Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Coming off a rousing victory on Tuesday to
claim the U.S. Open Cup trophy, D.C. United resumes its league campaign against
the Chicago Fire on Friday at RFK Stadium.
D.C. United earned an impressive 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto
Stadium to capture the club's 13th major trophy, but is still struggling in
league play, coming off a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Toronto FC last weekend.
United opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Jared Jeffrey beat TFC
goalkeeper Joe Bendik with an exceptional strike from 25 yards out, but Toronto
evened the proceedings 11 minutes later when Darel Russell chested an errant
ball inside the United area and turned and volleyed past goalkeeper Joe Willis
in spectacular fashion.
The hosts took the lead in the 67th minute when right back Mark Bloom delivered
a cross that striker Bright Dike finished with authority via a thundering
volley. TFC then added an insurance tally through a Conor Shanosky own goal and
Alvaro Rey finished the rout with a goal in the 87th minute.
"None of these guys are fit, most of them aren't 90 minutes fit because they
haven't had a 90 in a long time," United head coach Ben Olsen said of his
youthful starting 11. "Again, when you add it all up that is what can happen
toward the end of the game."
Chicago enters the match in desperate need of three points to keep their
playoff hopes alive after settling for a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact at
Toyota Park last week.
Montreal opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Marco Di Vaio found the
back of the net, but the Fire battled back to equalize in the 57th through a
Mike Magee goal.
Chicago took the lead in the 73rd minute through another Mike Magee goal, but
the Chicago native missed a penalty kick a few minutes later which swung the
momentum back to Montreal and Maxim Tissot bagged the equalizer three minutes
"It's been difficult because we've been dropping points. We could've been in a
different situation," said Fire head coach Frank Klopas. "It's crucial because
it is towards the end. Every point that we drop we can't get back. It is an
opportunity to be in the final spot. The energy was there, we deserve to win
but it doesn't always work out."
In 45 all-time meetings between the sides, both clubs have claimed 17 wins with
11 ties also in the mix.
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