United abysmal in season opening 4-0 loss to Kansas City

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

United Notes

– 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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5 replies
  1. julius
    julius says:

    I should think some/most of the blame falls on Onalfo. He had some difficult player selection choices due to injury but clearly he got it way wrong. James at RB, is a better choice than a slightly healthier Simms, who’s never player RB. Barklage at RM is a far better choice than throwing in a 17y/o kid to start his first professional game. Yes, very looked pretty awful, including Castillo and Tino but especially Morsink. Through all the preseason games and now this latest game I have never seen him position himself anywhere that demonstrated any soccer IQ or make a pass to a player on DC United. I have no idea what Onalfo sees in him or how Morsink himself considers himself an attacking latin style of player.

  2. mtb102284
    mtb102284 says:

    After reading the article I can’t bring myself to watch the game on mlssoccer.com – Onalfo doesn’t make it to Memorial Day, Olsen will be caretaker manager until October…Not really, but I hope we can make an RSL type run at the end of the year and make the playoffs.

  3. Mike Martin
    Mike Martin says:

    Yeah, what Onalfo sees in Morsinck is a head scratcher, and putting Simms in a bad spot is also mystifying, but Najar and Talley thrown into the mix too are almost predictably bad choices that would haunt given the weather conditions. Just a sad performance top to bottom.

    I do not think Onalfo is in danger though, well assuming DC shows some bounce back to respectability over the next few games. Let’s face it, how can the top brass blame him when they gave him a team that is conservatively 600K under the salary cap?

    So, he won’t be gone by Summer, but I don’t think he makes 2011, unless he shows a lot more more ability to organize and motivate than he’s shown to date (including his KC stint, too)

    I also don’t discount a RSL type run because I assume we will spend more money as the season goes along.

    But then again, maybe we won’t and this is one long delusion induced disaster.

  4. Ceraphs
    Ceraphs says:

    Of all the names surrounding the Head Coaching job last season, Onalfo was easily my least desired. While I am willing to let this first game go as an anomoly, Mike is right in saying there is little to suggest improvement next week. I am confused in some of the personel signings (where does Allsop fit in? Why should we have faith in Morsink?). There is an interesting idea that with United being the presumed loss leader in MLS, the single entity might not be thrilled with United signing a high dollar DP even with the cap room. Has the day come that we have to accept being a “budget” team until a stadium provides us with profitability?

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