D.C. United maintained its spot atop the Eastern Conference with a 1-0 win over Philadelphia on Saturday. A look at some of the critical statistics from the gritty road triumph.
Of Philadelphia’s 15 shots, ten of them were offtarget. It’s easy to blame theUnion’s poor finishing for the high number, but United’s organized defensedeserves much of the credit for forcing Philly to settle for the type oflong-distance shots that rarely trouble goalkeeper Bill Hamid. When all was said and done, D.C. hadjust one less shot on target than their northern rivals.
Just like in the U.S. Open Cup match earlier this month,five yellow cards were handed out in the second straight rather ‘chippy’installment of the fledgling rivalry. Though there were no ejections on Saturday, there was a major dust-up inthe 58th minute as referee Ricardo Salazar had to scramble to separate the twosides. Next meeting is August 19at RFK.
Branko Boskovic completed every single one of the elevenpasses he made after entering the match in the 72nd minute. Given 18 minutes to make an impact, theMontenegrin picked up an assist and left an indelible impression on thecontest.
Philadelphia’s share of the possession through ninetyminutes. Though United had less ofthe ball for stretches, D.C. took control late and killed off much of the finalten minutes playing on the Union side of midfield.