WASHINGTON — D.C. United outlasted Real Salt Lake on a marathon evening at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, advancing into the U.S. Open Cup proper with a 2-1 overtime victory in muggy conditions in the nation’s capital.
The sides traded penalty kicks in regulation, and just when it looked like the affair would have to be settled by shootout, D.C. teenage phenom Andy Najar entered in the late going to conjure up a coolly-taken winner.
D.C. United defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 to advance to the Round of 16 in the 2010 U.S. Open Cup.
Bruce Arena is arguably the greatest soccer coach in United States history. He further staked his claim on that title by earning his 100th career MLS win last Saturday, joining Sigi Schmid, Bob Bradley and Steve Nicol as the only coaches to reach that watermark.
In honor of this milestone, we salute Mr. Almighty with this week's MLSsoccer.com Top 10: Bruce Arena's All-time Greatest Wins.
1. USMNT defeat Mexico 2-0, 2002 World Cup (Round of 16)
In golf, it’s called a Mulligan. In Monopoly it’s the “Get Out of Jail Free” card. Kids call it a “do-over,” whatever game they’re playing.
But not in soccer. That reality has been hammered home for Troy Perkins this season, as the veteran goalkeeper has seen his happy homecoming to D.C. United derailed by poor results and the rapid rise of a young rival, sending him back to square one at age 28.
Real Salt Lake at DC United in a USOC play-in game at RFK Stadium; 7:30 p.m. ET.
The all-time record between these teams is tied at 4 wins and 4 losses, plus 2 draws.
What's at stake?
The next American goalkeeping sensation is D.C. United teenager Bill Hamid. At least, that’s according to the last player who carried the title.
“He’s one that has a lot of potential, but it’s almost too early to tell,” US backup goalkeeper Brad Guzan told MLSsoccer.com last week. “I think he’s a fantastic goalkeeper and a fantastic athlete, and I think if he can keep going in the right direction, he’ll be alright.”