D.C. United played its third preseason scrimmage Saturday afternoon against Sporting Kansas City in Casa Grande, Ariz., falling 2-1. Regardless of the final score, United players felt they improved over the prior two preseason matches, relying on the team's depth to overcome the abscences of injured playmakers Branko Boskovic and Dwayne De Rosario.
Olsen's team stepped onto the field with a classic 4-4-2 formation; with Marcelo Saragosa and Perry Kitchen in the middle, and Andy Najar and Nick DeLeon on the flanks. Trialist Ryan Richter paired with Maicon Santos up top.
D.C. United faced Swedish team Malmo FF at IMG Academy
in Bradenton this morning, in a match that saw the sides play to a 1-1
draw. After ten days of training in Florida, the scrimmage marked the end of
the first stage of preseason for United, who will remain in D.C. for three days
before departing to Arizona on Monday.
D.C. United traveled to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on
the Chicago Fire at Florida Gulf Coast University in front of a sellout crowd
of 1,800. The match marked the first test of the year for Ben Olsen and his
players, who delivered a solid defensive performance and a clean sheet, as
United tied 0-0 with the Fire.
WASHINGTON – A goal from New York Red Bull defender Jon Barrajo in the 86th minute secured a 2-2 draw against D.C. United in a Wednesday Reserve League match.
Barrajo’s tally off a set piece snatched a point for the visitors, who trailed 2-1 at the half. Brandon McDonald and Brandon Barklage each had first half goals for D.C., while New York midfielder John Rooney scored from the penalty spot.
WASHINGTON – Sporting Kansas City needed a win on Saturday night against D.C. United to clinch first place in the Eastern Conference, and defender Matt Besler’s delivered, firing home the winner in the 54th-minute to earn SKC a 1-0 win on the road to close out the regular season.
Kansas City created the game’s first chance in the 4th minute when Kei Kamara curled in a teasing cross from the right wing to Omar Bravo in the six-yard box. The Mexican international’s touch betrayed him, however, and his bouncing volley went out for a goal kick.
WASHINGTON – A frenetic late second half push came up short for D.C. United, which saw their playoff hopes come to a crashing end with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers.
Midfielder Dwayne De Rosario’s goal canceled out a first half Kenny Cooper strike for the Timbers, who stayed alive in the postseason hunt with the result, but now must hope that Philadelphia beat New York outright on Thursday in order to have a chance at advancing.
WASHINGTON – In one of the most dramatic finishes of the MLS season, the Chicago Fire scored two stoppage time goals to overturn a 90th minute Dwayne De Rosario penalty kick and stay alive in the playoff chase with a 2-1 win over D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Vancouver Whitecaps scored within the first minute of each half to claim a victory over D.C. United on Wednesday night in front of 17,288 at BC Place.
The win brings the ‘Caps to 28 points and pushes them off the bottom of the MLS table, as they leapfrog the New England Revolution.
For United, the loss puts a massive dent in their push for a wildcard playoff spot. The club continues to sit five points back of ninth-placed New York Red Bulls and 10th-placed Houston Dynamo with only three matches remaining.
LITTLE FALLS, NJ – The New York Red Bulls and D.C. United Reserve Teams drew 1-1 on Thursday afternoon at Montclair State University Soccer Park at Pittser Field. Cristhyan Najar scored for the visitors in the 55th minute before New York’s Corey Hertzog tied the game 30 minutes later.
COLUMBUS – Eddie Gaven made a dramatic return from nearly two months on the injured list to score in the 60th minute as the Crew rallied, and then held on to defeat D.C. United 2-1 on Sunday to snap a six-game winless streak and regain second place in the chaotic Eastern Conference.
Gaven had been out since suffering a bruised bone on his right leg August 5 at Colorado, but the tireless midfielder put in a diving header from 12 yards thanks to a rare foray upfield by defender Sebastian Miranda.