D.C. United Lose 2-0. Washington Freedom Win 3-1.
John E De Freitas. | 5/5/2010, 6:59 p.m.
After witnessing four consecutive losses to open the 2010 MLS season, the 12,089 fans at RFK Stadium were eager for a win against the New York Red Bulls, Sat., May 1. But a breakdown in defense that yielded two goals early in the second half dropped DC United to a 2-0 loss. United (0-5-0) is off to the worst start in club history and the third poorest in MLS's 15 seasons.
Salou Ibrahim and Juan Pablou Angel scored nine minutes apart for the Red Bulls (5-1), ending a 10-game winless streak in Washington. Ibrahim beat defender Juan Manuel Pena to Dane Richards' low cross to score in the 51st minute, a left foot shot past goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Angel scored from Joel Lindpere's free kick, and nodded it inside the left post.
"When you're fragile, like we are at this point because the results haven't been going our way, more than anything in the second half, giving up that goal, I thought, really hurt us. Our response wasn't good after that. There was a good effort in the first half and I thought that we were outcompeted in the second." D.C. coach Curt Onalfo said.
In the second game of a double header, the Washington Freedom Women's team beat the Saint Louis Athletica, 3-1.
"It was a pretty solid performance. We fought, we battled, and we focused," said Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra.
Freedom scored in the 18th minute to take an early lead over Athletica. Abby Wambach turned the ball in front of the goal and found the feet of Sonia Bompastor who put the ball past Athletica goalie Hope Solo. Athletica forward Eniola Aluko tied the score in the final seconds of the first half with a left-footed goal, assisted by Lori Chalupny. Homare Sawa capitalized on a well-placed corner kick from Bompastor to find the back of the net in the opening minute of the second half.
In the 74th minute, Lene Mykjaland broke up an Athletica possession to tap the ball past Solo for a third Freedom goal.
"It was a great game because we had a lot of intensity and we scored three goals. I think that both teams played well and played with a lot of heart," said Freedom defender, Bompastor. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod played a key role in Saturday's win.
"The last few games our heart and our desire and our work ethic wasn't strong enough but I think that last scramble was a tremendous example of those three things coming together," McLeod said.
"At the end of the day, getting three points against Hope Solo, one of the best goalkeepers in the world is a great day for Washington Freedom," Wambach said. Prior to the double header at RFK, the final of the Super Copa final between Aegean Hawks and Victoria was decided by penalty kick shootout. Hawks won 1-0 to take home a cash prize of $5,000 as well as the team trophy and individual medals.