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Matchnight #4: DCU at RSL

"We're a folk-singing group from Salt Lake City!"

It always comes back to "Wedding Crashers," doesn't it?

Greetings again from the Beehive State and Rio Tinto Stadium, with its immaculate playing surface and breathtaking backdrop of the snow-covered Wasatch Mountains.

A shout-out to Ken Sanders Rare Books ("Creating Chaos Out of Anarchy For a Better Tomorrow"), where I picked up a Russell Banks novel (autographed, no less.) I arrived in town just in time for Bobcat Goldthwaite's appearance in Ogden and the Utah Cubing Open, a Rubik's Cube competition at the university (no, I did not attend either).

As we reported late last night, Ben Olsen is not here, resting his temperamental ankle to be ready for Friday's home match against New England. Greg Janicki (post-concussion syndrome), Jaime Moreno (red card suspension) and Josh Wicks (hip) are also absent.

Read about United's revolving game-day roster.

Rain and thunder in the forecast.

Back soon with DCU's lineup and reserves.

DCU LINEUP: Crayton; Namoff, Jakovic, Burch; Fred, Jacobson, Simms, Gomez, Wallace; Pontius, Emilio. Subs: Kocic, Peters, McTavish, Barklage, Quaranta, Doe, N'Silu. (Khumalo and DiRaimondo did not travel.)

As usual, this is the gathering spot for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion.

By Steve Goff  |  April 11, 2009; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Could this mean that we'll see Jacobson in Olsen's role?

Posted by: DCU_Rick | April 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

On an internet tubes?

Posted by: envirosound | April 11, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

So, that's a yes to seeing Jacobson in what undoubtedly will be a 3-5-2 (or see Chest Rockwell's more specific description in prior post). Vamos United!

Posted by: Truck | April 11, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I have to say, I like having Doe and N'Silu on the bench. While N'Silu hasn't scored yet, we know at least that we have some offensive potential on the bench.

I expected Jacobson, and now we'll be able to argue about him in terms of how he plays instead of what we think he might play like.

I'm glad Mctavish is on the bench;I don't want out only defender to be Peters, with the way our luck has gone.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 11, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Can Barklage play defender as well?

Posted by: Truck | April 11, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

At 4,600 feet, neither Gomez nor Fred are likely to go 90 minutes, so I'm guessing Tino and perhaps N'Silu will enter, with Pontius moving back to midfield.

Posted by: b18bolo | April 11, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

btw McBride just had a nice goal (assist by Blanco). oh this the DC united thread. ooops see ya in 40 minutes

Posted by: Sec131 | April 11, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Steve, just out of curiosity, I'd be interested in knowing your opinion of Rio Tinto stadium... (the playing surface and the scenery sound nice, but how's it compare to the other SSS's around the league?)

Posted by: ricky_b | April 11, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It's supposed to be online at http://www.channelsurfing.net/ (scroll down a decent way)

Posted by: jermWV | April 11, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

beautiful day and nice crowd in San Jose. and Convey just drew a pretty weak penalty to put them back on top.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 11, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

RSL's lineup from MLSnet:

------- Movsisyan - Findley
---------------- Morales
--------- Mathis ----- Johnson
--------------- Beckerman
Wingert - Borchers - Olave - Beltran
------------------ Rimando

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | April 11, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Love this channelsurfing.net gig. What a gem. The Rio looks like a biblical (or Mormonic) desert. Where is everybody?

Posted by: sofiaboy | April 11, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Goff: "A shout-out to Ken Sanders Rare Books ("Creating Chaos Out of Anarchy For a Better Tomorrow"), where I picked up a Russell Banks novel (autographed, no less.) "

William Thacker: "IF you can find an unsigned one I hear its worth an absolute fortune."

Posted by: LookingDangerous | April 11, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Am watching on channelsurfing.net and I agree, it's pretty cool. Even better than tvunetworks.

Posted by: tundey | April 11, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching there too and its great.

Posted by: laur84 | April 11, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I really like this announcing crew... objective and good analysis. I remember glen davis last week was annoying to listen to because all he talked about was how good the dynamo were.

Posted by: andrew23 | April 11, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

also the play by play guy doesn't sound like he's a morning radio DJ

Posted by: andrew23 | April 11, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

i've always like dunseth's analysis as well. i actually learn something when he says something.

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Memo to Pontius: Use the back heels in the other team's penalty box, not your own.

Posted by: benonthehill | April 11, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

sweet goal! emilio with the goal, and pontius with the assist (good for my fantasy team)

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Ok Chris I like you again. Brilliant service.

Posted by: benonthehill | April 11, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

can we please start our rookie keeper next week?

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

wow. Worst goalie in the league.

Posted by: doh1 | April 11, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh no! Goalie's mistake. RSL keeps on haunting us.

Posted by: sofiaboy | April 11, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I really like this announcing crew... objective and good analysis.

+1

Posted by: Pedalada | April 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

i've said it before and i will (hopefully ) say it again - i really like this Pontius kid.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 11, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Just got in, caught the replay of the RSL goal. Looks like Crayton confused himself by thinking punch, then catch...then just weakly deflecting it in.

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

I have watched the last 2 matches on the other team's broadcast. And so far, they haven't been too bad. Seems a lot of these MLS teams actually respect DC United, our results last season notwithstanding.

Posted by: tundey | April 11, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

yeah, Pontius and Wallace were great draft picks - I think Lyle Adams would have been a solid addition as well - and Kocic made the team too of course

Posted by: Pedalada | April 11, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Keeper mistake on that RSL goal. But the DC goal was a beauty.

BTW, why can't Wallace keep the ball? I hope he's wearing the wrong shoes.

Posted by: tundey | April 11, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

what's the deal with Channelsurfing.net? it's great, but how long until they get shut down? just doesn't seem like it can be anywhere close to legal.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 11, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

i know this is anecdotal, but it seems that dc united has a higher than average ability to give up a goal right after they score a goal. i've been a fan since '96, but it just seems that way? anyone else notice this?

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Crayton just makes me shake my head...

Fred makes me throw my remote.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | April 11, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

dimes: shh! I have no idea, but it has been around for a while now.

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh my Lord that was a FANTASTIC team goal by DCU. That was just gorgeous.

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

bad defending leads to a shot off the crossbar for beckerman...

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Beckerman close!

This is a really good game. Lots of good ideas, but some players just a step shy.

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

for the second year in a row - we need a better goalie....crayton looking shaky.

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Jakovic has looked good tonight, and just now saved a goal with Findley looking to slot a shot under Crayton. Just about time for subs to start coming on for United.

Posted by: buck-bass-goal | April 11, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

RSL's trade of Kyle Beckerman for Mehdi Ballouchy must be one of the better trades in recent MLS history.

Posted by: diego_r | April 11, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

mctavish in for fred. looks like soehn is trying to preserve the tie.

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Ouch...doin' the splits....Yuri is lucky he didn't tear his groin.

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

DCU's downward trajectory can be traced directly back to Troy Perkins leaving for Norway.

Posted by: diego_r | April 11, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

ok, i apologize...crayton just saved the day....great save!

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

crayton - amazing save point blank!

Posted by: Pedalada | April 11, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Grababoy in for Mathis
Doe for Gomez
Burch yellow

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

what's the over / under on Soehn being fired? I'd say July 1st

Posted by: diego_r | April 11, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

RSL scored while I wasn't looking.

Emilio misses wide from 25

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Chance for Burch to cross on a direct

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

McTavish with a really rough challenge..card...

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

quality tackle by McTavish

Posted by: me_ahogo | April 11, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Illegal throw-in :) Big time lifted his foot. Haven't seen that called in ages.

Posted by: Reignking | April 11, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Ugghh

Posted by: diego_r | April 11, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

another lead given up. another snakebit year as far as injuries goes. another goalie mistake. nice to see that this team is consistent!

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 11, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Salt Lake 2 St. Louis United 1

Posted by: section108 | April 11, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Was Gomez taken off because he actually was tired or because Soehn (and many on the blog) assumed he would be tired at the seventy minute mark?

Posted by: jermWV | April 11, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

So much for an undefeated season....

The injury parade is feeling really familiar.

I only caught the last 10 minutes of the game, but I am wondering if Gomez has done anything yet this season, besides drawing and taking that one penalty in LA. Not to discount that, but I was wondering if he has done anything in the 3 and a half games since. I did not think he would be an MVP-caliber player any more, but I expected a lot more than he has shown so far.

Posted by: fischy | April 11, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Why was Gomez subbed for Doe? Does TS really think that Doe will score a winning goal away with 15 min to go? Well it was risk taken and the bet was lost. Tired of losing to RSL in SLC. A tie would have been fine. Can't TS think strategically?

Posted by: sofiaboy | April 11, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse


Despite a nice goal, DC has no intensity at all, which seems to be a Soehn era trademark. It's looks like they are playing kick around out there. Boring boring boring. And the 2nd RSl goal, WTF?!?! Seems as if one of the 2 D-mids should have been within 20 yards of Berkerman, horrible organization, another Soehn era trademark.

Posted by: SoehntheExit | April 11, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Gomez is washed up. If you notice the attack does not flow through him. United is trying to use the flanks. His touches are few and far between, and when he does have the ball it doesn't amount to anything.

Posted by: section108 | April 11, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have the stats on how often DC gives up a goal within 5 minutes of scoring one? I'm guessing... off the charts.

Posted by: -rke- | April 11, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@ diego_r: I'm not holding my breath. DCU has usually provided a lot of rope to its coaches. I won't be sad to see him go. However, you have to believe that if we have a healthy Olsen, we at least tie this game.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | April 11, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

craptacular!

Posted by: the_lizard1000 | April 11, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Crayton really stuck it up, but Soehn's substitution of Gomez was just weird. It didn't look like Gomez was tired, but it is possible that he communicated that to the bench verbally because his body language didn't indicate it. We really should have gotten a tie out of that game.

Posted by: no_recess | April 11, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I just love Brian Dunseth's remarks about Soehn's "head-scratching" decisions... Doe on for Gomez, with Tino fit on the bench? Yep, that's a head scratcher. Basically, that single decision killed DC's ability to play possession soccer, and therefore, to close the game out with any semblance of composure.

Posted by: jrnail23 | April 11, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, one positive comment... I was really impressed with Jacobson on the ball. Neat touches, and good one & two touch possession play... I had a feeling his futsal background would come in handy.

Posted by: jrnail23 | April 11, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

i was at the Tiffany Cup final (Real Madrid pummeled Blackburn 3-0) so i missed the game. Could anybody recap for me, please?

Posted by: abgcunited11 | April 11, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

April 11, 2009 Rio Tinto Stadium
D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake
90:00
Final
Scoring:
DC -- Luciano Emilio 3 (Chris Pontius 1, Fred 1) 38
RSL -- Jamison Olave 1 (Will Johnson 1, Robbie Findley 1) 40
RSL -- Javier Morales 1 (Robbie Findley 2, Kyle Beckerman 1) 80
Discipline:
RSL -- Javier Morales (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 15
RSL -- Chris Wingert (caution; Tactical Foul) 25
RSL -- Nat Borchers (caution; Tactical Foul) 35
DC -- Christian Gomez (caution; Dissent) 39
DC -- Marc Burch (caution; Tactical Foul) 75
DC -- Devon McTavish (caution; Reckless Foul) 91+
Audio | Video | Play-by-Play

Game Stats
D.C. United Real Salt Lake
Total Shots: 6 15
Shots on Goal: 2 8
Total Saves: 6 1
Fouls: 9 12
Offsides: 2 0
Corner Kicks: 7 4

Play-by-Play Complete Play-by-Play
90:00 -Match Ended @ 5:55 P.M. MT. Match is Official. Time of Match is 1:49.
93:00 -End Half 2 @ 5:55 P.M. MT. 03:00 of Stoppage Time
90:27 DC -91st Minute. Yellow Card Issued to 18-Devon McTavish. Foul Type: Reckless Foul
89:12 DC -90th Minute. Direct Free Kick by 4-Marc Burch.
88:57 RSL -89th Minute. Substitution: 77-Andy Williams for 10-Robbie Findley, 89 minutes played.
88:08 RSL -89th Minute. Foul Committed by 17-Chris Wingert, 2nd of match. Foul Suffered by 25-Santino Quaranta, 1st of match.
85:00 RSL -85th Minute. Foul Committed by 11-Javier Morales, 2nd of match. Foul Suffered by 8-Andrew Jacobson, 3rd of match.
84:10 DC -85th Minute. Shot on Goal by 25-Santino Quaranta, 1st of match. Save by: 18-Nick Rimando, 1st of match.
83:20 RSL -84th Minute. Shot by 8-Will Johnson, 3rd of match. Result: Wide Left
82:58 DC -83rd Minute. Shot by 11-Luciano Emilio, 2nd of match. Result: High
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee's Assistants: Philippe Briere; Peter Balciunas
4th Official: Tyler Ploeger
Time of Game: 90:00
Weather: Cloudy -and- 53 degrees
Attendance: 11,793

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 11, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

erif nheos

Posted by: me_ahogo | April 11, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I just copied from match tracker and posted here. 11k?

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 11, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

The final score was absolutely no surprise. Somehow during the last 35 minutes of the game, Salt Lake had most of the momentum.

Bennie, Bennie, where art thou?!?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 11, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

This is an editorial from the Baltimore Sun that I thought everyone might enjoy. Honestly, the comparisons to the Caps is shortsighted and inaccurate but the rest is dead on. However, DC United does outdraw the Georgetown Hoyas with a similar number of dates.

"A tale of two sports venues

Where's the love for soccer? It's one thing to be skeptical about taxpayer subsidies for a professional soccer stadium in Prince George's County or elsewhere, but to oppose merely investigating the costs and benefits? Yet that's the position taken this week by the Prince George's County Council and it's a sharp contrast to Gov. Martin O'Malley's willingness to seek eminent domain authority, an action that could allow the state to acquire Pimlico and Laurel race facilities at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.
Let's look at this from a business standpoint. Which sport do you think offers the best growth potential in the 21st century? If you said racing, better take a second look. Thoroughbred racing has been in gradual decline for years with fewer racing dates, a shrinking number of tracks, lower attendance, and perhaps most importantly, a smaller share of the U.S. gambling dollar.

Admittedly, professional soccer has never been a top attraction in the U.S., at least not compared to how it's received in the rest of the world. But that's gradually changing. The DC United games boast better home attendance than the Washington Capitals. Major League Soccer teams have developed five soccer-only stadiums around the country and more are reportedly in the works.

So while it's fair to raise questions about how much public money should be invested in a soccer facility, the proposal ought to be at least investigated. Even if Prince George's County wants no part of it, the potential benefits of soccer are too intriguing to be summarily dismissed."


Posted by: croftonpost | April 11, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

When more people jam into Ravens Stadium for AC Milan-Chelsea than for Day of Rivals and the Face-Off Classic COMBINED, I hope Jack Johnson will resign, dig his own grave, prop up the dirt using a lean-to, shoot himself, fall into the hole, upset the lean-to, and let all the dirt fall into the grave in one fell swoop!!!!

Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | April 11, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Comparing to Caps is a legit. They are up a bit in recent months because of their wins but I don't think it is inaccurate.
Sun post reflects on this news from

Seattle.http://www.king5.com/sports/soundersfc/stories/NW_040809SPB-sounders-soccer-craze-KC.b86eab1d.html

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 11, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | April 11, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

The Capitals average attendance this season was 200 short of capacity. They also have double the number of home dates. It's a bad comparison. Georgetown is much better.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 11, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Despite the loss. I'd give Molly Malone's my stamp of approval. I put some money in Nadine's bucket, and got to shake hands with Jaime... Can't wait for DC United to kick the Revs teeth in next week.
DC needs to stop playing in the all white kit.. White Shirt black shorts!!!

Posted by: DadRyan | April 11, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"White Shirt black shorts!!!"

Dadryan, you read my mind. Maybe it will change our fortunes out West.

""Oh, one positive comment... I was really impressed with Jacobson on the ball.""

Not so much. Defensively he was good early, but the ball got away from him going forward more than once. And he was gassed by the 70th minute where he was watching most of the time and didn't close down the cross that lead to the winning goal, which brings me to . . .

SOEHN'S game management . .

McTavish in, but for FRED?! Not Jacobson, who was clearly gassed. Then you put him in for Fred . . at wide right where he hasn't played in a competitive 1-1 game since his days as the Apple Blossom King in Winchester, VA?!!

Doe in. Not for Lucho or Pontius . . but for Gomez?! Leaving Jacobson, Simms and Pontius to run the middle of the field?

ARE YOU THAT BLIND!!!! AAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

What are you thinking fool?!?!

Posted by: delantero | April 12, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

And please don't blame Crayton for their first goal. It was deflected in a blink of an eye. At least he got hands to it.

Zach Wells would have been already diving to the left!!!

Posted by: delantero | April 12, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

""Though the improved surface eliminated the bounces that had tormented it for years, United lacked precision within 30 yards . . . ""

Sorry for the verbosity, but the wife is asleep!

Goff nailed this. Repetitive passes were simply lacking precision. I.E. Up front, Pontius was clearly out muscled and slower than his man Olave . . . but we kept dumping the ball long!!! At least TRY and hit the kid in stride . .

Finally someone (DOE) figured out how to switch fields but it was toward an out of place McTavish . . . and then out of bounds!!

Posted by: delantero | April 12, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

""Crayton compensated for his first-half miscue ""

Watch that again and tell me that was a weak effort . . . it was a misdirected rocket .

Posted by: delantero | April 12, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

"We probably dropped too far to give them the space to start the counterattack."" Soehn

PROBABLY?!? Your failure to sub out Jacobson who should have closed him was PROBABLY a problem.

Posted by: delantero | April 12, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

From last year onward, I think I have seen enough. Crayton Sucks...He is a backup at best...

Posted by: alan19 | April 12, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

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