The crowd brought the noise and had RFK Stadium rocking Sunday afternoon. Sunday’s matchup pitted D.C. United against the Chicago Fire for the third time this season. With United clinching a berth for the playoffs in the match prior, the next goal in their sites was to win the last two games of the season in hopes of getting home field advantage and bring soccer back to RFK stadium for postseason play. From the looks of the game, United is serious about earning the right to play again in D.C. “Playing our last regular season game in front of our fans we wanted to put in a good performance,” said defender Kofi Opare.
The game began as a steady chess match as the two teams went back and forth without any goal scoring. This game was all about who was going to crack first. In the 39th minute, midfielder Chris Pontius found a hole in the defense and scored a goal for the Black-and-Red. Coach Ben Olsen was pleased with his winger’s approach to the game stating, “When you do the simple things right you get rewarded.”
The second half brought about a fired up D.C. United team that was ready to put the game away. In the 67th minute, Bobby Boswell scored off an assist from Fabian Espindola. Four minutes after that Espindola scored a goal of his own taking the lead to 3 – 0 for the United. Fabi fired a wicked shot that curled in the near post, rendering Chicago’s keeper frozen still. There was no question that D.C. began to take control of the game at this point. On the other side of the field, the Chicago Fire began to look sluggish and slow. Finally to put the game away, the United scored one more goal by Alvaro Saborio in the 80th minute. Sabo came in as a late sub for the second game in a row.
The tough stretch the Black-and-Red suffered near the beginning of August looks like a thing of the past after Sundays performance.”This is the time of the season where you want to be feeling confident and hitting stride,” according to Pontius.
From extinguishing the Chicago Fire, the D.C. United are catching their fire at just the right time of the season. This 4-0 victory is a good sign, but there is still work to be done. “This is not in anyway that we are too happy about it,” claims midfielder Markus Halsti. After Sunday’s performance, United fans should be expecting to see their home team play again in D.C. during the playoffs.