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Matchnight: D.C. United at Seattle

While we are just hours away from the start to the World Cup (I'm sure everyone has their own exciting plans for where they'll be watching the opening game), D.C. United has an opportunity tonight to go into the Cup break on a five-game unbeaten streak in all competitions.

To do so, they'll have to down (or tie) a Seattle Sounders team coming off a 3-0 win over New England. And they'll have to do so without two starting defenders, Juan Manuel Peña (strained groin) and Rodney Wallace (broken leg).

Speaking of Wallace, the team announced that the second-year defender underwent successful surgery to repair the fractured fibula and would be out eight to 12 weeks.

I'm not in Seattle but, like all of you, will be able to watch on national TV. I'll get the lineups to you as soon as I can.

DCU Lineup: Perkins; Graye, James, Jakovic, McTavish; Pontius, Simms, King, Najar; Quaranta, Emilio. Subs: Moreno, Cristman, Allsopp, Rice, Morsink, Khumalo, Hamid.

As usual this is your place for pregame, in-game and postgame commentary.

By Paul Tenorio  |  June 10, 2010; 8:16 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS  
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Comments

Burn Notice at 9, DCU at 10. Only in America on a Thursday night!

Posted by: dcarmy | June 10, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Boyzzz should get the start tonight - just for the tribute.

Posted by: dsheon1 | June 10, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

""an opportunity tonight to go into the World Cup break "

World Cup break, I like the sound of that. Finally, MLS wakes up!

Are the players given a break or will they continue to train?

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I was about to start complaining about not being able to watch this but I see it's listed on ESPN360.

I'm still a fan of Boyzz, just wish he'd step up. Hope the WC gives him inspiration tonight if he's on the field.

This news on Wallace bums me out.

Posted by: DCB23 | June 10, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

DC-Seattle tonite, then bed, then World Cup when I wake up!

Vamoes United!

Posted by: invncbl | June 10, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

*Vamos

Posted by: invncbl | June 10, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

You know spies...

Nice WC preview on ESPN, obviously live (late night!).

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

VAMOS UNITED!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | June 10, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

I hate dem Seattle Flounders. Seattle smells like stinky flounder. I used to like Drew Carry but now I hate him...he smells like an old smelly flounder.

Hey Dad. Do you hate dem flounders?

Posted by: 9Nine9 | June 10, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

What a slap in the face to us that WaPo wouldn't pay for a reporter to go to Seattle to cover the team. Geez.

Posted by: chemweapon | June 10, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Very nice ESPN 3 hour preview, but I don't think it's live, as they are teasing the concert I watched online this afternoon.

Still, their talking heads who aren't soccer specific have clearly done their homework, and they've paid good coin for real soccer talking heads, so good for them.

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Vamos United!

Posted by: Curious99 | June 10, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

interesting to see both Cristman & Allsopp on the bench

Posted by: Pete803 | June 10, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

interesting to see both Cristman & Allsopp on the bench

Posted by: Pete803 | June 10, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I guess it was live at some point -- I saw someone stumbling around 9:15.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I think it was live in the morning and rebroadcast this evening.

No Talley in the 18? Still with the concussion? We've only got one spare defender in there.

Posted by: desenada | June 10, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

James Riley is still a thug

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous challenge by Riley on SQ, without a card. Beautiful game my arse...

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

why won't we shoot. for years this has been a problem. shooooooot...

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

has there ever been a more ignorant color commentator than Martino? He clearly hasn't seen Najar play before.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Shoot? At what?? A bad shot is a turnover, and I haven't seen anyone pass up a good shot, unless I was typing... :)

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I am abroad at the moment. Does anyone know a streaming website at which I can watch the match?

Posted by: bartapest1 | June 10, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

try espn3.com

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

how is that a caution but Riley crushing Tino isn't?

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Tino tried to chip in to Emilio in the 18 when he could have put his foot through it. Granted, the ball got farther to his left than he'd wanted, but I wouldn't have been upset at a shot attempt.

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Wrong legged from 20+ yards with the angle is meat and gravy for even a fossil like Keller.

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

nice work troy!

Posted by: DCB23 | June 10, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable that Tino didn't pass through to Emilio. That was one of the best runs he's made in years and Tino ignored it.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Troy's looking good tonight

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Guys, it's on ESPN2 so stop trying to find streams or watch on espn3...unless you are overseas. if so, always check justin.tv or atdhe.net or channelsurfing.net you'll find it

Posted by: jbfromfc | June 10, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

GGGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLL!

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

YESSS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DCB23 | June 10, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Guys, it's on ESPN2 so stop trying to find streams or watch on espn3...unless you are overseas. if so, always check justin.tv or atdhe.net or channelsurfing.net you'll find it

Posted by: jbfromfc | June 10, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to add other than GOD I HATE SEATTLE. Smug F%(k$...


(edit..... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Posted by: me_ahogo | June 10, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Lucky deflection, but well-earned by Pontius with the best move I've ever seen him make.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Guys, it's on ESPN2 so stop trying to find streams or watch on espn3...unless you are overseas. if so, always check justin.tv or atdhe.net or channelsurfing.net you'll find it

Posted by: jbfromfc | June 10, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Goal DCU...but I missed it.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Guys, it's on ESPN2 so stop trying to find streams or watch on espn3...unless you are overseas. if so, always check justin.tv or atdhe.net or channelsurfing.net you'll find it

Posted by: jbfromfc | June 10, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, that wrong footed, 20+ yarder worked out. I stand corrected...happily so!

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

haha Ljunberg really drawn into that yellow

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

yeah Perkins has got some tude tonight Go Troy!

Posted by: DCB23 | June 10, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, JkR!! Got a good stream now. JustinTV kept cutting me off. Missed the goal, but will catch the replay. VAMOS UNITED!!

Posted by: bartapest1 | June 10, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

JkR

See, that's kinda why I like the shots. Anything can happen if you take a shot. You can't score if you don't/

AND AGAIN!!

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Pontius is rocking the house!

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

GGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Awesome awesome awesome by Pontius!!!

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

PARTY BOY GOAL # 2!!!!

Posted by: Juan-John | June 10, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

What a CLANGER!!

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 10, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

what a rip by pontius.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | June 10, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

YEAHHHHH! You go Party Boy!

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Party Boy!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 10, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

And they were doing everything to take him down, including putting a hand on his shoulder to pull him...

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

keller's getting old. he should hang 'em up.

Posted by: FrancoNiell | June 10, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Um...maybe time for Kasey to hang up his cleats? Anyone else loving C.P. today? Love the crowd shots - the locals are in utter disbelief. VAMOS UNITED!!!

Posted by: bartapest1 | June 10, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Well, until Pontius stepped it up, I was going to write that I hope the USA - England match wouldn't be so one-sided, or it would be ugly for the red-white-and-blue -- but if it can turn like that, I'll take the hairy moments.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Keller missed it, but it was a well-struck shot. Keller probably didn't anticipate such a powerful shot.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

I really hope it was an oversight starting Pontius on the flank and Santino in the middle. Over and over again, it's been shown that Santino plays better on the wing. Glad Pontius came down the middle to score those 2 goals.

Now if we can just hold on. And perhaps get Freddie another card. Gosh, those darn front-running Seattle fans drive me nuts.

Posted by: tundey | June 10, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

'Bout time Party Boy stepped up! Niice.

ESPN announcer . . . "It's like a morgue here at Qwest Field"

Before our 2nd goal . . paraphrased "DC United trying to just get into the locker room 1-0."

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

@tundey -- if you haven't noticed, Quaranta and Emilio are now DCU's starting forward tandem. Q has not been very effective on the wing and Pontius hasn't been able to finish up front. The thinking was probably that Pontius might make more decisive contributions from the wing. Occasionally, we might see both Q and Pontius on the wing, but more often than not you can expect Q to be up top...especially if Najar is healthy.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Man, Emilio looks slooow. Our fullbacks are getting toasted to a crisp by Ljungberg and Zakuani, we have a Seattle reject starting at d-mid and a 17-year old as our creative spark on offense.

We're winning 2-0?!!!

FEAR THE PONTIUS!!!

It feels good to feel good about Keller making a mistake. Unlike all those years ago when he made the mistake of clearing the ball into Hermosillo's face in Foxboro.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 10, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's put in Cristman and Allsop and pound them a bit, establish the running game, so to speak...

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

USMNT on Daily Show now

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Tino's playing up top with Emilio. Pontius and Najar on the flanks.

Say what you will, but it's working.

I was more concerned about our flank defense, as everyone is getting burned, Graye, Tino, McTavish, Najar. Burnt Toast several times, but the center has stayed solid, Simms, Jakovic, James

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

the only thing worse than Max Bretos on FSC is Max Bretos on ESPN

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Emilio has to sit. He made a pass to no one, but didn't even bother to keep playing D. He threw his hands up in the air. 5 yards from the ball.

Thanks for the effort! See you when your contract is up . . . maybe you can join Gomez in the USL.

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

the best part about the second goal was the replay of keller's dome caught in the net.

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 10, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Ianni's foul = Yellow, minimum.

Ljundberg's out of bounds, double handed push on James? Red.

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Ianni needs to be booked for that.

Graye down?? WTF????

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Rice in for Graye. Not really sure who Rice is, baby.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

if this is another hammy I will scream

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

i just missed that was he given a yellow? replay looked brutal

Posted by: DCB23 | June 10, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

There's no blog screaming....

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

who is rice?

Posted by: FrancoNiell | June 10, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Best cross I've seen, from Najar...

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I saw red that there was no yellow for Ianni. And Barry Rice is our huge undrafted rookie defender who had a good game against RSL

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Best cross I've seen, from Najar...

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:25 PM

Ya know, I didn't think he was sharp tonight, but that cross show'd you kinda have to keep him in there because of his potential to create fertilizer out of dung.

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Barry Rice -- Univ. of Kentucky. His claim to fame was winning something like 95% of headers he went for. A little undersized for a centerback but it hasn't seemed to matter. A lot of folks thought he'd go in the first round of the draft -- third round at the latest -- but he went undrafted.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else annoyed by Freddie Ljundberg's hairstyle?

Posted by: Konoha7 | June 10, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Rice made a spectacular play last week clearing the ball off the goal line, late in the USOC game vs. RSL

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen a team with such brittle defenders. Loving the Onalfo fitness plan.

How that wasn't a card on Ianni is mystifying.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 10, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else annoyed by Freddie Ljundberg?
Posted by: Konoha7 | June 10, 2010 11:29 PM

Yes. :)

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

okay, so Rice isn't as big on tv as he looks from the sideline. he could still play football, though.

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Rice is like 5'10" or 5'11". He's anything but huge, especially for a defender -- but he's got an amazing vertical leap.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

i feel like we're sitting a little too deep. 30 more minutes of this pressure is likely too much. we need to possess the ball some

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

If you are talking about the opening Ianni foul, it looked worse than I thought at first. I think his foot just got caught going the wrong way (Pontius w/ the good change in direction)

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Can we get anyone to hold some possession and give our d a break?

The ship is rocking back and forth, creaking, we're taking on water.

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Seattle is putting too much pressure on...looks like delantero agrees w/ me...

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

@Konoha7,

It's not just that it looks silly, it's poor craftsmanship.

Posted by: benonthehill | June 10, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else annoyed by Freddie Ljundberg?
Posted by: Konoha7 | June 10, 2010 11:29 PM

Yes. :)Posted by: JkR-

+2 He looks foolish.

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Colbert making fun of Rooney (and soccer):)

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Actually, last week, Graye had a very similar illegal throw like Pontius' --- basically dropping the ball in front,. For some reason I couldn't figure out, the ref had him throw it in again....like it was some U9 game.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Mark Fisher on Colbert to make fun of soccer!?!!!!?!?!?!?!@#!@#!@#!@

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow did this James come from? And how much did we miss Jakovic all of those games. They have both been great.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Dudes -- there's a soccer game on.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Julius James for MNT!!!


(He's playing well)

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

That's what God invented espn3 for.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

lazy Party Boy there

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Julius James for MNT!!!


(He's playing well)

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:44 PM
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If you mean the T&T MNT, I believe he's already suited up before.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow. 71:00 minute, and now a shoulder charge is a foul. In the first half, a first degree assault was a finger wag...

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

NNNNNNN.....NOONAN

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Eu sou Emilio

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 10, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what happened to Pat Noonan? he's rubbish, and now he's off.

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

How are they not scoring?

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

TRRRROOOOOYYYYYY!

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

If you mean the T&T MNT, I believe he's already suited up before.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:46 PM

T&T, T&M, S&M, whatever it takes...

He's having a good game...

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I think Troy just nailed down the no. 1 job....

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

HAT TRICK!

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

YYYYEAAAHHHHHHHH!

Posted by: fedssocr | June 10, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Party wears a hat!!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 10, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Sucks having Troy back

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 10, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

hahhhhhhhhhaaaa....gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaal.

Posted by: birdynumnum | June 10, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Where's Jaime? He'd bring some calm to this madness.

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

GGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!


I just threw my hat onto the floor! Hat trick for me!

Posted by: JkR- | June 10, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Where the hell was this DC United for the first eleven games (or last year)? I *like* this DC United.

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 10, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, babyyyyy!! 3 Pontius, Keller 0.

Posted by: delantero | June 10, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

DCU get your Party hats on!! Yeah!

VAMOS UNITED!!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 10, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Woot! Hat Trick for Party Boy!

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 10, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Refund time.

Posted by: Reignking | June 10, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

PARTY BOY HAT TRICK!!!

Posted by: Juan-John | June 10, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Refund the tickets tonight Flounders cause Pontius just worked you !!!!! Highlight of the season!!!

Now viva URUGUAY!!!

Posted by: jbfromfc | June 10, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

confidence time this game will build confidence

Posted by: DCB23 | June 10, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

The back four has been outstanding all game long??? Martino suffering from amnesia? He was the one pointing out how Graye was being abused by Ljunberg on the left and McTavish was being abused by Zakuani on the right.

Posted by: fischy | June 10, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Julius James was BEAST tonight!! DC United have battled hard and battled well. We got some luck but we were due.

VAMOS UNITED!!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 10, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Pontius gets credit, but was Cristman the actual scorer? Unbelievable result in Washington State tonight!

Posted by: bartapest1 | June 10, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Very encouraging result, and the importance of the timing probably can't be overstated. They needed some wins/points coming into the break, if they're going to convince some Eurostars or top South Americans to come play for DC.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

"It's like a morgue here at Qwest Field."

Not even a double latte's going to help them now.

With the lights out it’s less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us
I feel stupid and contagious
A mulatto
An albino
A mosquito
My Libido
Yay, a denial

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Ug own goal on Rice...but the real play was when DCU was too tired to trail the give and go.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

damn. that sucks

Posted by: fedssocr | June 11, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to Curt Onolfo, who put out a team that was well prepared to deal with any good fortune they were due. They all played with focus, and for the shirt.


Shame they won't get a shutout....

Posted by: JkR- | June 11, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Too bad it wasn't a header.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 11, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

That's it, the Rook cleans the toilets for a month!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 11, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

oh my

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

let's don't count our chickens yet

Posted by: fedssocr | June 11, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

WTF?!?!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 11, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

"It's a slow, comfortable kill from DC United at Qwest Field" ESPN Announcer.

Man o' the Match for me is Julius James. I know Pontius had a hat, but James kept us going.

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Nice cross by Evans

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"Are you kidding?" ESPN announcer.

3-2. Crap.

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Ok, we can rest easy now.

Posted by: Reignking | June 11, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Sigi the Hutt.....waaaahh! waaaahh! waaahh!

Posted by: fedssocr | June 11, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

PHEW!! We don't suck as much as Philly does!

Posted by: Juan-John | June 11, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this ref.... 2 goals after he's announced his time, and he still blows at 3??

Yikes, he's been awful...

Posted by: JkR- | June 11, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

If there ever was an illustration for "Pear Shaped" then those final few minutes were it. Holy Smokes guys! Thanks for the 3 but could you have made it anymore interesting? One goal goes in and the great D loses it's composure.

We'll take the 3, but...

VAMOS UNITED!

Posted by: Kosh2 | June 11, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Don't need to see Sigi crying to the refs there. It clearly was a goal kick.

A few too many palpitations there at the end, but a very nice 3 points on the road.

Posted by: Throwin64 | June 11, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I said it during his hamstring header at the end of last season, James is a soldier. Welcome back Party Boy and well done to Dejan and Troy.

Posted by: tcbannon | June 11, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

10 Points! We're out of the cellar!

Posted by: delantero | June 11, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Far too exciting at the end but I think the experience from the AC Milan friendly (where shorthanded DC pulled out the win in spite of being a man down for 30 minutes) yielded the good result tonight.

Plus guys like Barry Rice have gotten experience from that game and the Open Cup qualifier so they're not quite as raw and untested as Shep Messing seems to think.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 11, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

DC's defense really came through tonight. My only gripe: they kept giving away the ball on long clearances, especially after we were 2 goals up. You can't keep giving a team that many chances to come at you. I wished Curt had brought Moreno in sooner to control the game better. All those giveaways just gave Seattle more chances to hammer at the defense. Still can't look a gift horse in the mouth: 3 points is 3 points.

Posted by: tundey | June 11, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Great way to go into the WC break. It was nice to humor the Seattle fans there at the end, but remember us DC fans were watching too, and that was too stressful. Pontius, and team D, thanks for making it a fun one.

Posted by: SeanWG | June 11, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

DC played well. But these last minute break downs of United should really cement the fact they need a CAM to control the tempo. Help in the D and advance in the offense.
I would say that United should consider themselves lucky on the third goal because without it would have ended in a tie.
But its a win and thats what counts.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | June 11, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Wow! That was a real nail bitter at the end, but perhaps a gem for the neutral fan. I feel like this was one of the most entertaining MLS games ESPN has had lately. The game was entertaining, there were good performances, and good crowd support; three things ESPN telecasts have been lacking.

Posted by: invncbl | June 11, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I wished Curt had brought Moreno in sooner to control the game better. All those giveaways just gave Seattle more chances to hammer at the defense.

Posted by: tundey | June 11, 2010 12:15 AM
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Ummmm....Did you not see Moreno needlessly get stripped off the ball because of his indecisiveness and slow feet, leading to Ljunberg's breakaway and almost the tying goal? Jaime has been absolutely horrible this year.

Posted by: fischy | June 11, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

This just in: Seattle sucks!! Dadryan, where are you? James is indeed MOTM. This was also Simms' best match of the season. Unless we bring in a snake-handling miracle worker during the WC break to "heal" Burch, Namoff, Graye and Wallace, we better bring in some defenders from far and wide--we are truly rolling the dice here.

Posted by: dcarmy | June 11, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

We were maybe a bit lucky with the way we got goals tonight, but It don't matter how you get em' as long as you get em'!!
If we continue to get 2 or 3 goals a game I have faith that the D will get better through the return of injured players, as well as some adjustments in the center mids defending.
DC United...We win 3-2...in weeknight games.

Posted by: jjfooty | June 11, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

amazing the difference a healthy James and DJak make. CO has done a great job of keeping this team together. Vamos United!

Posted by: VTUnited | June 11, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

James was great tonight, but I'd really like to see him work on his distribution out of the back. He'd break up a play and then punt it all the way to Seattle's back line or Keller every time -- I know Rice and McTavish were doing the same thing (I'd really like to not see McTavish playing wide again if we can get away with it).

Call me crazy, but I think we're a good right back and creative central midfielder away from having something (oh, and a second striker who can finish consistently). Let's let Emilio's 3 month contract expire and say our good-byes. He really doesn't bring anything that Allsop or Cristman don't already. If we need to clear some more roster space, I think Shipalane should be on the chopping block.

So to recap -- way to go Partyboy!

James, Jakovic and co. did a great job tonight -- too bad those last second goals were let in.

Let's find the right central midfielder, right defenseman and possibly another striker with speed and finishing touch in the summer transfer window.

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | June 11, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and another thought...I really do not like Qwest Field's surface. The announcers said they actually spray the turf with water before the games, is this idiocy true?

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | June 11, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Haven't read any comments, but as I mentioned the last time Jordan left the field without being helped off: The guy is a p u s s y and has no business wasting space on a professional roster when he does that . You could see that Onalfo was pissed about it. there is no excuse. CUT HIM. There are plenty of players out there who want a spot in the starting line up of a MLS team.
If you're reading this kid! Grow a pair and man up, or quit your job.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

OT:

Sad news from South Africa. Nelson Mandela's great-granddaughter was killed in a car accident coming back from the opening concert. She was 13 years old.

My thoughts and prayers go to the whole Mandela family.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/10290830.stm

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 11, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Yes they spray the field before games. I'm a season ticket holder (and was probably the only DC fan there tonight)

Posted by: matthewjfyoungs | June 11, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

MS77, every field in MLS is Sprayed down with water before the game starts, I am a season ticket holder for RFK and have seats about 30 yards behind the visitors bench. This is generally done about 20 minutes before kickoff, after both teams are done with warmups.

Posted by: terpfan4141 | June 11, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Why do they spray the field down, anyway?

Posted by: stwasm | June 11, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that turned out to be a nailbiter !
I like McT, Graye, Jacko and James in the back. CO-- please keep them there. Let Pena and Talley take a LONG break. I thought Tino was awful with his passes and free kicks and Emilio was non-existent.
Jaime was equally ineffective, but PONTY was on fire!!

Posted by: patrick18 | June 11, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Dadryan, are you off you're meds? That's totally out of line, IMHO...

Posted by: JkR- | June 11, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

No not off my meds JkR. Maybe I worded it a little too harshly but I still don't think that Graye has what it takes. I don't ever want to see players quitting the game with an "injury" that allows them to walk off the field without help. The first time Jordan pulled that (which game it was is escaping me at the moment) he was replaced by James, and all I could wonder was if Jordan had seen United's last match of 09.

We need soldiers, not pansies. Just my Honest Opinion.

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

DadRyan, you're playing the angry fool. There are many injuries that can happen where the player can still walk off the field but would risk serious aggravation if he stayed out there playing.

Rodney Wallace was able to do some light jogging on the sideline last Saturday with what turned out to be a broken leg. By your logic he should have "grown a pair" and gone back out for a full-blown compound fracture.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | June 11, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

"Jordan" was not on the team in '09.

?

And you know what happens when a "soldier" enters battle at less than full readiness? He AND his buddies get blown to pieces.

Graye's exit did hurt the team, obviously. And I'm sure Jakovic was dead on his feet for the last 20 minutes, probably James as well. Since players are most at risk when still recovering, can't argue with the conservative approach to guys' health, and should just be happy they built the cushion they did.

........

Like others here, however, I do hate the hot-potato approach to closing out games (looked like a tactical decision, not so much individual players deciding to just boom the ball downfield every time). In the end, the result was a 120-dB argument against that method.

And yeah, Jaime has been flat-out awful.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 11, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

It's probably a re-aggravation of Graye's earlier hamstring injury. So I blame the training staff...and Jordan himself...for not getting this straightened out. But I won't call him a pussy that needs to quit the team. He's been a very consistent defender and he keeps on getting better. Frankly I think he is a fine replacement for Namoff, especially as he gains more experience. It's too bad we have to play him out of position now that Wallace is broken and will be out 3 months.

It's a shame we put ourselves in such a big hole with that start to the season. There are still a lot of teams to leap-frog if we hope to make the playoffs.

Posted by: fedssocr | June 11, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Dadryan: Out. Of. Line.

Posted by: JkR- | June 11, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

You guys are funny,
Joel, you called that light jogging? I could tell he was in trouble just watching the replay.

@ Godfather, I know he wasn't in the team. My point was that I thoughtt maybe Jordan should go back and watch J. James heroics in United's last game, last season, and do what he wants with it. I personally don't like what I saw in Graye's body language in his two recent instances of being subbed off for "injury".

That is all, re-aggravation or not I want to see him at least TRYING to give it a go. We won't really get the opportunity to see if he was hurt bad enough to not be able to play in a week.

Hey, gotta go the World Cup is starting.
:)

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Dadryan: Out. Of. Line.

Posted by: JkR-

Great, give me my card and let's move on. ;)

Posted by: DadRyan | June 11, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Late coming on to the thread, but J James was MOTM notwithstanding the hat trick by party boy. I'll chalk the last 2 goals to a dead tired back line and leave it at that.

I'd be replaying the match tape to Najar for awhile. There were alot of "teaching" moments out there for him tonight where he made some good decisions and bad ones.

Posted by: jnel | June 11, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

DCU playing much better.

I'll never compare Pontius to AJ Wood again. Quaranta is playing his best soccer. Kudos to him.

I take back my call to fire Onalfo.

Great job by the boys in black.

Posted by: Ron16 | June 11, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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