Match Review

Match Report: DC v ORL

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This game will be known for that Rooney strike, that unbelievable effort, from 70 yards out. You know what, let’s just see it again!

Such a great goal from Wazza. It was also the Pride Night at Audi Field, and it was great to see all the colour, all the fans together, and the respect given when the 49th minute came about. Truly special and I’m proud to be a DC United fan.

Other things to note from the game, Bill Hamid kept his 8th shutout of the season, now tied for the most in MLS this season, but also leads in total saves made with 71. This is a stat that I’m happy but not happy about. We shouldn’t be allowing teams to have that amount of attempts on goal. It’s great that we have such a solid keeper though.

We had a goal ruled out for offside, this is unclear, from certain angles you would say Segura was offside, and then from other angles it’s unclear.

How close Rowe was to making the save

Such a tight call to give but you can see from both sides. The 2nd half was pretty much domination for Orlando, similar to how it was in the game earlier in the season, just this time they couldn’t find a way through. Mueller had a good effort, Nani looked great and I’m sure the DC boys will be happy that they were able to keep them at bay.

So, I asked before the game, could we tame the lions? My answer is no, but we kept them at bay but they have the ability to bite back.

Man of the Match

The goal winner bagging the man of the match. I think there were a couple of players that could have won this award but you know what, Rooney scored that goal, he looked calm on the ball and was spraying it around brilliantly.

Next game is up against Toronto FC at Audi Field on Sunday 30th June 1am BST. Live on Bet365

Blog Match Review

Match Report: NE Revs 1-1 DCU

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This was a truly a game of two halves, 1st half had very little going for it, no goals, a fair chunk of possession for DC, and a number of attempts, and a yellow card for the Revolution. 2nd half was much better. Goals, a penalty and even a sending off, plus all the added time in the world too.

What were the key moments from that then? Well, the 1st being the sending off. Here is that moment.

An absolute awful challenge, nowhere near the ball, and just aiming to take Rooney out. Rooney after the game likened it to being in a car crash. That’s some serious challenge. The result from that was a very good save from the substitute keeper. Rooney stepped up, I had feelings of the free kick against Columbus but it wasn’t to be.

The next big moment came 5 minutes later, and unfortunately for DC United, that came to be a goal for the Revolution. Down to 10 men and they found a way through. For the 2nd game in a row Pedroso should have been there to clear it. But it all came around from a poor clearance by Canouse.

This seemed to kick DC on a little bit. DC had many chances to equalize, but it just didn’t seem to happen. We needed something to happen, Titi tried, Brillant tried, but then, Amarikwa nodded it down to Birnbaum who fired a shot at goal only for it to be blocked. It appeared to be blocked by a hand. And at the next break in play, VAR was then looked at. After a couple of minutes, the ref made his decision, this was the moment DC needed, and deserved, a penalty was given! And this happened from it.

Added time continued, however DC couldn’t get a winner and it ended 1-1. The revs will feel like they have been robbed, but DC will feel like they deserved at least a point.

Man of the Match

I tweeted out who I thought should have been Man of the Match, and it seemed everyone else agreed. The official man of the match went to…

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Match Report: DC 3-1 CLB

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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.

Match Review

Match Report: MIN 1-0 DCU

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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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Match Review

Match Report: CLB 0-1 DCU

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After the dismal performance against NYCFC, DC needed to turn it around, and the short amount of time between the games meant that the team didn’t have to needlessly focus too much on the past, and were able to focus on the future. I said after the last match that things needed changing up, and the fact that we lacked pace going forward, Ben Olsen was obviously listening. The teamsheet that was sent out was a 4-2-3-1 with Birnbaum slotting in at left back, but it appeared that we were playing a 3-4-2-1. Reason for the apparent Birnbaum at left back or the 3 CB’s was that Donovan Pines returned to the starting lineup. And boy did he have a match. He was solid, towering above the Crew and sweeping up a lot of balls that managed to work their way through.

1st half wise we were the better side, we had lots of play going forward and looked like we could score multiple goals. Referee was laying down the law early doors though, giving Birnbaum a yellow card for a challenge after 3 minutes had gone. Play was mostly in the final 3rd of Columbus’ half, with great one twos between Arriola, Acosta, Rooney and Rodriguez. They seem to be gelling well together and I would love to see the same going forward into further matches.

The moment of the game came in the 25th minute when Josh Williams brought down Arriola on the edge of the 18 yard box. A foul which he was booked for. Well, I’ll show what happened next.

Wayne Rooney doing what he does best, putting the ball in the back of the net. Some very clever thinking from Wazza on this, I see a lot of players who would have gone for the over the wall attempt and miss, he puts around the wall, ball bounces right by the keeper which makes it difficult and gets it in with plenty of pace too.

After that Columbus decided to go on the offensive and getting Hamid to pull out some amazing saves. They took another 3 attempts at goal, with Hamid needed to make 2 saves.

2nd half however was a different story, a bit one-sided really. Columbus were a huge threat and had identified that our left side was our weaker area. What they didn’t account for was the towering CB’s who dealt with 21 crosses, and only lost 3. That’s a hell of a lot in the 2nd half and just shows how much pressure we were under. Great defensive qualities and we could do with that each and every game. Columbus again made Hamid work too with 2 shots on target and him coming to deal with the crosses. What worked brilliantly for DC towards the end of the game was bringing on Amarikwa. In those final few minutes he controlled possession and used up valuable time doing so. Even Arriola had the last say in the game with Zack Steffen making a save from his effort, you could tell it was a tired attempt though as it trickled towards him.

After that the referee blew the final whistle. The referee himself had some really good points, one in particular for identifying that Hector Jimenez diving in the penalty box and giving him a yellow card for doing so. I’ve seen countless times a ref has not given a penalty for the same thing and not done anything about it. This needs to be more consistent, and not just for fouls in the box but wherever on the pitch.

Man of the Match

For me it has to go to Donovan Pines, he was the official MotM, and I totally agree. For someone who has made his 2nd start in MLS, he looked incredibly comfortable, I’d love to see him start more games and be an integral part of the backline for years to come. He could become a very good player, not just for DC, but for the USMNT.

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Match Review

Match Report: DCU 0-2 NYCFC

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Match Report

As you can see, the stats above really do tell a story. NYCFC really dominated the game on paper, and after watching it, it was on the pitch too. The new jersey was probably the best thing about DCU on the pitch. We lacked creativity, pace and any passion. It doesn’t help with the fact we are missing some players, especially Mora, who has been missing since he broke his jaw. We need to really find someone who can fill that gap. We have Akeem Ward as full back, but Olsen doesn’t seem to want to play him. He insists on playing Arriola at FB, which is not where he should be playing. He is an attacker and has that pace we sorely missed. I do feel though we did play better at 343, and this is something that we could do to combat the missing FB.

The 1st half was abysmal, NYCFC were 1st to everything, they had a good couple of efforts on goal, Mitrita looked like a promising player, however, he did dive and that went unpunished. That I cannot forgive, not just from Mitrita, but the ref. This is where VAR should be allowed to intervene as they can see the replay and have the player punished there and then.

After going 0-1 down, at the end of the half, really when we just wanted to get back to the dressing room, Jara made a very silly mistake to give away a penalty, shoving Tinnerholm to the ground inside the box. Jara, despite being one of our best players so far this season, I have noticed he does giveaway or has a tendency to be rash in his decision making. We didn’t concede from the penalty, therefore getting away with it, we won’t be so lucky on other occasions.

2nd half wasn’t much better either, still no pace, players looked like they were trying to take NYC players on by walking around them. I don’t know what was happening but it looked like they were tired. 3 games in 8 days is a lot, especially with the travel, but this is where having good squad depth pays off. There were a couple of good things that did come from the 2nd half though, not counting the full time whistle, we switched to 3-4-3, and that looked like we had better pace, a bit livelier going forward, Stieber came on and looked like he could make a difference and Griffin Yow, the 16 year old homegrown starlet made his debut, albeit for a few minutes, but great to see.

Final Thoughts

Going into the on the road game against the Crew, I’d like to see us go with 3-4-3, drop Acosta as he really isn’t being effective, and have a front three of Titi, Rooney & Arriola. I’m going to try it on FM and see how it goes. Let’s hope our Road form keeps us going. And lastly, somehow, we are still top of the Eastern Conference.

Blog Match Review

Match Report: ORL vs DCU

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The Report

The stats don’t speak for the match really. It was a game of two very different halves. The first was one of DC dominance and not looking threatened at all. DC took the lead fairly early on through a free kick. Rooney swinging it in and Birnbaum with a clear header into the net. Poor to no marking on him giving him the free header. Replay below.

We then have this call. It’s been called controversial as there was no contact, but does there need to be contact? In my view, it was dangerous, he comes in with his boot high, at knee level. If he made contact with Rooney then it would have been a sending off. What makes it worse for Orlando fans is that this happened straight after.

Orlando had a good couple of opportunities but nothing that really tested Hamid, 3 attempts on target, main one being an effort from Nani on the edge of the box, but went straight down the middle.

The 2nd half was a complete turnaround. Orlando suddenly had shape, discipline and a gung-ho attitude. Mueller came on and made the difference today. DC United had no answer to him. I think he will be a big big player for Orlando this season. His pace, directness and willingness to get forward is something that should be taken advantage of.

DC had a glorious opportunity, pretty much the only of the half to wrap things up, Rooney has the ball i the box, instead of going for it, lays it off to Moreno who is central of the goal, about 15 yards out, and somehow hits the post.

Orlando’s goal came through a cheap free kick won by Dwyer, but they did deserve something. This is the goal

It didn’t end there as wave after wave of Orlando attacks rained on the DC United goal, Hamid though was equal to it. As time went on, DC did manage to find space in the Orlando half to wind down the clock. As Orlando were just pumping the ball into the box, the ref finally blew the whistle and gave DC United their first road victory since May last year.

DC United top the Eastern Conference again and have 10 points from the 1st 4 games of the season.

Blog Match Review

Match Report: DCU 5-0 RSL

Just going to open with I was unfortunate to not be well enough to watch the game, but I have caught up on the highlights.

DC United Lineup

Courtesy of @dcunited twitter

Match Statistics

22Shots on Goal4
7Shots on Target2
87%Passing Accuracy81%
4Chances Created1
3Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards2

From watching the highlights, it certainly looked one sided. From the midfield to the forwards, they all looked comfortable on the ball, passing well, pressing high up the pitch like they did against Atlanta United, which led to one of Rooney’s goals. Coupled with the fact that RSL had two players sent off, it was pretty much a given that DCU were going to win this match. Because I’ve been unable to watch the game and give you my thoughts, I’m going to bring some thoughts from around the web.’s player notes

  • Wayne Rooney scored a penalty kick goal in the 34th minute after Paul Arriola drew a foul in the box. It was his first goal of the 2019 MLS Season.
  • Rooney scored a second goal in the 41st minute. It was his fifth multi-goal performance in 23 regular season games for the Black-and-Red.. 
  • Leonardo Jara assisted Rooney’s second goal. It was his first assist in MLS and with United. 
  • Wayne Rooney scored a third goal in the 65th minute to record his first hat-trick for the Black-and-Red.
  • Lucas Rodríguez scored in the 76th minute. It was his first career goal for United.
  • Ulises Segura scored his first goal of the 2019 season in the 80th minute.
  • Júnior Moreno assisted on two goals in the win; he now leads United with three assists. 
  • Goalkeeper Bill Hamid recorded his third straight clean sheet in the win; his 57th career shutout.
  • RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando played his final regular season match in D.C., where he starred for United from 2002-2006.

Match reports from around the web

Black And Red United

BBC Sport

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Match Report: NYCFC 0-0 DCU

Match Statistics

21Total Attempts
6Attempts on Target3
565Total Passes287
81%Passing Accuracy68%
19Fouls Committed17
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0

The Report

Coming off the back of a great win against Atlanta United, DC must have come into this with high hopes of making back to back wins and getting the On The Road season off the to the best start.

The pitch itself was of incredibly poor quality, the bad winter coupled with the fact that it’s a baseball ground really showed. Patchwork is definitely the work done to it. It looked like it would be slow and not conductive to a great slick passing game. And so was the case, the passing accuracy certainly not the highest ever.

Early doors, the referee certainly put his stamp on the game, with NYCFC committing a few fouls. And it was DC who had the 1st chance as Sean Johnson was called into action within the 1st 20 minutes. Great work from Arriola down the right, who passed across to Rooney, who then found Acosta inside the box. Acosta then had his effort well saved low down to the right of Johnson.

Mitrita was a constant thorn in the side of DC as his direct running was causing headaches for Brillant and Birnbaum. However as the match worse on, he became more predictable.

Even though New York City had 21 efforts on goal, the majority were from long range and early on it was Ring who was taking them. Testing Hamid from 25 yards out.

The 2nd half saw more of the same and it did open up, with more efforts being saved by both the keepers. Hamid coming to the rescue on more than one occasion for DC United, especially as the game got towards the end. He made multiple saves that kept them in the tie.

This save being the best of the bunch. And for more this ensured he was my DC United POTM (Player of the Match). He has kept his second shutout and was the key for DC not getting beat today. I was disappointed in Acosta, he was getting the ball but NYC really nullified his presence by being quick on him and nipping the ball away. The pitch didn’t help his game and you could tell he was frustrated as he threw his arms around a lot. If I was the Head Coach I would have taken him off, he had 2 of his efforts saved, the first being a great save but the second was hit straight at Johnson.

Next match is against Real Salt Lake at Audi Field. I’ll aim to be up for that match and hopefully continue the live tweeting for those who can’t get access to the match.

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