The talk all pre-season long was the vastly improving defensive corp for United. Well, that didn’t last very long.
United got hammered 4-0 in Kansas City tonight and it honestly could have been a lot worse as Troy Perkins made a number of saves to keep the Black and Red from being truly embarrassed. Not that a 4-0 season opening loss isn’t bad enough. Coming off a preseason that saw the starting unit only allow 2 goals in 9 matches, the defense was torn to shreds by a Kansas City team not exactly picked to do well this season.
A ninth minute goal from Kei Kamara started the tidal wave when he got onto a rebound of a Ryan Smith shot and had the easiest of tap-ins for a 1-0 lead. The play could have been avoided but 17-year old Andy Najar, the youngest player in MLS history to start a season opener, was caught in possession inside the penalty area and gave the ball up and it was shuttled out wide to Smith.
Kansas City increased their lead in the 35th minute when Smith settled a ball in between three United defenders, none of which could get the ball off the young Irishman. Smith flicked the ball to the left side of the area where Davy Arnaud took one touch and rifled a low skipping shot past Perkins for the 2-0 lead.
After halftime United came out with some purpose but again it was the home side that got on the board in the 54th minute. United lost possession again in midfield, a common theme all night long, and Kamara took off down the right wing. His cross into the box was punched out by Perkins only to fall right on the foot of Smith who easily tapped into the goal.
United’s misery was complete in the 70th minute when Kansas City was awarded a penalty kick when Dejan Jakovic handled in the box. Nevermind the fact that Kamara had horsecollared Jakovic and his hand met with the ball. Jack Jewsbury slammed home the penalty and United played out the string of their dissapointing 4-0 loss.
United must now pick themselves up and quickly burn the game tape and get ready for their home opener next weekend against the New England Revolution at 7:30pm at RFK Stadium
– Clyde Simms started at right back and was subbed out in the first half with an apparent hamstring injury
– Danny Allsopp made his United debut when he subbed in for Najar at the half
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