Reserves fall to Kansas City 4-2
Below is the official game summary from the reserves 4-2 loss to the Wizards this morning. Of note, Ben Olsen's older brother Jeremy did see the field, coming on at half and playing 25 minutes. Additionally, after being out for a number of weeks, both Jeff Carroll and Dan Stratford made their returns today coming on as second half substitutes.
D.C. United reserves fall 4-2 to Kansas City Wizards reserves
August 3, 2008 (Washington, DC) – The D.C. United reserves fell 4-2 to the visiting Kansas City reserves at the D.C. United training complex Sunday morning. Goals from four different Wizards players were the difference as the Reserve Division leaders increased their first place standing over second place United.
Though the first half saw fairly even play throughout, it was Kansas City who got off several long range shots, as Ivan Trujillo, Ryan McMahen and Ryan Pore each tried their luck from distance. United’s best chance – and only shot on goal – of the first half came when Jeremy Barlow collected the ball 25 yards from goal, turned and struck a bending shot that fell fairly easily into the hands of goalkeeper Eric Kronberg.
With just a minute left in the half, a defensive turnover led to Nelson Pizarro being put behind the defense alone. A recovering Mike Zaher made contact with the KC forward from behind sending Pizarro to the ground. The referee’s quick whistle indicated a penalty kick for the visitors, which Ryan Pore calmly stuck in the lower left corner as goalkeeper James Thorpe guessed incorrectly.
The second half saw the Wizards increase their lead to 4-0 within the half’s first twenty minutes. Substitute Kevin Souter put an immediate stamp on the game when he sliced from right to left and struck a bending shot to the far post in the 49th. Three minutes later, Pore collected a loose ball and slid down the center of the field untouched before pushing a square ball to a waiting Trujillo eight yards from goal for an easy put away. The visitors’ final tally of the day came in the 63rd minute when a defensive breakdown led to an odd-man rush. On the right side of the field Michael Kraus fed Trujillo centrally who then fed the ball left to a wide open Lance Watson. The midfielder drew one defender, but cut the ball back onto his left before finishing.
United fought back down the stretch, tallying two late goals. The first came when midfielder Craig Thompson sent a ball from the right side into the goal box. The ball careened off the head of Jeremy Barlow and a Wizards defender and fell to the foot of Quavas Kirk who collected and fired to the far post from eight yards. Three minutes from time, Ryan Cordeiro sent a long diagonal ball to a sprinting Rod Dyachenko. The second half sub collected the ball, sent it between a Wizards defender’s leg and then finished at the near post for the final score of the evening. A Kansas City handball in the penalty area gave D.C. a chance to get within one, but Cordeiro slipped and sent the ball over the bar in the game’s final minute.
The loss moves United’s record to 4-3-1 (13 points) in the Reserve Division, while the Wizards improve to 5-1-2 (17 points).
DC – James Thorpe; Craig Thompson, Dane Murphy, Brandon Owens, Mike Zaher; Grady Renfrow (Jeremy Olsen 45, Jeff Carroll 70), Gonzalo Martinez (Dan Stratford 45, Pat Carroll 76), Jeremy Barlow, Ryan Cordeiro; Kenny Anaba (Rod Dyachenko 70), Quavas Kirk.
KC – Eric Kronberg; Matt Marquess (Jonathan Leathers 45), Tyson Wahl, Rauwshan McKenzie, Chance Myers; Lance Watson, Ryan McMahen, Kerry Zavagnin (Kevin Souter 45), Nelson Pizarro; Ivan Trujillo, Ryan Pore (Michael Kraus 59)