At times last year, the phrase "own goal" was a four-letter word around RFK Stadium. On Saturday night, an own goal was the difference, but for once it favored D.C. United in their first win of the 2014 season.
In the early going neither team had taken advantage of the game, but both teams had close calls. United took advantage though when Cristian put a cross in to no one in particular, but Jose Goncalves miss-hit his clearance attempt and put one past Bobby Shuttleworth in the 43rd minute.
United maintained control after that despite not getting many more chances on target. They were dangerous up until the final third when it looked like players were indecisive on who should take the final shot.
Eddie Johnson tried getting behind the defense, and finally got a ball he could get on while onside, but couldn't put it away in the 80th minute.
United added an insurance goal in the 93rd minute as Chris Rolfe, who came on as a substitute in his first appearance, scored on his debut with the black-and-red.
After failing to score in their first two games of the year, United have now scored twice in back-to-back games. United also saw a strong performance from their back four, after they had been shaky in the early going this season.
United now have a week to prepare for their Atlantic Cup rival New York Red Bulls. Red Bulls have yet to win this year, after recording their fourth draw in a row against Montreal on Saturday.