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Matchday: D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union

DCU LINEUP: Hamid; Zayner, James, Jakovic, Burch; Najar, Simms, Boskovic, Quaranta; Hernandez, Allsopp. Subs: Perkins, Rice, McTavish, Morsink, King, Moreno, Cristman.

Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are encouraged.

By Steve Goff  |  August 22, 2010; 1:08 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 22, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

PU cause Philly in they smell baaaaad!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 22, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I was just in Philly and despite the great time I had you can't deny that the place does stink... What's up with that? Wafting sewer stink...

Posted by: DadRyan | August 22, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Philly is a finacially-strapped city with poor services. The sewers and water drainage are backed up, so it smells of waste water.

Posted by: mightymax | August 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Good save Hamid...but wow was Moreno wide open.

Posted by: Reignking | August 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

er Le Toux

Posted by: Reignking | August 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Looks like an FCD crowd...

Posted by: mightymax | August 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Is that a banner in the Philly section that says "nice stadium?" Wow!

Posted by: mightymax | August 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

yea, really getting tired of our guys little temper tantrums (Tino) when the ball doesn't come directly to their feet. I get it, we all get it, you're frustrated, but please, just keep running and working hard, that's all we ask!

Posted by: Jmay18 | August 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

well..scoring would be nice too! VAMOS UNITED!!!

Posted by: Jmay18 | August 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

What's Wallace's status? I thought the original prognosis was for him to be back by the end of July. And did I miss news on Graye? How did he go from starting out of his natural position to not making the bench? It's not as if Rice is a seasoned vet.

Posted by: benonthehill | August 22, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it looks like an old Washington Federals game.

Posted by: mightymax | August 22, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

A lead! A goal! Still not playing well, though!

Posted by: the_slammer | August 22, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

That goal reminds me of the Etcheverry-Moreno-Diaz Arce combo for the first goal in the '97 Cup final.

Posted by: lgm6986 | August 22, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we're beating an expansion team! We're number one! We're number one!


Shaka shaka shaka shake shake shake!


Posted by: Hoost | August 22, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I heard Jordan Graye was scratched as a starter because he went out and celebrated his FIFA2010 Xbox Challenge victory by staying out past curfew and partying too hard.;)

Posted by: DadRyan | August 22, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow does anyone besides me and Rongen still remember Alberto Juantorena? Dave Johnson doesn't.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 22, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

MLS Playoffs here we come. KP: Start collecting the ring sizes! Call the city! Book the parade! Obama waits at the White House! New stadium ground breaking is right behind!

Posted by: mightymax | August 22, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Finally, we score two goals, keep a clean sheet, we win. Long may it continue....

Posted by: uknowmeas-GQ | August 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

2-0 win. Vamos United

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | August 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Many Philly fans? Didn't get to see the match. Thank God for a win though - congrats to Ben

Posted by: Kev29 | August 22, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

We beat PU (as in Philly stinks) 5-4 on aggrigate. That's one small step!!!

Posted by: 9Nine9 | August 22, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Philly had 3-400 according to one of their fans. To contrast, we had 1,500. We played decently. We had mistakes that other teamsmight have punished us for, but we got the w all the same. I hope this helps morale, I know it help my personal morale as a fan. Who doesn't love cheering in the rain?

Posted by: bspence11 | August 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Just back from the game. Philly was well represented, with a good crowd, noisy singing (though a bit reliant on the ol' "F--- U, F--- U" for my taste), drumwork, and highly polished banners. The "RFK is falling down, falling down, falling down" song: quality. Their "*BOOM* [pause] Bring out your de-ead" chant when an opposing player is down is tasteless but excellent. I salute them. Their only problem is that they got crushed by the last-place team in the league, and we are definitely better then they are.

All you people being negative today: Take the rest of the day off while we celebrate Ben's first win.

Posted by: dccal | August 22, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

By 'in contrast' I mean that we brought 1,500 on our road trip to Philly.

Posted by: bspence11 | August 22, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

District Ultras bringing it! Great stuff out there.

Posted by: nairbsod | August 22, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Ben Olsen taking clothing ideas from Pep Guardiola?

Posted by: Reignking | August 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Looked like a lot more than 3-400 PU fans there, but I guess that's because we don't see too many huge traveling contingents to RFK so anything looks big really.

By the way, I've read on SBI threads that the chant that sounds like "F--- U" is really "Up the U" or something of that sort. But it does have striking similarities to that famous naughty phrase.

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 22, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Win a few at home the rest of the way. That's all I ask. I'll take this result, even if aginst Philly, not exactly the powerhouse of the league. Ben gets his first win, good for him. But Ben, if you are going to wear a tie, keep your collar buttoned and tie firmly knotted.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 22, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Official attendance: 12,000

Ummmmm, sure.

Posted by: Hoost | August 22, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Good game, lots of fun at RFK today. Not really sure Philly had 3 to 400 though. Maybe 200. They were into it, so all credit to them, gave us an opponent to sing to for once. Thought United worked hard today, all day. That's a start.

Posted by: harkes4ever | August 22, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Ben Olson's attire today was the first positive.

Second was a decent display by United. I really love Hamid, how long do you think we can hold onto him?

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 22, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I can't complain about much...other than the pathetic Alex Prus never calling a foul in favor of our Latin players. How that man keeps getting assigned to MLS games is baffling.

Najar looked pretty good as we have come to expect and Allsopp was the only guy hitting the goal in warmups so luckily the two golden chances came his way.

I felt bad for Jaime missing his little stab of a chance. Cunningham is catching up fast.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 22, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, as long as it sounds like "F U" to the tykes on family day, they'll learn what they need to know. I was in San Jose for our game in July, and when some of the traveling Barra Brava started in on the "F U Ref" number, the good burghers of San Jose seemed truly scandalized.

Yeah, too bad on Jaime's chance. This game proves the point made by, hm, me, that the team killed his season by never having a lead for him to come on for the last 20 minutes or so and defend. That is his role now. He still has the artistry to give fits to tired midfielders and defenders and direct the effort to kill off a game. Would have been great to see more of it.

Posted by: dccal | August 22, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

All around enjoyable day, got to enjoy all sorts of climatic change.

My ears heard "xxxxx above you!, xxxx above you!" from the SOBs. And then when we were up 2-0, I didn't much of anything from them which was real nice.

Posted by: DCB23 | August 22, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Zayner is overmatched.

Allsopp is clinical.

Tino missed Branko on an easy through ball, choosing instead to shoot. It was a nice shot, but he missed an easy assist in the process.

Branko? I hardly noticed he was out there.

Posted by: delantero | August 22, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually I think Prus is one of the best refs around. Sure he has off days just like everyone does, but over time he has proven to be a steady hand.

Posted by: Pedalada | August 22, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on Prus. His games really seem to usually degenerate into lots of fouling...that he can never be bothered to call. And then when he finally does it's a caution. So it's like there are no regular, run of the mill fouls. It's either nothing or a caution.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 22, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Tino, Hernandez, Hamid, Allsopp, and Jakovic had great days. James, Najar, and Simms had fine days. Burch, Zayner, and the subs had ok days, because I didn't notice much negative or positive from any of them (other than that near own-goal in the early stages of the game). Boskovic, for all intents and purposes, might have well been sitting with the Barra. He was utterly invisible. I'd really rather start Pontius instead of him. We could move SQ into an attacking midfield role and put Pontius out left. But since he's the DP, he HAS to play, right? You'd think the guys who are (over)paying him would be calling the PT shots.

On another note, I hope Simms will get a look from the Nats some time. He's clearly United's best American player (depending on how you view the Najar citizenship fiasco), and if it weren't for persistent injuries, he'd probably have escalated his game to be more widely recognized. He reminds me of Cory Gibbs, in that regard.

And hey, FIFA 10 for iPhone rates him as a 73, which makes him one of the best American central midfielders in the game! If that's not worth anything, I don't know what is ;)

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 22, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: dccal | August 22, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Their "*BOOM* [pause] Bring out your de-ead" chant when an opposing player is down is tasteless but excellent

Posted by: dccal

Actually, they learned it from us. That is when the NEST used to chant when an opposing player went down. Now, regrettably, the football-like "hit him again, him him again, him again harder" has taken over. Thuggish and lacking in the humorous cultural reference of "bring off your dead"

As for those dissing Philadelphia -- it is a great town. When DCU played the Union in Philly, we made a whole weekend of it. Good food, excellent beer places. Did not notice any stench. Certainly not the sort you get in DC alleys that are full of rats....

Posted by: DCUSince96 | August 22, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, it was our best defensive game in a long time. This back four made few mistakes and were quite organized. I don't think Philly got a shot on goal until 90+, and there offense hasn't been their problem.

Offensively, not much there, we got a couple of gifts. But no one on my s___ list, except for maybe Tino for his early tantrum. Something def wrong with him.

And not much depth, either. No firepower off the bench. Moreno looks like he has gained a lot of weight.

But congrats nonetheless. I will not shave and forget my cell phone again next time.

Posted by: paulkp | August 22, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

He was wide open and got a terrible pass. Whatever's wrong with Tino, it earned him the arm band from Olsen this week, and he played, and acted like it today. What do you think Etcheverry would have done?

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 22, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Benny Olsen !
Benny Olsen !

Posted by: rightback | August 22, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

agreed with G_o_G on Tino. i thought it was his best game so far this season.

Posted by: VTUnited | August 22, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes when you give someone the armband it is in the hope that he acts worthy of a captain. . . .

Posted by: paulkp | August 22, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong but I thought the captaincy was determined by player vote, not conferred from the Mount Olympus of the coach's office.

Posted by: Ron16 | August 23, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

The Philly fans booed Talon when he was introduced and cheered when Andy Najar was injured. Keep it classy, guys.

Posted by: stwasm | August 23, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Benny and his crew!!!
Yes, we won, but the competition was definitely not high caliber. Zayner was definitely outmatched and its just a good thing that Philly can't shoot. Boscko was no where to been seen and so far, has brought NOTHING to this team (except his salary) !!
Onto CHIVAS, the next victim of the SOB's !!!

Posted by: patrick18 | August 23, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Actually I think Prus is one of the best refs around. Sure he has off days just like everyone does, but over time he has proven to be a steady hand.

Posted by: Pedalada | August 22, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse


He tends to make one or two game-screwing calls a game, luckily there was no opportunities for that today. And points to him, though, for not ejecting James for that foul on a Philly run in the last few minutes. It would have been largely pointless all around.

Posted by: M__N | August 23, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

"I love the kid. He is a joy to watch," Olsen said. "He plays every game like there is not going to be one next week for him, like someone is going to take it away from him."



Posted by: OWNTF | August 23, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Santino Quaranta, serving as captain, was spirited, assertive and adaptable in switching sides with Najar several times.

Glad Goff saw it this way too. All the recent Q hate (see above) is completely ridiculous.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 23, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Rats? You can find more rats in metro area food courts than you might find in DC alleys...;)

Personally I just had an awesome visit to the city of brotherly love, and I'll admit it's got an incredible choices as far as cheap food and beer go. We ate and drank well in Philly, but my wife had brought up the funk during a previous business trip she took and sure enough the sewer waft stank could be found any and everywhere we went.

That being said, I look forward to going up to Philadelphia. The LilRyan and I had a blast up there. Can't wait for DCU's trip up to Chester next season. We'll have to make a weekend of it.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 23, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Kudos, DCU, for winning one. Thanks, Califf, for your role in the match.

Comcast needs some remedial education for its technical crew. The main camera -- high at midfield -- mostly showed a picture that was far too wide. This rendered the players far too small, making it difficult at times to see details of the play. This was especially true when the play was in the far corner. The lack of relative contrast between the uniforms didn't help the situation.

The Comcast crew should spend some time watching English telecast visuals to see how futball should be presented. Invite Dave Johnson to the session. He could learn from the Brit announcers that Job 1 is to tell viewers who is on the ball. Instead, Johnson is a prattler -- a very bad trait made worse when the camera framing makes players look like ants.

Posted by: runningcloud | August 23, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

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