Monday, July 21, 2014

MLS: DC United 3 Chivas USA 1

Perry Kitchen (#23) gives DC United a 2-0 lead in 2nd half

Perhaps this is the year DC United wins its fifth MLS championship? United (11-5-4) won its third straight match last night, dominating Chivas USA 3-1 before an appreciative crowd of 13,732 at RFK Stadium. The win snapped Chivas' four-game winning streak, and allowed DC United to stay one point behind Sporting Kansas City (with a game in hand) in the Eastern Conference standings.

Eddie Johnson got the ball rolling early, scoring on a penalty kick in the 25th minute. It was Johnson's third goal of the season, and second straight game with a PK score. Johnson narrowly missed a header almost 20 minutes later (it hit the crossbar) but assisted on Perry Kitchen's tally in the 59th minute, that put United up 2-0.

P. Kitchen gets mobbed by teammates after his 2nd half goal

Luis Silva scored his fifth goal of the season in minute #70, slamming a Chris Korb through ball past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy into the bottom right corner of the net, to put DC up 3-0. Chivas USA's leading scorer Erick Torres scored on a penalty kick with six minutes left in regulation to end fellow MLS All-Star Bill Hamid's shutout bid. Hamid, making his 100th MLS appearance was named to the All-Star team the night before: Hamid (7-5-3) has been sensational this season, accounting for four clean sheets already. Torres has been equally brilliant, scoring a goal in each of his last six games (14 total in 2014.)

Luis Silva (#11) puts DC United up 3-0

DC United ran out the clock, putting five shots on goal (compared to 2 for Chivas USA) and winning time of possession (55-45%.) United travels to Jacksonville, Florida for a Saturday friendly vs. Fulham F.C. of England's Premier League; before returning to DC to host Toronto FC on Wednesday, July 30th at 7:00 PM. Click here to purchase tickets.

Eddie Johnson (#7) and Silva celebrate

Click here for last night's box score.

Eddie Johnson... on the attack

E. Johnson (left) gives DC United a 1-0 lead

Erick Torres (#9) scores in his sixth straight game

E. Torres gets tangled with Bobby Boswell (#32)

DC United's Steven Birnbaum gets the jump on Marvin Chavez

Pileup on I-RFK

Marco Delgado (#12) draws a United crowd

Chris Korb (#22) passes out of trouble

E. Johnson and Sean Franklin warm-up
Photo: Daniel Eshete

Erick Torres