D.C. United and Real Salt Lake battled to a 0-0 draw last night at RFK in front of 16,089 disappointed spectators last night. United didn’t seem to have the sharpness and bite to their attack as in recent weeks and but still managed to hold on to the result to extend their MLS unbeaten streak to seven matches.
Real Salt Lake, winless and goalless coming into the match, seemed the more willing team to take away the full three points throughout the evening. RSL still remains scoreless on the road but was probably hard done by some great goalkeeping from Josh Wicks. With this performance it seems Wicks has now become the number one choice of United coach Tom Soehn. Wicks made a number of saves to keep United in the match including a 40th minute one-v-one save on Robbie Findley and another save in the 74th minute when he dove to his left to palm away a Findley goal bound header. However, his best save of the night came against Arundel, Maryland native Kyle Beckerman when Wicks tipped his 22 yard left-footed screamer over the bar just a minute earlier.
On the other end of the field, MLS’ top scoring team barely provided any credible chances all game long and only forced one save from the recently returned from injury Nick Rimando, an easy save on a Christian Gomez 50th minute shot. That didn’t mean that United didn’t have chances though. United midfielder Fred spurned both of his glorious chances to put United on top in the match. In the 24th minute United worked their best sequence of the evening which had Bryan Namoff running onto a flicked on header from Andrew Jacobson and the defender chipped a lovely ball over the defense for the onrushing Brazilian only to see his effort chip off the post and out for a goal kick.
Early in the second half United worked another nice sequence which saw Santino Quaranta pass to a wide open Fred who hesitated instead of shooting first time and the once promising attack turned into nothing just seconds later. Substitute Chris Pontius had a headed effort just miss the inside post in the 82nd minute which have given the home side the three points, if not undeservedly.
D.C. United will now go on the road to play in Foxbourough next Saturday against the New England Revolution, 3-1 losers to Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon. United and New England played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season and saw the beginning of United’s stretch of games in which they pulled out results late in the match.
– G Louis Crayton was left off the 18-man roster for the second consecutive match. Is he done in Washington?
– F Jaime Moreno was subbed out at halftime and Tom Soehn said he wasn’t feeling well during the day and he wanted to give it a go.
– The Washington Freedom defeated the Sky Blue 2-1 proceeding United’s match tonight