D.C. United gave up a corner kick goal on the last touch of the match to settle for a 1-1 draw with the home standing Charleston Battery tonight at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina
United will need to win outright on Saturday afternoon against the Seattle Sounders to take home the Carolina Challenge Cup for the fourth time. Davy Arnaud had given United the lead in the 72nd minute when he skimmed a header to the far post off a perfect bending cross from Luis Silva’s free kick. United seemed destined to double the lead and just four minutes later Eddie Johnson’s easier-to-miss-than-make goal somehow skied over the bar from just six yards out. Fabian Espindola followed up that disappointing effort with a blast that was well saved.
United were in total control of the match at this point after head coach Ben Olsen started the match with his full reserve squad. The reserves held the ball well enough but didn’t create many chances and Olsen had had enough and brought his starting team en masse into the match in the 70th minute, the lone exception being goalkeeper Joe Willis in for the usual Bill Hamid.
Unfortunately that decision would play a big part in allowing the over matched 3rd-division USL side back into the match. With literally the last kick of the match, Charleston swung in a corner that seemed to be poorly played by Willis and the game-tying goal came as a result. That goal was the first goal the starting unit for United had given up the entire preseason.
United will take on the Sounders on Saturday night at 5pm and let’s hope the stream will work for the entire game as it was constantly going out during the watching of this match (missed the game-tying goal scorer as a result).