By the Numbers: D.C. United vs Houston Dynamo
D.C. United completed its 2012 MLS campaign with a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Sunday, losing the Eastern Conference finals on a 4-2 aggregate score. Below are a few key statistics from the match:
With injuries to Chris Pontius and Brandon McDonald, Head Coach Ben Olsen constructed his 33rd distinct starting XI out of 38 games in 2012 (34 regular season, 4 post-season).
The Black-and-Red sent through 27 open-play crosses on the Eastern Conference second leg, more than three times as many as Houston had (8).
United definitively controlled the tempo of the match with 63.1% possession to the Dynamo’s 36.9%.
D.C. ended the 2012 season on an 18-game unbeaten RFK run (including playoffs), the only defeat coming on its home opener on March 10 (a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City).
Defender Dejan Jakovic’s 29 blocks throughout the year were more than any other MLS player in the 2012 season (including playoffs).