Abracadabra! What a magical Week 1.
If a genie had granted someone the perfect opening week to MLS, the results could hardly have been different from everything that happened in the past seven days.
Twenty-seven goals in 10 games. Sparkling debuts from two of the league’s new designated players. Terrific stadium atmospheres, even in cities where the weather refused to cooperate.
There was also a rising star who won a game with his first career goal, a wide-open, six-goal game in the new Canada derby, and a powerful display from the defending champs.
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D.C. United kicked off the 2011 MLS Reserve League season with a 3-2 win against the Columbus Crew on Sunday, March 20 at the D.C. United Training Field in Washington, D.C.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011 – D.C. UNITED 3, COLUMBUS CREW 1
WASHINGTON- El delantero del D.C. United, Charlie Davies, dijo sentir “una emoción indescriptible” por haber marcado los dos goles para liderar el triunfo de su equipo 3-1 frente al Columbus Crew, en el partido que abrió los fuegos de la temporada 2011 en el RFK.
The Columbus Crew got an early taste of what they need to improve on after a 3-1 season-opening loss at D.C. United on Saturday. But they aren’t ready to hit the panic button.
“No team wants to go the first seven, eight games without a win,” midfielder Eddie Gaven said. “You don’t want to start the season in a big hole like that but at the same time this league is about getting hot at the right time. If you can get hot at the end of the year you have a good chance to win a championship.”
WASHINGTON — The Charlie Davies comeback story took a fairy tale turn Saturday evening.
Playing in a competitive match for the first time since the October 2009 car crash, Davies scored two goals, leading D.C. United to a 3-1 win.
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“He deserves every ounce of credit coming back and getting two goals,” head coach Ben Olsen said after the game.