In a game where DC United managed to have a break of more than a few days, it was certainly going to be interesting to see how it unfolded. DC have been on a run of a game every 3-4 days and by the Minnesota match, those legs were tiring. It was no wonder we were so defensive in that 2nd half. This game though, it was a time where we had recharged the batteries, and were able to go for longer periods of attacking play.
The 1st half of this game is probably going to be talked about for a while. The reason being is the referee, the 1st moment was in the 22nd minute when Pedro Santos scored. In the build up, two things happened. One, in the build up to the play, Zardes went in with his foot high on Brillant, the referee appears to play advantage, however the ball fell to Jara. Jara then played it towards Acosta, and this is part two, Acosta was then impeded by both Will Trapp and the Referee Ted Funkel. This meant the ball was lost and won by Columbus. Trapp plays it down the right to Santos who puts it in the back of the net. The referee then goes back to check it and awards the free kick to DC United.
Columbus, who were obviously incensed by the decision, moments later give away a free kick, by Will Trapp who then receives a yellow card. That free kick though, was whipped in by Rooney, it falls to Jara who chests it down, tries to shoot but fails, it falls to Acosta who sweetly strikes it with his left into the back of the net. 1-0 DC.
After nothing more than just a series of fouls by both sides, the 2nd big moment came in added time of the 1st half. Acosta on the edge of the box looks to feed through to Rooney, only for that man again, Will Trapp to handle it. It does look like he tries to get out of the way of it but it’s a clear handball, however this was only given once the referee had consulted VAR. Rooney steps up and slots the penalty into the top corner.
2nd half kicks off, and the 1st noteworthy action came in the 52nd minute. Zardes through on goal but big Bill Hamid coming up with the save.
The next noteworthy moment came in the 61st minute. Columbus moving the ball down their left side, Jara though, quick as you like wins the ball on the halfway line, sprints down the wing. Arriola keeping track with him, Jara enters the box and cheekily back heels it leaving the Crew defenders for dead. Arriola slots it him into the bottom left corner. Great finish and goal all round.
After a couple of subs happened for the Crew, they get a corner in the 75th minute. Bill Hamid, who doesn’t make a huge amount of mistakes but when he does, he does this….
That’s all that it was for the game. DC managed to see out the rest of the game and it finished 3-1.
Man of the Match
This man was outstanding down the right flank. Setting up a goal for Arriola, I’m not sure we can count the 1st goal, even though he did get the final touch.