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  • March 29, 2014
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 9445

Live Commentary

  • Final: D.C. United 2, Chicago Fire 2. Amarikwa's late equalizer salvages the road draw for Chicago (0-1-3), while United (0-2-1) remains winless in league play since August.
  • 90' + 3'
    Save Johnson! He pushes away a long-range blast from DeLeon. United is really going for the winner here late.
  • 90'
    Jeffey with a shot, but Sean Johnson saves easily.
  • 89'
    SubstitutionQuincy Amarikwa Chris Rolfe
  • 87'
    Chance United! Eddie Johnson holds onto the ball on the fast break, then finds Jeffrey, whose cross goes begging.
  • 82'
    Assist Patrick Nyarko
  • 82'
    Goal Quincy Amarikwa
  • 82'
    Goal Chicago! It's Amarikwa converting after Nyarko burns Christian on the left and hits a centering feed.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionFabian Espindola Conor Doyle
  • 81'
    Conor Doyle on for Espindola. Energetic outing for Espindola, who opened the scoring with a free kick strike.
  • 80'
    SubstitutionAlex Juan Luis Anangonó
  • 77'
    Long run from Espindola ends with the forward taking a tumble after minimal contact. Lucky not to see yellow for the dive there.
  • 73'
    Assist Bobby Boswell
  • 73'
    Goal Perry Kitchen
  • 73'
    Goal United! It's Perry Kitchen stabbing home a corner kick after it bounced around the box. Boswell with a header cleared off the line, then a shot off the post before the ball finally deflects off Shipp and falls to Kitchen.
  • 72'
    Larentowicz and Hurtado combine to take down Arnaud some 40 yards from goal. Espindola's deflected shot creates some danger but Chicago clears for the corner.
  • 70'
    The attendance at RFK Stadium is 9,445. That's United's lowest number for a weekend game in a long time (ever?).
  • 68'
    Another good chance for Chicago, with Alex firing a shot that gets blocked before it can test Hamid.
  • 66'
    Save Hamid! Amarikwa turns and has his shot turned away by the United goalkeeper, and Nyarko misses his rebound effort.
  • 65'
    Iffy few moments for United, with Parke mishitting a couple of clearances before DeLeon commits a bad foul 25 yards from goal.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionLewis Neal Jared Jeffrey
  • 63'
    Jared Jeffrey checks in for Lewis Neal. Jeffrey will sit inside while Arnaud shifts to the left flank.
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Greg Cochrane
  • 58'
    Cochrane gets a yellow for halting DeLeon on the counterattack. Game starting to get more physical now.
  • 57'
    Chicago replaces Joya with Patrick Nyarko. A lot more pace in the Fire attack now.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionB. Joya Patrick Nyarko
  • 56'
    Yellow Card Jeff Parke
  • 56'
    Jeff Parke picks up a yellow for a late challenge on Amarikwa.
  • 52'
    Dangerous free kick from Espindola whips through the box but goes untouched.
  • 51'
    Arnaud switching the point of attack nicely to spark a United attack. These are the veteran's first minutes of 2014 in his natural central role after being used wide in the first two matches.
  • 47'
    Pretty quiet game thus far for Mike Magee. Just got the ball in space some 20 yards from goal but misplayed his pass.
  • 46'
    And we're back for the second half!
  • Chicago had one shot on goal in the first half, while United had five. D.C. must be disappointed to be tied in this one.
  • There's the halftime whistle. A set piece goal for each team has us tied 1-1 at RFK. United was definitely the more dangerous team in the first half, though losing Luis Silva to injury is definitely a blow.
  • 45'
    Boswell with a mistimed challenge that knocks down Amarikwa near midfield, giving Chicago a free kick.
  • 44'
    United appears to be picking out Eddie Johnson in the air more than in the first two games.
  • 42'
    Chicago now creating some pressure. Magee set up one particularly good chance, but Christian cleared the goalbound shot out.
  • 38'
    SubstitutionLuis Silva Davy Arnaud
  • 38'
    Here comes United's first sub: It's Davy Arnaud in for the injured Silva.
  • 35'
    Assist Nick DeLeon
  • 35'
    Goal Fabian Espindola
  • 35'
    Goal United! It's Fabian Espindola, blasting home the low free kick after DeLeon tees it up for him.
  • 34'
    Johnson gets taken down an inch or two outside the box. Very close to a PK there.
  • 34'
    We're back. United is holding off on the sub for now, playing with 10 men.
  • 31'
    We have a stoppage in play now, with United's Silva on the ground in pain. Looking like D.C. might have to burn an early sub.
  • 27'
    Assist Harrison Shipp
  • 27'
    Goal Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
  • 23'
    A nice chip over the top from Silva finds Neal, but the ball gets stuck under his feet and Chicago clears.
  • 22'
    Yellow Card Nick DeLeon
  • 21'
    There's a half-chance from Chicago, with Hamid punching a free kick clear. Not the most authoritative clearance, but it did the job.
  • 20'
    Eddie Johnson buzzes one wide from 25 yards out. Lots of pressure from United.
  • 19'
    And Kitchen gets a strong header off that corner, but Sean Johnson pushes it aside.
  • 18'
    Another promosing United buildup ends with Soumare stabbing a low Franklin service out for a corner kick.
  • 16'
    Save Sean Johnson! DeLeon slipped in Eddie Johnson, whose tight-angle shot was smothered by the Fire goalkeeper.
  • 13'
    Another good chance for United, with Franklin hitting a nice cross on the overlap and Silva nearly poking one in. D.C. is getting closer, while Chicago is weathering the storm.
  • 11'
    United with a promising chance, but Espindola sees his chance blocked. The weather doesn't seem to be having too much of an effect on play thus far.
  • 7'
    Amarikwa gets slotted in behind the DCU back line, but Parke makes a last-ditch clearance to put it out for a corner.
  • 5'
    Fernandez finds Eddie Johnson with a cross from the left, but the header is week and Sean Johnson collects.
  • 3'
    Espindola strips Soumare and goes in alone on goal, but he's called for the foul.
  • 1'
    And we are underway at RFK Stadium! You can catch the game on NBCSN.
  • The Fire, meanwhile, again have backup fullbacks Matt Watson and Greg Cochrane in the lineup, with regulars Lovel Palmer (suspension) and Gonzalo Segares (ankle) unavailable.
  • United has diverted slightly from the lineup Ben Olsen deployed in the opening two matches, with U.S. Open Cup hero Lewis Neal stepping in for Davy Arnaud (who was limited in training this week after taking a blow to the head against Toronto).
  • Chicago's subs: Reynish; Ianni; Pause, Nyarko; Anangono, Rolfe, Gentile.
  • And here is the Chicago Fire starting lineup: Johnson; Watson, Hurtado, Soumare, Cochrane; Shipp, Larentowicz, Alex, Joya; Ararikwa, Magee.
  • D.C. United's subs: Dykstra; Attakora, Kemp; Caskey, Jeffrey Arnaud; Doyle.
  • Here's the starting lineup for D.C. United: Hamid; Franklin, Boswell, Parke, Fernandez; DeLeon, Kitchen, Silva, Neal; Espindola, Johnson.
  • Greetings from a dreary RFK Stadium, where D.C. United (0-2-0) and the Chicago Fire (0-1-2) are set to brave the rain in search of a first win of 2014.