Tale of the Tape: Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United

Five key notes ahead of the season opener on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC Sports Network)

Tales of the Tape

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In boxing, the tale of the tape is the pre-fight measurement between the two combatants. In 2013, we'll tell the tale of the tape between D.C. United and their foe of the week.

A ‘United’ Effort
Eleven different United players contributed either a goal or an assist in the last 11 goals the Black-and-Red scored in 2012.

First Tallies
D.C. United was a perfect 7-0-0 when leading at halftime through the 2012 regular season. The club also boasted a 14-2-1 mark when scoring the first goal.

Houston, We Have a Problem…
Since 2008, Houston has won one season-opening match, going 1-2-2 in five consecutive season openers. The team also holds a 2-2-3 All-Time record for opening games since coming into the League in 2006.

Decisive Defending
Houston scored most of its goals (17; 25%) within the 76th and 90th minute, precisely the time when United defends the best, only allowing six goals of 43 on the season (14%) in that time frame.

Hamid Strong Between the Pipes
In 2012, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid led the League in saves percentage (77.9%) and set a club single-season record with this mark. Hamid also finished third-best in goals against average (1.03) in 2012.