Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: SoccerInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  Sports e-mail alerts  |  RSS
Posted at 10:41 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

D.C. United defeats Chicago Fire, 1-0, for second victory at Carolina Challenge Cup

By Steve Goff

D.C. United has won its first two matches at the Carolina Challenge Cup and needs only a draw Saturday to win the title for the second consecutive year. For a club climbing from the depths of MLS in 2010, it's a noteworthy accomplishment.

(Then again, United went 3-0-0 on Daniel Island in 2010, and we all know how the rest of the year unfolded.)

On Wednesday evening, United defeated the 10-man Chicago Fire, 1-0, while the host Charleston Battery edged Toronto FC, 2-1. With six points, United is three clear of Chicago and Charleston with one matchday remaining. DCU faces TFC at 5 p.m. Saturday. If United loses, the Fire or Battery could pull even with a victory over one another. The first tiebreaker is goal difference followed by goals scored, according to tournament officials.

My story in Thursday's print edition looks at the match as well as where things stand with the club.

For bonus quotes, additional details and the lineup.....

Coach Ben Olsen: "I was fairly happy with the first half, and then you see a red card and it's tough. We didn't do as well against 10 men as we did against 11. I thought our commitment overall dropped when we went up a man. We didn't move the ball as quickly as I would've liked. All the little things dropped, and that's a little disappointing, but overall we're trying to create a winning mentality."

"We're focused on the performance, not necessarily the results right now. Saying that, it's still nicer to win. At the same time you're evaluating a performance, you're evaluating a team on a winning mentality. In the end, we got the results."

With several regulars resting, Olsen experimented with trialist Brandon Barklage at right back, paired Stephen King and Kurt Morsink in central midfield and partnered Charlie Davies with rookie Blake Brettschneider, the goal scorer.

Davies was quiet but, Olsen said, contributed in small ways and showed an understanding in United's system. Near the end, he blazed in for a breakaway, which was nullified by a questionable offside call. "That's what he is going to do for us," Olsen said. "His timing is still there as far as looking to get behind the back four. It's a rare thing that people have, and he's got that."

DCU LINEUP
GK Onstad (Willis 46th); Ds Barklage, White, Brasesco, Burch; MFs Quaranta (Najar 79th), Morsink (Kitchen 79th), King, Fred (Shanosky 69th); Fs Davies, Brettschneider.

By Steve Goff  | March 9, 2011; 10:41 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS, USL  | Tags:  D.C. United  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Charleston's Three Lions Pub: a soccer highlight in America's lowcountry
Next: Thursday kickaround: Algarve Cup, Oguchi Onyewu, Americans abroad, ESPN, TV listings

Comments

Thanks for the coverage.

I'll try to set a new path for me and keep my comment strictly on-topic.

You wrote: "robable starters McCarty, Dejan Jakovic, Jed Zayner, Branko Boskovic and Clyde Simms were given the night off ahead of Saturday's finale."

Is this your judgment or are you conveying inside info? What does this say about Pontius? Not a probable starter -- odd-man out, with Bosko on the left and Olsen deciding that's Chris' best position?

Posted by: fischy | March 9, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Nice to get a win OVER Chicago.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 9, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I think the France thing messed with Davies a little, but we still saw his main challenge now: Taking people on man on man. He shied away from physical contact in general, whether because he can't handle it yet, or because (I think) he's still psychologically not ready to put himself in dangerous situations. The latter is understandable, but Benny should work on it.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | March 9, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Love me some bonus quotes.

Posted by: delantero | March 9, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

10 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 9, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm hooked. Fischy, in the era of staying on topic, did you watch the game? I would love some insight. Heck, I would love some insight from anyone.

Posted by: grubbsbl | March 10, 2011 2:19 AM | Report abuse

I'll try to...keep my comment strictly on-topic.
Posted by: fischy

Thanks Grubbs and Fisch. You are my hero for keeping your noses to the grindstone and staying on subject which.

Ummmm...grub, fish, hero, grinder and sub.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | March 10, 2011 6:33 AM | Report abuse

If I promised to say on topic, you'd never hear from me. In off-topic news, DC United's hopes for stadium in the District were dealt another blow with the announcement to use prime SW waterfront real estate for education.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 10, 2011 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Watched the live stream on DC United's website. Thought it was a quality win. Good ball movement. But it's true they didn't exploit the 1-man advantage as much as they should have.

Posted by: tundey | March 10, 2011 7:36 AM | Report abuse

And it was good, for me at least, to see that Davies still had his speed.

Posted by: tundey | March 10, 2011 7:38 AM | Report abuse

If I promised to say on topic, you'd never hear from me. In off-topic news, DC United's hopes for stadium in the District were dealt another blow with the announcement to use prime SW waterfront real estate for education.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 10, 2011 7:32 AM

I can make that on-topic in 3 steps: blow, Mayor-for-Life Marion Barry, DCU fan, DCU.

Posted by: Reignking | March 10, 2011 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Education sucks!

Posted by: Senor_Funk | March 10, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Game Notes:
Everyone on the team doesn't know how to weight a pass. Either its the grass or the training, they can't put a ball into space with the correct pace.
Tino looked unsure with the ball unless he was forced to do something, then went backward. He played any volley by booting them forward and not to space infront of another player. Not a starter this year.
Kitchen looked good in MF for the time that he was in the central role. Definately a starter this year. Communicates better than a linguist. I pronounce him the Cunninglinguist.
Davies has lost some speed or some fitness. The amount he's lost will keep him from pushing the ball ahead of players late in the game and sprinting past.
Barklage looks to be another DC utility player as he actually looked very good offensively from right back. Not much defending to be done as..
Burch's speed was picked on the entire night until Nyarko came on. He seemed to be the weak link, slowwww.
BreBre has the work rate and confidence to play well in this league. May get more minutes off the bench than Wolff if he keeps up the effort and continues developing.
Smaller notes:
CB's - White is decently fast, Brasesco has no left foot but is good at defending.
Morsink and King are better than last year (not saying much), but they can turn with and over the ball.
Fred.. is still Fred
Najar did not do much as the team started sitting on the ball when he came in.

But thats just me

Posted by: SexyOffender | March 10, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Well someone is building a stadium in DC, but it's not Will Chang.

This article says DC is financing $200 million in infrastructure on SW waterfront? I'm confused.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/05/AR2011030504105.html

Posted by: OWNTF | March 10, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Algarve final box score. Gotta love Iceland's line-up.

USA 4 Iceland 2. Goals: Lloyd 10, Cheney 45, O'Reilly 55, Morgan 87; Omarsdottir 26, Gisladottir 28.

USA -- Barnhart, Krieger (Cox, 67), Rampone, Buehler, Sauerbrunn, O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe (Tarpley, 85), Cheney (Wambach, 46), Rodriguez (Morgan, 74).

Iceland -- G.Gunnarsdottir, Altadottir, Vidarsdottir (Einarsdottir, 37), Gisladottir (Samuelsdottir, 63), Johnsdottir, Gardarsdottir, Omarsdottir (Fridriksdottir, 61), S.Gunnarsdottir (Sigurdardottir, 91+), Larusdottir (Honnundottir, 69), Jonsdottir (Brynjarsdottir, 85), Vidarsdottir.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 10, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

9 days until United's first 2011 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | March 10, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Vidarsen must be a proud father, having two daughters on the Iceland squad.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | March 10, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

For the most part, I thought the passing was sharp and the ball movement in the first half was encouraging. Benny's comment about play dropping off in the second was right on target--after being up a man with a lead there was no reason not to go 2 or 3 up on the Chicago team that was out there last night.

Davies had possession in their 18 a few times last night with his back to goal, and decided to pass the ball backwards instead of make a run at the defense. If he's going to get in top form, he's going to have to develop the courage to take players on and make his own chances.

Brettschneider has the physical attributes to be a good goalscorer in the league (tall, strong, fast). He's naturally opportunistic, which is the best quality a striker can have. If Olsen can team him that extra bit of class, I can see him being a force in front of the net. He reminds me of Miroslav Klose.

Posted by: FbAller | March 10, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I only caught the last 25 mins of the match but if it is indicative of anything, we are going to have a long season of seeing anything coming out of the midfield.
Sure they made a lot of passes, but these passes lacked any real purpose, and when some of these passes were meant to be meaningful, it was badly weighted and went to the wrong person/place. So why did we bring Fred back if he proved again last night he can't really do anything for us. The way he plays you wouldn't know he's Brasilian.

Posted by: Charisma_Man | March 10, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Altadottir's first name is Josie.

Posted by: OWNTF | March 10, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

A good article from Goff stressing the important point that DC's encouraging pre-season doesn't guarantee a strong regular season.

Last year, after a succesful string of preseason results, the team lost 8 of its first 9 MLS games and was eliminated from any realistic playoff contention by Memorial Day. This in MLS - where virtually everyone remains in contention for the postseason til at least late September or October.

Unfortunately, my print version of the Post has a banner headline near the top of the Sports section's front page that completely misses that cautionary note:

"7-0-1: DC United's preseason record after a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire yesterday. United was an MLS-worst 6-20-4 last season."

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | March 10, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I cried 17 tirs last night when DC beat Chicago. Looks like they all ended up on Icelands team

Posted by: SexyOffender | March 10, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

@GharismaMan -- Chill. Thus was basically the Open Cup team.

Posted by: fischy | March 10, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Algarve final box score. Gotta love Iceland's line-up.

USA 4 Iceland 2. Goals: Lloyd 10, Cheney 45, O'Reilly 55, Morgan 87; Omarsdottir 26, Gisladottir 28.

USA -- Barnhart, Krieger (Cox, 67), Rampone, Buehler, Sauerbrunn, O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe (Tarpley, 85), Cheney (Wambach, 46), Rodriguez (Morgan, 74).

Iceland -- G.Gunnarsdottir, Altadottir, Vidarsdottir (Einarsdottir, 37), Gisladottir (Samuelsdottir, 63), Johnsdottir, Gardarsdottir, Omarsdottir (Fridriksdottir, 61), S.Gunnarsdottir (Sigurdardottir, 91+), Larusdottir (Honnundottir, 69), Jonsdottir (Brynjarsdottir, 85), Vidarsdottir.

----------------------

As is probably obvious, -dottir is a suffix that is added to the father's first name to come up with a girl's last name.

So if your first name is Gunnar, your daughter's last name is Gunnarsdottir, and your son's last name is Gunnarsson.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_name

Way more than anyone needed to know, I imagine. But a good piece of trivia.

Posted by: DCUPedro | March 10, 2011 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I cried 17 tirs last night when DC beat Chicago. Looks like they all ended up on Icelands team

Posted by: SexyOffender | March 10, 2011 10:25 AM
===============

Play on! [with a glare and a wiggled finger, however... ]

(JkR, where are you?)

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | March 10, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

What do they do there's complexity to the paternity?

Posted by: benonthehill | March 10, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

the sites for tennis stadium and the new university do not impact a location for a soccer stadium. Each of those sites is waaay too small for a 25k soccer stadium.

although a new stadium would be really nice (aside from the resulting increase in ticket prices) - can we PLEEEAASE stop fretting about a stadium? a new stadium has nothing to do with the quality of play on the field (our crappy stadium was good enough for our teams to go to 5 league cup games, remember?)

Posted by: Section107 | March 10, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@DCUPedro - I thought as much, but my question to you is what name does Gunnarsson's son get? ;-)

Posted by: Kosh2 | March 10, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

@DCUPedro - I thought as much, but my question to you is what name does Gunnarsson's son get? ;-)

Posted by: Kosh2 | March 10, 2011 1:53 PM

Probably a third 's'

Posted by: SexyOffender | March 10, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Play on! [with a glare and a wiggled finger, however... ]

(JkR, where are you?)

25 | March 10, 2011 11:58 AM


Totally missed that. I'm having a bit of a shocker, and am totally out to sea...

Posted by: JkR- | March 10, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company