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Played
March 9, 2013 7:10 PM EST
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium — Washington, District of Columbia
Referee:‬ S. Stoica‎
Attendance:‬ 17072‎
 
60′ L. Pajoy
 

D.C. United 1-0 Real Salt Lake: Lionard Pajoy strike enough for United

The Colombian striker had the easiest of headed finishes after John Thorrington's chip could only be parried by Nick Rimando.

By Seth Vertelney

Lionard Pajoy, D.C. United; Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake; MLS
Rob Carr
Lionard Pajoy's second half header ensured the RFK Stadium faithful would go home happy, as D.C. United took its home opener 1-0 over Real Salt Lake.

The first half took some time to spring to life, with most of the first 20 minutes passing by without incident. Gradually, the match started to take shape, with Chris Pontius forcing a sharp save out of Nick Rimando in the first half's best chance for either side.

With 30 minutes to play, the home side broke the deadlock. John Thorrington tried a cheeky chipped effort from the top of the box that Rimando sprawled back to save, but the rebound fell to Lionard Pajoy, who was left with a simple header from close range.

The goal seemed to stir RSL into action, as the visitors began to press, but solid defensive efforts from Brandon McDonald and Dejan Jakovic kept them at bay, and the home side crossed the finish line for its first win of 2013.


D.C. United

28
Bill Hamid
Goalkeeper
 - 
14
 - 
-
Dejan Jakovic
Defender
 - 
26
James Riley
Defender
 - 
22
Chris Korb
Defender
 - 
11
John Thorrington
Midfielder
76′
 - 
13
Chris Pontius
Midfielder
 - 
14
Nick DeLeon
Midfielder
 - 
23
Perry Kitchen
Midfielder
 - 
-
M. Sánchez
Midfielder
58′
 - 
-
L. Pajoy
Striker
28′ 60′ 83′
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Real Salt Lake

 - 
18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
3
 - 
28
 - 
29
K. Mansally
Defender
63′ 66′
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
88′
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
26
 - 
10
 - 
15

Substitutes

31
Joe Willis
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
24
 - 
55
 - 
26
Rafael
Striker
 - 
11
C. Ruíz
Striker
83′
 - 
19
Kyle Porter
Midfielder
58′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
66′
 - 
-
 - 
27
John Stertzer
Midfielder
81′
 - 
8
Joao Plata
Striker
65′
 - 
49

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Own Goal
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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2