Dave Johnson: Talley's Late Penalty Seals DC Win

Dave Johnson: Talley's Late Penalty Seals DC Win
May 30, 2010, 1:56 am
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Saturday, May 29, 2010 11:00 PM By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comWashington---For DC United there was resolve, redemption and ultimately a result to equal the effort. Before 13,043 at RFK Stadium, United not only ended a three game losing streak but ended a 351 minute scoreless drought in a 3-2 win over Chivas USA.United showed resolve by responding to an early deficit and there was redemption for United defender Carey Talley. On Chivas first goal, Talley was beaten, but in stoppage time he calmly converted the game-winning penalty kick against the team that waived him in pre-season.Talley was able to play hero after a charging Santino Quaranta was tripped up by Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton at the six yard box. A foul was called and Thornton was red-carded. With Chivas out of subs defender Dario Delgado had to get in goal which Talley said only added to the pressure on him to make the kick.Talleys penalty kick was the exclamation mark on a night when United dominated possession and kept Thornton busy. From the opening kick United seemed determine to add substance to the talk that Wednesdays win over AC Milan was the start of better things to come.Just minutes into the match Thornton was forced to make a point-blank save on Danny Allsopp after Andy Najar had triggered a counter attack. It was Najar who won the ball from Mariano Trujillo at midfield and then was able to deliver a precise cross to Allsopp.Only 17, Najar continued to play beyond his years. United was able to use his pace and creativity to launch attacks from the right flank and Najar also did well recovering on defense and was very active in getting on the turf and winning tackles.Najars work would be rewarded but not before Chivas USA stunned United on a Justin Braun goal in the 15th minute. Braun was able to get behind Talley and get to edge of the six yard box after receiving a long ball from Annandale, Virginias Michael Lahoud.Suddenly the script was eerily familiar. United with chances and no goals and then playing from behind. The frustration intensified after the Chivas goal when it appeared Santino Quaranta was fouled by Delgado in the box but there was no call.The frustration did not consume United and instead the same resolve the Black and Red displayed in the win over Milan was on display again. United continued to dominate and almost broke through in the 22nd minute on a Quaranta free kick that was deflected away by Thornton even with Chris Pontius crashing to the goal.Finally United received just rewards. After a Quaranta corner was cleared, United left back Rodney Wallace stepped up to serve a ball into the box. Najar was able to get on the end of the bouncing ball with header he drilled past Thornton to bring the score level in the 26th minute.DC United would carry their momentum into the second half. Before being substituted for by Adam Cristman, Allsopp again would test Thornton from close range and hit the post with a driven shot.For all of Allsopps work it was Cristman who was able to break through in the 76th minute. Thornton lunged out to snare a Clyde Simms cross, only to have it go off the boot of his defender Delgado and hit the post before Cristman tapped it home.Uniteds resolve was tested again when four minutes after Cristmans goal, Maykel Galindo was able to slip in behind the United defense and slot home a goal to bring the score level again at two.There was no sense of defeat in Uniteds camp despite the circumstances. Instead United played through with determination and in the end were rewarded with the game deciding penalty kick.Along with the three points for United, there is the satisfaction of the way they played. Allsopp and Quarnata paired well together, and it is clear that given time Quaranta might become very comfortable in a consistent role up top.One day Najar might end up in the middle of the park, like a traditional number 10, but for now given his size and age he is a perfect fit on the flank with more room to operate. The midfield was also well supported with Stephen King starting next to Simms.