United falls victim of non-handball call; lose 2-0 to Columbus

D.C. United fell victim to their own inability to finish chances as well as some very poor officiating in their 2-0 loss to Columbus tonight at Crew Stadium. Guillermo Barros Schelloto’s 57th minute goal was a direct result of a handball that referee Terry Vaughn somehow managed to miss despite getting a clear view of the play. Schelloto got hold of the ball after it hit the post and the rebound clearly bounced off the hand of Guille before he roofed the ball into the net.

While the call irked United to no end, it was their inability to finish numerous chances in the first half  that led to their ultimate demise. The match was very much a reminder of United’s early season struggles, particularly at home when they outplayed the opposition but could not make them pay with goals.  Chris Pontius had numerous shots over and wide of the goal but the best chance to score was when Adam Cristman broke through on a bad back pass from Eric Brunner and his lofted shot over the onrushing William Hesmer inched just over the bar.

United’s misery was compounded when defender Eric Brunner had an easy tap in goal in the 86th minute to finish off after a flurry of half-chances for United to tie the match late on. One bright spot in this disappointing evening was Troy Perkins’ penalty kick save on Steven Lenhart in stoppage time.

With the loss United ended their three-game unbeaten streak in MLS and dropped to 3-9-1 on the season. United will now travel to San Jose next weekend to take on the Earthquakes. That match will be live on ComcastSportsNet at 10:30pm EST

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