Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
D.C. United books a playoff spot
by Ridge Mahoney, September 13th, 2007 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

No Jaime Moreno, no problem. With the league's all-time leading scorer away on international duty, D.C. United widened its lead atop the Eastern Conference and overall MLS standings by beating Real Salt Lake, 2-1, with goals by Luciano Emilio and Christian Gomez. D.C. (15-6-4) officially clinched a playoff spot, which had hardly been in doubt, and also increased its unbeaten streak to nine games. Yet the victory - its eighth in that nine-game run - is among the toughest D.C. has carved out this season.

Nine players were cautioned and 39 fouls committed as RSL (4-13-6) battled back from a 1-0 deficit. Goalkeepers Nick Rimando (ex-United) and Troy Perkins each saved a penalty kick, off the feet of, respectively, Gomez and Alecko Eskandarian (also ex-United).

Gomez's failure illustrates that penalty kicks, which are usually taken by Moreno and make up a substantial chunk of his league-record 110 goals, aren't necessarily gimmees.

Fred, Clyde Simms and Greg Vanney sat on the bench at kickoff in favor of Guy-Roland Kpene, Brian Carroll and Bobby Boswell. RSL coach Jason Kreis ignored sentimentality and left defender Eddie Pope, being honored by D.C. for his seven years of service, on the bench. For the whole game.

Both United goals were created by superb crosses to the back post, where RSL's poor marking has been a problem for much of this season.

Gomez curled a ball that Emilio nodded home for his league-best 19th goal.

After Kyle Beckerman had drilled a low, 25-yard equalizer past Perkins, Gomez got on the other end of a Fred serve - of a ball backheeled to him by Bobby Boswell --  to head home the winner with 17 minutes left.

Referee Jorge Gonzalez whistled his first penalty minutes into the second half when Jean-Martial Kipre tripped Josh Gros. Rimando dove to his left to repel Gomez's rather tame effort.

For spot kick No. 2, Gonzalez ruled that Devon McTavish had fouled Carey Talley during a wrestling match as Perkins collected a harmless free kick, despite the fact McTavish wound up on the ground.

McTavish had already been cautioned, yet Gonzalez ruled a PK to be sufficient punishment, and Perkins slapped away Eskandarian's well-hit but poorly-angled penalty.

Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United 2 Real Salt Lake 1.
Goals: Emilio (Gomez) 16, Gomez (Fred, Boswell) 73; Beckerman (Wingert) 32.
D.C. United - Perkins, Namoff, Boswell, McTavish, Burch, Olsen (Simms, 80), Carroll, Gomez, Gros, Emilio, Kpene (Fred, 46).
Real Salt Lake - Rimando, Kipre (Lancos, 61), Kotschau, Mantilla, Wingert, Morales, Beckerman, Talley, Espindola (Findley, 72), Brown (Williams, 75), Eskandarian.
Yellow Cards: D.C. United - Olsen 39, McTavish 57, Gomez 73, Fred 82; Real Salt Lake - Kotschau 18, Eskandarian 28, Beckerman 49, Mantilla 88.
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
Att.: 14,655.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 32] A classic encounter left the LA Galaxy, No. 1 in the Soccer America ...
Guardiola is happy to be back in Rome    
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] Two matches involving former champions, plus Pep Guardiola's return to Roma ...
Klingenberg golazo highlights another easy U.S. win    
[CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] The USA cruised into the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship with its ...
Concacaf Women's Championship Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] Trinidad & Tobago beat Guatemala, 2-1, on late goals by Kennya Cordner of the ...
Agudelo trial at Wolves ends    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Juan Agudelo's search for a club continues as English League Championship club Wolves passed ...
MLS clubs in position to outdo Mexican rivals    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The group stage of the Concacaf Champions League concludes with Week 6 with ...
What They're Saying: India Premier League    
"Heaven has gained a defensive midfielder; apart from the hard tackles and the breaking up of ...
Bielsa sits on cup of coffee    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Not everything is going right for Marseille's coach Marcelo Bielsa, whose ...
U.S. under-14 girls national team roster    
[CARSON CAMP] Head coach April Kater has called up 35 players (with one more to be ...
What They Saying: Emilie Jacquot    
"It is unanimously positive. The FIFA scandal had an excellent impact on our brand awareness." -- ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives