United win on and off the pitch

United win on and off the pitch
July 21, 2014, 8:15 am
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It was a perfect weekend for D.C. United. On Saturday the team connected with 12-year old Jordan Johansen, who deals with cystic fibrosis, and made his wish come true. On Sunday with Johansen watching United delivered a 3-1 win over Chivas USA.

Through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Johansen was able to meet his favorite player defender Sean Franklin and then train with the team. Johansen provided the first kick before the game against Chivas and then United proceeded to dominate possession and found a way to victory with goals from Eddie Johnson, Perry Kitchen and Luis Silva.

Ben Olsen:

“I thought the early goal was big. Their shape was pretty good in the early part of the game. It was tough to break down and once we got the PK, they had to open up. I thought we exploited them in a lot of different areas, wide, especially. I thought Eddie was fantastic today. I thought Silva was good, Rolfe really was trouble for them inside and then our outside backs really gave them a host of trouble.”

Conclusions:

  1. United’s triple threat. As Olsen mentioned Eddie Johnson, Luis Silva and Chris Rolfe helped dictate terms against Chivas. Rolfe never stops working and his inventive runs unsettle defenses. In the 25th minute Rolfe weaved into the penalty area and drew a foul on Oswaldo Minda. It’s the second straight week that Rolfe’s work led to a successful penalty kick by Johnson. Of equal importance it is clear Johnson is growing with United. In the first half Johnson had a header that beat Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, but was denied by the crossbar. All night Johnson was a challenge to the Chivas backline, especially Carlos Bocanegra, and used his strength to rise up and head down a free kick from Rolfe. Perry Kitchen then seized on to Johnson’s ball and scored. Luis Silva finished the scoring and for the second straight game took advantage of the freedom given to him with Kitchen and Davy Arnaud holding in the midfield.
  2. Chris Korb continues to get it done. Korb has played right back and he has played left back. It doesn’t matter, Korb is solid. Against Chivas, Korb was charged with dealing with Mauro Rosales. The right flank was the only side where Chivas presented any danger, but Korb was consistent in muting any potential threat. Korb capped his night by assisting on Silva’s goal with a well-timed pass.
  3. Worth noting. Bill Hamid has now played in 100 games in Major League Soccer and at 23 years of age is the youngest goalkeeper in league history to reach that milestone. He is also the first MLS Homegrown Player to reach 100 games. In addition Hamid has been named to the 2014 MLS All-Star team.

Ben Olsen on Hamid:

I’ve talked about it before, there are joys to this job, and one of them is watching these guys grow. It’s very rewarding for those of us that have been around to watch a guy like Bill Hamid grow from being a young kid to learning to be a pro. I know it means a lot for him to be on the All-Star team. You could see it when we told him, and he certainly deserves it. We’re excited for him and it’s important for him to stay level and to not get too high, not too low. I see him hopefully getting to the national team and being a guy that can be in the World Cup.