The game in 100 words (or less): Get comfortable, D.C. United fans, for I fear it’s going to be a really, really long year for your beloved Black and Red. The only way “Benny (Olsen) Ball” works is if your side can remain tactically disciplined in midfield, rarely or never turn the ball over in the middle third of the field, and defend in a mistake-free fashion. On Saturday, United did none of the above, and were duly handed a 3-0 home defeat to FC Dallas. The majority of Olsen’s side is either well past their prime, not good enough to be a regular starter in MLS, or playing woefully poor while out of position. Fabian Espindola even had a penalty saved on Saturday, and Marcelo Sarvas was shown a red card as well. Michael Barrios bagged a pair of goals on the afternoon and Maximiliano Urruti scored the other (his third in four games this season), dropping United to 0-2-2 on the season. FCD, meanwhile, improve to 3-0-1 and move level on points with Sporting Kansas City atop the Western Conference standings.
Three moments that mattered
14′ — Barrios pounces on the mistake, makes it 1-0 — Kofi Opare and Taylor Kemp had something of a miscommunication, affording Barrios an unobstructed trip inside the penalty area, where he curled one home past a helpless Travis Worra in goal.
28′ — Barrios gets in behind, makes it 2-0 — Mauro Diaz played the simplest through ball for the easiest assist he’ll register all season, and Barrios went outside-of-the-foot for 2-0. It’s not meant to be that easy.
52′ — Urruti finishes from Castillo’s cross for 3-0 — Urruti had so much time to take his 52nd-minute goal that he took not one, but two touches before finishing past Worra for 3-0. Shocking defending from United.
Man of the match: Michael Barrios
Goalscorers: Barrios (14′, 28′), Urruti (52′)