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Episode 119 – Martin, stop talking!

Join the guys in the latest UnitedMania.com Podcast as they discuss D.C. United’s first two matches, including the opening season loss at Houston and the victory over RSL at RFK Stadium during the home opener. Randy, Chris, Mike and Martin also preview the upcoming match vs. Red Bull NY and go over some D.C. United and MLS news.

Episode 110 – The Toronto Zone

Join Chris, Mike, Randy and Martin as they talk about United’s last two matches, including the 2-2 draw against Red Bull and the 1-0 loss against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. The guys have a lively discussion on United’s present woes and also talk about the US’s World Cup Qualifying campaign.

United toothless in 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake

D.C. United and Real Salt Lake battled to a 0-0 draw last night at RFK in front of 16,089 disappointed spectators last night. United didn’t seem to have the sharpness and bite to their attack as in recent weeks and but still managed to hold on to the result to extend their MLS unbeaten streak to seven matches.

Real Salt Lake, winless and goalless coming into the match, seemed the more willing team to take away the full three points throughout the evening. RSL still remains scoreless on the road but was probably hard done by some great goalkeeping from Josh Wicks. With this performance it seems Wicks has now become the number one choice of United coach Tom Soehn. Wicks made a number of saves to keep United in the match including a 40th minute one-v-one save on Robbie Findley and another save in the 74th minute when he dove to his left to palm away a Findley goal bound header. However, his best save of the night came against Arundel, Maryland native Kyle Beckerman when Wicks tipped his 22 yard left-footed screamer over the bar just a minute earlier.

On the other end of the field, MLS’ top scoring team barely provided any credible chances all game long and only forced one save from the recently returned from injury Nick Rimando, an easy save on a Christian Gomez 50th minute shot. That didn’t mean that United didn’t have chances though. United midfielder Fred spurned both of his glorious chances to put United on top in the match. In the 24th minute United worked their best sequence of the evening which had Bryan Namoff running onto a flicked on header from Andrew Jacobson and the defender chipped a lovely ball over the defense for the onrushing Brazilian only to see his effort chip off the post and out for a goal kick.

Early in the second half United worked another nice sequence which saw Santino Quaranta pass to a wide open Fred who hesitated instead of shooting first time and the once promising attack turned into nothing just seconds later. Substitute Chris Pontius had a headed effort just miss the inside post in the 82nd minute which have given the home side the three points, if not undeservedly.

D.C. United will now go on the road to play in Foxbourough next Saturday against the New England Revolution, 3-1 losers to Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon. United and New England played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season and saw the beginning of United’s stretch of games in which they pulled out results late in the match.

 

United Notes

– G Louis Crayton was left off the 18-man roster for the second consecutive match. Is he done in Washington?

– F Jaime Moreno was subbed out at halftime and Tom Soehn said he wasn’t feeling well during the day and he wanted to give it a go.

– The Washington Freedom defeated the Sky Blue 2-1 proceeding United’s match tonight

Late goal hands United 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake

It doesn’t matter if the match was played on the parking lot formerly known as Rice-Eccles Stadium or the beautifully manicured pitch at Rio Tinto Stadium, the result was the same.  A loss for D.C. United. While United didn’t have the comical implosion of the 4-0 loss last season or the two penalty kicks in stoppage time fiasco of three seasons ago, they still couldn’t get the job done tonight in Sandy, Utah.

Javier Morales’ 82nd minute goal was the game-winner tonight as United gave up the lead for the third time in four matches this season. Luciano Emilio scored for the third consecutive game to give United the lead in the 38th minute off of more good work from rookie Chris Pontius. Fred, making his first start of the season, made an overlapping run and pulled a ball back into the box for Pontius. While the rookie had every right to launch a first time shot on goal, Pontius chipped a beautiful ball onto the head of Emilio who easily beat both the defender and Nick Rimando for the 1-0 lead. The lead didn’t last long however as another defensive blunder gave Real Salt Lake the equalizer just minutes before halftime.

Fred was slow in closing down winger Will Johnson and he was allowed to whip in a cross into the middle of the penalty area that RSL defender Jamison Olave beat the United defense to. The ball ricocheted towards goalkeeper Louis Crayton who seemed suprised and reacted badly to the header and it slipped through his hands and off his upper body and into the net sending the teams to the locker tied at 1-1.

The second half started better for the visiting Black and Red with nice moments of possession that did little however to create any credible scoring chances. In fact, United only registered two shots on goal for the entire match, the second of which was a harmless shot that substitute Santino Quaranta  got off in the 85th minute. While the possession game for United was working, that final pass in the last third of the field was missing most of the night.  Meanwhile at the other end of the field RSL were fortunate not to take the lead earlier when Crofton native and famous United killer Kyle Beckerman rocked a shot off the crossbar that left Crayton with no chance only to see United rookie Rodney Wallace sweep the ball out of trouble.

However the game changed late on when RSL put together a beautiful sequence of passes to result in the game winning goal from Javier Morales. Will Johnson again was the chief architect and worked his way off the left flank into the middle of the park and sent a through ball to Robbie Findley who’s one-time backheel hit Morales perfectly in stride. The Argentine took one touch and slipped a ball to the right of Crayton just inside the goal to send Rio Tinto into a frenzy.

United didn’t mount much of an attack after that energy draining goal and their game long tactic of playing for the draw fizzled out and resulted in United’s fourth loss in a row in the state of Utah (three of which ended in 2-1 losses).

United Notes

– Ben Olsen didn’t make the trip to Sandy. He stayed in Washingto to rest up for their next match against the New England Revolution. Jaime Moreno was already suspended with his red card from last weekends match against Houston. Greg Janicki didn’t make the game squad due to complications from his clash of heads with Devon McTavish in their opening match at the Galaxy. McTavish made his first appearance tonight since that incident.

– United will play the Revolution on a rare Friday night clash this week at RFK Stadium at 7pm. The match will be televised nationally on ESPN2