Upon further review: United get first win of season

Upon further review: United get first win of season
April 6, 2014, 12:15 am
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Trying to build off an encouraging 2-2 draw with Chicago, D.C. United responded with two goals again and this time snared all three points in a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution. The victory ended a run of 15 matches for United in Major League Soccer without a win.

Ben Olsen:

“Yeah, it’s relief.  It was just important for us to move forward in our play, but also get the win. It feels good. It feels good for a lot of those new guys, and in particular some of those old guys as we got a little bit of a demon off our back, and we can move forward now.”

It is clear United has been able to move on from their dud of a game in week one when the Black and Red lost to Columbus 3-0. Since then United competed on a sloppy field in a loss to Toronto, became more aggressive in the tie with Chicago, and against the Revolution played through some rough patches to navigate to a victory.

Conclusions:

  1. D.C. United has more depth for head coach Ben Olsen to work with.  Chris Rolfe in his first game with United came off the bench and delivered the goal in stoppage time to secure the win. Another substitute Conor Doyle was a part of the attack that led to Rolfe’s goal and provided a spark in just three minutes in relief of Eddie Johnson.
  2. Johnson is going to score. Maybe it was just not going to be his week. With the United States Men’s National Team Johnson scored against Mexico, but he was ruled to be offside.  For United against the Revolution Johnson had two chances that easily could have resulted in goals. Johnson’s enterprise and connection with Fabian Espindola has Olsen encouraged.  “They are starting to understand each other. The timing, sequences and spacing are getting much better. The last part is to get those guys on the scoring sheet every week. But I thought Eddie got in to great spots and the balls were there, he just didn’t finish tonight. But that’s ok, that will come.”
  3. United has options in midfield. With Luis Silva sidelined by an ankle injury, Davy Arnaud slotted into the attacking midfielder role. Early on New England was able to enjoy possession, but as Arnaud settled into his partnership with defensive midfielder Perry Kitchen the game changed in United’s favor. In addition Nick De Leon was bold and confident to add a serious threat United’s attack.

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