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United Rewind

Quality all-around performance by DCU.....but no goals.

Read my match report with quotes and notes.

This comment from assistant coach Chad Ashton crystalizes the situation: "To walk away with one [point] is deflating. We have had too many of those this year, where ties have felt like losses."

Watch the video highlights.

United is hanging in there, but with the next two league games on the road (Chicago and Dallas) and the confluence of Champions League matches, MLS encounters and the U.S. Open Cup final, it's sure to be a stressful two months in pursuit of a playoff berth.

Wicks 6.5; Namoff 7.5, Jakovic 7, Burch 6.5; Fred 7, Simms 6, Olsen 7, Gomez 5.5, Wallace 6; Quaranta 6, Emilio 7. Subs: Moreno 6, Pontius 5, Jacobson 5.

By Steve Goff  |  August 23, 2009; 12:21 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Wallace needs to ride the pine for a bit and watch.

While his usual effort was there tonight, the quality of finish, his runs, even defensive spacing is lacking. His physical gifts enable him to cover ground, but the touch needs work.

Overall, a crappy point at home.

Posted by: delantero | August 23, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Dude did you see that spin by Olsen, that alone deserves a 10.

Posted by: PEddy | August 23, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I am simply sick and tired of these mediocre referees making incredible mistakes that cost so many points. Yet they get no punishment what so ever.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | August 23, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

So clearly Chad Ashton did a pretty good job tonight. He was in a tough situation and got a better result than I think Soehn could have. He neutralized Donovan, Beckham, and Eddie Lewis...I say fire Soehn, and let Ashton limp us into the playoffs...The team looked much better under Ashton that it did in recent memory under Soehn...Emilio was unlucky tonight, but showed he is still our most dangerous player! If he gets hot, we can still make it...

Posted by: alan19 | August 23, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

@alan19 . Yes Chad Ashton ran a good game tonight. In fact, his substitutions were well implemented and DC's strategy was top drawer tonight. Though, you don't think this was a plan developed by Sohen and the whole coaching staff? What substitutions did Ashton make that Sohen wouldn't? All three were predictable and ones that Sohen would have made.

DC did control the midfield and really run the show today. The ref didn't help and unfortunately we deserved more than a point tonight.

Fire Sohen talk based on tonight's performance? A bit questionable in my opinion.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 23, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

A 7 for Luci after being caught offsides 23 times?

Posted by: UVAtoRFK | August 23, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

We wuz robbed again! When will they quit this garbage? A legit goal pulled back & two penalties waived off?

...and those BS LA homers calling the match on FSC... oy vay!

Hopefully, the soccer beast that is DC will get justice on the field soon!

Posted by: the_lizard1000 | August 23, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

What a shock.... after watching the replay multiple times Luci was onside and the linesman was out of position.

Posted by: rockotodd | August 23, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Clearly should have been 2-0...Luci was def onside in the 1st half and earned a penalty in the 2nd.

Posted by: soccerman | August 23, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Emilio "7"? Were we watching the same game?
Useless in the 2nd half. A step slow or a second late in responding throughout the first half. And that just about sums up his year. Goal scorers who are "finishers" have to be a step ahead of the play. The constant offsides by Emilio tell me he understands this erosion of his speed of play, and his only recourse is to try to gain advantage by "cheating" to gain that extra yard that is missing in his play. Goff, the rating should have been "4." He, not Gomez, should have been substituted early in the second half. The writing is on the wall. You may not like what it says, but it's there: this version of DCU needs to be blown up. The "old guard" needs to make way. The new DCU has to build around Quaranta, Jakovic, the rookies, and the keepers. Give Namoff the legacy captaincy. Move Jaimie to the front office. Make Olsen part of the new coaching staff and let him earn some coaching stripes. Send Soehn, Emilio, and Gomez packing. Let's hope we can draft as astutely next year as we did this year, and let's go find a scorer, a creative player, and a quality defender for the money we save on the "old guard" contracts. Emilio's performance yesterday should be the slogan for DCU 2009: Just not good enough.

Posted by: rcdwriting | August 23, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I can't go with "quality all-around performance" and high ratings across the board in a must-win home game with a great crowd where we don't score. Yes, the AR made one mistake, but it was razor-close. As Earl Weaver used to say, "Yeah, we played just good enough to lose."

Posted by: granadoskerry | August 23, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

while I was happy to be at rfk for the first time since 2004, this was not a result for which I'd hoped. dcu did control the game, but the gals' fewer scoring opportunities were more dangerous. wicks demonstrated excellent positioning, which helped keep at least one point.

at least the teenage girls were there for dcu...beckham jerseys were there, but not in abundance. speaking of whom, he rather sleepwalked through the match other than the last five minutes. guess that's why donovan is their captain...

Posted by: troy6 | August 23, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

The goal by Luciano was not offside. I think the refs should have to take a refresher course.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | August 23, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was a nice touch that all three GEICO spokesmen played: David Geckoham, Caveman Olsen, and (for argument's sake) Luci - the stack of cash that just sits around.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 23, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Another 2 points wasted. In another performance which belies his inconsistent season, Fred was Man of the Match - continually toasting the Galaxy defenders.

Posted by: PhillyMLS | August 23, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

RCD Writing:

I think your description of Emilio's play last night could summarize most of Emilio's performances this year, but I thought he was pretty good the last two games. My impression is that he is playing better than he has all year. He should have had another goal last night and probably should have earned a pk for the team; his goal at Marathon was courageous. He was also coming back for the ball quite well and I thought his distribution was spot on.

This is not by way of saying that he should still be on the team next year. There are undoubtedly better values out there that are more than glorified poachers - that actually have pace. I'm just saying its nice to finally see him show a little commitment to the club this season. He seems to be getting hot at the right time for a playoff push.

I thought the team acquitted themselves well last night and were just cursed as they were the first game of the season against the gals. Yet another bitter pill to swallow in connection with this season.

Posted by: JaimeSegundo | August 23, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Dam goff!! i thought tino should have been easily a 7 maybe an 8. Simms i thouht should have been a 5.5 no doubt. Moreno played well last night in his 25 or so minutes, he was making good passes and had good possesion. Anyone see landycakes almost dribble through our entire midfield/defense, i was definately holding my breath on that one. Olsen i thought came out a bit early, specially since he converted a late goal in a previous game. Why would you bring on pontius that late? he is a rookie and needs time to get into the game. Gomez had little impact on the game. All and all i thought it was a strong performance. LA came in hot and we slowed them down a little. Fred played well as well. A loss would have been terrible, i think its important that we at least came away with a point. Emillio needs to shoot more, and put himself in better places on the field. The effort is there, he just seems to be well covered most of the time. I thought emillio should have had a breakaway on a bad offsides call, and a clear push in the box was not called. Not a strong game for team yellow last night.

Posted by: g3impreza | August 23, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

And they call it a "friendly"


""A practice match between a Chelsea reserve team and Qatari side Al-Ahli descended into violence and was abandoned after just 35 minutes.

Chelsea's players were reportedly assaulted with karate kicks, knee-high tackles and had their hair pulled out and eyes gouged.""

Posted by: delantero | August 23, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Back to the Szetela situation. Whatever the problem is it must be fixed NOW. If he hasn't been punished enough then the damage is such that we should just trade him.

Some have suggested that Soehn is just being stubborn. Well, if I was the owner or General Manager, I would not put up with having a potentially good player at home twiddling his thumbs on my dime.

Kasper needs to put the two in a room make them shake hands. If that can't be done then they should fire one or both of them.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 23, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Fire Tom Soehn, promote Chad Ashton?!?! If you meant that sarcastically, then well done! Problem is I think you were serious...

1. Emilio goal disallowed for offsides when he was in line with the last defender
2. Two outstretched arms shove Emilio for a PK
3. Handball in the box by Miglioranzi in the 84th minute

The referees have now stolen 4 points from us in matches against LA alone!

Posted by: DCUMD | August 23, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Read Goff's article - Soehn was in communication with Ashton via cell phone. So any praise directed towards Ashton also needs to be extended to Soehn

Posted by: emanon13 | August 23, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Emilio did play well. He was active all over. Fred played well. Jaime gave a spark and some quality.

Was Gomez even on the pitch? Half way through the first half I hadn't realized he was on the field.

Posted by: delantero | August 23, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Fred was Man of the Match - continually toasting the Galaxy defenders."

Not sure why Ashton subbed him out. Fred didn't look happy with it either as from the TV, he didn't go back to the bench, but to the locker room.

He didn't look gassed. And to put Jacobson in his place was mysterious.

Posted by: delantero | August 23, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Ok so by my count we've now lost 7 points to poor/questionable officiating:

Posted by: DCUMD | August 23, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

dear mls,

until you get refs who know what and when are offsides your league will be nothing but a complete joke.

emilio was not offsides.


to get decent refs and sideline judges they must be paid more than bagboys at a grocery store as well.

Posted by: castroviejo | August 23, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I saw the game differently than some. Frd stepped around some very ill-considered challenges, especially by Beckham -- but I did not think he created much. He made one play that nearly cost the game -- as he struggled to hold possession on the sideline, dribbling backwards 25 or 30 yards before finally being stripped. He did show some skill and confidence that has been missing recently, but I would not say he was the MOTM.

I have no clue why Gomez got a 5.5. He did no make any mistakes, but he barely touched the ball. He was too invisible to merit a positive rating. I do think Goff got it right for Emilio. He failed to finish that one chance where he slid it wide, but he did score a goal that should not have been disallowed. Not only was he onside, there was no way that the AR could have seen it as being clearly offside. Too close to even make that mistake. Flag should have stayed down, even if he AR had questions.

Later, when Emilio was shoved down, he probably would no have gotten to the ball, but still a penalty should have been called.

It was nice to see DCU earn a point, especially given the run of form LA has had of late. However, the ratings suggest a more positive result, or at least, more chances. The reality is that LA had more chances and only some good stops by Namoff and Wicks preserved the shutout.

Posted by: fischy | August 23, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

And I'm still waiting for MLS to hold referees accountable. Just like the first Galaxy game, we got genuinely screwed by the refs and its has cost us 4 points. This is absolutely disgraceful.

So once again, we will get the weekly referee report that affirms that the referee F'ed up, and that it cost DC United a win. And once again, nothing will happen from it and the league will not take any measures to hold referees accountable for poor on the job performance. In what other occupation in America can you continually screw up at work and keep your job?

Posted by: FAkeemail9875 | August 23, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Fakeemail: The Senate, Congress, and Presidency. Dubya would have been tried for treason in any other developed nation.

Posted by: alecw81 | August 23, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

PEerhaps not treason, but there is no shortage of crimes they should be charged with.

Posted by: fischy | August 23, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Fischy, alecw81: I know you guys are long-time commenters and all, but can we quit with the Dubya-bashing already?

Posted by: j01usna | August 23, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure I would use the phrase "Quality all-around performance" concerning either team last night. DCU continues to show me that when it comes down to it, they don't have anyone who can break down a defense. A lot of back and square passes, and no creativity in the final third, other than Moreno. This team is old, slow, and not going to the playoffs.

Posted by: SonicDeathMonkey | August 23, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

More commentary on Becks' performance vs. DCU - "At $6.5 million a year, it’s nice work if you can get it" for someone who "covered less ground than the fourth official"

Posted by: Pedalada | August 23, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Fred beat players off the dribble and gave himself enough space to allow United to switch the field on attack, but his decisionmaking on the ball was continually poor. The only serious chance he created was the looping cross that Pontius got his head on in the second half. Other than that, lots of wasted opportunities from Fred and a lot of Santino grabbing his head in frustration.

Wallace, on the other hand, continues to impress. The service to Emilio at the top of the box which was hit wide left was United's best opportunity of the match after the disallowed goal. Wallace gave Beckham no time on the ball on the right side in the first half and forced the Galaxy to attack up the left channel in the first half. Switching him back inside next to Simms in the second half was mind-boggling given how poorly Fred was performing.

Although it was a disappointing result and another head-scratching night of match strategy from United's bench, very much enjoyed seeing the three recent Terps alums play well and imagine that they'll get a shot at playing overseas in the next few years.

Posted by: CPAddick | August 23, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

"Fred was Man of the Match - continually toasting the Galaxy defenders."

Not sure why Ashton subbed him out. Fred didn't look happy with it either as from the TV, he didn't go back to the bench, but to the locker room.

He didn't look gassed. And to put Jacobson in his place was mysterious.

Posted by: delantero | August 23, 2009 11:39 AM |

Not sure who said Fred didn't go back to the bench, but we sit right behind the players' benches and he did go back to the bench. He went off by the endline (I think, I didn't see for sure), then walked around the field. When he got to the end of the LA bench, he climbed over the sign board (making a face at the security guard because he's not really tall enough to be doing that, if you know what I mean ;-) and then walked down to the bench.

Posted by: HarkesyRules | August 23, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Emilio was clearly onside. When my wife argued against me, I rewound the recording and paused with the ball in the air and Emilo one step onside. Bad call cost us a game winning goal.

Its time to replace Emilio. He is crowding the offside line and is slow getting back onsides, and when a thru ball is hit to him he never outpaces the late arriving defense. He is slow to react inside, and frequently is in a bad position, and winds up on the ground.

Moreno was great. It was hard to watch him with the decisions he had though. Do I go to Emilio who will not make it to the ball in time because he is slow? Do I go to Wallace who will dribble into the corner, get stuck and shank a cross? Tino and Pontius were his best options.

Hats off to the DCU defense for shutting down Donovan and Beckham.

Posted by: Wiggan | August 24, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

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