The game in 100 words (or less): Today I watched D.C. United play soccer, and I have to say, it wasn’t the worst experience of my life. To be honest, I never thought I’d say that in my lifetime. Perhaps I won’t be able to say it again all year, but for one afternoon in April, Ben Olsen’s bunch played some decent stuff and took advantage of an unbelievably wayward New England Revolution side which might be able to get Jay Heaps fired this season, if they continue to try really hard. Lamar Neagle, Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio were the goalscorers on the day, and the victory sees United climb up to fifth place in the Eastern Conference for the time being, a spot and a point ahead of the Revolution. It’s still defend-counter-defend-counter soccer from United, but it’s somewhat enjoyable when they attack the open field the way they did on Satuday.
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Three moments that mattered
33′ — Sarvas goes down in the box, wins a PK — Marcelo Sarvas had one thing and one thing only on his mind here: winning a penalty for United. Referee Alan Kelly bought into his deceit and duly obliged. Neagle stepped up and converted the spot kick for 1-0.
86′ — Acosta floats one over Shuttleworth for 2-0 — Luciano Acosta, you are absolutely filthy for this one.
90′ — Saborio scores, has it taken away, awarded again — If anyone knows what in the world the referees did here, do let us know. First it was a goal, then it wasn’t a goal, then it was a goal again.
Man of the match: Alvaro Saborio
Goalscorers: Neagle (33′ – PK), Acosta (86′), Saborio (90′)