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D.C. United wins, USSF talks Turkey

*Jaime Moreno, MLS's career scoring leader, scored in the 77th and 80th minutes to spark D.C. United's 2-1 comeback victory over Real Salt Lake in the opening match of the Carolina Challenge Cup. Robbie Findley converted a penalty kick late in the first half before Moreno, 36, chipped Nick Rimando and then finished a Santino Quaranta corner kick that had been redirected by teammate Julius James. In the second match, Toronto and the host Charleston Battery (third division) played to a 0-0 draw.

DCU LINEUP: Perkins; McTavish, Jakovic, Pena (James 62nd), Wallace; Barklage (Najar 46th), Morsink, Quaranta, Castillo (Khumalo 79th); Allsopp (Cristman 69th), Moreno.

With three matches in eight days in Charleston, S.C., Coach Curt Onalfo will manage minutes: Pontius, Vaughn, Szetela, Shipalane and DiRaimondo did not play against RSL. Namoff, Wicks, Burch and Simms are injured. United will play Toronto on Wednesday evening.

*Reports surfaced in Turkey this week that the national team was planning to withdraw from its friendly against the United States on May 29 in Philadelphia. However, the USSF issued a statement Saturday night, saying the Turkish federation "categorically denies any truth to the rumors that the Turkish team would not be coming to America." Carry on.....

By Steve Goff  |  March 13, 2010; 10:53 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Goff-

Any way you can work some magic and find the match video for us who didn't know about the game being broadcasted? Thanks.

Posted by: redskinsux | March 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

you need to branch out redskinsux.
quit being lazy.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 13, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

13 days until United's first league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 14, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Szetela getting no PT? Is he not yet fit?

Posted by: BurchFan4 | March 14, 2010 3:14 AM | Report abuse

If Turkey pulls out of a friendly, the FIFA should ban then from future competitions because of political interference with soccer.

Found a major flaw in FIFA10 - a capacity crowd when FC Dallas is the home team.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 14, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Might mention that the 2 goals came against RSL after RSL put in almost all their reserves.

Posted by: timoteo1 | March 14, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for keeping us abreast of the Turkey situation, Steve. If Turkey gobbles up all of its goodwill, they're dead meat. Besides, Turkeys wings would be skinned alive by the U.S. Turkey doesn't have a leg to stand on.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 14, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

What's up with Moreno playing the full 90? Its awesome that he had the legs to score two goals late, even against reserves, but I would think this would be a time for limiting his injury risk and looking at options. I second the question too about Szetela - anyone know why he didn't play?

And what's up with the Posts' sports page priorities? Endless coverage about signing an over the hill running back for the worst team in football and the status of an untested pitcher for the worst team in baseball, but little to no coverage of a team a week out from the home opener? Where is the series of big pre-season analyses? Are we victims of having this excellent blog and the editors thinking this is all we need or want? Please Steve, I'm dying for an in-depth, position by position analysis, with maybe some backstory on the new faces. And besides, can't read a blog on the metro or in the [other place I bring the newspaper].

Posted by: regularfan | March 14, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

How much does Rimando despise Jaime for the chip shots? Nick seemed pretty steamed after the PK the other season. Was he caught out of position this time?

Posted by: spata1 | March 14, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Nick charged out a bit prematurely on the chip goal. There ended up a big CF at the top of the 18, with the ball and bodies just bouncing around, and Nick in the middle of it. Jamie was fortunate to find the ball at his feet amidst the chaos and had the presence to lift it into the net.

Najar looked very promising on the right wing. Good speed and an attacking attitude.

Posted by: JkR- | March 14, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Haha Rimando pwned ;)

I-270, must've been a cool non-football night Saturday night with a Tejana concert afterwards, and free Denilson bobblehead dolls.

Posted by: Reignking | March 14, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@Rand-al-Thor: What is your opinion baste on?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 14, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

@Burchfan4: Szetela sounded like he was shooting for Wednesday's match to make his return.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 14, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

@I-270Exit1:

Not a flaw, it was a doubleheader with the Cowboys.

Posted by: Curious99 | March 14, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Fired up for Barca v the Bats in HD...

Posted by: Reignking | March 14, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone else psyched Jaime's scored twice this preseason in the run of play? Is it due to Onalfo or Moreno?

Posted by: DrBeaker | March 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

What matters is what happens in South Africa. If we beat Turkey, it's just gravy. That said, I think Turkey's goose is cooked.

But, seriously, folks...

Young Adam Johnson, recently returned to the EPL with Man City, hit what may be the Goal of Eternity in injury time to tie the game. If you didn't see it -- he got the ball just inside the 18-yd box, at the top right corner. The defender definitely gave him too much room, but no one could anticipate the quality of his play. He pushed the ball to his left a little, looked up at where everyone was and where he was, then he looked down and struck the ball.

I thought he was chipping it towards the back post, hoping to find the head of one of the Man Cit players around the 6 yd box. The ball kept its loft though sailing over his teammates, and then bending down and in. The ball came down about two feet under the bar, but with much too loft for the defender at the post to reach it with his leaping header attempt. As the Brits say "cool as you like". Given the pressured circumstances, this may have been one of the most spectacularly placed shots I've ever seen, outside of free kicks, which are a bit easier to line up.

Posted by: fischy | March 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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