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Match Report: ORL vs DCU
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.