The game in 100 words (or less): Sometimes in soccer, the end is in no way related to the mean. In layman’s terms, it doesn’t matter if you play well or extremely poor; there’s a pretty good chance the ultimate result will be completely opposite of what you think you “deserved.” For almost the entire first half, Sporting KC dominated the run of play, creating chance after chance, but failing to put one away. Then, D.C. United, from a nothing play, grabbed a 1-0 lead. Sporting answered almost immediately, and nothing about this game seemed to make any sense. In truth, a 1-1 draw feels just about right, though it could have easily been 2-0 or 3-0 to the visitors early on. Sometimes it’s funny how a game arrives at its destination; this was one of those instances.
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Three moments that mattered
19′ — Peterson smashes the crossbar — Roger Espinoza provided the dangerous cross into the box and Jacob Peterson made a mad dash for the ball near the top of the six-yard box, but his shot was about six inches high and smashed off the cross bar, nearly giving Sporting an early lead on the road.
42′ — Arrieta finishes a great move from Kitchen, Pontius — Perry Kitchen dropped the long ball over the top onto the foot of Chris Pontius, who cleverly squared it for Jairo Arrieta. It’s the kind of goal that United, lucky as they are, have made a killing on the last year and a half.
45′ — Dwyer with a the smooth finish minutes later — SKC completely bossed the first half, and with 44 minutes on the clock, had nothing to show for their efforts. Finally, on perhaps their least-likely-to-be-scored chance of the half, Dom Dwyer applied a smooth finish to beat Bill Hamid and level the game up.
Man of the match: Benny Feilhaber — 3 key passes for the early-season MVP candidate, and the highest usage rate of any non-defender in the game. Oh, and he also won the ball back for his side almost 15 times. Both sides of the ball, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better player every single week this season.
D.C. United: Hamid, Korb, Opare, Boswell, Franklin, Rolfe (Farfan 74′), Kitchen, Arnaud, DeLeon (Aguilar 88′), Pontius, Arrieta (Silva 66′)
Goals: Arrieta (42′)
Sporting Kansas City: Melia, Sinovic, Besler, Palmer-Brown, Anibaba, Espinoza, Mustivar, Espinoza, Peterson (Hallisey 85′), Dwyer (Nemeth 71′), Zusi (Dia 89′)
Goals: Dwyer (45′)