Ben Olsen on DCU struggles: 'Very alarming'
In a nutshell: United gave up more goals in the first half of their tilt with the Union than they had in a full 90 all season. Jack McInerney started the goal parade off early with an assist from Conor Casey. Moments later Casey would notch his own tally to put the Union up 2-0 at the 11th-minute. Perry Kitchen struck back in the 17th-minute, ending United's 265-minute scoring drought. The Union, and McInerney, would strike again, however, and ending the half up 3-1.
United would not go away in the second half. Lionard Pajoy found a nice service from Daniel Woolard in the box and headed it in for his second goal of the season, putting United within one. Despite their early tally, United would prove unable to claw their way back into the match, losing to Philadelphia 3-2.
Drought snapped: Kitchen's 17th-minute tally snapped a two-game scoreless drought for United. Pajoy's goal in the 47th-minute created DCU's first multi-point game and totaled half of the Black-and-Red offense for the season.
Streak continues: With the loss, United's winless streak ballooned to five. With just one win and one draw on the season, United sits at the bottom of the eastern Conference with just four points.
B-Mac attack: Brandon McDonald helped get United on the board with a beautiful delivery to DCU captain Dwayne De Rosario, who then played the ball back for Kitchen to fire home. The early goal flipped the offensive switch for McDonald, who led United with four shots.
Up next: D.C. United heads to Columbus in search of their second win of the season. At the bottom of the Eastern Conference and desperate for points, United will meet a 2-2-3 Crew squad coming off a 1-0 loss to Chicago.