Washington, DC (Sports Network) - A pair of Eastern Conference rivals will
clash on Saturday as D.C. United welcome the New England Revolution to RFK
D.C. United comes into Saturday's match in poor form as the club is winless in
its last four games. United has lost 14 of their first 20 games this season and
has taken a full three points just once over the past 18 games.
Last time out, United was completely outclassed by a superior Chicago Fire
squad last weekend at Toyota Park, falling by a 4-1 score.
The Fire took the lead just two minutes after the opening kickoff when Joel
Lindpere hooked in a well-placed early cross from the left flank and Chris
Rolfe finished, tapping a first-time touch over goalkeeper Joe Willis as he
came off his line.
Nine minutes later, it was 2-0 for the Fire when Lindpere collected a nice feed
from Jeff Larentowicz and drove a low shot into the bottom right corner of the
In first-half stoppage time, a neat passing sequence led to Lindpere playing a
one-touch chip through to Rolfe, who raced clear of the United defense and
placed a low shot into the right corner of the goal.
The score became 4-0 about 10 minutes after the break when substitute Quincy
Amarikwa charged into the D.C. box and was taken down by Daniel Woolard. Mike
Magee converted the spot kick for his 12th goal of the season.
United finally scored a goal from open play -- their first in more than two
months -- two minutes later when Luis Silva curled in a gorgeous shot from 25
yards out into the upper right corner of the goal.
"We've had a lot of losses this year. We will continue to regroup, and continue
to try and get better," said United head coach Ben Olsen. "Again, I think the
positive is for some of our young guys tonight that went into a tough place to
play and learned some lessons. As long as we can learn from that stuff, I think
we'll move forward."
New England, meanwhile, came to life with a pair of goals in stoppage time last
week to stun Columbus, 2-0, at Crew Stadium.
Jose Goncalves' first career goal in MLS came off a corner kick in the first
minute of stoppage time, and Diego Fagundez finished off a counter-attack to
secure the result.
Goncalves' goal was the Revolution's first game-winning goal in stoppage since
Taylor Twellman scored in the 92nd minute to lift the Revs to a 3-2 win over
Dallas on July 16, 2005.
"This was an important game," Goncalves said. "We had to bounce back from two
bad results and we just wanted to do better. So this was the kind of mentality
we came into the game with today and you can see that everyone worked hard. We
created the best chances in this game and I think we deserved to win."
"It was a combination [of wanting to mix things up and fatigue]. It was also
getting some guys on the field who were little more experienced; we went a
little more experienced tonight," said New England head coach Jay Heaps. "Key
guys for us, I talked to Juan [Toja], Diego and Lee [Nguyen] and said that we
were going with a harder, physical lineup and I wanted to make sure that as the
game broke open those guys influenced the game and they certainly did."
The two MLS originals have met 60 times, with United holding a 28-23-9
advantage. The sides played to a scoreless draw earlier this season on June 8.
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