For the second successive home game, Orlando City SC suffered stoppage-time heartbreak as they allowed D.C. United to steal away with three points from the latest of goals. And for the second successive game, D.C. United won with a very late goal.
This is no vacation.
D.C. United will travel to Florida for a regular season match for the first time since 2001 when it touches down for its inaugural showdown with expansion side Orlando City. Here’s what you need to pack with your Mickey Mouse ears:
When D.C. United takes the field against Orlando City at the Citrus Bowl on national television Friday night (UniMás, 7), it won’t actually be the first time that the Black-and-Red have ever faced Brazilian attacker Kaká.
Kofi Opare didn’t have time to think about playing against his old team and his old teammates, or to ponder what it might be like to see his first regular season minutes in a Black-and-Red uniform.
When Steven Birnbaum went down with a left ankle injury in the second minute of D.C. United’s 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy, it meant that Opare barely had time to get his heart rate up before taking the field.
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It’s still too early in the 2015 season to dwell on missed chances. But Chris Pontius know he’s already had his share.
It wasn’t the only motivation for fighting through his defender to nod home the late, lone goal in D.C. United’s 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night. It’s also part of his role and his dedication to his teammates to claw and scrape until the final moment to get United back on the right track.
D.C. United (2-1-0, 6 points) claimed its first victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy (1-1-2, 5 points) since 2008, defeating the reigning MLS Cup champions on a 93rd-minute goal by Chris Pontius, assisted by Nick DeLeon.
Bill Hamid finished with five saves and his second shutout of the season for D.C. United, which extended its unbeaten streak at RFK Stadium to 13 matches (12-0-1) in all competitions, including nine straight in MLS play.
D.C. United returns to action in its first-ever visit to expansion side Orlando City on Friday, April 3 (UniMás, 7).
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On the game overall:
“It was great to get the goal, but I’m just happy to see our team back with the right mentality. The final third for both teams was a little lacking, but I was very happy with the effort and response from last week. Hopefully, now we can put that type of mentality into every game going forward.”
The Los Angeles Galaxy are back in D.C. with their 2014 MLS Cup title in tow. But they’re missing some key figures against a Black-and-Red side that is determined to extend its run of dominance at RFK Stadium. Here are the basics for tomorrow's matchup:
Zach Thornton always had an eye on D.C. United. It’s fitting that he’s now a part of the Black-and-Red as the newest member of the First Team coaching staff. He hails from Baltimore, only a short distance away, and he’s brought the experience of a legendary career into the United locker room this season.