Pontius vs Fire

By the Numbers: October 4, 2013

On Friday night, D.C. United dominated possession against the Chicago Fire. Not only did the squad have 70% possession, but the Black-and-Red finished the match with 89% passing accuracy. DCU completed 100 of its 130 passing attempts in the final third, which is a passing accuracy of 76.6%. Despite the loss, the amount of possession and passing accuracy are impressive and show potential.

United had an energized and youthful attack on Friday. Though most of the possession came from the center of the field, the Black-and-Red completed 29 open play crosses against the Fire. With the likes of Austin Berry and Sean Johnson in the Fire box to defend, DCU had trouble successfully converting on its crosses. The Fire, however, were only able to get off 7 crosses on the night.

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Nick DeLeon had a big night on Friday, though the talented midfielder couldn’t convert. The MLS sophomore is dangerous on the dribble, always keeping the ball close and using his explosiveness to elude defenders, but he is also quick to get the shot off. Against the Fire, DeLeon took four shots and all four were on frame.