It may not have been the long-sought second win in a row, but D.C. United come away pleased with the 0-0 draw on the road against a tough FC Dallas squad.
Playing in searing heat, with kickoff temperatures hovering at triple digits in Frisco, chances were few and far between for both sides, as D.C. tied Dallas for the second time in 2011.
Although consecutive wins have proven elusive this season, United will take the result, having collected four points – including a 1-0 win in New York – on a two-game road swing for the second time this season.
DC United head coach Ben Olsen
We didn't lose. This is one of the toughest places to play in summer.
You look at Dallas when you get the schedule and you're hoping you get
them early or late. Today was just one of those days where either team
could have taken it. They certainly had better chances and they were
probably more aggressive in the offensive part, but give the guys credit
it's not easy to come out here and shut down a very athletic and fast
team. Overall, it was very good point for us.
Washington, D.C. (July 16, 2011) - D.C. United announced today a trade that sees the Black-and-Red sending to New York a 2011 international roster slot in exchange for future considerations.
FC Dallas return to league action when they play host to D.C. United on Saturday evening at Pizza Hut Park. FCD saw its three-game winning streak come to an end last weekend in a 2-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, though getting a measure of revenge in a defeat of RSL in a US Open Cup quarterfinal at midweek. United are coming off a big 1-0 victory at the New York Red Bulls last weekend.
REFEREE: Niko Bratsis. MLS Career: 5 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 0; pens: 0
SAR (bench): Peter Manikowski; JAR (opposite): Craig Lowry; 4th: Ricardo Salazar
D.C. United arrived in Dallas on Friday afternoon to incredibly hot conditions, with the temperature reading a steamy 103 degrees. With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s at kickoff Saturday evening, the heat is sure to play a factor in the contest at Pizza Hut Park. One player, in particular, seemed unreasonably happy to encounter the warmer weather, as Brazilian midfielder Fred was heard to say "this is more like it," as the team boarded the bus for the hotel.
D.C. United is in Frisco, TX to take on FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park tonight (Comcast SportsNet, 9pm ET). The articles below will ensure you're informed of all of the storylines ahead of tonight's contest.
WASHINGTON — It’s been a long time since D.C. United were able to string together two wins in a row.
More than two years have elapsed since the club achieved that feat, dating all the way back to June 2009, and on the heels of last weekend’s 1-0 win on the road over the New York Red Bulls, the club can accomplish that with a win in Dallas on Saturday (9 pm ET, Comcast SportsNet).