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DC United’s last game at RFK ends in a loss 2-1 against NY Red Bulls

 DSC8432DC United'S Chris Korb collides with Red Bulls forward Gonzalo Verón while stopping the attack by Verón. Both players went to the ground, no foul called. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

Despite a solid display of athleticism and more than a bit of aggression from both teams, DC United (9-20-5) was unable to leave Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium with one more win. In the last Major League Soccer match Sunday afternoon on the pitch at RFK in front of 41,418 spectators, the New York Red Bulls (14-12-8) defeated DC United 2-1.
Led by first-time captain Marcelo Sarvas, DC United opened the match with a parry-and-thrust attack that kept the Red Bulls on their side of the field more often than not. Each time the Red Bulls moved the ball onto the DC United’s side, DC responded by turning the ball back and moving the match back to the other end of the pitch.
The fires of frustration crept into the match ignited by a tangled dust-up between United’s forward Paul Arriola and Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence. Chasing the ball from opposite ends resulted in a loud, violent collision that brought both players to the ground, skidding across the end line and into advertising barriers surrounding the field. Arriola lay crumpled against the wall, not moving much.

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DC United fall to Orlando City Soccer Club, 2-1

205 20170909 DCUnited vs Orlando City 1DC United's Paul Arriola slumps to the field as game time runs out, with the Orlando City Soccer Club declared the victors, 2-1. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  WASHINGTON — In front of a crowd of 18,028 spectators at RFK Stadium, DC United fell to the Orlando City Soccer Club, 2-1.
Orlando City owned the majority of the first half, keeping DC United’s defense stretched out. It was the first half that brought Orlando their only two goals of the match. DC United’s frustration with the first half of the match showed up when Luciano Acosta at the 24th minute and Paul Arriola at the 33rd minute were flagged with yellow cards for unsporting behavior.
The second half of the match, DC United was back as the dominating home team that fans expected. They played faster, more aggressively, and with an obvious sense of urgency. DC United head coach Ben Olsen commented that the second half was better for the team. "The second half was pretty gutsy from us, and I thought we should have earned a little bit more out of that game."

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DC United sits with the Spirit at the bottom

DC United (5-15-4) played a most unusual match, losing 1-0 against Real Salt Lake (8-12-5) at RFK Stadium this past weekend. The match started Saturday with the possibility of threatening thunderstorms, and broke off abruptly on the heels of an hour-long drenching and lively display of lightning at the stadium. Such a spectacular dumping of water would not be complete without inches-deep waterfalls on the stairways and newly-visible watermarks two feet high in some of the hallways within the restricted access areas of the stadium.
After the rain had stopped, the field could not be drained well enough for a restart of the match, and the referee called for a postponement. Sunday at 7 p.m. found DC United resuming the match in front of a crowd so thin, that management requested people with seats higher up in the stands to move closer to the field.

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D.C. United dominates fourth round of tourney

1003 20170613 DCUnited vs FC CristosDC United's keeper Travis Worra lies injured on the ground as United's Robinson and Christos FC’s Levi Houapeu have a heated exchange as Worra's head was struck by Houapeu's knee during play. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  In front of 5,286 enthusiastic fans, amateur team Christos FC took on DC United in a fourth round play of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. While in the first half of the game it looked like Christos FC were going to provide DC United a potential loss, by the end of the match DC United stood tall, soundly drubbing the amateur team, 4-1.
There was no lack of support for the scrappy amateur team from north of Baltimore. Sponsored by a liquor store, Christos FC team members profess they do not practice much, because they all have full-time jobs. However, that did not stop them from getting through the first three rounds of playoffs in the USOC. Winning their third round earned them a chance to play against DC United.

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Double defeats for D.C. professional soccer

xCorner Kick DC United vs. Philly Union 1b 5 13 17Philadelphia Union's Ilsinho (25) goes to the ground after contact with D.C. United's Luciano Acosta. For his part in the contact, Acosta was issued a red card and ejected from the game. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEWhen D.C. United’s (3-5-2) game fails, they fail big. In a 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union (2-4-4), D.C. United’s bird crashed and burned. D.C. United has not lost to the Philadelphia Union at RFK since 2013.
In the first period the Union seemed to have trouble getting the ball past D.C. United’s midfield, unless they lobbed the ball from one back third to the other. Dribbling down the sides or up the middle consistently resulted in turning the ball over to the United. Unfortunately, it also seemed to work the opposite way. The midfields of both teams were well matched.
The first referee of the game was very generous with yellow cards, calling three of them in the first 19 minutes of the match. All three were calls for unsporting behavior, two against Philadelphia’s Fabinho and Bedoya, and one for D.C. United’s Neagle. In addition to the cards, the crowd protested loudly against fouls called that awarded free kicks to the Union. The RFK regulars have always channeled their emotions vocally, but this was above the usual level of noisy disagreement.

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D.C. United picks up another home win against NY

20170408 DC United-100D.C. United's Jose Ortiz uses New York City Football Club's Andrea Pirlo to gain height in a header battle. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

D.C. United continued their home field-winning ways with the final score 2-1 over the New York City Football Club this past Saturday.
In the Major League Soccer standings, D.C. United picked up another three points, which moved them onto a level with four other teams in the Eastern Conference, who also have seven points each. This is a long way from the single point they were carrying just a few weeks ago. Columbus Crew SC currently leads the conference with 10 points.

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DC United picks up the pace and three tough points

 

201700401 United vs Union 97DC United midfielder Julian Büscher battles for the ball with Philadelphia Union player. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

D.C. United scored their first two regular-season goals this past Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. The final score of the game was 2-1, with DC United coming out on top.
Missing their star forward, Patrick Mullins, D.C. United created more goals without him than they did all season. Keep in mind the match against the Philadelphia Union was only the fourth of the season. The win on Saturday moved D.C. United into ninth place out of 11 teams in the Eastern Conference. They have four points now.
The match started out with D.C. United being on top of their offensive game. Fans were looking to Jose Ortiz to fill the spot of Mullins, who is out with a hamstring injury. Ortiz did not fail to meet fan expectations. In the 18th minute of the first half, Ortiz made a shot that was deflected by the Union’s Richie Marquez and past the Union keeper Andre Blake.
Argentinian acquisition Luciano Acosta, a midfielder, was showing why he was a great choice for D.C. United by breaking up Union opportunities and carving out opportunities for the D.C. United attack. He put his mark on the match in the first half by scoring his first goal of the season. The goal was on a spot kick awarded after an arm violation in the box. Taking the kick, Acosta buried a rocket shot deep into the net on the left side.
At the end of the first half, the score was 2-0.

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Washington Spirit open up the preseason with Penn State

WashSpirit vs. PennState 1Penn State’s Frannie Crouse (9) gets her attack interrupted by key Spirit defenders Shelina Zadorsky and Whitney Church. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

The Washington Spirit took on Penn State’s women’s soccer team in a preseason exhibition game on Saturday. On an artificial turf field surrounded by snow piles upwards of 3 feet, the Spirit played their first of four preseason matches with a three to nil win over Penn State.  

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Spirit take breather ahead of post-season

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The Washington Spirit had a bye week this past weekend. Their next game will be August 27th at Swope Park in Kansas City. Sitting in 4th place in the NWSL standings, the Spirit need could still fall out of the playoffs. They have not clinched a playoff position yet. Tied with FC Kansas City, winning Thursday’s game against them is critical, not do or die, but critical to moving up in the standings.

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