D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On the match as a whole:
It didn't make up for losing the 2013 U.S. Open Cup final, but Real Salt Lake's win over D.C. United on Saturday night sure helped in the standings.
The Claret-and-Cobalt's 3-0 win lifted them into first place in the Western Conference and into a tie for first place in the Supporters' Shield race — pending the outcome of a couple of games on Sunday.
The toughness and grit shown by D.C. United may have been overshadowed by the result in last weekend’s 1-0 loss at Houston. But it is a building block ahead of a visit to Real Salt Lake that will feature key differences in style, personnel and climate.
D.C. United has announced a partnership with Sunderland AFC of the Barclays Premier League, an agreement that will result in shared expertise, benefit and promotion for each club.
Last night, the MLS All-Stars topped Bundesliga superpower Bayern Munich 2-1. Down 1-0 going into halftime, All-Star Head Coach Caleb Porter swapped the starting eleven for a new lineup; D.C. United’s Bobby Boswell, Bill Hamid and Sean Franklin entered the match.
As D.C. United deals with a spate of unfortunate injuries, there couldn’t be a better time for the club’s 2014 Most Valuable Player candidate to be on the mend. Having been out of action for nearly two months, Fabián Espíndola is anxious about the possibility of returning to the field.
Despite the layoff, Espíndola still leads United in both goals (8) and assists (7).