Jonathan Lewis provided the winner in stoppage time for the visiting Colorado Rapids, they beat D.C. United 2-1 in the home team’s season opener. It was a crazy sequence in front of the goal where the ball pinballed off several players before Lewis was able to get control and volley the ball past Hamid. This was the first time the Rapids have beaten the Black-and-Red since 2011. It was a good start to the season for them, especially getting a road win.
As for the home side, there were some positive things to take from it, but first lets talk about how the game changed. As Ben Olsen said after the game, giving Colorado multiple set pieces isn’t a winning recipe. The Rapids had eight corner kicks to D.C. United’s 1, that’s not even factoring fouls that led to free kicks. Kei Kamara got going in the second half, his teammates kept providing service into the box with quality crosses. In the 67th minute, Kamara was on the end of a Jack Price cross and he placed the ball past Hamid.
Kamra’s header was the equalizer, the Black-and-Red had scored just seven minutes earlier. Julian Gressel made the most of his team’s lone corner kick, finding Russell Canouse at the back post, Canouse’s header would be the first D.C. United score of the 2020 campaign.
It was a very physical game, chippy doesn’t seem enough to describe it. Still, it was the little things that hurt D.C. United in this one. They were sloppy in the second half playing the ball out of the back at times, and overall just poor with some of their decision making. As the first half went on, they did a good job of keeping possession more and building quality chances.
As expected, the team was disappointed with their performance in the second half. Still, it’s the first game of a very long season and as Olsen said, “we’re a work in progress.” Up next for D.C. United is hosting Inter Miami CF on March seventh.
First impressions. Gressel was tremendous from the opening to final whistle. His ability to make plays for others was on full display and he provided several quality balls to teammates throughout the match. He took a couple of knocks, as stated earlier it was a physical game. Flores showed how dynamic he was in spurts as well, it was nice to see both he and Gressel along with Ola Kamara moving around the field and changing attacking positions at times.
Anxiousness. That’s the best way to describe it, when D.C. United was poised, things went well. Pressing may not be the right word, but they definitely seemed impatient at times. Again, it’s the first game of the season. Many things can change as players get their fitness up and the picture becomes clearer.