Sunday, June 29, 2014

MLS: Seattle 1 DC United 0

Nick DeLeon & Sean Franklin pressure Seattle's Marco Pappa
It was East vs. West at RFK Stadium last night, as DC United hosted the Seattle Sounders in a battle of MLS conference leaders. Forward Chad Barrett headed home a Gonzalo Pineda cross with six minutes left in the first half, to put Seattle up 1-0; and Sounders' goalkeeper Stefan Frei kept DC United scoreless (despite a game-high 15 shots) for his fifth shutout of the season.

Seattle (11-3-2) ran its undefeated streak to five games, despite playing without star striker Clint Dempsey (who happens to be a little busy this weekend, preparing for Monday's World Cup clash vs. Belgium.) DC United outshot Seattle 15-5 and held a huge advantage in time of possession (66-34%) but couldn't find the back of the net... even though forward Eddie Johnson came real close twice in the final 10 minutes of the game.

Marco Pappa corner kick

With the loss, United falls into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City (both teams have 25 points after 16 contests.) Considering DC was also playing without its leading scorer - Fabián Espíndola (seven goals, one behind Seattle's Dempsey) you have to applaud the home team's effort. Ditto for the season, to date; and kudos to head coach Ben Olsen, who finally has United back on track after last year's disastrous 3-24-7 campaign.

Seattle GK Stefan Frei pitches his 5th shutout of 2014

Last night's announced attendance was 16,922; and DC United goes on the road versus Toronto FC (July 5th) and San Jose (July 11th) before returning home to host Chivas USA on Sunday, July 20th at 8:00 PM. Click here to purchase tickets to see DC United take on Chivas USA and their top scorer Erick "El Cubo" Torres.

"Target Run" at Half-time

Click here for last night's box score

Eddie Johnson (#7) took 3 shots for DC United

Chad Barrett (#19) scored the game's only goal

Sounders F Kenny Cooper (#33)

Sounders M Gonzalo Pineda (#8)

Sounders D Brad Evans (#3)