Suddenly D.C. United is closing in another trophy. With Dwayne De Rosario leading the way United booked a spot in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup after a 3-1 win over the New England Revolution Wednesday at the Maryland SopccerPlex.
In Saturday’s l-0 league win over San Jose, De Rosario was rested to be ready for the quarterfinal matchup with the Revs. De Rosario responded with the game-winning goal on header of a Chris Pontius corner kick in the 69th minute to put United ahead 2-1. De Rosario scored three goals in United’s previous Open Cup win.
Chris Pontius, who scored his first MLS goal of the season on Saturday, opened the scoring against New England just before halftime. Lionard Pajoy sealed the victory when he converted a penalty kick in the 87th minute.
United has only scored 8 goals in 16 league matches this season, but has scored three goals in consecutive Open Cup games. The ability to start Pontius, De Rosario and Nick De Leon has helped United’s offensive punch in the Open Cup. In the regular season the trio has only started together twice.
“I’m excited about the last couple of weeks, and we’ve seen [the team] moving in the right direction,” said United head coach Ben Olsen. “These guys deserve a little bit of joy right now. It’s been a tough time, and we seem to have [regained] our health."
In its last five matches United is 3-1-1 across all competitions and will play in the Open Cup semifinals August 7th in Chicago. The Fire defeated USL Pro side Orlando City 5-1 on Wednesday night.