Sunday, July 08, 2007

Match Recap: DC United 0 - 1 Houston Dynamo

D over at DCenters has been keeping track of Karma points lately and claimed that we used up several on our 1-0 victory over Kansas City at midweek. I believe him now as tonight's match at Houston has been one of the worst displays of soccer I have seen from United in a long time.

Houston is a great club; they defend with numbers and can break out on a counter like the best of them. Houston swarms players when they get the ball near the 18 yard box, so they really cannot get any type of shot off. 500 plus minutes of clean sheets pretty much says it all.

That said, United really didn't help themselves in their efforts to get a point tonight. Their passes were soft and off target. When their passes actually had any weight on them, United players could not control the pass to save their lives.

Before anyone says that part of United's problem was that they were playing their second match of the week and both on the road; fuggetabout it. Houston was playing their second match within three days and both of them had been in the heat and humidity of Houston. So you can toss the number of games in a week out the window.

Now United has a full week off for training, rest and the return of Jamie Moreno. Hopefully the week off and Moreno returning gives us a better shot at taking the three points off of FC Dallas, who just picked up three points off of Chivas USA.

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Blogger QJA said...

Consensus seems to be that DCU was just plain bad. I really hope this was an anomaly, though with our mediocre performance versus KC a few days ago, I'm not inclined to believe it.

11:57 PM  

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