The Black-and-Red faced the Colorado Rapids Sunday at RFK stadium, it was D.C. United’s home opener after starting the season with two games on the road. The home side was looking to put a one in the win column, the first this season. The Rapids on the other hand, were to carry on from their last win. Neither club got what they had intended, the match ended 1-1.
The Rapids goal came first, Dillon Powers scored off of an assist from Marco Pappa in the 69th minute. It came on a corner kick, D.C. United has struggled mightily in the first three games this season marking in set pieces. It was a goal that definitely could of been avoided with tighter marking, but it was a perfect example of a team capitalizing on an opportunity, Colorado.
The home team would respond shortly thereafter, Fabian Espinola who came on to relieve newcomer Luciano Acosta in the 80th minute was the goal scorer. Taylor Kemp played a dangerous ball into the box from the left flank, Patrick Nyarko got a foot on it and the Rapids keeper got a hand on it, Fabi gathered the rebound an pounded it into the back of the net. The match remained deadlocked until the time ran out.
Throughout the first half, D.C. United looked as their names sounded, a group of men moving as one. The club was able to move the ball around well against an off guard Rapids defense. One of the reasons that Colorado were on their heels was D.C. United’s high pressure, they were really forcing the Rapids into bad passes by speeding them up.
The tables turned in the second and it was the Rapids on the attack, leaving the United defense to step up. At this moment, the Black-and-Red aren’t quite capable of maintaining that high pressure for the entire game. That allowed Colorado to stay on the ball longer and build quality attacks, Travis Worra wasn’t quite as sound in his second start.
D.C. United takes on FC Dallas on Saturday, March 26, 2016, with another chance to improve and out points on the board.