United vs Houston: Houston Hex continues as United crumble in 4-0 loss

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Coming off a week of unbridled optimism with the introduction of new owners Erik Thorir and Jason Levien into the United fold, you would think it would translate into an inspired performance in a place that has been a House of Horrors for D.C. United.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Bill Hamid’s red card take down on a breakaway by Macoumba Kandji in the 18th minute fueled another disastrous performance in Houston as the Black-and-Red fell 4-0 in Houston. The loss was their second this season to Houston at their brand new BBVA Compass Stadium. With the loss United fell into second place in the Eastern Conference and now will be without Hamid for their visit to Columbus next weekend.

United started the match well enough applying forward pressure from the opening whistle and had a number of opportunities to take the lead, the best being a semi-breakaway for Chris Pontius who’s effort was timid at best and an easy save for Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall.

Then it happened.

In the 18th minute Robbie Russell was playing too high of a line and Kandji easily slipped past him down the left sideline. Hamid hesitated coming out to meet Kandji and by the time he did get to him, his scissor slide hacked Kandji down and gave referee Jason Anno no choice but to call for a penalty and send the young net minder off. Brad Davis stepped up and sent the ball past substitute goalkeeper Joe Willis for the 1-0 lead. Ironically, through 18 matches this season, United had not been called for a penalty or been given a red card at any point. It happened all in one play.

Houston continued to expose United with countless diagonal passes over the weak side of defense and it paid off in the 37th minute. Luis Camargo did well to fight off a Brandon McDonald challenge deep in the penalty area and waited long enough for Will Bruin to make a run towards the penalty spot. Dejan Jakovic was a bit lazy in recognizing the run and United were punished when Bruin scored his sixth goal against United in five matches for his career and a 2-0 lead at the half.

After the half United tried to hang on as best they can but a pair of goals from Oscar Boniek Garcia (62nd minute) and Brian Ching (89th minute penalty) put the final dagger into United and now they have to regroup and travel to Columbus to take on the Crew next Saturday evening.

United (10-6-3  33 pts) is now 0-7-1 lifetime in Houston and has been outscored 17-4 in those matches.



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