DC were looking to keep there unbeaten Road record intact today, the only side in MLS with that record. With it being the 6th game in 21 days, Ben Olsen picked the same players as the previous match against Columbus, with only a change in positioning, Arriola dropping to LWB and Rodriguez moving in to a role behind Rooney.
The game started well for DC, seeing plenty of the ball and passing the ball quickly. And in the 21st minute, DC had the ball in the net, only for it be ruled out for a foul by Brillant on Mannone. Here is the play, decide for yourself whether it should have been a goal or not.
Pines continued his great form and had Angelo Rodriguez in his pocket for the entire 1st half, and with that the 1st hald ended 0-0.
With the 2nd half, it was the same story as the game as Columbus Crew. DC seemed happy to soak up pressure, and try to hit on the counter. Only a couple of problems with that for DC, one, we lack pace to hit on the counter, and two, we only had Wayne Rooney up top, and sometimes not even that so we lost the ball and invited even more pressure. Eventually, all that pressure told. A cross by Matinere was flicked in by Angelo Rodriguez, the one time Pines had lost him and made him pay. DC tried to search for an equalizer by bringing on Stieber and Amarikwa. As much as they tried, they couldn’t find a way through. It finished 1-0, the Loons getting their 1st victory at Allianz Field, and DC losing their 1st game on the road.
Other noteworthy happenings from the game, Lucho decided to have an on-field argument with Arriola, Hamid doing what he does best, making big saves and Pines being awesome again. I also had a nice Pizza too which was an exciting part of the 2nd half.
Man of the Match
My man of the match for DC United would be Donovan Pines, he played well, and just one momentary lapse cost us the game. Other good performances I would say were Hamid with his saves, Arriola stepping up and playing well in a position that he is unfamiliar with.
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