In a winnable game, DC United scored 2 goals and showed more offensive creativity than they have in 10+ games. But 2 goals weren’t enough to secure three points as a leaky United defense allowed Chicago 2 goals to sneak away with a draw.
Considering the weather, 9800 fans wasn’t a horrible number for attendance, although I’m with many people on Twitter hoping that 9800 was the gate number and not tickets sold. In my new section under the overhang, the seats were mostly packed as families hoped to stay relatively dry. The concentration of fans under the roof made it seem louder than it may have sounded on TV.
On the field, it was immediately evident that this game was going to be a sloppy affair. Neither team could complete a pass during the early going, as balls skidded out of bounds and off players’ feet. United had most of the possession and had 9 chances on goal over the game, which feels like 9 more than they’ve had all season. DC’s goals came on one of the oldest set play maneuvers, with DeLeon walking over the ball and rolling it backwards to Espindola, who knocked the ball under the wall and past Sean Johnson. The second goal came after a mad scramble in the box following a DC corner, with Kitchen managing to put the ball into the net amidst a sea of players.
Once United got the lead, it was evident that the team wasn’t used to that dynamic. Bill Hamid and Sean Franklin were punting balls to Sean Johnson repeatedly, and players were playing with a nervous frantic energy. Predictably, Chicago was able to exploit some naive defending and scored the equalizer. I’ll leave it to BR&U for further details, but I wanted to do the match ratings. Continue reading