VANCOUVER, B.C. - The leaders in the West and the co-leaders in the East served up an exciting feast of soccer at BC Place on Saturday evening, but it was D.C. United who fought back from conceding an early Pedro Morales goal to come away with a 2-1 victory over a 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps side.
WASHINGTON - D.C. United met the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night needing a at least a point to keep pace with the Eastern-Conference-leading New York Red Bulls. The Dynamo were looking for points of their own, eager to follow up last week’s positive result at Montreal and climb a bit higher in the West.
WASHINGTON – Neither side could emerge victorious on Saturday evening as two bitter rivals battled for the second time in less than a month when D.C. United welcomed the New York Red Bulls to RFK Stadium.
D.C. looked to avenge a late-March loss to New York – their only defeat of the season – while New York took the pitch looking to leapfrog United and wrap their hands around the Atlantic Cup title with months to spare.
For the second successive home game, Orlando City SC suffered stoppage-time heartbreak as they allowed D.C. United to steal away with three points from the latest of goals. And for the second successive game, D.C. United won with a very late goal.
The league's leading scorer in 2014, Bradley Wright-Phillips, found the back of the net in the first half for the first time this season and Lloyd Sam got an insurance goal in the second half as the Red Bulls cruised against a DC team that rarely threatened and missed the mark on a stoppage time penalty kick taken by Chris Pontius.
D.C. United and the Montreal Impact met at a bitterly cold RFK Stadium on Saturday afternoon, both teams playing on short rest after their respective CONCACAF Champions League matches earlier in the week.
It would be United that would start their 20th season off with a bang, Jairo Arrieta’s second-half strike good enough to lead United to a 1-0 victory over Montreal in front of a bundled up crowd of 11,549.
D.C. United’s untimely exit from the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League at the hands of Alajuelense was an opportunity missed. But the lessons learned can be put to immediate use with the 2015 Major League Soccer regular season opener against the Montreal Impact (CSN, Saturday, 3) just around the corner.
D.C. United has a tall task ahead if it is going to reach the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League semifinals after a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Alajuelense at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto in Costa Rica. The two sides face off in the second leg of their quarterfinal clash March 4 at 8 p.m. United will need to win by three goals without allowing more than one – i.e. 3-0 or 4-1 – or win outright by four goals to advance.