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. drought is finally over
by Ridge Mahoney, September 16th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

A decidedly low-key setting didn't deter D.C. United, which ended a victory drought in the Concacaf Champions League group phase by beating San Juan Jabloteh, 1-0, Tuesday night in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Christian Gomez's penalty kick in the 14th minute earned D.C. United the victory and moved it off the bottom of Group B. It had failed to win any of its matches in the group phase last year -- it only managed to tie one of its six games -- and opened this year's competition by losing, 3-1, to both Marathon (Honduras) and Toluca (Mexico). Jabloteh, pointless in three games, is in last place.

United left many of its regulars at home and took only 16 players for the match, played before a very small crowd - according to local reports -- at the same Hasley Crawford Stadium where the USA beat Trinidad & Tobago, 1-0, last week in the Concacaf 2010 World Cup qualifying tournament.

Referee Trevor Taylor called a handball on Jabloteh defender Noel Williams when he blocked a cross while sliding to dispossess Luciano Emilio. Gomez drilled his shot low past Jabloteh goalkeeper Cleon John to give D.C. a lead it would hold onto for the rest of match as keeper Milos Kocic and his teammates fended off numerous attacks.

Kocic twice stopped Lester Peltier on good scoring chances, and needed help from Trinidadian defender Julius James when Jason Marcano chipped him shortly before halftime. James, a recent acquisition from Houston, tucked in behind his stranded keeper to clear the ball off the goal line.

Peltier shot over the crossbar in the 60th minute, after which Emilio drilled a low shot narrowly wide of the Jabloteh goal. The hosts squandered two more chances late in the game when Devon Jamerson and substitute Jerrel Britto both missed the target with headers from good positions.

D.C. has the weekend off from MLS play and returns to RFK Stadium Sept. 24 to host Marathon, which plays at Toluca Thursday.

Columbus and Houston resume their CCL group schedules Wednesday and both are on the road. The Dynamo plays at Pachuca (live on Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m. ET) and the Crew is in Costa Rica to play Deportivo Saprissa (delayed on FSC at 2 a.m. ET Thursday).

Sept. 15 in Port of Spain, Trinidad
San Juan Jabloteh 0 D.C. United 1. Goal: Gomez pen. 14.
San Juan Jabloteh - C.John, Lawrence, Hutchinson (Plaza, 71), Williams, E. John, Oliver (Britto, 62), Jamerson, Peltier, Guerra, Marcano (Glen, 84).
D.C. United - Kocic, A.John, McTavish, James, Simms, Jacobson  (Raimondo, 69), Szetela, Wallace, Pontius, Gomez (Allen, 90), Emilio (Shipalane, 78).
Referee: Trevor Taylor.
Att.: n/a.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Familiar Western foes face off once again    
[MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW] Only once in the past five seasons has there been an MLS Cup ...
Wright-Phillips strikes twice to knock out defending champ    
[MLS PLAYOFFS] Both of the league's two scorers came through in their head-to-head playoff meeting Thursday ...
Savarese: Raul is still hungry to achieve things    
[NASL] The New York Cosmos have signed Spanish superstar Raul. He signed a multi-year contract as ...
Complete MLS playoff schedule    
[DATEBOOK] The New York Red Bulls move into the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs with ...
MLS and EPL matches draw top NBC audiences    
[SOCCER ON THE AIR] NBC set Premier League and MLS audience records for its coverage of ...
Concacaf Under-20 Championship draw    
[JAMAICA 2015] The U.S. men will kick off the 2015 Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Jamaica against ...
What They're Saying: Harry Redknapp    
"I've never read it. I don't know where you get it from. Every day someone has ...
A super solo effort from the West Bank    
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] We found one of the week's most spectacular goals in Palestine, where Merkaz ...
Messi, Neymar & Mascherano shine at soccer hoops     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Barcelona incorporated a basketball hoop into its training session and the trio of ...
LAFC investors jump on rocket ship    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] MLS introduced the owners of the new club that is scheduled to begin play ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives