass to Kuffour for the easy finish into the open net which gave United the lead midway through the second half.

United pretty much controlled play for the rest of the match, but a mistake in midfield allowed NE to level the game ten minutes from time. Freddy Adu, no doubt tired from playing significant minutes in last night's first team match misplayed a ball in United's half which allowed NE's Edozian to run straight in before the United defense could react and strike a perfect shot past a helpless Troy Perkins.

However, United kept up the pressure and was rewarded with a thrilling finish as Quintanilla sent Quaranta down the left side. Quaranta looked to be closed off by the defense, but he managed to beat his mark by suddenly cutting inside, then drifted past another defender and slipped a quick shot that fooled the entire defense as it rolled into the lower corner to seal the victory.

United coach Tom Soehn remarked after the game that United's stronger play as the game goes on in these reserve matches "shows that the whole team is fit" and that "they take pride in this competition". He added that he was happy with the effort from the whole team and that it shows how important it is to "keep your whole 28 man roster filled with players ready to step in and be ready to win whenever they step on the field in any match."

United did have one excellent chance in the relatively uneventful first half as Kuffour slammed a header off the post after a well hit cross from Jason Thompson found Kuffour wide open in the NE penalty area.

United's next reserve match is May 22 against the Kansas City Wizards.

Reserves: Fire Smothered By United

After a scoreless first half, DC United exploded for three goals in ten minutes early in the second half to smother the Chicago Fire in their inaugural reserve match played at the RFK Auxiliary Field.

United got goals from defender Tim Merritt, Nana Kuffour, Clyde Simms, and Eliseo Quintanilla added the final touch in the 90th minute.

The Fire's lone tally was by Nate Jaqua after United was up 3-0.

United's Tommy Soehn, coaching the reserve side, was pleased with United's overall effort, saying "as a team, we knocked the ball around well for stretches of the game, and exposed them for the goals. Now we need to work on expanding on that effort."

In a largely uneventful first half, United managed to put the ball in the Fire net, as Jamil Walker stuffed in a corner kick from United captain Quintanilla, but the play was mysteriously called offside.

However, the second half was a much more lively and effective affair for United. Freddy Adu was inserted into the central midfield and he immediately added a spark to United's attack, assisting on United's first goal in the 54th minute.

Tim Merritt had cleared a loose ball to Adu at midfield, then the rookie from North Carolina and last pick in the draft took off down the open right side to collect the return pass from Adu. With Chicago keeper David Mahoney charging out, Merritt managed to poke the ball under him just before a wicked collision left both players stunned but unhurt.

Three minutes later, Merritt again blasted a clearance over midfield, where Nana Kuffour was able to outduel the Fire's Samuel Caballero to gain control of the bouncing ball and break in on goal. With a nice touch, Kuffour stepped around Mahoney to slot the ball easily into the open net.

Then it was Simms' turn in the 69th minute, as he blasted a long shot into the lower corner after collecting a pass from Kuffour about 25 yards from goal.

However, the Fire were able to pull a goal back five minutes later, as Kenny Arena whiffed on a loose ball in midfield, allowing Jaqua to pounce on it and easily slip it by Andrew Terris for Chicago's only goal of the match.

Quintanilla finished the scoring in the 90th minute as Adu broke free down the right side and squared a perfect pass across the goal mouth, where Quintanilla blasted into the upper corner.

When asked about MLS adding reserve matches this year, Soehn said that he's glad that MLS has added them, as they are "a fantastic tool for evaluating players and giving them experience in game situations. As we learned last year, everybody on the team is important being successful in MLS."

United's next reserve match is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 24 against the New England Revolution reserves at the RFK Auxiliary Field.

DC United Reserves    0–4—-4

Chicago Fire Reserves 0–1—-1

Scoring Summary:
DCU: Tim Merritt 1 (Freddy Adu 1) 54
DCU: Nana Kuffour 1 (Unassisted) 57
DCU: Clyde Simms 1 (Nana Kuffour 1) 69
CHI: Nate Jaqua 1 (Unassisted) 74
DCU: Eliseo Quintanilla 1 (Freddy Adu 2) 90

DC United Reserves (3-5-2) – Troy Perkins (Andrew Terris 46), Shawn Kuykendall, Kenny Arena, Tim Merritt, Nick Van Sicklen, Clyde Simms, Eliseo Quintanilla, Nana Kuffour, Jason Thompson, Santino Quaranta (Freddy Adu 46), Jamil Walker (Brandon Prideaux 80). Head Coach: Tom Soehn

TOTAL SHOTS: 10, SHOTS ON GOAL 6, FOULS: 17, OFFSIDE: 10, CORNER KICKS: 4, SAVES: 2

Chicago Fire Reserves (4-4-2) – Matt Pickens (David Mahoney 46), Jared Montz, Samuel Caballero, Jack Stewart, Gonzalo Segares, Leonard Griffin, Scott Buete, Logan Pause, Hollis Donaldson, Chad Barrett (Nate Jaqua 61), Will Johnson

TOTAL SHOTS: 5, SHOTS ON GOAL 3, FOULS: 11, OFFSIDE: 1, CORNER KICKS: 3, SAVES: 2

Misconduct Summary:
DCU: Shawn Kuykendall (caution) 47
DCU: Nick Van Sicklen (caution) 81

Attendance: 200