First Team

D.C. United Extends Unbeaten Streak to Seven

Washington, D.C. (May 9, 2015) – D.C. United (5-1-3, 18 points) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games and stayed atop the Eastern Conference standings with a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City (3-2-5, 14 points).

United extended its unbeaten streak at RFK Stadium to 17 straight games in all competitions, including 13 consecutive in league play dating back to June 2014.

Jairo Arrieta put United ahead in the 42nd minute with his second goal of the season, and Dom Dwyer tied the game three minutes later for Kansas City.

D.C. United returns to action against Kaká and Orlando City on Wednesday, May 13, at RFK Stadium (ESPN2, 8).

D.C. United is unbeaten in seven straight matches and off to the best start since 2006. In 2006, United was also 5-1-3 (18 points) after nine matches.

United is unbeaten in 17 straight games in all competitions at RFK Stadium, including 13 straight in league play. The last loss came against Seattle in June 2014.

D.C. United extended its unbeaten streak against Kansas City to four games.

D.C. United’s all-time record against Sporting Kansas City is now 20-20-12, and 13-6-7 at RFK Stadium.

D.C. United is 4-0-3 in 2015 when scoring first and 20-0-4 since the start of the 2014 season. United went 16-0-1 in 2014 when scoring first and has not lost a regular season game when scoring first since Sept. 28, 2013, a 4-1 loss at Toronto – a stretch of 25 games.

Jairo Arrieta scored his second goal of 2015, the 19th of his MLS career.

Chris Pontius recorded his first assist of 2015, the 17th of his MLS career.

Perry Kitchen recorded his first assist of 2015, the 10th of his MLS career.

Bobby Boswell made his 63rd consecutive regular season start. Boswell has 43 consecutive starts since his return to D.C. United in 2014.

Bobby Boswell made his 300th MLS appearance. He began the night tied for 25th all-time in MLS appearances.

Head Coach Ben Olsen’s overall record is now 54-65-38. He is 2-6-3 against Kansas City.

D.C. United made two changes to the starting lineup from the previous game against Vancouver, replacing Fabián Espíndola: Hamid, Korb, Opare, Boswell, Franklin, Pontius, Arnaud, Kitchen, DeLeon, Rolfe, Arrieta.

*Luis Silva made his sixth straight appearance off the bench.                                                                                          

Match photos

D.C. United (5-1-3, 18 points) vs. Sporting Kansas City (3-2-4, 14 points)

MLS regular season
May 9, 2015 – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.   

Attendance: 16,221

Goals by Period                     1          2       Total

D.C. United                             1          0         1

Sporting Kansas City              1          0          1

Scoring Summary:

DC: Jairo Arrieta 2 42’ (Chris Pontius 1, Perry Kitchen 1)

KC: Dom Dwyer 3 45’ (Roger Espinoza 2)

Misconduct Summary:

KC: Roger Espinoza (foul) 9’

DC: Davy Arnaud (foul) 41’

D.C. United lineup:

Bill Hamid; Chris Korb, Kofi Opare, Bobby Boswell, Sean Franklin; Chris Pontius, Davy Arnaud, Perry Kitchen, Nick DeLeon (Miguel Aguilar 88’); Chris Rolfe (Michael Farfan 74’), Jairo Arrieta (Luis Silva 66’)

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Dykstra, Conor Doyle, Taylor Kemp, Steven Birnbaum

Sporting Kansas City lineup:

Tim Melia; Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Erik Palmer-Brown, Jalil Anibaba; Jacob Peterson (Connor Hallisey 85’), Roger Espinoza, Soni Mustivar, Benny Feilhaber, Graham Zusi (Amadou Dia 90’); Dom Dwyer (Krisztian Németh 71’)

Unused Substitutes: Luis Marin, Kevin Ellis, Servando Carrasco, Jimmy Medranda                                                                                                              

Referee: Armando Villareal

Assistant Referees: Matthew Nelson, Kyle Longville

Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik