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Matchday #17: United-Crew

Happy Fourth of July! Greetings from central Ohio for tonight's Eastern Conference showdown between DCU (23 points) and Columbus (22). Most importantly, postgame fireworks (weather permitting -- rain in the forecast.)

The Crew is unbeaten here since last June, leaving the club two games short of MLS's record home streak (18) set by San Jose four years ago. United hasn't dropped by since the 2008 regular season finale, an agonizing 1-0 loss that saw the club hit the posts and crossbar and miss out on the playoffs.

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United defender Dejan Jakovic, on Canadian national team duty at the Gold Cup, played 90 minutes in a 1-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday night. Will DCU teammate Santino Quaranta receive minutes tonight for the USA?

Lineup later.....

DCU LINEUP: Wicks; Namoff, Janicki, Burch; Khumalo, Olsen, Simms, Gomez, Wallace; Pontius, N'Silu. Subs: Kocic, John, McTavish, Barklage, DiRaimondo, Jacobson, Fred. (Jakovic, Quaranta on national team duty, Moreno and Emilio injured.)

You're in the comfort zone for pregame, in-game and postgame discussion. I will create a USA post this evening.

By Steve Goff  |  July 4, 2009; 4:04 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Anybody else watching the USA Rugby match in Blackbaud? Anybody else kinda missing Charleston?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I think we are really going to miss Santino tonight.

Posted by: alan19 | July 4, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Jacob-
There seem to be a lot more water breaks in this rugby match than I've seen in others. Must be the heat.

Posted by: mason08 | July 4, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

No pre-game show tonight, right? I wanna be able to watch the game, step outside to watch the fireworks, then come back in for the rest of the USA-Grenada game.

Posted by: Juan-John | July 4, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Juan-John, yes.

They said it was about 95 degrees at the start of this game, and in the Charleston swamps, I bet the humidity is killer.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see some rugby love floating around. It's been a bit of a defensive battle, so maybe not the most entertaining match for the casual fan. Just having it on TV is a HUGE development for the sport.

Posted by: pecanturtle | July 4, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't see this many fumbles when I go watch the 6-7 year olds at the park up the street playing football.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

alan19:

I agree. Between losing our most effective creator on the season, and 40% of our league goals with Moreno and Emilio out, it's going to be tough to generate offense, even with Marshall out.

I think the keys for us tonight are going to be discipline, intelligence, and ruthless finishing. By discipline, I don't necessarily mean playing conservatively as a team (it doesn't seem to work as well for us as it does for other teams). What I mean is individual discipline: Don't retaliate, don't take yellow cards in their end, and don't give away free kicks near our box.

With regards to intelligence, I mean making our runs at the right moment, and not being reckless. You can still be an attacking team when not sending people forward regardless of the situation. I think Olsen's vocal leadership will be crucial in that regard.

Finally, we are short on creative players, so we can't afford to spurn a few chances and think that we'll have more. Our early chances are going to be especially important. We're on short rest, so falling behind and having to chase the game will be both worse than it normally would tonight as well as trouble for Wednesday.

As far as what Columbus will be troubled with, I think how they sort out the loss of Marshall will inform our attack. If they go with Brunner and Iro, I think our overall strong off-the-ball play will have some success going for short combinations up the middle. 1-2s involving Gomez will likely break open a center back pairing that is young and not particularly quick on their collective feet. However, that depends on Warzycha going with O'Rourke in midfield, which is a possibility with Gaven needing to move wide to cover for the absence of Rogers.

This one's going to be a very tight game. It could come down to one 50/50 call going someone's way, or one tactical move paying off. Before the "Soehn is always wrong" brigade loses hope at that remark, go read up on the Crew's recent 2-1 loss to Dallas. Warzycha is no Guus Hiddink himself.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 4, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I miss Charleston all the time, I'm looking forward for a reason to go back, or at the very least rub elbows with Battery fans at RFK.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 4, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, the ESPN broadcast of wrestling started at 6:07pm. Does that mean it'll go to 7:07pm?

After the Seattle charlie-fox, I'm gun-shy when it comes to ESPN airing an MLS league game on time...

Posted by: Juan-John | July 4, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I went out to eat and my eyes were glued to the distant television. I was going on about Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston and nobody knew what I was talking about. Good to see the US beat Canada.

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It was actually supposed to start at 5:30, cause the Rugby was supposed to be on ESPN, but got switched with the news of the apparent murder Steve McNair.

At the same time, this, I know for fact, is a repeat, so I'm not worried.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting lineup. One good thing for us is that, even if our back three is pretty slow as a group, Columbus relies on a group of target forwards (Moreno, Lenhart, Garey) rather than guys that can kill with speed. We will still have a real job on our hands with Schelotto, but at least the matchup between our backs and their strikers is not the mismatch that facing guys like Findley or Cummings would be without Jakovic.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | July 4, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 4, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. This is about as good as we can come up with lineup wise.

Would have liked to see Barklage, but I'm betting we will.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh, the ESPN broadcast of wrestling started at 6:07pm. Does that mean it'll go to 7:07pm?

After the Seattle charlie-fox, I'm gun-shy when it comes to ESPN airing an MLS league game on time...

Posted by: Juan-John | July 4, 2009 6:09 PM

Of course not. ESPN moved Rugby from ESPN to ESPN2 to accomodate "breaking news" to crank out the Steve McNair story, cancelling a showing of "Strongest Man" in the process. This will be the talking point when part of the United match gets bumped because ESPN "had obligations" to run the Wrestling on their network in it's entirety.

Notice how they moved Mike & Mike, a radio show simulcast on ESPN2 to ESPN News on the days the Confed Cup was being played early. Shame they couldn't accomodate the DC-Sea match that way.

It was great to see USA Rugby break the losing streak against Canada. They didn't look good doing it, IMHO. They've played some of the world-class sides better in the recent past.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | July 4, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what's going on, Juan-John. It's a taped event from April or some time a while back. I'm not sure if they joined it in progress. My guide has it from 5:30-7:00 and had the Rugby on ESPN instead of ESPN2.

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Happy Fourth of July, folks. :)

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 4, 2009 6:14 PM

I smell a Rick-Roll. Guess I'll have to click the link to be sure.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | July 4, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Sit down, Jay; sit down, Jay; oh for God's sake, Jay, sit down!

:D

Posted by: SportzNut21 | July 4, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Well then, I guess this means I'm watching from home. DC fans already shown in the upper deck.

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. 8 minutes in and this already has dreary 0-0 draw written all over it.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Total dive.


Schelloto is sooooo good

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, how often do you see the reverse half-gainer with a double twist called? And be correct???

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I saw the US play Claremont last summer at Blackbaud. They got spanked and looked much worse then.

This game really didn't look much better than the average Division 1 Men's Club Rugby here in the states.

Posted by: alecw81 | July 4, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who feels the defenses and significantly superior to the opposing strikers, resulting in much offensive flailing about in the final third?

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, alecw81. I wasn't impressed by the showing.

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"...defenses ARE significantly superior..."

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

And as I say that, Burch curls a 30 yard free kick just outside the Crew right post, 17th minute. Looked like the keeper may not have had it covered either...

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Burch has a rocket launcher for a foot.

Khumalo is playing himself right off the roster. He's 28? Why are we keeping this guy?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

ps. God worship of one of your players as he's taking a corner kick is a little on the creepy side.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Dueling poor free kicks right at the keepers. United's passing and ball control, especially with thre F's and MF'S is awful verging on dreadful

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

@UnitedDemon - very good question. he's looked really bad so far. in fact the whole first 23 minutes have been a bit lackluster. whole lotta aimless longballs bouncing harmlessly out. United D has looked pretty solid so far (as Olsen heads one out of danger).

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Man, if Bennie's not in there it's 2-0 already...

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice play by Iro to muscle Khumalo (man against boyzzz style) off the ball in the 18 on what looked like a dangerous chance. 28th min.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

in real time, i thought Moreno had a case for a PK on that dive call. upon seeing the replay, it didn't seem like a foul but there appeared to be significant contact. tough spot for the ref, but nice to see someone err on the side of a non-PK, though the yellow seemed a bit harsh.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

And quality defending by Khumalo to block a wide open chance for Ekpo 16 yards yet off a great setup by Gavin. 30 Min

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Khumalo with a nice trackback on defense as well. anyone else feel like ESPN is being stingy with the replays here?

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Finally
Gomez

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I think Khumalo likes it when I insult him.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Must say, I never realized just how big Andy Iro is until now. He's simply overpowering DC forwards. And some comical defending in the back gifts United 3 chances before Gomez gratefully cashes in. 1-0 United 32 min

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Boy, that defending by Columbus made New Zealand's D look good....

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

gooooooooaaaaaalllllllll!

after a crazy series where Simms missed a sitter. that was some great pressure up front and a big conversion of an early chance (one of Chest's "Keys to the Game" - prescient as usual).

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This feed has sucked a few times. Is there a breeze in Columbus or something?

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

A more serious comment:

Moreno (Columbus) seems to miss a true striker who will charge the box when he takes it out to the wing. Also, if Jakovic was playing, he would own him.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone told Harksie that Gomez just scored? Whast else does he have to do, grab a drum from the Barra Brava travelling group?

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

maybe the feed is suffering from the same problems as N'Silu who just seems lost out there.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Pontius just flattened Iro with a shoulder charge, ref played on. Might be a battle to watch as things progress.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It it just my ESPN HD feed that's been crap and just switched to Standard def?

(Provider: Cox, Fairfax Co.)

Posted by: mason08 | July 4, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Boy Hesmer looks really shaky in the back. Had a couple of fumbles and miscommunications already, and nearly gifted Pontius a cheapie there. 44th min.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Heh. I guess not.

Posted by: mason08 | July 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

wonderful pass from Gomez to Pontius there. tough finish, but he didn't hit it as cleanly as he could have.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

@mason08

even on my non-HD TV i could tell that the resolution dropped down about 10 minutes ago. didn't know that was even possible.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

And it's the half, 1-0 DC. DC converts on a mistake/farcical defensive sequence by the Crew, and Janicki, Namoff and Olsen have led a pretty solid defensive effort. Though DC scraped an edge, by the end of the half, it's still a match very much in the balance.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

headed out for the 2nd half. will this be another game where DC lets a lead slip away and has to try to come from behind in the closing minutes? it would be nice if it didn't come to that, but i worry about what's in store during the first 10 minutes after the break.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | July 4, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Pontius is legit...I hope he stays at DC United, but that might just not be possible if he keeps playing as well as he is...I hope this is not his only year in MLS (ala Maurice Edu).

Posted by: alan19 | July 4, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does Burch look like he's playing as if his job was on the line? :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | July 4, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I think we need to give the Pittsburgh Riverhounds a bit wet sloppy kiss. Janicki might be slow but he seems ahead of the play most of the time. Boyzzz has a touch of stone but his legs seems to make up for that so far. I like Clyde's cornrows, and he seems to be playing a little better as the game goes on.

Posted by: bdwooton | July 4, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

My BS theory is that espn2 dropped the resolution so the feed wouldn't require as much bandwidth and wouldn't be dropped by the less than 5mph wind and storms to the south.

Posted by: sitruc | July 4, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Fred for Boyzz or N'Silu. Please.

They are holding us up, although Boyzz did do well to stop a shot, he needs some polish. As does N'Silu.

Wallace and Burch are having their hands full with Gaven and Hejduk.

Posted by: delantero | July 4, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

And we're off with the second stanza...

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Honduras v Haiti nil-nil. Pontius is ok --

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Pontius has made some unreal plays.

I think he's recovered from his dismal showing in Colorado.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

GREAT chance for Pontius unmarked from 8 yards on a terrific corner by Gomez, only Pobtius whiffed on the header. He was completely unmarked, a reall sitter left wanting...49th min.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Pontius for the national team is not looking so outlandish anymore.

I would at least talk to Wallace as well.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Awesome run by Wallace draws a fine save from Hesmer, and two rebound chances aren't converted. Another wasted opportunity. What the hell was Hejduk doing, Wallace stole his wallet and his jock on that move....52nd min.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

And Ekpo shows why he's so overrated, making a nice 30 yard run from midfield then firing a balloon shot into the Cayahoga River....

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Sub: Fred on for Khumalo, 55th Min

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Wallace another maurading run but the cross is blocked. The ensuing rebound result in a fine back-heel setup to Gomez but Hesmer is able to make a stretching save on a cheeky chip

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

That hurts...

Posted by: alan19 | July 4, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

And we are level either Burch or Wallace left Moreno all alone, and he buries a flick on header from 8 yards. No chance for Wicks, it was a nice flick by Gavin(?).

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Olsen carded for a tackle Schelotto takes exception to . Harsh language exchanged but nothing more...

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Therein lies a big problem with playing 3-5-2. No real left back and Wallace wasn't committed to marking and Moreno was given way to much space. Ugh. Looked good otherwise.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 4, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Given DC's chances already this half, and Schelotto's taking most of the night off thus far, United should NOT be on level terms right now. 1-1, 63rd min.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

O'Rourke with the elbow to Gomez's chin, and Gomez looks a little loopy. Is this his best game of the year thusfar? Free from about 30 yards, Burch shoots it way over into some band's sound equipment.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

72nd min, not much happening. DC is keeping some pressure on, but can't make the killer pass. Crew's goal is looking more and more like a fluke, as their offense is a completely disjointed version of hit and hope at the moment.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

We just miss Moreno and Emilio a lot.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 4, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

In a tight close up, I'm happy with Simms' cornrows, from the normal angle, I like the fro better

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Ekpo with a flat out dumb play, pulling back Fred on a long ball the Brazilian was never going to reach. Yellow to Ekpo, DC free from 26 yards by Gomez JUST misses after a deflection for a corner. Corner jumps around until Wallace cracks it into the third deck.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Can I just register a moan about what a shame it is that they took the supporters end line seats at Crew Stadium? Should we refer to it as a CSS now (Concert Specific Stadium)?

Posted by: Kev29 | July 4, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Dangerous chance when Schelotto frees Heydude down the wing for a very nice cross that forces Namoff to full stretch to block a clear attempt by Lenhardt. Best Columbus chance since their goal.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

N'Silu finally gets the yellow card he's been working on all night for his 47th late tackle. 80th min.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Nobody dives more than Eddie Gaven. Not Schelloto, Robinho, Ronaldo. Nobody.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

DC counter nearly catches the Crew out, but Fred's dangerous gross to N'Silu is headed away.83 min

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Hope this isn't a jinx, but Janicki has looked sharp tonight

Posted by: Kev29 | July 4, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

It's turning into a man's game now, as it's gotten much more physical in the last 10 minutes.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Did Brian Carroll look that sickly when he was with us?

Posted by: alan19 | July 4, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sub: Barkledge for N'Silu, 85th Min. Is Soehn settling for the tie now?

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Nobody dives more than Eddie Gaven. Not Schelloto, Robinho, Ronaldo. Nobody.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 4, 2009 8:48 PM

====

Didn't you see Lenhart shoulder-charge-into-the-defender-but-I'm-smaller-and-have-a-bad-angle-so-I'm-going-to-fall-down dive earlier?

Posted by: mason08 | July 4, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Did Pontius just take O'Rourke into the boards?

Posted by: mason08 | July 4, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Heydude's been taking lessons from Gavin and tries to sell a foul on Burch. No one is buying...

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Pontius with a 30 yard worm burner that Hesmer handles as if it's filled with nitroglycerin. Luckily a defender bails him out and clears it for a corner.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Lenhardt in a steel cage match with Wallace at midfield that leaves the Crew man lying. He's making a mountain out of a molehill, anbd the Richard Simmons-esque makes matters even worse....

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who their pube headed forward is, but he whines a lot

Posted by: Kev29 | July 4, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Schelotto screams for a hand ball on Olsen, but doesn't get it. Moments later, Lenhardty gets his yellow for a cheap nshot on Burch(?). 93rd min.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Kiss your sister, boys, it's a 1-1 draw. Given the roster problems for DC, it's a result I'll take, though with better finishing there were 3 points to be taken. Oh, well, time for the Nats.

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

In theory, a point is fine in Columbus, but we were a lot better than they were tonight.

Props to the travelling fans.

Posted by: Kev29 | July 4, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

So many chances blew up near the box, poor marking let the tying goal. Not a good result. This would have been easily win if we can learn how to finish the chances.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Lenhart hit Namoff at the end there.

I can't believe we didn't get 2 on Hesmer, I can't remember him actually catching a ball today. Every shot at goal left a rebound, but we only put one of them in the net.

Posted by: Hobes | July 4, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

This one leaves a sour taste. We should have had at least three more goals given the chances and mediocre defending of Columbus. I still think playing a three man back line is a recipe for disaster. This is the third time we've conceded a goal and given up a lead because the midfield didn't track back. A four man back with Burch out wider would have negated that. We won't win any trophies with until we switch to a four man back line.

Posted by: agoldhammer | July 4, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

We let this game get away from us....But putting it in perspective, with all the players out, to go into the Champ's home and get a point is a good result.

Nice to see the DC United support on the road! We could hear you traveling fans on the broadcast! Kudos!

Posted by: alan19 | July 4, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

BS tie. Seriously, Wallace needs to be called out for their goal. He had plenty of time to recover and defend in the box.

He's an outside mid in a 3-5-2. They pushed guys forward and Moreno is WIDE OPEN while Wallace is sucking his thumb.

Columbus fans . . you guys bite. "You Suck, Ahole" is the best you can come up with? Pathetic, just like your one and done team.

Posted by: delantero | July 4, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, I thought Burch was also at fault on Moreno's goal.

Posted by: DadRyan | July 4, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I blame Fred as much as Wallace. He was loafing out of position and didn't put nearly enough pressure on the cross that led to the goal.

Are we stuck with a guaranteed salary on him or can we dump it once Quaranta's back from NT duty. I'd rather watch Khumalo blow scoring chances for $50K than Fred do it for 4X that. And we all saw that Khumalo hustles back on D or else this would have been a loss.

Posted by: benonthehill | July 4, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

You are aware that United won the title in 04 in a 3-5-2 right?

And the Shield in 06.
And again in 07.

Just sayin...

It's not the formation that's at fault, it's the players.

It'd be one thing if we were playing in a 2-3-5 like my boys and girls club soccer team when I was 8 (yes, 2 fullbacks, 3 central mids, 2 attacking wings, 2 strikers, and 1 center forward).

Besides, Wicks should have made the save there.

All of that is moot if United capitalizes on one of the dozen or so rebounds.

Posted by: alecw81 | July 4, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Just got back to the hotel in Cowlumbus. Thanks to all the SE/BB folks who welcomed me. It was awesome to run into three people from Lancaster County, PA as well as people from Cincy and other places, all cheering for DC United.

Props to the Crew Security for being very good and keeping harassment limited to one dork who was trying to show what a man he was. MASSIVE FAIL.

Posted by: lrg1231 | July 4, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Big kudos to all those who made the trip and represented us. When the economic gets better i will contribute my part.
This game really was blew it. Columbus really didn't show up tonight. There is nothing more disappointing than throw out the chances.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | July 4, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Didn't you see Lenhart shoulder-charge-into-the-defender-but-I'm-smaller-and-have-a-bad-angle-so-I'm-going-to-fall-down dive earlier?

Posted by: mason08 | July 4, 2009 8:52 PM
==================

I haven't seen so many hyphens since I sat in on that Women's Studies class.

Posted by: joedoc1 | July 4, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

"I don't know, I thought Burch was also at fault on Moreno's goal."

The both of 'em are at fault, it's a team game, no doubt . . . . but I saw three CMB heading into the box and it looked to me like Burch waved off Moreno to Wallace. Wallace just stood there, hesitated and then it was too late.

Can't blame Wicks on that. Sure, Tim Howard makes that save, but Wicks isn't even close . .

Posted by: delantero | July 5, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

yeah he may have waved him off to go double cover a nobody. Burch migrates to the middle of the box to cover the same guy that janicki is covering. leaving moreno wide open and wallace out to dry. Burch has got to pick up moreno.
Burch has been a massive dissappointment all season long. his crosses, defense, decision making. all horrible.

he needs to go. unfortunately we got no other left backs. we need to pick up someone.

Posted by: castroviejo | July 5, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

And Ekpo shows why he's so overrated, making a nice 30 yard run from midfield then firing a balloon shot into the Cayahoga River....

Posted by: Throwin64 | July 4, 2009 8:21 PM
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That must have been quite a shot, as the Cuyahoga is in another part of the state. The Olentangy, perhaps, or Alum Creek, depending on what direction he was facing.

Posted by: universityandpark | July 5, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

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