WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brad Evans’ second-half goal off a penalty kick was not enough for Sounders FC to fight back from a two-nil deficit as Charlie Davies and Josh Wolff each registered a goal and an assist, giving D.C. United the victory and denying Sounders FC any points at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.
Seattle (3-3-3, 12 points) lost its first game since March 19 and saw its six-game unbeaten streak come to an end.
D.C. United (3-4-1, 10 points) beat Sounders FC in RFK Stadium for the first time after a three-game losing streak, including the 2009 U.S. Open Cup Final.
Seattle’s lone goal came in the 71st minute after Fredy Montero was taken down by Dejan Jakovic inside the penalty box. Evans fired a low shot to the left corner as D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid dived the other way. Evans now has four goals this season, three in the last two games.
Sounders FC had several chances to equalize and put the pressure on D.C. United as head coach Sigi Schmid brought on Mauro Rosales as an extra attacker in the 59th minute, substituting in for defender James Riley.
In the 73rd minute, Roger Levesque fired a right-wing cross into Alvaro Fernandez at the far post. His header was tipped over the crossbar by a leaping Hamid.
Fredy Montero created an opening for himself at the top of the box in the 76th minute and curled a shot toward the top right corner but Hamid made another leaping save, sending the ball over the crossbar again.
D.C. United struck in the 31st minute when Davies found space down the right side before sending a cross to Wolff who was able to put the one-touch ball into the back of the far side of the net. That ended a 268-minue scoreless stretch for the Sounders FC defense.
Wolff returned the favor early in the second half when he made a run up the right side before firing a cross to the back post where a sliding Davies sent the ball into the back of the net in the 52nd minute. Davies moved his league-leading goals total to six.
Kasey Keller denied Davies in the 68th minute, tipping his header wide of the right post.
Nate Jaqua was issued a yellow card for Sounders FC and Ethan White and Davies both received cautions for D.C. United.
Sounders FC will play again on the road Saturday as they travel to face the Columbus Crew. The game will be televised in Seattle on KONG 6/16 and kickoff is 4:30 p.m. PT.
| D.C. United (3-4-1) vs. Seattle Sounders (3-3-3)
|May 4, 2011 — RFK Stadium
| Goals by Period
| Scoring Summary:
|D.C. — Josh Wolff (Charlie Davies, Andy Najar) 31
D.C. — Charlie Davies (Josh Wolff, Andy Najar) 52
SEA — Brad Evans (Penalty Kick) 71
| D.C. United – Bill Hamid, Dejan Jakovic, Perry Kitchen, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard, Andy Najar (Fred 77), Clyde Simms (Stephen King 82), Dax McCarty, Chris Pontius (Santino Quaranta 49), Charlie Davies, Josh Wolff.
Substitutes Not Used: Blake Brettschneider, Chris Korb, Joseph Ngwenya, Steve Cronin.
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Chris Pontius 3, Josh Wolff 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Josh Wolff 2); FOULS: 11 (Charlie Davies 3); OFFSIDES: 1 (Charlie Davies 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Dax McCarthy 3); SAVES: 4 (Bill Hamid 4)
Seattle Sounders — Kasey Keller, James Riley (Mauro Rosales 59), Patrick Ianni, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Brad Evans, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Alvaro Fernandez (Leo Gonzalez 76), Fredy Montero, Nate Jaqua (Roger Levesque 64).
Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Jeff Parke, Servando Carrasco, Mike Fucito.
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Alvaro Fernandez 3, Fredy Montero 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Alvaro Fernandez 2, Fredy Montero 2); FOULS: 11 (4 tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Nate Jaqua 1); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Erik Friberg 3); SAVES: 4 (Kasey Keller 4)
| Misconduct Summary:
|DC — Ethan White (caution; Reckless Tackle) 13
DC — Charlie Davies (caution; Reckless Foul) 35
SEA — Nate Jaqua (caution; Reckless Foul) 55
| Referee: Hilario Grajeda
|Referee’s Assistants: -Bill Dittmar; Paul Scott
|4th Official: Daniel Fitzgerald
|Time of Game: 1:50
|Weather: Partly Cloudy and 52 degrees
CHRIS’S PICK: 2 Sounders to WIN
Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids 1-2
HOU — Colin Clark 1 (Je-Vaughn Watson 1) 71
COL — Jamie Smith 3 (unassisted) 73
COL — Scott Palguta 1 (Caleb Folan 1) 84
Colorado Rapids — Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Tyrone Marshall, Drew Moor,
Scott Palguta, Wells Thompson (Marvell Wynne 80), Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo
Mastroeni, Jamie Smith, Andre Akpan (Quincy Amarikwa 68), Omar Cummings (Caleb
Substitutes Not Used: Joseph Nane, Ross Labauex, Anthony Wallace, Steward Ceus.
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Jamie Smith 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Jamie Smith 2); FOULS: 14 (4
tied with 2); OFFSIDES: 2 (Quincy Amarikwa 1, Omar Cummings 1); CORNER KICKS: 4
(Jamie Smith 3); SAVES: 3 (Matt Pickens 3)
Houston Dynamo –– Tally Hall, Hunter Freeman (Alex Dixon 85), Bobby Boswell,
Andre Hainault, Corey Ashe, Colin Clark, Lovel Palmer, Je-Vaughn Watson, Brad
Davis, Cam Weaver (Brian Ching 62), Will Bruin (Koke 77).
Substitutes Not Used: Mike Chabala, Eddie Robinson, Kofi Sarkodie, Tyler Deric.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Lovel Palmer 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1); FOULS: 14
(Cam Weaver 4); OFFSIDES: 2 (Will Bruin 1, Je-Vaughn Watson 1); CORNER KICKS: 5
(Brad Davis 5); SAVES: 3 (Tally Hall 3)
The Houston Dynamo saw their six-game unbeaten streak and three-game home
winning streak halted Wednesday night, falling 2-1 to the defending MLS Cup
champion Colorado Rapids at Robertson Stadium. The win was the first in eight
tries in Houston for Colorado (1-5-2).
The Dynamo are back in action with their third game in nine days on Saturday,
playing at Toronto FC.
Wednesday’s game came to life in the final 20 minutes. Houston took a 1-0 lead
in the 71st minute when midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson fed Colin Clark at the edge
of the penalty area. Clark unleashed a left-footed shot through the legs of a
defender and past goalkeeper Matt Pickens at the near post. For Clark, who was
traded from the Rapids to the Dynamo last September, the goal was his first
since June 20, 2009, when he scored for Colorado against D.C. United.
Colorado tied the game less than three minutes later when Jamie Smith’s free
kick fooled Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall and sailed over his head and into the
The Rapids then took the lead on a long throw-in in the 84th minute. After the
Dynamo failed to clear the ball, forward Caleb Folan laid the ball back for
defender Scott Palguta, who drove a left-footed shot into the lower right
corner for his first career MLS goal.
Houston outshot Colorado 12-7 for the game, with the Dynamo’s best chance to
tie the match coming in the 86th minute when Koke fed fellow substitute Alex
Dixon in the penalty area, but Dixon’s low shot from a bad angle was saved by
Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
Houston midfielder Geoff Cameron was scratched from the starting lineup less
than one hour before kickoff due to a lower leg contusion and was replaced by
Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, making his first career start in MLS
play. Watson earned his first career assist on Colin Clark’s goal.
Midfielder Brad Davis played in the 230th game of his MLS career, while defender
Bobby Boswell made the 170th start of his MLS career.
The Dynamo played without forward Calen Carr (concussion) and midfielders Geoff
Cameron (lower leg contusion) and Danny Cruz (knee hyperextension).
Next Match: Saturday, May 7, 6 p.m. CT, Dynamo at Toronto FC, BMO Field,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Next Home Match: Saturday, May 21, 7:30 p.m., Dynamo vs. New York Red Bulls,
HOUSTON DYNAMO HEAD COACH DOMINIC KINNEAR
On the game …
“We controlled good periods of the game. They defended very well and took
advantages of the mistakes we made. I think to be 1-0 up and two minutes later
to give up a goal is a little deflating. We all need to do a better job of
attacking the ball in the box. They did a good job off just knocking the ball
forward using the big guys to try and disturb us.”
On playing without Geoff Cameron …
“I think 71st minute, up 1-0, we put ourselves in a good position, Geoff
Cameron or not. I think we did miss his presence on the field. I don’t think
any team created a ton of chances. I think he would have helped us, but I
thought we were doing OK. I don’t think the way we gave up those goals is due
to Geoff Cameron’s absence or not.”
HOUSTON DYNAMO GOALKEEPER TALLY HALL
On Jamie Smith’s goal …
“I made a colossal error, and the team paid for it. Unfortunately it happens.
It happened today, and the team was punished for it. I think we played well
enough to win. One goal is enough to win the game, and I feel like I let the
team down today.”
CHRIS’S PICK 1 Dynamo to WIN
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