The black and red finally have something to be truly happy about. DC United broke their terrible winless streak in MLS dating back to August 2013, with a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night. It was a night DC supporters and players alike will cherish. DC United took the lead after an own goal as the first half came to a close, and a debut goal in the waning minutes of added time finished the match up.
DC United’s Spanish left back, Christian, played a part in taking the lead. He whipped a ball into the box looking for Eddie Johnson. However, Jose Goncalves attempted to take a touch, but put the ball past the Revs goalkeeper and into the back of the net. This goal came at a crucial moment right before the end of the first half, which provided DC United a huge boost in confidence for the rest of the match. Eddie Johnson had a big chance at the end of the match, which he was unable to take. He was played in one on one with the Revs keeper, but Shuttleworth stood strong and kept the ball out of the net. DC would finally add a second goal that would officially kill the game off in the 93rd minute of play. Fabian Espindola played a terrific diagonal ball to the newly acquired Chris Rolfe who finished with a first time hit that Shuttleworth was unable to keep out.
Andrew Dykstra stepped in between the posts for the injured Bill Hamid. He came up big early on with a save on Diego Fagundez. Fagundez made a good run through DC’s backline, but Dykstra was able to parry the ball away. The ball fell to Saer Sene, but he was unable to put the ball in the back of the net. New England had several other great chances that were wasted and put over the goal. Dykstra ultimately kept a clean sheet, DC’s first of the season.
DC will play host to the New York next Saturday and will look to start a winning streak against a struggling Red Bulls team.
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