Houston rookie forward Will Bruin scored the first three goals for the Dynamo tonight and Cam Weaver capped off an embarrassing defensive performance by D.C. United with the last goal in their 4-1 thrashing of the Black-and-Red. United has now lost two MLS matches in a row by a combined 8-1 scoreline and if you add Wednesday night’s dismal 3-2 loss to the New England Revolution in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match, United has lost three straight games and clearly lost their way defensively.
No matter what combination of players that head coach Ben Olsen trots out onto the pitch, they seem to turn their duties into a comedy of errors. Poor positioning, critical giveaways and a shocking lack of concentration has turned a once promising season into a nightmare for United. United has now allowed 16 goals in their 7 league matches including 10 goals allowed in their 4 road matches to date (1 win and 3 losses). Tonight’s Keystone Cops routine began in the 4th minute when Dax McCarty’s unnecessary turnover spurred a quick Houston counter. Brad Davis slotted a pass to Will Bruin who slipped the ball past Bill Hamid to the near post for a surprise 1-0 lead.
United battled back and drew the match level in the 39th minute when Marc Burch’s free kick went under the Houston wall and past Tally Hall. United had done precious little up to that point with only a Chris Pontius header bothering Hall and questionable non-call on what looked to be a clear foul in the box on Pontius in the 31st minute. However, United’s joy in tying the match only lasted two minutes when Bruin struck again. Brad Davis got in behind right back Zed Jayner and hit one of his textbook perfect crosses to the back post where United rookie defender Perry Kitchen seemed to lose his way as the burly Ohio State forward raced inside of the confused Kitchen and hammered home a header from 6 yards to give the Dynamo a 2-1 lead.
After halftime United actually took the game to the Dynamo but once again poor defending doomed them. A free kick was awarded to the Dynamo and the left-footed out swinger from Davis met the forehead of Bruin inside the 6 yard box again and Hamid had no chance and Bruin had a natural hat trick. Bruin, who was being eyeballed buy United before the draft, certainly made United regret not picking him over the much more vaunted Perry Kitchen. While Kitchen will no doubt become a much better player in time, Bruin won this match up with relative ease.
United’s evening was finally extinguished with a piece of laughable defending. In perhaps the single worst piece of defending in United’s 15 years of playing in MLS, a throw-in from past the midfield stripe caught United’s back line asleep and Cam Weaver strode in on goal all alone and roofed a shot past a clearly flabbergasted Bill Hamid for the final scoreline of 4-1.
Confidence is very low with the Black-and-Red at the moment but they do have a 3-game home stand to try and right the ship. Up next for United is a Wednesday night match against the Seattle Sounders, who by the way have never lost in 3 meetings at RFK.
Isn’t this season turning out well?