Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World 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
Najar does it again for D.C.
June 3rd, 2010 1:38AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  d.c. united, real salt lake

MOST COMMENTED

[U.S. OPEN CUP] Like Tristan Bowen at Los Angeles, D.C. United's Andy Najar, another academy product, is growing in confidence with each game. Four days after he scored his first MLS goal, Najar came off the bench in overtime and scored the winning goal that gave D.C. United a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake and a berth in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Luciano Emilio and Will Johnson exchanged penalty kicks in regulation time to set the stage for Najar, who came into the match after the first 15-minute period of overtime. To score the winner he burst between Tony Beltran and Johnson to prod a shot past keeper Kyle Reynish, who was one of numerous reserves and backups given starting assignments for this match.

The 17-year-old Honduran native also scored in D.C. United's other Open Cup play-in game against FC Dallas in April.

When a shot by left back Jordan Graye rebounded off Reynish, Chris Pontius biked it, and Collen Warner’s handball yielded the penalty kick and a caution. Emilio shot low to put United up, 1-0, in the 75th minute.

Six minutes later, another handball provided RSL a chance to reply. Another sub who often starts league matches, Fabian Espindola, launched a cross that Barry Rice was adjudged to have blocked with his hand. Johnson neatly converted as keeper Troy Perkins lunged to the wrong side.

Real nearly tied the match again after Najar’s goal, but Perkins saved from Johnson, and Rice knocked two balls out of danger from near the goal line as United moved into the round of 16.

The teams play a league match at RFK on Saturday.

Former U.S. U-17 star Luis Gil made his debut for RSL as a sub.

June 2 in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United 2, Real Salt Lake 1 (OT). Goals: Luciano Emilio pen. 75, Najar 107; Johnson pen. 81.
D.C. United – Perkins; Graye, James, Rice, McTavish; Khumalo (Najar, 106), King, Morsink, Castillo (Pontius, 63); Luciano Emilio (Cristman, 90), Moreno (Quaranta, 63).
Real Salt Lake – Reynish; Russell, Borchers, McKenzie, Schuler (Espindola, 63); Beltran, Grabavoy (Morales, 63), Warner, Alexandre (Gil, 91), Johnson; Campos (Saborio, 63)
Referee: Mark Kadlecik.
Att.: 3,074.



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: CMN Sports    
"As an organization, CMN Sports takes pride in providing some of the most exhilarating soccer matches ...
Road to Russia: Belize survives Caymans' scare    
Belize, Nicaragua, Bermuda and Dominica wrapped up series victories in the first round of World Cup ...
Video Pick: A 60-yard goal from young Belgian     
Marco Weymans, a 17-year-old Belgian who plays for Dutch club PSV, scored from his own half ...
Europe in a Nutshell: Big week for the British Isles     
An international break for Euro 2016 qualifying in the pursuit of Paris: Reviewing an interesting week ...
Freddie Adu signs with Finnish club KuPS    
Freddy Adu has signed a one-year contract with Finnish club KuPS, the 11th club in 12 ...
Morris replace Johannsson on U.S. roster    
The second forward is the snake-bitten position on the U.S. national team's trip to Europe. After ...
MLS Week 4: Results & Standings    
Real Salt Lake remained one of four unbeaten teams in MLS when it beat Toronto FC, ...
USL Week 2: Results & Standings    
The new Roughnecks celebrated the return of pro soccer to Tulsa a sellout crowd of 8,335 ...
USA romps in Bosnia-Herzegovina, 5-2     
The U.S. team preparing for Olympic qualifying defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina's under-21 team, 5-2, in a friendly played ...
MLS Week 4: FC Dallas puts its perfect record on line    
FC Dallas, the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in MLS, hosts the 2014 Supporters' Shield ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives