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Matchnight: D.C. United-Portsmouth

Well, it's so nice to be back at RFK Stadium for the first time in two months after a pleasant winter in the Southern Hemisphere. You know you've reached the depths of Hades when you realize that the Washington temperature in Celsius (37) is approaching the Fahrenheit reading tonight in Joburg (46).

Perhaps this D.C. United friendly at Portsmouth should kick off at 11 p.m., when the temperature (Fahrenheit) is forecast to drop to just 91.

Poor Pompey. They've got no money, they're in administration, their best players are fleeing, they've been traipsing around North America for two weeks, the travel roster has been depleted by injury, they were stranded in Chicago last night and didn't arrive in Washington until today ... and to top it off, they're uniforms haven't made it. So they are tentatively scheduled to wear D.C. United white kits, and DCU will wear black.

Despite the conditions, the uniforms, Portsmouth's skeleton cast and United's injury problems, this meaningless match will proceed as scheduled. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Several DCU players will sit out with ailments. D.C. guest players include Junior (Fred's kid brother) and Martin Rivas, an 18-year-old Argentine midfielder who trialed with the Philadelphia Union against Manchester United this week. Supposedly, Rivas might end up in the MLS draft next winter.

Back later with the DCU lineup and subs.....
DCU: Perkins; Talley, Rice, James, Graye; Khumalo, Simms, Quaranta, Boskovic; Allsopp, Hernandez. Subs: Hamid, Nigel White*, King, Morsink, Najar, Junior*, Martin Rivas*.
*Guest player

By Steve Goff  |  July 24, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , England  | Tags: D.C. United, Portsmouth  
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Comments

Cripes all mighty! I'm better off not finding a feed or a broadcast of this baloney. Someone should just throw the switch and say the power went out again... Let the Barra and SE's play, drag the kegs down pitch side and send the SodexHo folks home. That'd probably be more entertaining for those making the game anyway. Not to mention cheaper and less risky for the two clubs... ;)

Vamos United!

Posted by: DadRyan | July 24, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but this is just a bush league embarrassment for the league's one time dynasty franchise. Let's see, the Red Bulls debuted their superstar DP earlier this week in their magnificent new arena vs. an EPL team that finished in the Top Four last year.

We, on the other hand, are playing a match in a creaky old stadium about to collapse, versus a team that not only was relegated out of the EPL, but put into administration along the way. And now they are going to wear our uniforms this evening?

I salute any fans heading out tonight, but seriously to see this? In this weather?

Posted by: jofij | July 24, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

So, will the players exchange jerseys after the match?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 24, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Are we at the bottom yet?

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | July 24, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely incredible.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 24, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Paging Will Chang: when will you make good on your now 2 year old promise to hold management responsible? All I've seen is people getting promoted up.

Posted by: dsheon1 | July 24, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I've heard anything as pitiful as that jersey thing associated with a team that just last season was in the EPL. Yeah, this match is just a tad morbid.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | July 24, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

That was hilarious, I-270.

Nice to have a game thread up...of course, I don't think this is on TV...

Posted by: Reignking | July 24, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The key storylines for the rest of this season have to be: 1) new stadium progress 2) how long can we keep Najar 3) can we win the Open Cup 4) who will be fired for our descent into the MLS Basement.

Posted by: Pedalada | July 24, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

any tv? or streams...ok, i check justin. but still

Posted by: citizenp77 | July 24, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they personalized the jerseys, or just left the back blank?

btw: Anyone know how the U-20 match went?

Posted by: emanon13 | July 24, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I-270Exit1, Good one

It could have been worst at least they don't have to go shirts vs skins.

Posted by: csd1 | July 24, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't think this match is being broadcasted.

Posted by: Reignking | July 24, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Another pathetic offering from DC United. Thank God I skipped this garbage.

Posted by: Hoost | July 24, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

If they show the replays in the UK the jersey thing might freak some people out.

Posted by: csd1 | July 24, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

goffinho, just wanted to let you know you have a their/they're issue. love the blog, thanks

Posted by: jamsesh | July 24, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Jamsesh, Goff's slight grammar mis-step is nothing compared to what happens in another prominent soccer "journalist"'s blog. That thing is a disaster.

Posted by: DaninFL | July 24, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

oh, agreed completely -- I'm just trying to keep it that way.

Posted by: jamsesh | July 24, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Twitter update from Goff . . .

The RFK clock went from 30:00 to 60:04 to 34:00 to 0:00 to 35:00 -- all in a matter of seconds. Love this place #dcu #mls

Posted by: emanon13 | July 24, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

At the game now and it's an embarrassment to anything trying to be "major league".

Posted by: mbyrd28 | July 24, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

seriously why would we invite such a crappy team??? Would have been better playing a USL team. Portsmouth is horrible, I thought they were in the best league in the world?

Posted by: Norteno4life | July 24, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

DCU U-20 won 3-1.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 24, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Rangers were the original invite. I think they backed out. Pompey were the replacement.

Posted by: seahawkdad | July 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the whining here is unbelievable. Pompey took the date after 2 other teams accepted, then declined.

Don't blame DC for Pompey's issues....

Posted by: JkR- | July 24, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Another Goff tweet: Quaranta and a Portsmouth player red-carded in the 54th. Nasty, and getting nastier. (Please call this off) #dcu #mls

Posted by: emanon13 | July 24, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

IT TAKES MORE...games played in 95 degree heat against bankrupt teams with malfunctioning clocks with absolutly nothing at stake. Ummmm steak!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 24, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

only if MLS teams played like Pompey . . . currently 4-0 DCU in the 65th minute

Posted by: emanon13 | July 24, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

How is it that it it takes somebody from Atlanta-ish to give us a score of the pre-game match?

IT TAKES MORE Jacobs...Ummmm corn-on-the JaCOB!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 24, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

SoccerInsider 8,987 announced attendance at RFK #dcu

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 24, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

IT TAKES MORE Twitter.

At least that's how I learned that score.

I've been fairly pleased with the play of Danny Cruz, and Brek Shea has looked real strong pretty much all season. A winger with that kind of size is kind of like having a tall quarterback, that can see over his offensive line and clearly see all his available targets.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 24, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

4-0 Final. Allsop hatter and Hernandez with the other.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 24, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I liked reading (on twitter) that Boskovic was involved in a couple of the goals

Posted by: emanon13 | July 24, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Quaranta and James shown red.

So do they have to sit out the next match against any English team, or just with a Championship side? IOW, if we schedule something with Milton Keynes Dons FC from npower League 1, are they in street clothes? Could Milton Keynes players use their jerseys?

Posted by: benonthehill | July 24, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Pleasantly surprised by the size of the crowd.

Good first half from Q, who started on the left wing--for quite a long stretch, he looked like the best player out there.

All the reds were for minor post-whistle altercations (Q's verbal, James' a shove to the chest).

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | July 24, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Best TWO DC United games I've watched all season. Whoever #12 is on the U20 team, he reminded me of Najar. U20 #19 and #7 were also impressive.

Sorry to be the one who doesn't cry and moan here but after about 4.5 hours at RFK I can say I had a great time. Santino looked feisty all night, Allsop gets a hat trick, Hernandez was beaten down repeatedly and then takes his revenge with a goal, Boskovic comes alive, Onalfo and Olsen exchanging words with opposing coaching staff at the half, a bunch of teenagers holding their own for the last 15 minutes, the bathrooms were clean, and to top it off a conga line of Pompei fans makes its way to the barra brava and they all sound great together. Only thing that could have improved that was if the cub scout contingent woulda marched down there and started a fire and roasted smores.

Seriously, the whining gets really old people.

Posted by: DCB23 | July 24, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

SoccerInsider This just in: Ben Olsen was ejected at halftime for, um, extreme dissent #dcu
6 minutes ago via web

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | July 24, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

DC United vs. Portsmouth: the night DCU jumped the shark?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jumping_the_shark

Posted by: diego_r | July 24, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the whining here is unbelievable. Pompey took the date after 2 other teams accepted, then declined.

Don't blame DC for Pompey's issues....

Posted by: JkR- | July 24, 2010 8:48 PM

Yes, I blame DCU for scheduling this game AT ALL. OK, so Valencia and Rangers fell through. Explain just why it was essential to have another International friendly AT ALL? Yes, we played AC Milan (of course, without any of their players who were on their World Cup teams, but that still left classy players galore, Ronaldinho and Pato and Seedorf et al. What did DCU's FO expect, that Portsmouth's decent players from last season would travel with Portsmouth instead of finding slots on teams that are staying in the WMOL (world's most over-rated league).

That DCU set this up and played this game is quite simply an embarrassment.

I did go(but arrived late from a prior commitment). Nice to see that Allsop can score against a Championship level team. Nice to see the players have a game they could win.

In response to Q from emanon13: Pompey players wore white jerseys with numbers but no names. It seemed to me though, that there were enough Pompey fans wearing replica that they could have patched together a team putting tape numbers on the backs of THOSE jerseys. :-(

Posted by: fentysupporter | July 24, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

it was a decent enough training exercise. Portsmouth's players were complaining most of the first half about one thing or another. I don't think they really wanted to be there, and it's hard to blame them. The red cards seemed to be a bit of an over-reaction but who knows what sorts of words were used.

I don't get all the whining here from people who couldn't even be bothered to go. The club must lose a ton of money on a game like that. The stadium staffing was pretty much the same as for any other match.

Posted by: fedssocr | July 24, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

A pantload of bellyaching from people who didn't even come out.

Posted by: weetabixjihad | July 24, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

fentysupporter: DCU has to schedule matches like this because they sold tickets for them back in January, February and March. Long before the friendly was lined up, long before Rangers was a possibility, DCU knew they had to schedule a match with *somebody*, because the season ticket booklets had Special Game A-E tickets in them.

They could, of course, stop selling Special Game tickets in the season ticket packages in the future, and discount the season ticket packages accordingly. But this is a team that's already in the toilet financially; I'm sure losing the guaranteed revenue isn't so appealing to them.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | July 24, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Good perspective, DCB23.

Posted by: DaninFL | July 24, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

FC Gold 4, Washington Freedom 1

Game was much closer... until Marta went nuts with two fabulous goals. GK Erin McLeod is out for a while with an injured knee. Cat Whitehill had to play goal the last 5 minutes -- and got beat with an upper 90 from Tiffany Milbrett.

Write up sometime tomorrow on PSW.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | July 24, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I attended and had a great time. Friendly or not, it was nice to see United win a game. This game had to be scheduled because planholders have tickets to a special game "d". They can't just blow the "d" game off people.

fentysupporter,

How's that Poplar Point gig going since Fenty backstabbed United. Oh that's right it poetically exploded in his face. :)

Posted by: croftonpost | July 24, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, the whining gets really old people.

Posted by: DCB23
-----------------------------

To those whining about the whining: WTF do you expect in the midst of the worst season in DCU history with this joke of a friendly as our 5th match in 15 days?

I'm usually pretty restrained but the state of this club is just pathetic, despite a 4-0 win versus a crumbling Championship team. I wouldn't even be here if I wasn't a long time diehard supporter, so if I feel like venting I will, and I don't give a rat's a$$ who has a problem with it.

Vamos United!

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | July 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Very cool to see Mia Hamm and the old-timers at half . . . and then to see Millbrett still kicking rear on the field. She was eating our left back for lunch.

That little Brazilian player for Gold Pride is kind of good.

Posted by: OWNTF | July 24, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Eighty-nine hundred announced attendance tonight? What does that make DCU's season ticket holder base? I thought it was higher.

One cool thing: the Pompey fan in the checkered top hat and blue dreads... :-)

Posted by: Juan-John1 | July 24, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

How was the crowd for the Freedom game?

Posted by: croftonpost | July 24, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Chivas giving Salt Lake everything they can handle but Salt lake just broke through. 1-0 RSL 67th minute.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 24, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

As I just said, everything they can handle. 1-1 71st minute.

Posted by: croftonpost | July 24, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, the whining gets really old people.

Posted by: DCB23

IT TAKES MORE whining...ummmmm wine!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 25, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Despite the heat the game was entertaining...think about it, 4 goals, when's the last time that happened. The increased security was annoying. The traditional halftime jumpfest up from the fan club section was invaded by some Portsmouth supporters, but all went well. You could tell they were gassed in the 2nd half. Clarification: They wore the white DCU jerseys with no names. They must have worn some stock jerseys because I saw a guy with a Moreno 99 and there was no one from P'mouth on the roster card with a 99 number.

Posted by: jbfromfc | July 25, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Pachuca beat Club America 4-0 Jose (El Gringo) Torres didn't score.

Never BEEN to a game in Mexico...Ummmm beans!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | July 25, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Steak and Beans is right my brother!
Dude, if anybody is jumping a shark it's a mofo posting a wikilink to jumping the dang Shark!

Posted by: DadRyan | July 25, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

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