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  • May 4, 2011
  • • 7:30 PM
  • • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Referee: H. Grajeda
  • • Attendance: 11254

D.C. United 2-1 Seattle Sounders FC: Davies scores second half winner for United over Seattle

D.C. United 2-1 Seattle Sounders FC: Davies scores second half winner for United over Seattle

Ned Dishman

United stop their skid in a narrow win over Seattle.

Goals from Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies helped end D.C. United’s terrible form in a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Wolff scored his second goal of the season
in the 31st minute, before Davies doubled the lead in the 52nd minute with his sixth tally of the season. Brad Evans scored from the spot for Seattle, but they failed to find an equalizer after that.

First Half

The first half saw each team have their chances, and Josh Wolff got the contest started with a long range effort within the first 20 seconds that Kasey Keller was able to save for Seattle.

Ethan White committed a terrible turnover moments later, gifting the ball to Seattle striker Fredy Montero beyond the United defense. Montero tried to chip the ball over Bill Hamid, who was off his line, but the shot did not have enough on it to beat Hamid.

Seattle nearly had the opener in the 22nd minute, but Alvaro Fernandez’s header from Tyson Wahl’s corner was tipped just over the bar. Nate Jaqua put the ball in the back of the net on the resulting corner, but the play was called back for a handball against Seattle.

Andy Najar hit the post four minutes later, after Wahl’s poor pass in the Seattle half went straight to Charlie Davies. Davies quickly fed Najar in the box, and after Najar danced around in the box, his shot hit the near post, and United could not convert the following corner.

In the 31st minute, United found the breakthrough, as Wolff scored his second goal of the year. Najar’s pass played Davies in behind Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, and Davies quickly slipped a pass into the middle of the box, where Wolff beat James Riley to the ball to score from eight yards out for the 1-0 lead.

Perry Kitchen nearly scored his first professional goal, as Dax McCarty’s corner fell to him in the 35th minute, but the rookie’s half volley was palmed away by Keller, but Seattle cleared the ball out.

Brad Evans had the final chance of the half after being played in by Montero, but Evans, the two goal hero from Saturday, fired his shot from the top of the box over the goal.

Second Half

In the 52nd minute, United doubled their lead, as Davies scored his sixth goal of the season. In a move very similar to the first goal, Najar played Wolff in behind the Seattle defense. Wolff quickly turned in towards the middle of the box, before sending a low cross on the ground towards the fire post, where Davies was to prod home.

Jaqua nearly scored for Seattle in the 63rd minute, but his effort was just wide of the post. A corner sent in bounced towards Jaqua, who used his knee to turn the ball towards goal, but it bounced just wide of the Hamid’s post.

White had a chance to add a third for United in the 68th minute, but his header from McCarty’s free kick was palmed out by Keller, and Davies just missed getting onto the rebound.

Seattle pulled a goal back in the 71st minute, as Evans scored his third goal in two games. Dejan Jakovic was guilty of fouling Montero in the box, giving Seattle a penalty. Evans stepped up to the spot, and sent a shot past Hamid, making the score 2-1 with 20 minutes remaining.  

Fernandez, who had been denied with a header by Hamid in the first half, had another header palmed over the bar in the 73rd minute, as Fernandez got on the end of Roger Levesque’s cross from the right.

Hamid was again United’s hero in the 76th minute, as a header from Levesque fell to Montero at the top of the box. With the ball destined for the top corner, Hamid was at full stretch to keep the effort out.

Seattle were unable to mount a challenge for the rest of the match, as Hamid’s was not tested for the final 14 minutes of the match.

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