Sometimes, it’s a thankless job. A defensive midfielder has to be among the fittest, strongest and most disciplined on the field, yet gets the least recognition.
After visiting BMO Field and topping Toronto FC 2-1 on July 5, D.C. United returned to the RFK training field in preparation for its west coast trip to face the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium (11 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).
By the 54 minute of D.C. United's game at Toronto this past weekend, the Black-and-Red was struggling to find openings in a tough Toronto back line. That is until Nick DeLeon took on Nick Hagglund and the rest of the Reds' defense. After the midfielder took it into the box, he cut it back, losing two defenders before cooly passing the ball into the back of the net.
Twitter voting for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star match is now closed, but you've still got until July 11 to get those votes in. D.C. United has eight faces on the ballot, including MLS veterans like Davy Arnaud, Bobby Boswell, Fabián Espíndola, Chris Rolfe and Eddie Johnson. But the Black-and-Red also boasts three rising stars in Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon.
D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
What was the difference in this match than the loss to Seattle, not as many chances but finished on the ones you had tonight?
Goals by Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen gave D.C. United a 2-1 win over Toronto FC with all three strikes coming in a wild second half that came to a crescendo when TFC were cut down to 10 men in the final minutes Saturday evening at BMO Field.
Nick DeLeon opens the score sheet