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Friendly: D.C. United vs. Toronto

In its second match at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, S.C., D.C. United faces Toronto FC at approximately 7:25 p.m. ET tonight. Coach Curt Onalfo has turned to several reserves and trialists hoping to make a lasting impression before roster moves are due.

Meantime, defender Bryan Namoff will return to Washington tonight for labor negotiations that will resume Thursday and might last through Sunday. Some teams will have both representatives in attendance, others just one, for what is likely the final attempt to avert a strike. Devon McTavish, United's other union rep, will remain in Charleston, club officials said. On his Twitter page, San Jose's Joe Cannon said he is coming.

The union accepted the league's offer to pay for the players' flights, a source close to the situation said. The league's aim is to get everyone together in an attempt to settle matters. In past sessions, only a handful of players attended.

DCU LINEUP: Perkins; Adams (Wallace 46th), James, Rice (Jakovic 46th), Woolard (Graye 30th, Pena 46th); Shipalane (Castillo 46th), DiRaimondo (Morsink 46th), Yates (Quaranta 46th), Khumalo (Barklage 74th); Cristman (Moreno 46th), Allsopp.

In the second half, the backline, from right to left, was James, Pena, Jakovic and Wallace.

FINAL: United 1, TFC 0.
Goal: Moreno 62nd minute.
Red Card: Toronto's Santang in the 27th minute.

Moreno's goal at 1:10 mark:


By Steve Goff  |  March 17, 2010; 7:14 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

Nice to know that the rain will be gone by this time friday night.

I'm interested in seeing Allsopp, haven't gotten to yet.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 17, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow--that's a really weak lineup. Khumalo might be the best offensive threat.

Posted by: JoeW1 | March 17, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

TFC guy just red-carded. Alsopp gets a yellow. The announcer said it was for a reckless challenge (on TFC) and then a scuffle between the 2 afterwards. Where's the replay???

Posted by: HarkesyRules | March 17, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Allsopp -- if it was him on the tackle -- was reckless. It actually reminded me of the tackle last year, when DiRai broke the Rochester player's leg...even if he might have won the ball in the end. The TFC player then shoved and knocked over a DCU player (it might have been Allsopp, but I thought he was farther upfield).

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

A horrid worm-burner FK almost got all the way through...

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the argy bargy turned into a fracas...

Posted by: JkR- | March 17, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I'll be interested to read what Onalfo says. It's hard to tell with this feed, but the one most impressing me is Yates. Very active and, for the most part, positive. In defense, Rice has been solid in the back, Adams OK, and Graye has looked quite good since coming on -- but it's hard to really say because TFC isn't really threatening.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Cristman has some kind of awful first touch.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for clearing up the red card. I had looked away for a minute and had to go on what the announcer was saying (which was apparently wrong).

I can't see any starters getting into this match... too chippy.

Posted by: HarkesyRules | March 17, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Halftime subs: Moreno on for Cristman, Morsink for DiRaimondo, Castillo for Shipalane, Wallace for Yates, Jakovic for Rice, Quaranta for Yates, and Pena for Woolard

Posted by: emanon13 | March 17, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure only one player is substituting for Yates, even if he was everywhere at once.

What I like about this announcer is he gives you a very proper English accent, but every once in a while, you hear his Cockney creep in.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, what do I know? That's why I don't get paid the big bucks. I do hope that none of them get hurt in this match.

Posted by: HarkesyRules | March 17, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure only one player is substituting for Yates, even if he was everywhere at once.
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oops - guess 7 subs at once was a bit too many for whomever posts under the dcunited twitter account to keep straight :)

Posted by: emanon13 | March 17, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@Harkesy -- Comment was in response to emanon, who foolishly reprinted the DCU lineup tweet -- which, as ever, was replete with errors.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Jaime had a nice goal. He's going to have to have a big season, because I don't think anyone else on this team can score.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

So Moreno scores and then Columbus draws a Penalty in the 45th minute vs Toluca....Hmmm.

Posted by: DadRyan | March 17, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

GBS buries the PK and this Telefutura coverage looks sweet!

Posted by: DadRyan | March 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

If you're missing the CCL match -- Columbus just took a 1-0 lead in stoppage time in the first half on a Schelotto PK, following a handball.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Ya, Allsopp looks like he'll be a pain for defenders physically. Hasn't had the greatest first touch. Just now bothering TFC wall before free kick and getting under their skin.

Posted by: inzzo79 | March 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I know that the DCU tweet didn't note a goalie change, but I'm thinking that Quinn is on -- unless Perkins changed jersey color.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Columbus showing absolutely no danger on attack while Toluca hit the crossbar twice. Then the Crew gets the stoppage time PK (legit call following a handball) and takes the lead.

With 45 minutes remaining Columbus has a 3-2 aggregate lead and would face Pachuca in ConcaChampions semis if the score doesn't change.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 17, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Grr...why even attempt that lame shot...

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

@fischy -- actually, my comment was pretty much to myself after seeing all of the subs come in. I hadn't seen your comment. No worries either way.

Glad to see DC finally get on the board. Although, I wish we had managed more than 1 goal playing up a man for most of the game.

Posted by: HarkesyRules | March 17, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Nice by Wallace -- an overlapping run. He didn't waste his crossing pass as he did all last year, He faked it instead, then cut inside and delivered a way too soft cross but did find the head of DCU forward.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Q really blew that one, huh? I think that was a cross -- a lousy one -- but he should have shot.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Close!

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Another crappy Quaranta shot...

Posted by: DadRyan | March 17, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, wait...close, but didn't even put it on goal. Incredible.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Another crappy DCU win...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | March 17, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I was longing for some replays while watching, but nice to see the team in action again, warts and all. Anyone catch the first half, did we look that good at 11 v. 11?

Thanks to Toronto FC for broadcasting, thanks to the Charleston Battery for hosting.

Posted by: eadc | March 17, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

United wins 1-0. Wow this team has a lot of work to do. I don't know who did the flying lunge in the first half but that was a definate red and the player got away with it.

Posted by: uknowmeas-GQ | March 17, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I can take another season of Quaranta BLASTING the ball off frame. Oh, wait, yes I can. I'm a fan. Oh well. Tino should listen to Count Basie play the piano. Less is more.

Posted by: dccal | March 17, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Toluca up 2-1 now

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

GBS with a blast off a Lenart rebound. 2-2

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 17, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

BEAUTIFUL tying goal for Columbus.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | March 17, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

3-2 Toluca with a blast of a free kick from the same location as goal 2, this time to the far post. Hesmer was positioned toward the near post.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 17, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Aggregate tied now...sweet.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Um... y'all... are we really complaing about a DC team that pulls out the win, gets the shut out, and still has room for improvement?

Think about it.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | March 17, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Rogers out for Ekpo

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

UD, not me. It's insignificant preseason.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Lenart roja directa

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 17, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Lenhart red! Off the ball, maybe his 2nd yellow.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe O'Rourke will get the matchwinner...

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Toluca off the post on a counter.

Posted by: Reignking | March 17, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

10 days until United's first match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 17, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I love that Jaime still scores at a great clip.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | March 17, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Off topic...

Columbus 2-3 Toluca. Toluca scores twice within about 13 minutes after the beginning of the second half to take control of the game.

Ahh, so close, but yet so far.

Posted by: SportzNut21 | March 17, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@eadc -- The team didn't look good in the first half. Toronto had all the positive possession, getting corner kick after corner kick. On the other hand, the players that DCU had out there would struggle mightily in USL/NASL.

Posted by: fischy | March 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Lenhart is a punk

Posted by: OWNTF | March 17, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, its pre-season, YET after weeks of conditioning and listening to Coach O's philosophies...I can draw one conclusion:

This team lacks Futbol IQ!!!

C'mon, have the discipline to make the hard, comfident runs to the NEAR and FAR posts!!! I saw the ball crossed into empty attack "sweet spots" numerous times. Where is the anticipation? Trust your teammates and fill the lanes...the crosses will come.

Study some film and play with some ACUMEN fellas - or you will out scored and fighting to stay off the bottom of the table.

May DC United progress to be the CLASS of NORTH AMERICA :)

Posted by: oneborntwice | March 17, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The 2nd half in Toluca was more entertaining than the 1st. Toluca earned a PK almost immediately, about 30 seconds after kickoff, and had to take the PK even though they scored moments after the the ref had apparently blown the whistle for the foul. Then Toluca took a 2-1 lead (4-3 on aggregate) when Sinha scored on a great freekick to the near post upper 90. But Columbus tied it back up when Schelotto put away a loose ball following Lenhart's shot off the post (a play featuring a nice buildup with O'Rourke overlapping onto a Rogers ball and sending a nice cross to the far post). At that point the aggregate was 4-4 and the game would have gone to OT. Then Sinha took another freekick and made Hesmer look really bad. Hesmer cheated way over to the near post remembering the last freekick goal but was left stranded motionless as this one went to the FAR post upper 90.

Columbus could still have won the game with a late goal so the finish was relatively tense. Lenhart got redcarded for undisclosed reasons in the 80'.

Toluca advance 5-4 on aggregate.

In a few minutes The Dear Leader's team will be kicking off against El Tri in Santos' new stadium.

I'm sure Goff will have a new thread up momentarily with a detailed scouting on the North Koreans!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 17, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the Crew fans??? If they're wearing a U.S.A. jersey then I'll cheer for them in an instant but I don't buy the argument that we should root for them just because they're an MLS team taking on a Mexican team. If I'm not mistaken an MLS team has yet to beat a Mexican squad on Mexican soil...DCU should break that ground in my view just like they've broken ground in so many other areas. Duke fans didn't root for UNC last March just because they're both in the ACC.

Posted by: nmeeker | March 17, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Meeker, this probably more to your liking:

Ri; Pak, Cha, Ri, Ri; Kim, Pak, Ji, Mun; Jan, Choe.

Live right now on Telemundo.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 17, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

2nd half DC highlights of the game (Including the game winner) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMuTmwQHV5k

Posted by: ESFan21 | March 18, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, ESFan21. Missed the game, but by the looks of the 2nd half highlights, we looked like vintage United, dominating possession and chances. The only thing that didn't look vintage was our inability to finish all those chances. That will come with time. Where was Pontius, btw?

Posted by: redskinsux | March 18, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

@Redskinsux -- The Pontius question is literally the question of the hour -- posed also on blackandredunited.com. Onalfo said he wanted to look at reserves in this game. Maybe that's why Pontius didn't play....

As for DCU controlling possession -- they did have a man advantage for the entire second half...

With Q running the midfield, I don't think maintaining possession will come easily against even-strength squads. Even with the man advantage, he turned the ball over. He needs to be on the right wing. With him in center, we have 2 big holes in the midfield. Find a real CAM, and move Q outside.

Posted by: fischy | March 18, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, central mid positions have yet to be filled adequately. A concern for sure. But everything else, from D to F to GK, looks pretty solid.

Remember our gentlemen's bet, fischy? We're still on, right?

Posted by: redskinsux | March 18, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

P.S. If a strike occurs and the season does not get played out, I don't think you win because no teams will make the playoffs, ha.

Posted by: redskinsux | March 18, 2010 2:27 AM | Report abuse

What's with all the Crew fans??? If they're wearing a U.S.A. jersey then I'll cheer for them in an instant but I don't buy the argument that we should root for them just because they're an MLS team taking on a Mexican team.

Posted by: nmeeker |

It would be great for the league for an MLS team to get past a Mexican team in a competition where the MLS team has to win a home and away series. Yeah, I'd rather that DCU get the distinction of being the first team to do that.

Posted by: DCUSince96 | March 18, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I attended the match. Toronto definitely had the best of it until the red. It was one of those "What the hell is that guy thinking" type of tackles. Alsopp and James showed some restraint for not pummelling the guy.

Before the red Dero looked heads and shoulders better than anyone DC had out there. Plus DC had no one who could threaten the goal. Yes, Alsopp is big, but he is definitely not the type of player that teams will worry about on his own. Marginally better than Christman.

Castillo seemed lively on the flank, but they rarely went down his side. You could tell he really wanted to be involved, but they the game just didnt come his way very often.

Guys in the back were solid, but after the red, TFC never attacked. Not that DC's defenders were that dominant. Toronto just never sent more than 1 or 2 guys past midfield.

Quaranta butchered his chances. He had some nice touches in the middle, but was atrocious on two clear breakaways. After about 20 minutes of play, it looked like his lack of fitness was catching up to him.

If this had been a league game, you would have walked away saying it was a workman like effort that got the result without really giving up any chances. However as a preseason game, a man up, with lots of guys trying to prove something, there didnt seem to be much spark.

BTW. Robbie Findley played the first half for RSL in the opener. Yes, he got the first goal, but after that he looked just as lost as he has with the USMNT. Every first touch ended up at his chest, or he had to take three steps to get it out from under his feet. I mean, he was killing the flow of play against Charleston. That shouldnt happen. Plus, he never attempted to set up a run to be dangerous against a woefully over matched opponent. In the second half Espindola got two goals on the types of runs Findley should have making the entire match.

He should at least be as good as Roy Lassitier. Terrible touch, offsides 10 times a game, but also spends 90 minutes trying to set up balls over the top and 2 or 3 a game will lead to clear breakaways. Not interesting soccer, but clearly the best use of his talent.

Posted by: srfinger | March 18, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I always cheer for MLS sides in international tournaments.

Posted by: Reignking | March 18, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Jaime. Wow. Thank god for that guy. Amazing he's still that effective. What a stud. We gotta retire BOTH of his numbers when he finally hangs 'em up.

Posted by: Matte | March 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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