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Matchnight: D.C. United-Revolution

Greetings from Foxborough, where a heavenly New England summer day/evening has greeted D.C. United and interim head coach Ben Olsen for his debut. For more about Benny's new position and the club's situation heading into the match against the Revolution, read my story.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.
TV: Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick.

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

As usual, your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are encouraged.

By Steve Goff  |  August 7, 2010; 6:31 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS  | Tags: D.C. United, MLS, New England Revolution  
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Vamos United

Posted by: Truckr | August 7, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Vamos United from Portugal!

Posted by: redskinsux | August 7, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Benny withe the smack-down on Troy?


Posted by: tcbannon | August 7, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Living in New England, I usually have one game to look forward to all year: when DCU comes to Gillette to play the Revs. Of course my wife would be having a dinner party that is mandatory for me to attend tonight. After I already bought tickets. Of course.

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 7, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Tino hasn't done that in years

Posted by: sec133row5 | August 7, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Allez United

Posted by: londonboy | August 7, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they tried to kill Najar. Great.

Posted by: sec133row5 | August 7, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Did Rongen just say Ice that baby?

Take heed 'cause I'm a lyrical poet
Miami's on the scene just in case you didn't know it
My town that created all the bass sound
Enough to shake and kick holes in the ground

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 7, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

+1 270

Posted by: londonboy | August 7, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

has CSN had this stupid espn-style thing on the bottom of the screen for a long time? I don't remember noticing it before.

Posted by: fedssocr | August 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

great defensive effort by boskovic.

Posted by: birdynumnum | August 7, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

New England goal, 1-0. Header by Phelan 42 minutes into the match. At least United has been pushing forward. Just can't seem to make the killer punch once in the final third.

Posted by: bartapest1 | August 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

So Boskovic translates into "Can't mark a guy on free kicks" in Montenegran?

Posted by: freeholdsouth | August 7, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if this turns out to be another 1 season DP story.

Posted by: tcbannon | August 7, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad half...couple of defensive lapses, but those are balanced by some good attacking opportunities. We still look like a lower division team - but there is more fight and enthusiasm than I have seen for a while.....Lets see if Benny can stir the fires at least you feel that we are still in this.

Posted by: londonboy | August 7, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

New England header by Phelan puts the home side up 1-0 at 42 minutes. DC has been pushing forward as the Revs started out slowly. But Benny's crew just can't set up a killer punch in the box. Reis is confident and solid as usual. Not seeing enough from our DP (Boskovic, in case you forgot).

Posted by: bartapest1 | August 7, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

yeah, Boskovic stunk up his marking on that free kick, but he's being very key to our attack.

ps anyone explain to me how Cory Gibbs is still on the field?

Posted by: sec133row5 | August 7, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

what a lame, lame effort by hernandez. ugh.

Posted by: birdynumnum | August 7, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

sure that's easy...Terry Vaughn sucks and is gutless

Posted by: fedssocr | August 7, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Same old DCU just a different manager. Manager is the least of the problems.

Posted by: euroman | August 7, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

bad AND boring. great combination.

Posted by: birdynumnum | August 7, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Poor Benny...he's going to have his name dirtied by this debacle. No one's ever going to want to hire him after this.

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 7, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

No finishing + not enough creativity in attack or possssion + not being able to string together more than 6 passes in a row = another shut out loss. DP money going wasted, stadium issue limbo, front office incompetance, general underperformance. Yeah. DC United 2010 in a word?


Posted by: freeholdsouth | August 7, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Much better midfield interchanging and effort but still no skilled finishing. Cristman's header sums up the season so far.

Posted by: tcbannon | August 7, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm stunned....STUNNED....that we didn't score.

Posted by: Hoost | August 7, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I guess they're trying, that's about all I can say.

Posted by: nairbsod | August 7, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Let's state the obvious: we don't have a goal scorer. Hernandez plays more like a withdrawn forward, and Christman is a bull in the china shop. Maybe we're talking about Fred's younger brother or Jemal Johnson filling that role in the near future, but with this current roster we will not win again this season.

Posted by: dcarmy | August 7, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The names change on the rosters but it seems like NE always beats DC the same way.

Posted by: newportnews | August 7, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Don't get the Boskovic move at all, he hasn't shown anything special at all, nada. I can't believe there isn't one decent number 10 in all of South America that couldn't be brought to this team with DP money. That flair was suppose to be DC UTD's trademark but now it seems as if they're the only team in the league without it. That and speed.

All in all a good effort but NE has had the same game plan against DC for the last 10 years... Hack push Hack and then get in good free-kick range and fall down. Simply thugish at times....

Posted by: Lot8Date | August 7, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

newportnews- We actually lead the series 25-21 all time, so no, not really.

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 7, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Fire Olsen!

Posted by: delantero | August 8, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse


I actually thought we played ok for a while. boskovic did lose his mark, but was playing well in attack. I wouldn't mind being a bit more experimental with our formations at times and I agree with the announcer to get Najar closer to goal.

Ben is awesome and I really think we would have advanced in the 06 world cup if he had been a starter.

Posted by: wordup1 | August 8, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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