Youth infusion propels United to 1-1 draw

Youth infusion propels United to 1-1 draw
July 12, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Late into a scoreless international friendly with visiting Mexican powerhouse CD Guadalajara, United head coach Ben Olsen brought 17-year-old forward Michael Seaton onto the pitch for his Black-and-Red debut. Seconds later Seaton would set up Carlos Ruiz to put United up 1-0 to the delight of a rowdy crowd that included the teen's mother.

Though DCU looked poised to slip away with a win, disaster struck in the 90th as Chivas forward Angel Zaldivar whipped a cross in to Abraham Coronado that the defender was able to head past a diving Andrew Dykstra. Though a late Chivas goal would lead to a 1-1 final, the night still felt like a win after the youngster's instantaneous heroics.

"That play sums up why he's scoring goals," said Olsen. "He has something about him. He doesn't have a lot if fear in his mind. He goes hard. He's competitive. He loves this team so it's nice to see him come in and contribute."

Shoulder-to-shoulder with a Chivas defender, Seaton drove deep to the goal line, threw his opponent off balance and got just enough of a touch - his first of the match - to cross the ball to Ruiz for his first tally of the season.

"I'd just got in so when I did it I was amazed," Seaton said with a grin after the match. "I wanted to score so bad because I had a 'Happy Birthday' shirt on for my mom. But it's alright. An assist can work."

Typically it's the visiting club who will try out a new roster for an international friendly, but that rule was reversed tonight as D.C. United welcomed Chivas to RFK. With Bill Hamid on national team duty, Joe Willis was handed command of the net. The rest of Olsen's starting roster looked almost nothing like the team he fielded back in March..

Recently acquired Midfielders Jared Jeffery and Luis Silva were woven into the starting lineup, as were young guns Taylor Kemp on defense and Casey Townsend up top. Rookies Conor Shanosky, Dykstra and the recently signed Colin Martin came on for the second half along with defenders Brandon McDonald and Dejan Jakovic. It was Jakovic's first return from a groin injury that has sidelined the centerback since late May.

Meanwhile, Chivas not only brought a stout roster of regulars (minus four players currently called up to the Mexican national team), head coach Benjamin Galindo started most of them to the delight of their boisterous supporters.