By the numbers: D.C. United vs Montreal Impact
Despite the disappointing nature of Wednesday's tie with Montreal, D.C. United did manage to push its current unbeaten streak to five matches on the evening. Here's a look at some of the key statistics from the 1-1 draw at RFK.
Perry Kitchen earned his first career assistWednesday night when he found Maicon Santos' feet some thirty yards fromgoal. Though it may not have beena classic playmaker's assist, Kitchen's first helper is a step in the rightdirection. Good offensive teamshave holding central midfielders who can make plays every once in a while -think Osvaldo Alonso/Kyle Beckerman - and D.C. could use more of it fromKitchen as the season progresses.
The number of open play crosses from Montrealis yet again a concern as - for the fourth straight match - D.C. allowed moreballs into their box than they created. In a league where tightmatches are often decided by the simple math of which side creates more opportunities, losing outon this statistic is never a good sign. Simply put, United has the outside talent to be much more dangerous than most of their opponents.
The amount of shots Maicon Santos took in onlythirty minutes of playing time gives you an idea of just how active the28-year-old was in his half-hour on the field. His eight attempts were just one less than the rest ofD.C.'s starting eleven combined. Santos now ranks second in MLS in shots this season, trailing only KeiKamara.
United's passing accuracy in the second half helped D.C. takecontrol of a match that seemed to have little direction. The improvement (from 76% in firsthalf) came after Ben Olsen 'riled' his team up at the half. With better passing came better scoringchances, as the Black-and-Red doubled their attempts on goal in the secondhalf.