D.C. United and FC Dallas played to a scoreless draw tonight at RFK Stadium in front of 11, 504 fans. Although the scoring chances were few and far between the teams, United easily had a case to say they were robbed of three crucial points in the middle of their 4 games in 17 day stretch. A goal line clearance and a pair of saves from FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman kept this match scoreless and denied United a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since June 2009.
United should have opened the scoring in the 8th minute thanks mostly to a horrible clearance from FC Dallas converted forward Brek Shea. Playing at left back, Shea inexplicably headed a ball back towards his own goal right to a stunned Charlie Davies. Davies rough first touch allowed Hartman to spring off his goal line and smother Davies shot attempt. The rebound came to Andy Najar who touched it past the scrambling Hartman and fired towards the empty net only to have defender Ugo Ihemelu sweep the ball out of danger.
From that point forward until essentially the end of the match, it was a tight defensive affair with both teams limiting scoring opportunities. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was called upon to only make two routine saves and the normally frantic defense in front of him played a much more composed match and were left to “defend throw-ins pretty much all night” as United head coach Ben Olsen commented after the match.
United nearly took all three points in the 89th minute but Hartman donned his Superman cape to save the day. Substitute Josh Wolff got deep down the right flank and sent a ball screaming across the penalty area to the far post where Fred was waiting. The Brazilian didn’t hesitate and sent a bullet towards the goal only to have Hartman somehow make the miraculous save keep the match at 0-0.
Next up for United is a rematch with the Colorado Rapids next Saturday evening at 7:30 pm at RFK Stadium. In week 3 of the season Colorado handed United a severe 4-1 beating in the cold and altitude of Dicks Sporting Goods Park.
– Joseph Ngwenya and Steven King replaced Josh Wolff and Clyde Simms in the lineup this evening. “Wolffy is no spring chicken anymore. We need to find time to rest him” said Olsen after the match