Based on the post-match comments from D.C. United’s 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, it was pretty clear that the players and coaches felt that Danny Allsopp’s opportunistic goal in the 22nd minute was absolutely critical to collecting the win.
Statistically speaking, D.C. United is dominant at home when collecting the first goal, and far below average when conceding the first goal. The following numbers show the success D.C. United has when scoring the first goal at RFK Stadium, and the difficulties they have when being forced to come from behind at home:
- Home Record when scoring first: 125 Games, 94 Wins, 11 Losses, 20 Ties
- Home Record when allowing first goal: 88 Games, 25 Wins, 44 Losses, 19 Ties
- Scoreless draws at RFK: 10
- All-Time Home Record since 1996: 223 Games, 119 Wins, 55 Losses, 49 Ties
- When D.C. United scores first at home, they win 75.2% of the time, they tie 16.0% of the time, and they lose 8.8% of the time.
- When D.C. United allows the first goal at home, they win only 28.4% of the time, they tie 21.6% of the time, and they lose 50.0% of the time.
- Since the 2004 season, when Jaime Moreno returned to D.C. United, the team has scored first at home 54 times with a record of 44 wins, 2 losses, and 8 ties. During that stretch, when scoring first at home United has won 81.5% of the time, tied 14.8% of the time, and lost only 3.7% of the time.
NOTE: All MLS Shootouts are counted as ties