D.C. United defeat North Carolina FC, aiming for US Open Cup

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DC United forward Bruno Miranda wins the header, throwing North Carolina FC defender Peabo Doue off balance as DC United's Paul Arriola follows on to the ball. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEDC United forward Bruno Miranda wins the header, throwing North Carolina FC's Peabo Doue off balance as DC United's Paul Arriola follows the ball.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BOYDS — Survive and advance.

That was the scenario the D.C. United pro soccer team faced Tuesday against unfamiliar opponents, North Carolina FC, at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Goalie David Ousted was one of the heroes in D.C. United’s 4-3 victory in penalty kicks over North Carolina FC as the Major League Soccer club moved a step closer to a championship.

Ousted held the line against North Carolina FC to help D.C. United advance in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in regulation.

“He’s a good goalie,” said D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen. “He knows what he’s doing back there.”


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.


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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