For D.C. United, it all came undone in a matter of seconds.
A makeshift defense kept the team within striking distance against Colorado throughout much of Sunday’s game, and United remained down a goal with 20 minutes to go. When Santino Quaranta dramtically equalized in the 70th minute, a har-earned result away from home was in sight.
But it all unraveled a minute later. Colorado defender Anthony Wallace had enough time to float in a cross into the D.C. box, and it found the head of an unmarked Jamie Smith, and just like that the Rapids were back in the lead.
Avance: El campeón sigue intratable en la nueva temporada de la MLS
y extendió su racha invicta a tres partidos con una convincente goleada 4-1
sobre D.C. United.
Jugando su primer partido de local en la campaña 2011, los
Rapids hicieron una demostración de efectividad y pegada en el Dick’s Sporting
Goods Park a expensas de un United que aguantó como pudo pero terminó
inclinándose ante un rival superior.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Anywhere on the field, the teenager stars.
Perry Kitchen, the best central defender on the United States' U20 squad, played in the defensive midfield against Panama on Saturday night in his team's second match of the CONCACAF Championship. The D.C. United rookie wasn't perfect in the new role, but he showed well enough to lead the Americans to an easy victory over their only competition for the top spot in Group B.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The United States U-20 side did not play their best game against Panama on Saturday night. But listening to head coach Thomas Rongen, it's all part of the plan.
The American coach referenced the difficulties his squad had during the second game of recent CONCACAF championships – ties in 2007 and ‘09, and a narrow victory in ‘03 – and sounded relieved for the match to be over and done.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – Kelyn Rowe was all the United States Under-20 side needed to defeat Panama 2-0 on Saturday night in the CONCACAF Championship. The UCLA forward tallied twice in the first 20 minutes as the Americans finished the opening round of the tournament undefeated and unscored upon.
With the win, the US easily finish on top of Group B. They will meet Guatemala in the quarterfinals on April 6, with the winner qualifying for the U-20 World Cup in Colombia this summer.
WASHINGTON – Facing the defending MLS Cup champions is never an enticing prospect. Having to do it on the heels of a disappointing performance in the previous outing makes it doubly grotesque.
But that's the situation for D.C. United, who travel to Colorado (7 pm ET, Galavisión) on Sunday seeking to bounce back from last week’s 2-1 loss at New England.
UPDATE 04/03/2011: Davies scratched from lineup, Korb ready to continue his progress