D.C. United kicked off the 2011 Carolina Challenge Cup with a 2-1 win over the Charleston Battery on Saturday, March 5 in Charleston, S.C. Chris Pontius and Josesph Ngwenya led the line for the Black-and-Red, posting goals on either side of halftime.
D.C. United completed its 2011 preseason training camp in California with a friendly against Chivas USA on Friday, February 25 at 3:00 PM ET on the training fields of The Home Depot Center. Both teams used over ten substitutes and played to a scoreless draw. Despite the lack of scoring, the Black-and-Red took plenty away from their first contest against Major League Soccer opposition in 2011.
It took nearly the full 90 minutes, but D.C. United finally broke down the University of California Santa Barbara's defense on Tuesday evening in the 81st minute. Only moments after coming on as a substitute, 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft selection Blake Brettschneider bagged this third goal in two matches after volleying home a Brandon Barklage cross. The club is now 5-0 in exhibition matches in 2011.
D.C. United rounded off its 13-day training camp in Fort Laduerdale with a third consecutive exhibition win over Trinidad and Tobago's Under-20 squad. Following Monday's 5-1 victory over Canada's U-20's and a 4-0 midweek triumph against Florida International University, the Black-and-Red posted a 4-0 result over today's opposition at a rain-drenched Lockhart Stadium.
The El Salvador national team was greeted by throngs of supporters for their friendly against D.C. United at RFK Stadium, but it was the MLS team that dominated the proceedings from start to finish, as a second-half goal by Adam Cristman gave the hosts a deserved 1-0 victory.
United dominated possession in the early part of the game, and created their first chance 15 minutes in when Jaime Moreno got to El Salvador’s end-line and cut the ball back for Chris Pontius.
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 and Chivas USA may have been in last place in their respective conferences headed into Saturday’s meeting at RFK Stadium, but they certainly served up plenty of entertainment for the 13,043 fans in attendance, trading goals all night before Carey Talley’s injury-time penalty kick gave the home side a 3-2 victory.
Danny Cruz scored in his first-ever MLS start and Dominic Oduro hit an impressive second-half volley as the Dynamo bagged a comfortable 2-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night, keeping Houston in the thick of the Western Conference race and heaping further misery on D.C.’s worst-ever start.