In the opening game of the Carolina Challenge Cup Sunday, D.C. United lost two players to red cards, and Real Salt Lake took advantage. Luis Miguel
, Yura Movsisyan
and Andy Williams
scored for RSL, which improved its preseason record to 4-1-1 with the victory. United defender Dejan Jakovic
, making his D.C.
debut, took a red card in the 35th minute for a wild tackle on RSL defender Chris Wingert
, and eventually D.C. would lose three players to injury, yet not until rather late in the match
did RSL put the game away.
Rookie Raphael Cox
set up the first goal for Escalada in the 49th minute, getting up the left side to hit a cross that Escalada drove into the net. Coach
deployed five subs in the 70th minute, inserting Clint Mathis
, Andy Williams
, Robbie Findley
, Nat Borchers
and the recently signed Ned
, who joined the team last week after being waived by San Jose.
Six minutes after coming on, Mathis lofted a ball over the United back line for Movsisyan to finish, and in
the final minutes, United defender Anthony Peters
dragged down RSL guest player Michael Osci
at the top of the penalty area. After Peters went off with a red card, Williams curled a
free kick into the top corner.
Goalkeeper Louis Crayton
injured his quadriceps kicking a ball and in the 11th minute was replaced by trialist Nic Platter
, who gave up all
three goals. Fred
pulled his hamstring after missing the target with a volley in the 32nd minute and Chris Pontius
took his spot. Santino Quaranta
suffered an injury
while breaking up an RSL attack in the 65th minute and Anthony Wallace
On Wednesday, RSL plays host Charleston, which lost to Toronto FC, 2-1, in the first game of
Sunday's doubleheader, and concludes its stay in South Carolina Saturday against Toronto. Dwayne De Rosario
and Rohan Ricketts
scored for TFC, which played the entire
second half a man down following the ejection of Adrian Serioux
with his second yellow card. Ex-TFC player Tyler Hemming
converted a penalty kick for Charleston's goal.
March 8 in Charleston, S.C.
Real Salt Lake 3, D.C. United 0
Escalada (Cox) 49, Movsisyan (Mathis) 76, Williams 89.
-- Crayton (Platter 11); Namoff (Mediate 45), Janicki ( Peters 81), Jakovic, Burch (Barklage 81); Ben Olsen ( Gomez 63), Simms ( Jacobson 77), Fred (Pontius 34),
Santino Quaranta ( Wallace 65); Emilio (Moreno 72), Doe ( N'Silu 45, McTavish 89). Real Salt Lake --
Seitz (Rimando 46); Beltran, Olave (Borchers 70), Horst, Wingert;
Johnson (Mathis 70), Beckerman (Alexandre 70), Cox (Williams 70), Morales (Grabavoy 70); Escalada (Findley 70), Movsisyan (Osci 78).