D.C. United Loses Home Opener to Revolution, 2-0
John E De Freitas. | 4/7/2010, 10:31 a.m.
D.C. United made its season home debut before 20,664 fans at RFK stadium. The home opener for new head coach, Curt Onalfo ended in a loss to the New England Revolution and the team€s second loss of the season.
Prior to the game fans enjoyed tailgate parties and entertainment in the parking lots while Washington, D.C. native hip-hop entertainer, Wale performed inside the stadium.
The performance kicks off the club€s €It Takes More€ concert series, which will include pre-game performances by local bands and artists to highlight local talent at every home game this season.
Most of the game was an exhibition of soccer skill, ball possession and rare opportunities to attack and test the goalkeeper. In the 80th minute, New England's reserve Kenny Mansally scored twice in a two-minute span to take home the win.
It was a second disappointment for Onalfo, making his home debut after the 4-0 loss at Kansas earlier. €New England€s game was to come here and slow the game down, and that's exactly what they did,€ Onalfo said. €Our plan was to make the game fast. I thought for a good stretch we did make the game fast, but in games like this where teams are dropped off, you don€t have as many chances as you normally have, so you have to put those away.€
D.C. United€s next home game is April 17, against Chicago Fire.
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D.C. United's Rodney Wallace gets over New England's Sainey Nyassi to head the ball in United's home opener
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