MLS Snapshot: D.C. United 2-0 Columbus Crew SC

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The game in 100 words (or less): D.C. United will rarely, if ever, be flashy in their 2015 successes, but man oh man, they are almost definitely the hardest-to-beat team in the league, which they once again reminded us in beating Columbus Crew SC, 2-0, on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Crew SC combined to score seven goals in their previous two games, and could must just three shots on target against a United side revitalized once again by the presence of Fabian Espindola. Overzealous could be the best word to describe Crew SC’s gameplan in this one, and it ended up biting them in the end.

[ RECAPS: Two MLS games on Friday night ]

Three moments that mattered

15′ — Espindola finishes a quick D.C. counter — When thinking of the current iteration of United, lightning-quick counter attacks aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind — it’s set pieces and lots of tactical fouling — but that’s exactly what Espindola and Chris Rolfe used to open the scoring.

41′ — Franklin takes of advantage of some poor marking — One thing United do do well is to capitalize on mistakes in a big, big way. Crew SC’s marking on the 41st-minute corner kick was extremely poor, which made Sean Franklin’s job very easy slotting the ball into a wide-open far post.

65′ — Outstretched Finlay can’t reach Kamara’s cross — It was the kind of chance that would have easily found the back of the net in either of the last two weeks for Crew SC, but Kei Kamara’s outside-of-the-foot cross went begging as Ethan Finlay stretched with all his length at the back post.

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Man of the match: Fabian Espindola — He’s the MVP of United’s season after just two games (for him) and eight for the team. The difference in this United team is night and day without the Argentine, and he was the focal points once again, of another three points.

LINEUPS

D.C. United: Hamid, Korb, Boswell, Opare, Franklin, Pontius, Arnaud, Kitchen, DeLeon (Farfan 63′), Rolfe (Silva 71′), Espindola (Aguilar 86′)

Goals: Espindola (15′), Franklin (41′)

Columbus Crew SC: Clark, Grana (Jimenez 65′), Parkhurst, Pogatetz, Francis (Klute 46′), Finlay, Saeid, Tchani, Higuain, Meram (Steindorsson 46′), Kamara