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United Falls at Richmond

With most of its top players back home, United dropped a 3-2 decision to the Richmond Kickers tonight before about 3,000 spectators in the Virginia capital.

United draft pick Ricky Schramm scored the first goal for the defending USL2 champions, and former D.C. midfielder Mike Burke added one in the second half. Justin Moose and Marc Burch scored from long distance for United. Richmond led 1-0, Moose tied it in the second half and the Kickers scored twice before Burch's late strike.

Guy-Roland Kpene and Nicholas Addlery started up top, and Rod Dyachenko replaced Kpene at the half. Jay Nolly and Shawn Crowe split the goalkeeping duties. Clyde Simms and John Wilson were paired in central defense, and Devon McTavish entered for Simms late.

That's all I've got.....

Check the United and Kickers Web sites later for additional details.....

If anyone attended the match, feel free to share your observations here.

By Steve Goff  |  June 19, 2007; 9:10 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Thanks for the update.

Posted by: clubofficial | June 19, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

is jeff carroll playing or is he still hurt?

Posted by: dirty supporter | June 19, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Word on the street is he's got quite a beef with Tommy and is looking to get out...

Posted by: Chris | June 20, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

We lost to the Kickers? And we expect to put those second-tier players on the field in MLS and win while Copa players are called up?

Let's just hope everyone understands the team concept and "getting plugged in" to different roles. IMO the LA game showed our difficulties with that thought.

Posted by: delantero | June 20, 2007 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Its not a suprise our reserves lost to the kickers. A first team in that division is generally better than an MLS reserve side.

Posted by: Ron | June 20, 2007 6:06 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, Richmond is a USL Division II side and no, MLS reserves probably shouldn't be losing to teams like that.

Regardless, this result isn't indicative of anything. Don't read too much into it. It was a chance to stretch the legs against another team other than the DC first teamers.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Posted by: A Rickey | June 20, 2007 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Richmond is the USL 2 championship side that hasn't lost a game at the halfway point in their season. They'd contend in USL 1 if they hadn't dropped down due to their budget. No shame in losing an exhibition match to them.

Posted by: Jim | June 20, 2007 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Good point, Jim, the Kickers are essentially a USL1 side in terms of talent. And Rickey, though MLS reserve sides theoreticaly should not lose to such teams, historically they often have, and DC United has been no exception when it comes to the Kickers.

Posted by: Ron | June 20, 2007 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Just goes to show that no team in MLS has quality depth after the 14-15th player. Usually guys play out of position in these matches making it worse and the lower league teams are flying to make a point.

Posted by: tex | June 20, 2007 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I'd also draw your attention to who Goff was saying started where, I don't even think this would be considered first team of reserves given that Simms and Wilson were paired for central defense instead of McTavish being back there.

Posted by: Jason | June 20, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Kickers started only six regulars.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Instead of the pseudo-hostility about the situation that some of you have posted, look at the bright side. This is a great thing for American soccer when a USL2 team (granted the best one that was one of the best USL1 teams before they dropped)can compete with the reserves of an elite MLS club. But like someone else said, no real surprise. The Kickers have beaten DC United in US Open Cup before too if I remember right.

Posted by: Duke | June 20, 2007 9:11 AM | Report abuse

There is no bright side when United loses.

When United loses to a USL 2 team, it makes me think we'll be losing to the Metrostars next.

""Instead of the pseudo-hostility about the situation that some of you have posted, look at the bright side. This is a great thing for American soccer when a USL2 team""

Posted by: d | June 20, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Alexi Lalas just said that you could take a hang glider and pick up some USL2 players and they would compete in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 20, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"Alexi Lalas just said that you could take a hang glider and pick up some USL2 players and they would compete in the Coca-Cola Championship."

Good stuff! Hilarious!

Posted by: SoyManya! | June 20, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Essentially, Richmond's second tier beat DC's second tier. Additionally United's second goal would normally only happen in a rec league match. Total fluke. Don't let the score fool you. If Richmond had fielded it's first team, the final score would probably have been a major embarrassment to DCU.

Posted by: Kickerfan | June 20, 2007 9:50 AM | Report abuse

what's the deal with beef between Jeff Carroll and Tommy? do we have to worry about it extending to Brian?

Posted by: pat | June 20, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it was Tom Cruise and his Spaceship Scientologists that were flying them over.

Posted by: delanter | June 20, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

yeah, if richmond would have fielded its normal starting line-up, DCU would have been even more embarrassed. most of the kickers that started have very little to no playing time this season in a "pro" match. when the kickers subbed in a couple of their major playmakers around the 76th minute, there was an instant change. this isn't a normal USL II team, my snobby friends slightly to the north. bring it on, MLS!

Posted by: joshua | June 20, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a snob!

Posted by: Bobby Boswell | June 20, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Don't hate me 'cause I'm beautiful!

Posted by: Bobby Boswell | June 20, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game. Here are my observations.

Kickers deservedly won the game, had more chances. However, DC United possessed the ball with more skill and controlled the game between the 18 yard boxes. DC struggled in the final 1/3.

Wilson and Mediate were suspect at best. Poor marking and decision making. Mediate had one atrocious ball giving Richmond a break away where he wasn't even close to playing the ball.

De Roux - did well getting wide from his left back position but didn't do much with his runs fowards.

CM (Moose and Caroll) - did a good job with possession spraying balls side to side but lacked much in the final third. Moose was the more creative midfielder but gave the ball away too much. He did recover with an excellent strike from distance once Rochester gave him an opening from 25 yards out.

Burch - most dangerous player for United crossing ball from left side. Picked up a lot of fouls against and did well on corners. Hesitant at times to take players on and cross the ball in early. Burch's goal was an early Xmas gift. Right off the keeper's hands. Goff could have saved the ball off his chest, juggled it a few times, and then volleyed it into the opposing goal a 100 yards out!!

Kpene - I thought best player in the first half for United. Did well checking to the ball and maintaining possession - his touch was very good and had a couple scoring chances.

Adderly - did fairly well, but had trouble beating players one on one or taking opportunities to do so. He and other forwards didn't link up as much throughout the match.

North - did OK. Didn't create much and had few crosses from the right side.

Simms - played very well in his return. Most of his passes out of the back were completed.

Crowe - too many mistakes for this level. Lots of bobbles. Did well communicating and became more comfortable as the game went on.

Yes, Richmond too played lots of their reserves. However, Richmond has talent of USL 1 side as they were in that division previous years and kept most of their players.

Posted by: Stone | June 20, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Brief (and I mean a speedo on a flea) video highlights here:

Posted by: RIP General | June 20, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Not to burst your bubble but only 4 players are still around from USL1 days and only 3 of them are considered "starters". None of them started last night although 2 came on as subs late in the game. The keeper played his first match ever with the Kickers and did an exceptional job. I think this speaks well of the depth of Richmond and may send up a red flag concerning the DCU bench.

Posted by: KickerFan | June 20, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

relegate Real Salt Lake and bring the Kickers up!

Posted by: joshua | June 20, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, I should have said "some" instead of "most."

Posted by: Kickerfan | June 20, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Goff, next kickers game can we carpool together?

I think I was the only DC resident in attendance last night....besides you (or are you a NoVa resident?)

Posted by: mighty! | June 20, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

mighty - quit stalking Goff! ;)

Posted by: JSF | June 20, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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