On the first truly hot day of the year, United’s reserves wilted a bit through the first 50 minutes, but sprang back to life in an exciting second half to surge past the Crew.
Neither team was particularly threatening in a pretty sloppy first half, however, the Crew pulled ahead on a well worked corner kick that found it’s way to the back post where United’s Quavas Kirk was unfotunate to knock it into his own net. Had he not tried to make a play on the ball, Crew defender Ezra Hendrickson was right there to put it in anyway.
After the Crew nearly scored on a shot rifled off the crossbar just before the half, the Crew doubled their advantage just after halftime as Jason Garey tucked in a neat cross to give the Crew a seemingly insurmountable lead given United’s play to that point.
However, minutes later United’s central midfielder Dan Stratford stung a venemous 25 yard shot well into the far side netting and the goal seemed to swing the momentum to United for most of the rest of the match.
With more of the possession as the game wore on, United finally found the equalizer as Ryan Cordiero fought for a ball deep against the endline keeping a play alive. Coming away with the ball, he set up Mike Zaher, who made some nifty moves to draw the defense before laying off to Niell at the edge of the box. The crafty Niell dummied the ball right to Jeremy Barlow to slot into the lower corner from 20 yards.
Tied and United pressing for more, backup keeper Jose Carvallo had to make two spectacular saves on Jason Garey inside the six yard box to keep United from falling behind again.
Finally in the 89th minute, Rod Dyachenko struck a loely thru ball to Cordiero streaking dwon the left side and his shot found the lower corner to win the game.
United is now 1-0 in the MLS reserve league.