D.C. United clinches with game to spare

[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Wednesday] D.C. United's remarkable continued when it became the first MLS club to clinch a berth in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League with a 2-0 win over the Tauro FC of Panama.

WEEK 5, Results:
Wednesday, September 24
D.C. United 2 Tauro FC (PAN) 0
Pachuca (MEX) 4 Municipal (GUA) 1
FAS (SLV) 0 New York Red Bulls 0
Herediano (CRC) 2 Leon (MEX) 1

D.C. United, first in the Eastern Conference after finishing last in 2013, won on goals by Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson to remain perfect with three wins in three games. It only needed a point in its last two games to win the Group 4 title. Wednesday's result means D.C. United will head to Panama on the final week of the MLS regular season without needing a result. A victory would at Tauro FC would assure it of a top four seeding in the quarterfinals.

New signing Samuel Inkoom, who a member of Ghana's 2010 and 2014 World Cup teams, was the only starter against Tauro FC who started in United's 3-3 tie with Chicago on Saturday. Two D.C. starters -- Conor Shanosky and Kyle Porter -- had played for the Richmond Kickers in their USL PRO semifinal match on Saturday.

Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United -- Willis, Inkoom, Opare, Shanosky, Korb (Franklin 46), Caskey, Martin, Jeffrey, Porter, Pontius  (Johnson 54), Estrada.
Tauro FC -- Mena, Vargas, Moreno, Cordoba, de los Rios (Gonzalez 72), Velez, Palma, Lopez Chamorro (Dominguez 81), Castillo, Diaz (Zorrila 73).

The Montreal Impact also joined Pachuca of Mexico and Herediano of Costa Rica in the final eight as the New York Red Bulls, fielding a team of mostly reserves, could only tie FAS, 0-0, in San Salvador.

With a key match at the LA Galaxy on Sunday in their bid to make the playoffs, the Red Bulls started only three starters from the team that started in the 4-1 win over Seattle on Saturday.

New York's best chance came in the 34th minute when Saer Sene missed a penalty kick after Ambroise Oyongo was fouled in the penalty area.

September 24 in San Salvador
FAS 0 New York Red Bulls 0.

FAS -- Contreras, Alfaro (Mazzia 52), Garcia, Renderos (Teruel 80), Lemus, Moran, Issahaku (Blanco 67'), Carrillo, Aparicio, Figueroa, Alas.
New York -- Meara, Duvall, Armando, Perrinelle, Eckersley, Sam (Stevenson 17), McCarty (Alexander 61), Christianson, Oyongo, Luyindula, Sene (Bover 72).

WEEK 5, Results:
Tuesday, September 23

Sporting KC 3 Real Esteli (NCA) 0
Portland Timbers 6 Alpha United (GUY) 0

Group 1: Pachuca 9; Municipal 4; Real Espana 1.
Group 2: Sporting KC 7; Saprissa 4; Real Esteli 2.
Group 3: Montreal Impact 9; New York Red Bulls 4; FAS 1.
Group 4: D.C. United 9; Waterhouse 6; Tauro FC 0.
Group 5: Portland Timbers 9; Olimpia 6; Alpha United 0.
Group 6: Alajuelense, Cruz Azul 4; Chorrillo 3.
Group 7: Herediano 10; Leon 4; Isidro Metapan 0.
Group 8: Club America 7; Comunicaciones 4; Bayamon FC 0.

WEEK 5, Schedule:
Thursday, September 25
8 p.m. ET
Bayamon FC (PUR) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
10 p.m. ET
Chorrillo FC (PAN) vs. Alajuelense (CRC)

WEEK 6, Schedule:
Tuesday, October 21
8 p.m. ET
Tauro FC (PAN) vs. D.C. United
Club America (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
10 p.m. ET
Alajuelense (CRC) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX)
Olimpia (HON) vs. Portland Timbers
Wednesday, October 22

8 p.m. ET
New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact
10 p.m. ET
Real Espana (HON) vs. Pachuca (MEX)
Thursday, October 23
8 p.m. ET
Leon (MEX) vs. Isidro Metapan (SLV)
10 p.m. ET
Saprissa (CRC) vs. Sporting KC

WEEK 1, Results:
Thursday, August 7
Comunicaciones (GUA) 5 Bayamon FC (PUR) 0
Tauro FC (PAN) 1 Waterhouse (JAM) 2
Wednesday, August 6
Pachuca (MEX) 4 Real Espana (HON) 1      
Real Esteli (NCA) 1 Saprissa (CRC) 1
Tuesday, August 5
Alpha United (GUY) 0 Olimpia (HON) 1
Cruz Azul (MEX) 1 Alajuelense (CRC) 1
Montreal Impact 1 FAS (SLV) 0
Isidro Metapan (SLV) 2 Leon (MEX) 4

WEEK 2, Results:
Thursday, August 21
Real Espana (HON) 1 Municipal (GUA) 1
Herediano (CRC) 4 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0
Wednesday, August 20
D.C. United 1 Waterhouse FC  0
FAS 2 Montreal Impact 3
Tuesday, August 19
Alpha United (GUY) 1 Portland Timbers 4
Club America (MEX) 6 Bayamon FC (PUR) 1
Chorrillo (PAN) 1 Cruz Azul (MEX) 0
Real Esteli (NCA) 1 Sporting KC 1
WEEK 3, Results:
Thursday, August 28
Waterhouse (JAM) 4 Tauro FC (PAN) 0
Alajuelense (CRC) 1 Chorrillo (PAN) 0
Olimpia (HON) 6 Alpha United (GUY) 0
Wednesday, August 27
Leon (MEX) 1 Herediano (CRC) 1
Municipal (GUA) 3 Pachuca (MEX) 7
Tuesday, August 26
New York Red Bulls 2 FAS (SLV) 0
Comunicaciones (GUA) 1 Club America (MEX) 1
Saprissa (CRC) 3 Real Esteli (NCA) 0

WEEK 4, Results:
Thursday, September 18
Sporting KC 3 Saprissa (CRC) 1
Isidro Metapan (SLV) 2 Herediano (CRC) 4
Wednesday, September 17
Bayamon FC (PUR) 1 Club America (MEX) 10
Montreal Impact 1 New York Red Bulls 0
Municipal (GUA) 3 Real Espana (HON) 0
Tuesday, September 16
Waterhouse (JAM) 1 D.C. United 2
Cruz Azul (MEX) 3 Chorrillo 0
Portland Timbers 4 Olimpia (HON) 2
3 comments about "D.C. United clinches with game to spare".
  1. Gus Keri, September 25, 2014 at 9:07 a.m.

    Red Bull New York and coach Mike Petke should be ashamed of themselves. If you don't want to take certain competitions seriously, you shouldn't enter them at all. This goes for both the CCL and US open cup. For years, RBNY has not taken any of these competitions seriously in the hope of winning the MLS cup. And guess what, they have never won the MLS cup. They wanted to save the team for LA Galaxy. Let's hope Karma doesn't punish them again by not letting them get to the playoff. In the last 11 years, RBNY made the playoff every year except in 2009 when they entered the CCL and decided to save their team for MLS and Karma punished them by not letting them into the playoff although they reached the MLS cup the year before. I am hoping the same then won't happen again this season. But above all, if you want your fans to attend games in stadium and watch them on TV, you need to respect them and put a decent team on the field. For years, RBNY has not done that.

  2. Gus Keri, September 25, 2014 at 9:10 a.m.

    One more thing. I don't want to hear about the roster size and the schedule. These are stupid excuses. Many teams in the MLS put their best team in CCL and US open cup. also, every team in the world play twice a week. So, stop this nonsense.

  3. Guilmar Lopez, September 26, 2014 at 10:19 a.m.

    I did watch the game last night but they played so so. If they play games against Mexican teams wld be really bad.

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