United snaps 13-match winless streak
June 22, 2013, 9:15 pm
Highlights: DCU beats San Jose, 1-0
(Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports)
How it happened: For the second week in a row, D.C. United took the lead first from, once again, a converted penalty kick. As United worked to open things up in San Jose's box, Chris Korb was brought down while driving to the net and the refs awarded the Black-and-Red a penalty kick at the 10-minute mark.
Chris Pontius stepped up to take the honors and faked Earthquakes keeper Jon Busch into diving to his right early as Pontius sailed an easy shot into the netting. The tally would prove to be enough for three points as United notched their second win of the season, the first since their March 9 win over Real Salt Lake.
Good to be back: Pontius missed last week's 2-1 loss to Toronto due to a concussion during their Open Cup win over Philadelphia earlier that week. The converted PK was Pontius' first of the season.
Clean sheet club: The shutout was the fourth of the season for United, thanks to a stout effort by DCU's defense, who blocked seven shots and a dazzling performance from Bill Hamid, who had three crucial saves.
What it means: It's a confidence booster. The three points doesn't allow United to climb over anyone in the standings, they're still firmly planted in last place, but with their improved play of late this could be the win that pushes things back on course.
Looking ahead: United will finish out the month of June when they face Vancouver (6-5-4) at home next Saturday.