DC United managed to avert a pre-season debacle by finishing up the Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-0 win over host Charleston Battery and in the process retains the coveted Coffee Pot Cup.
After an uneventful and scoreless first half, United began to pull away behind a much more lively performance in the second half.
United’s first goal was the result of a lovely play by first year player, Ange N’Silu controlling a long ball and laying it off to Emilio who slotted it perfectly into side netting past the charging Charleston keeper for the 1-0 lead.
United put the game away as rookie Andrew Jacobson buried a long shot that deflected and skipped past the helpless Charleston keeper to pretty much seal the game for DC. Brandon Barklage also deserves a lot of credit for digging out a loose ball and making something out of nothing by slipping the ball across the area for Jacobson to fire away at goal.
With the win, United retains the Coffee Pot Cup, a private Cup between DC United and the host Charleston Battery. United also manages to avoid last place in the tournament with the win as the Battery end the tournament winless. Real Salt Lake won the tournament in the first match of the doubleheader by defeating Toronto FC 2-1.