Sunday, July 16, 2006

DC United Match Thoughts

DC United 3 - 2 Columbus Crew

DC United won their 6th straight match last night in a very interesting match against the Crew. Having been anemic when it comes to scoring goals, United relatively exploded for 3 goals last night. On the flip side, the United defense had been rock solid in their last several outings, securing 7 clean sheets (8 if you count Celtic), yet they gave up 2 goals last night before a crowd of 20,227.

The first goal for the Crew was one of those really unlucky bounces. The ball bounces off of Bozilla's back and it creates a freakish opportunity. Not really something to plan for, so I can let the goal slide abit. The second goal was a result of something larger for the entire United side. When Facundo went off at half time (which I am still trying to find out why, the Post doesn't have anything listed) and when Benny went off, United looked like they lost their composure. If Facundo is truly injured and cannot make it out for next weeks match at Chicago, then we will see John Wilson start most likely in his place. I like Wilson, but he gave up some flubs last night. Hopefully he learns from them, gets a good week of practice in, and steps it up a notch next week.

Another point I was a little sour at was Jamie's Ole' moves during the match. He had about three times where rather than step up and take the ball or the shot, he dummied the no one. Jamie needs to get his killer instinct back and bury that ball in the net.

Over all, it was a good match, we got three points. The last 15 to 20 minutes United looked very un-United like, but they weathered the storm and now go on the road for what seems the rest of the season.

Real Madrid?
The is reporting that DC United is in talks with Real Madrid for a match sometime in early August. Real are scheduled to play RSL in Salt Lake on August 12th and are interested in a match before that. The only weird thing is that United are looking at having Oriole Park at Camden Yards hosting the match. RFK, FedEx and M&T Bank stadium are all booked during the time period that United and Real are looking at. Evidently, the ball is in Real's court.

I hope that this does come about. I would drive up to Baltimore to watch this match, even if it is played on a baseball field...wait, I already watch soccer on a baseball field. Nevermind, I will still go up for it if it happens.

EDIT - I went and bought a copy of the Post and the printed article has that Facundo picked up a contusion (bruise) on his foot and didn't return after the half. I think that he should be back for next week.


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