D.C. United allowed 20 shots, seven corner kicks, and two goals in the dying moments. They surrendered possession for long stretches, putting their goalkeeper and defenders under real pressure. Their patchwork back line became even more threadbare with a hip injury to Jordan Graye.
But none of that will matter to United because, on Thursday night, they strode into the noisiest venue in MLS and stole three points from Seattle in thrilling fashion, propelling themselves into the World Cup break on cloud nine.
Curt Onalfo - United Head Coach
(On his team giving up two scores late in the match...) "Unfortunately, the game was 93 minutes long and we were darn good for 90 minutes. It was disappointing to give up the two goals, but we were in desperate need for those three points. We're a young team, credit to Seattle for fighting and staying in there, but we were the better team and came away with the points."
dcunited.com's Tony Limarzi checks in with D.C. United defender Julius James after United's 3-2 win over Seattle Sounders FC. Listen to the defender's descriptions of key plays and his assessment of how the team played.
Chris Pontius checks in via phone after the thrilling 3-2 victory over Seattle Sounders FC. Listen to what he had to say about his performance and the team's play.
SEATTLE. – En la última noche de fútbol profesional en el país, antes del receso por la Copa Mundo de la FIFA, los Sounders de Seattle volvieron a verse sorprendidos en su casa, esta vez por un cuadro que llegó al Qwest Field llevando el “farolito” del último puesto en la tabla general.
Chris Pontius dekes two defenders and unleashes a shot that deflects into the back of the net.
Barely a week ago, D.C. United’s Dejan Jakovic spoke cautiously about his recovery from a broken clavicle, explaining that the bone was still in the final stages of the healing process and pointing to MLS’ impending World Cup hiatus as the ideal opportunity to achieve full fitness before the season’s draining midsummer stretch.
But then the 24-year-old center back turned up against Real Salt Lake on Saturday – not merely on the 18-man game day roster, but in the first XI, at the heart of the D.C. defense. So what gives?
D.C. United Head Coach, Curt Onalfo and Goalkeeper, Troy Perkins speak to dcunited.com's Tony Limarzi about the team's current form and preview the match against Seattle.
D.C. United Defender, Dejan Jakovic speaks to dcunited.com's Tony Limarzi about his return to the field and the team's first shutout.
D.C. United Head Coach, Curt Onalfo talks about the draw with Real Salt Lake and the team's recent form.