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D.C. United defeats Colorado Rapids, 1-0

Danny Allsopp scored late in the first half as D.C. United defeated Colorado, 1-0, ending the Rapids' 10-game home unbeaten streak and giving United its first victory in Denver since 2000.

Allsopp converted deep in the box after Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens blocked Andy Najar's low effort at the near post in the first minute of first-half added time. Allsopp and Najar are tied for the club lead in scoring with five goals apiece.

United (6-18-3) won for just the second time in six matches. Colorado (11-8-8) was on a 4-1-1 run entering the night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. DCU, which has three games remaining, returns home to host the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday night.

United's lineup: Perkins; Graye, McTavish, Jakovic, Zayner; Najar, Morsink, Boskovic, Quaranta; Hernandez (Carreiro 90th), Allsopp (Varela 60th).

Allsopp's goal:
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By Steve Goff  | October 2, 2010; 11:02 PM ET
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I remember when DC handed out "Blackout" t-shirts for the playoffs a couple seasons back. Maybe they can win some games if the media blackout continues!

Najar still getting himself into the highlight packages.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 2, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I wearing a "Blackout" shirt now. We need this win. Vamos United.

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | October 2, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Not too shabby for three right backs and three (counting Varela) right mids facing a hot team on the road. United was seldom dangerous in the second half, but Colorado was seldom dangerous at all.

Given the depleted roster & other circumstances, this has to be the best win of the year, not that anybody saw it. And I'm pretty sure this is the first time Boskovic went 90, not that I remember much that he contributed, aside from the generally solid possession in a road match.

Posted by: benonthehill | October 2, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

To quote Shirley Povich: The million-to-one shot came in. Hell froze over. A month of Sundays hit the calendar.

Posted by: paulkp | October 2, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Great game. Chad Ashton should be our next coach. Even the Colorado announcers said that Andy was going over to Arsenal for 3 weeks. I agree - Vamos United.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | October 2, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Ay Dios Mio - we won !! :) :) :)

Vamos United

Posted by: londonboy | October 2, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Was at Kitty O'Shea's watching the game, and nobody cheered until about five or so seconds after the goal. I don't think any one of us actually believed what we had seen.

Posted by: Juan-John1 | October 2, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Not good news for Moreno...Cunningham got another one.

Our season is over so lets get Moreno in for a few more goals before he retires.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 2, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

If United wins, but there is nobody there to see it, does it make a sound?

Vamos United!

Posted by: SoccerVA | October 3, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I believe Cunningham's tied Moreno's record now. And we can't even get him a few minutes at the end of the game? We would rather only used 2 subs apparently...

Posted by: StewartDC8 | October 3, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I saw some DCU gear in Shirlington today. At least one black out shirt. Was that you Ivanovich?

Posted by: DadRyan | October 3, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

DadRyan sorry not me, I didn't leave the capital today.

Posted by: Ivanovich84 | October 3, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Najar is the only bright spot in the dark cloud that's DC United this season.

Posted by: tundey | October 3, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Very happy that Allsopp bagged one. Great awareness by him.

Posted by: nairbsod | October 3, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Fell asleep just after the half...watched the replay just now and boy what a great way to start Sunday. Was waiting for the heartbreak moment but it never came.

Posted by: DCB23 | October 3, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The problem with naming Ashton as coach is that it serves to self-validate Kasper's performance, just like firing Curt. I know it was a nice road win last night against a team that had a lot to play for, but I don't think it changes the argument that a scorched-earth approach has to be taken here. The management team in its entirety has to be held accountable for a three-year free fall, one that has essentially ruined the outstandning tradition that was built up through for the first 11 years, just as was done in response to the performances of TR and Ray.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 3, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Allsop's reaction (or non-reaction) was very strange after he scored. Maybe he was thinking about the choke job he did earlier on the one v one with Pickens.

Posted by: boda-united | October 3, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised to read this?
"Earlier, Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a suspected leg break after a Nigel De Jong tackle. "

Posted by: Reignking | October 3, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

@ Reingking, FIFA

Seriously, how is this guy a defensive midfielder if he can't make a clean tackle to save his @##? And Fifa, why haven't you given De Jong the football or kickboxing ultimatum?

Posted by: UnitedDemon | October 3, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

You know, it's one thing that the TV deal has some holes and some games aren't televised without the Direct Kick package.

But to my memory, this is the first time the Post hasn't carried a post game story in its dead wood edition and offers up only the Soccer Insider piece for readers. Thanks Steve - we love ya. You know that. But why would the paper give space to league wide recaps but no game coverage for United? Especially a rare win?

Is this a sign that the paper has downgraded United's relevance?

Posted by: dsheon1 | October 3, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Good point bodaunited. I wonder i fAllsop is that out of shape to be winded, at elevation, in the first half.

Congrats to the team for the first win at Colorado since the Rongen era.

The game probably ended too late for the paper Post, which seems to go to press 5 minutes before a DC game ends.

Nice to see (hear) Dave Johnson getting lots of national TV time this weekend on FSC (Terps and Dallas-Chicago).

DeJong hangs legbones on a necklace.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 3, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

How would putting Moreno in the game lead to him having a chance at scoring?

Posted by: daggar | October 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

1. I have man love for Jaime Moreno. But putting him in to try and score a goal to pad his total does what? Cunningham isn't retiring this year. If he's not with FCD, he'll be with someone who needs a goal scorer before he wears out his welcome.

2. Congrats to DCU for a gutsy win. Especially against a team that had every reason to play for, on the road, at altitude, at a house of horrors for us (right up there with Rio Tinto) with a depleted team.

3. One game doesn't make a case for someone being coach. And retaining Ashton doesn't validate Kasper. People need to move past this "scorched earth/must condemn Kasper-Payne" deal. NO. We do what we need to do to become a winner again. Maybe that means firing Payne and Kasper, maybe it means clearer roles, different support. Ashton was actually brought on by Soehn. You don't fire Ashton b/c he was brought on by Soehn or elevated by Kasper. You fire Ashton b/c you're convinced he's not an asset.

Posted by: JoeW1 | October 3, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

As long as Chang owns this team, Kaspayne isn't going anywhere. Chang does NOT have the soccer connections to recruit replacements. At most, one will be replaced, with the successor named by the other. A scorched earth approach will leave you with just that, and only that: scorched earth. Likely as not, you won't be able to tell the difference.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 3, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and there's no writeup because the Post didn't send a reporter to the game. It's not cricket to write a print story based on TV coverage.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Minor point: Firing everyone in the front office is cleaning house, maybe even burning down the house, but it is not a scorched earth policy.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 3, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Slightly OT, but anybody else getting GolTV in Spanish now?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | October 3, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

re: moreno- did no one pay attention before the game or read the box score? Can't put moreno in if he was sitting home. Jaime has een sick most of the week and didn't make the roster.

Posted by: Section107 | October 3, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

OT: This item appeared on Goff's Twitter page a couple of days ago, but I don't believe anyone has posted the link here:

Posted by: universityandpark | October 3, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: OWNTF | October 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Actually, there is a newcomer of the year award for which Allsopp would be eligible. Speaking of which, who do people consider the leading candidates for this award? (If Goff did a poll, how many homers would name Allsopp?)

Posted by: universityandpark | October 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

OT: I stumbled across this item about someone with a familiar name:

Posted by: universityandpark | October 3, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

and Olsen has to be in the running for coach of the year too.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 3, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's another father-daughter combo, at least for those of us who are old enough to remember the father:

Of the Freedom players who were in the 30 for the USWNT camp, Harris, Sauerbrunn, and Wambach are in the 24 who will travel to Chester, but Huffman is not. (Note that Whitehill didn't even get into the 30.) In the next 72 hours this group will presumably be whittled down to the 18 who will suit up at the Electric Chair--oops, PPL Park:

Posted by: universityandpark | October 3, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and there's no writeup because the Post didn't send a reporter to the game. It's not cricket to write a print story based on TV coverage.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse
That's why there are stringers.

Posted by: dsheon1 | October 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I think the paper I get goes to print before DCU starts their games....including home games. The only thing in my Sunday morning paper are things that happened before 4pm. Its pretty pathetic.

Posted by: marksman37 | October 3, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The Virginia women upset top-ranked Boston College, 3-2 (OT). Maryland lost to Virginia Tech, 1-0, and Georgetown lost to Marquette, 2-1.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 3, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

OT: I stumbled across this item about someone with a familiar name:
Posted by: universityandpark | October 3, 2010 4:30 PM

I guess we'll have to start calling her Prekova (Prekinha if she's a creative midfielder).

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 4, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

OK, sorry; how about "modified limited scorched earth?"

Regardless, my point is the same: the descent has become so severe that the only credible course is to purge (insert Wikipedia link here) the technical staff of all remaining elements from 2006 when this disgraceful era began.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 4, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Something to remember; Ashton was the lead scout for United up until Kasper/Payne put him in the "coaching" ranks. So he is directly responsible, along with his sugar daddies, for the mess that is DC United.
Because you are a toady does not make head coach material! Pay attention Virgnia fan.

Posted by: Ruthie1 | October 4, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Ashton as coach? Get real. He was the lead scout for DC united for the past four years and is as responsible for this mess as Kasper/Payne. He's also a toady, which last I looked, doesn't qualify you to be a coach

Posted by: Ruthie1 | October 4, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse


I don't see anything in his bios that says he was a lead scout since last year. And it wasn't Payne and Kaspar(that isn't even his job anyway)that made him an assistant coach from 2007-2009. Soehn brought him in and he was named a lead scout at the start of this year(after he was the one who found Jakovic). Payne did what any FO person would do when a coach with NO experience takes over, he named a guy with experience as an assistant to help him out.

I also don't see the reason for the personal attack on Virginiafan for what was probably a joke.

and for Igm, is a 2006 and 2007 SS and a 2008 U.S. Open Cup disgraceful? Just saying not many other teams can win 3 trophies in three years like that. I'm not defending retaining any specific person but I wouldn't call 2006-2008 disgracful(especially considering DCU missed out on the playoffs by one point the last two years)

If Chang wants to keep Ashton, he will. If he thinks retaining Payne and Kaspar until a SSS deal is secure, he will. If he wants to fire them, he will. Quite frankly, he's smarter than any of us on these boards, so I'm confident he knows what he's doing.

Posted by: Unitedfury | October 4, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

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