Own goal sets D.C. United on course to first win

[MLS PRESEASON: Carolina Challenge] After dropping all three games in Florida and not scoring a goal, D.C. United moved on to its old preseason stomping grounds at the Carolina Challenge Cup and pulled out a win. It took an own goal to break the drought, but it used that and a late goal by Jamaican teenager Michael Seaton to beat the Houston Dynamo, 2-0. A late penalty kick from Brad Evans gave Seattle a 2-1 win over the host Charleston Battery in the nightcap.

Carolina Challenge Cup:
Feb. 22 in Charleston, S.C.
D.C. United 2 Houston 0
Charleston Battery 1 Seattle 2

Nick DeLeon’s hard cross was intercepted by a retreating David Horst, but the first-year Dynamo defender was unable to control the deflection and it went past the advancing keeper Tyler Deric.

Both teams went more than 70 minutes with their first teamers before emptying their benches.



Feb. 22 in Charleston, S.C.
D.C. United 2 Houston 0. Goals: Own goal 21, Seaton 88.
D.C. United -- Hamid; Franklin (Robinson 76), Boswell (Birnbaum 76), Parke (Shanosky 76), Fernandez (Kemp 76); Arnaud (Munoz 76), Kitchen (Ayarna 76), Silva (Martin 76), DeLeon (Kyle Porter 72); Espindola (Doyle 76), Johnson (Seaton 78).
Houston -- Deric; Sarkodie (Ownby 72), Horst (Brunner 72), Taylor (Cochran 72), Ashe (Chabala 72); Cascio (Driver 72), Garcia (Lopez 72), Clark (Carrasco 72), Davis (Johnson 72); Barnes (Cummings 72), Bruin (Sherrod 72)

Feb. 22 in Charleston, S.C.
Charleston Battery 1 Seattle 2. Goals: Falvy 28; Alonso 25, Evans pen. 89.
Charleston -- Ramos, Mueller, Falvey, Ferguson (Hrustic 46), Wilson (Ruggles 61), Sanyang (Portillo 61), Griffith, Azira, Van Schaik, Prince (Marini 66), Kelly (Savage 73).
Seattle -- Hahnemann, Evans, Anibaba, Marshall, Remick, Pappa (Okoli 72), Alonso, Rose, Neagle (Weaver 80), Cooper, Martins.
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