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Matchnight: United-Dynamo

Greetings from Robertson Stadium.

Sorry for the delay, but I am working on a big story (non-DCU) and will be a bit distracted throughout the match.

The lineup:

Crayton; Namoff, Peralta, Janicki, Burch; McTavish, Simms, Vide, Guerrero; Quaranta, Khumalo. Subs: Wells, Martinez, Doe, Thompson, Dyachenko, Emilio, Carroll.

The floor is yours!


By Steve Goff  |  October 12, 2008; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

emilio is on the bench, do we know if he might get some minutes

Posted by: vasco | October 12, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear, this late and the commenters seem to be MIA.

Mr. Speaker, the Washington delegation would like to cede the floor to the representatives from Houston.

Posted by: James | October 12, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Is there an A-mid?
McTavish?? Hope not.
More of the 2 d-mids I guess? With McT and Guerrero wide players...
Hope Boy-zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz and Q can work together.

Posted by: marksman | October 12, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Behindthebadge.com | October 12, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

bunker, bunker, bunker....

Try and counter, keep the game close. Try and get a late goal from Doe in the last 30 minutes.

Emilio if the score is close late.

Posted by: JSF | October 12, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"...a big story (non-DCU)..."

Hmmm, the Cuban defectors are now on Bob Bradley's roster?

The rest of the Cuban team did NOT defect (that itself would be a bit of a story)?

Capello names DeRosario to England squad, saying "we own Canada so we get rights to him, you know"?

Posted by: 22206 | October 12, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Consider the bus parked. I don't think this is a good idea. Houston loves to pin people back in their own end, and we're basically doing that for them. All Houston has to do to shut down our midfield is stop Guerrero.

By benching Doe, we're not even making much of an attempt to get at Houston's one defensive weakness (speed). Khumalo's pretty quick, but Doe up top and Quaranta in the midfield would have been the better move.

I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | October 12, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

When is CSN gonna show the game?

Posted by: Anthony The Great | October 12, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind. I lack patience...

Posted by: Anthony The Great | October 12, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

VAMOS UNITED !!!
DC WITH A 3-2 WIN!!!
KHUMALO WITH 2 AND EMILIO COMES ON IN THE 85TH AND SCORES A DRAMATIC GAME-WINNER!!!

Posted by: bob | October 12, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

You didn't like the tour of Smoot's house? (which I was suprised to find on the mlstv stream)

Posted by: emanon | October 12, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Why is Martinez in the doghouse? I would rather have him out there instead of the other Gonzalo.

Posted by: J | October 12, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Does Rongen usually wear a bow-tie for games?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | October 12, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

VAMOSUNITED!!!!!!!

Posted by: Nine | October 12, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad that we got rid of Boswell so our playoff hopes could hinge on Janicki and Peralta!

Posted by: Beckster | October 12, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Eff it all, the DCU defense reminds me of a video game character by the name of Glass Joe.

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Great camera work tonight.

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

10 minutes in. 0-0.

D.C. playing with some passion, keeping up with Houston.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

WTFF Burch got run over, no call.

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Does Rongen usually wear a bow-tie for games?

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | October 12, 2008 7:04 PM
Yeah Rongen has worn the red bow tie earlier in the year, we should have seen some more of it, but with the *great comcast* people opting to cancel coverage to show off the Redskins preseason we missed some out a bit. It looks amazing in HD doesn't it.?
What's up with Russ on the mic tonight? Has he called a game this year? or is this the first?
I like Russ, I think he has some genuine interest, and I know for a fact that he reads this blog. I bet he's got his laptop on the table in front of him as I write this.
HI RUSS!

Posted by: dadryan | October 12, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Come on United!

Posted by: dadryan | October 12, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Good job bunkering so far. Sure can't go toe to toe with a better side. Hopefully hang in there and steal a point, eh?

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Non-DCU story? I know this might be off of Goff's regular beat, but could he be about to coop everyone on a Donovan to Germany story -- before the end of the MLS season? Naah... Must be something else....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

So, does Pittsburgh have anybody else we should be looking at?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Not that I'm watching, but Vancouver and Puerto Rico are also nil-nil at halftime.

As for the comment above about the two Gonzalos - they're both hacks -- literally. I'd rather see defenders who can defend without the chippy pushes these guys specialize in.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

So, does Pittsburgh have anybody else we should be looking at?

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 8:02 PM

Yep. Nathan Salsi - Defender 6'1"

And...

Justin Evans was named to the USL-2's All-League Second Team for 2008. He scored four goals and chipped in with 2 assists for a total of 10-points; second only in goals and points to "Boyzzz" Khumalo.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The pitch in Houston must be hard as a rock the way the ball bounces on the surface it reminds be of Rice-Eccles (RIP). Very MLS type chippy ugly game in the first half. You know Houston will probably go over the top...as the field is so narrow you have to be direct.

Posted by: sbg | October 12, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

that was a nasty bump

Posted by: dc in asheville | October 12, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Effing moron referee. Dude jumps right into Guerrero who gets called for a dangerous play.

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

that was SCAREY. Crayton way way off his line. We need to hold strong with 10. Never mind Guerrero back in

Posted by: dc in asheville | October 12, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

64th: Doe for Khumalo. Was that a good decision or a bad one?

Posted by: person | October 12, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Where the heck was Crayton playing on D-Ro's shot? He left the entire goal uncovered Lucky it went wide, because Crayton was nowhere near. For all the rips on Wells, I t of position -- so far off from where the shot was headed. It looked like he was protecting the other goalpost, with the ball in the middle? No wonder D-Ro shot from so far out...

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Oops -- my bad -- accidentaly deleted some text. Should've read "For all the rips on Wells, I never saw him so out of position -- so far off from where the shot was headed.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but Crayton's wasting time by tying the shoelaces is priceless.

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

That may have been the softest red card I have seen in a long time.

Posted by: Red Devil | October 12, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

That was a load of horse crap.

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Great. Even if DC gets a point out of this, we don't have Namoff on Thurs. night.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

think it was a second yellow - not a straight red

Posted by: emanon | October 12, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Love the grid iron. think the rest of the world will follow our lead?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what's up with the WFED feed?

Posted by: AlecW81 | October 12, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Did the football lines work against Houston there? Fool the refs as to where the 18 yd. box line was?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

This game looks like a highschool match.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

@ emanon. You're right. Had a brain fart. Still wondering if we got a make-up call on Crayton's handball, or whether no one could tell where the line was.....

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Someone give me some information on what's really going on in this game! The match trackers on MLSnet.com are just pieces of crap!

Posted by: person | October 12, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Burch really needs to earn how to dribble wih his right foot....

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please remind me how Jaqua got to go to Europe. He is absolutely horrid. No first touch, bad in the air, and flat out clumsy. Yeck.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | October 12, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

What's going on is hte refereeing stinks. Totally inconsistent. Twice now Houston's gotten favorable calls when there players jumped over DC payers to head the ball, whereas Namoff got his second card of the game, when he did the same thing.

Crayton's pulling down some balls, though -- if Wells was in goal, I think Jacqua might have had an easy header tap-in.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

How's that for a get by Crayton?

Still pining for Wells?

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Did Emilio go in?

Posted by: person | October 12, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

If Wells was playing, it would be at least 2-0

Posted by: Anonymous | October 12, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Good draw...

Posted by: spike_2.1 | October 12, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

why didn't we push people forward, aren't we gambling to get into the playoffs?

Posted by: atl | October 12, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I will say this... Crayton is a beast - and so is Janicki too. Did anyone else see Holden's hematoma?!

Posted by: Anthony The Great | October 12, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

@ atl -- We're down a man. Playing for the tie keeps them alive at least. Play for wins in the next 2 games...when Emilio and Moreno are available. Hopefully Crayton will be, too -- but it looked like he really hurt his shoulder when he stretched to save DeRo's shot in stoppage time. Wouldn't surprise me if he has to skip Thursday's game....

Posted by: Fisch Fy | October 12, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

No question that Crayton is a better shot stopper and his jumping ability allows him to cover crosses better. In fact, in those respects, he's probably the best goalie DCU has ever had. It's his positional play nd reckless decision-making I question.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | October 12, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

while a win would have been nice, a draw against a very good team on their home field - was an important point. Last two games are now must wins.

Posted by: JSF | October 12, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Vancouver wins 2-1 with a header off a beautiful cross from none other than Justin Moose! (He's wearing a full beard now - maybe his music career is taking off)

Posted by: Hedbal | October 12, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Great goal by LA!!!! goal of the week. 3-1...LA a colorado loss is good for dc, eh?

Posted by: Atl | October 12, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm pretty much crushing hard on Janicki! Not just because I think he's really hot, but mostly because he can really help this defense! Him and Crayton can share Man of the Match in my opinion.
Nice gritty, well fought game tonight. I'm happy with the draw considering how bad they demolished us the last two games. I'm even more happy Dyachenko wasn't subbed in. That would have been a disaster!

With Moreno and Emilio back the next two games and Janicki in defense, we might still have a chance!

Posted by: kris | October 12, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

we need to win against new england, if we do that WE WILL PLAY FOR OUR LIVES AGAINST COLUMBUS. THIS MIGHT BE A great road trip, sorry about the caps I got excited and to lazy to correct it.

Posted by: dc fan | October 12, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else see Holden's hematoma?
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That was amazingly huge. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that.

Posted by: John | October 12, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

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