Dave Johnson: United Loses 2-0 To New York

Dave Johnson: United Loses 2-0 To New York
May 1, 2010, 10:17 pm
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Saturday, May 1st, 2010 6:15 PMBy Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comWashington---For DC United its too early to panic, but too late not to worry. A promising start in the first half evaporated early in the second half in a 2-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls before 12,089 sun baked fans at RFK Stadium.At 0-5 United is now dealing with its worst start in franchise history and its only two goals of the season came in a loss to Philadelphia. By contrast the Red Bulls are off to their best start in team history and at 5-1 have matched their win total from last season.The match turned in the proverbial New York minute when Salou Ibrahim forced in a goal to open the scoring in the 51st minute of a match where United had enjoyed the better of the play. The goal put the Red Bulls on their way to their first win at RFK since 2005.The Red Bulls Juan Pablo Angel was able to find speedy midfielder Dane Richard on the right flank. United defender Rodney Wallace, who had held Richards in check in the first half, was beaten and Richards was able to get to the end line in the box and slide a low cross to Ibrahim.Ibrahims first effort was blocked by sliding United defender Juan Manuel Pena, but before the ball went out of play Ibrahim was able to tap it across the goal line. Then in the 60th minute Angel, beat two United defenders, and scored on a header from a Jol Lindpere sent into the box from about 40 yards out on the right flank.The two goals in a ten-minute span left United stunned and searching for answers. It also brought back haunting memories of Uniteds 2-0 loss to New England when they had so much of the possession only two conceded two goals in the final ten minutes.This time Uniteds stumble was earlier in the match and even the insertion of Jamie Moreno and Luciano Emilio could not spark a come back. Moreno replaced Andy Najar in the 56th minute, while Emilio came on for Pena in the 66th minute as United sacrificed a defender to force the issue.Moreno as always was inventive but too often his crosses and service were left wanting. In the 73rd minute Moreno used his skill to draw in the defense just outside the box on the left flank and then played a ball to an overlapping Christian Castillo.Castillo then played a cross, intended for Adam Cristman at the six yard box, but it was driven away by Red Bulls defender Mike Petke. With a two-goal lead the Red Bulls, left Angel along up top and defended with at least eight players.Emilio, only signed this week, was active but did not record a shot.It was much different in the first half. Eager to shed an April filled with injuries and losses; United looked like a team ready to build on Wednesdays impressive 4-2 win over FC Dallas in the US open Cup.Clyde Simms and Penas return from hamstring injuries added to the confidence that United could find a way. With that confidence United used high pressure to win the ball and create several quality scoring chances.Cristman, who scored two goals, Wednesday night, was particularly active in the first half including a header from 16yards out that went wide. Simms had a 25-yard volley and a point blank header saved by Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul.A 7-2 advantage in shots at half-time seemed to indicated United would find a way to break through Instead the Red Bulls adjusted, Richards became more active on the flank, and United was left with many questions and few days to get ready for a league match at home on Wednesday against Kansas City.