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.”
Bad luck and big letdowns have become the norm for D.C. United this season and the stars seemed to be aligning against them again at several junctures in Saturday night’s 3-2 win over Chivas USA at RFK Stadium.
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After this week’s 3-2 friendly win over AC Milan, D.C. United are undefeated in non-league matches and --curiously-- undefeated on Wednesdays, scoring nine goals in three midweek games.
Alas, their weekend league matches have been another story altogether, as proven by 1-8 record in MLS play. But United head into Saturday night’s match against Chivas USA hopeful that Wednesday night’s offensive explosion against a top European club will help them break a three-match league losing streak and their accompanying 326-minute scoring drought.