With a postseason berth secured an afternoon previous thru different effects, D.C. United arrived at Audi Box on Sunday aiming to make stronger its Jap Convention place and proceed a late-season rebirth.
The defensive effort have been sturdy of overdue, however would the slow assault come round in time for the MLS playoffs?
Acting with refreshing taste within the first part and conventional unravel and potency in the second one, United gave a well-rounded efficiency and defeated the Seattle Sounders, 2-Zero, ahead of a rowdy target audience of 18,489.
The 3rd consecutive shutout victory lifted United (13-10-Nine, 48 issues) into fourth position, which, if the season had been to finish now, would include home-field merit within the first spherical of the playoffs.
With two weeks left, United is a step forward of the New York Crimson Bulls (14-13-Five, 47 issues) and Toronto FC (12-10-10, 46). New York Town FC (16-Five-10, 58), Atlanta (17-11-Three, 54) and Philadelphia (15-Nine-7, 52) take a seat atop the desk.
United will discuss with the Crimson Bulls subsequent Sunday ahead of last in opposition to league-worst Cincinnati on Oct. 6 in Washington.
“We had been speaking about [home field] all day — it’s the place we wish to be and the place we need to move,” Trainer Ben Olsen stated. “The one approach to do this is thru New York and [Cincinnati]. If we get the best issues right here, we put ourselves in a great place.”
Lucas Rodríguez scored early within the fit and Frédéric Brillant added a function early in the second one part as United ended a string of six consecutive defeats and an eight-game winless rut in opposition to the Sounders. The former victory got here in 2011 at RFK Stadium.
“We need to do extra, to need extra for the membership and for your self,” Brillant stated. “At this time, we’re excellent however we now have not anything. We need to preserve going.”
Brillant and his fellow defenders had been arranged and compact, blocking off photographs and proscribing Seattle’s transparent alternatives. And after conceding ball ownership and a lot of photographs within the earlier two fits, United used to be crisp and threatening within the assault.
“That has been tricky for us to position in combination, that complete efficiency,” Olsen stated. “The closing couple weeks we’ve put in combination excellent halves. … To maintain this is going to be important if we’re going to change into a staff that may elevate silverware.”
The Sounders (14-10-Eight) confirmed fatigue of their 3rd recreation in per week. They had been additionally shorthanded: Playmaker Nicolás Lodeiro (seven objectives, 12 assists) used to be scratched with a again harm, and beginning middle again Xavier Arreaga served a red-card suspension.
United ahead Ola Kamara (3 objectives in 4 fits) persevered getting better from a hamstring ailment and used to be now not in uniform.
Olsen didn’t make any adjustments to the lineup: With the playoffs coming near, he has settled on his first-choice group of workers and formation. Accidents and suspensions will adjust the ones plans, in fact.
Wayne Rooney, Paul Arriola, Felipe Martins and Russell Canouse entered on the yellow-card threshold, and via fending off a warning Sunday, they continue to be eligible subsequent Sunday.
United buzzed with job from the beginning, a promising signal from a unit that has prioritized protection.
The Sounders lacked a hub with out Lodeiro, however they did threaten first as Brad Smith cruised in by myself at the left aspect and smashed a bid off the crossbar. Moments later, Rooney did the similar from 18 yards.
Within the 14th minute, United went forward. Ulises Segura’s deflected go floated to Rodríguez on the most sensible of the penalty space. The Argentine chested it down and lashed a right-footed shot previous diving goalkeeper Stefan Frei and into the decrease left nook for his 6th function of the yr.
Frei avoided additional injury, creating a nice reflex save on Arriola’s rasping power. United brimmed with self belief within the assault, transferring the ball briefly thru one-touch passes and stretching Seattle’s protection via switching the purpose of assault.
It used to be as snappy as United had carried out in somewhat a while.
Simply ahead of intermission, Rooney rattled the crossbar once more, this time on a loose kick from a number of yards past the aspect of the penalty space.
The second one function got here on a collection piece 9 mins after the damage. As a substitute of taking pictures top, Rooney went low, thumping a loose kick into the combination. Partly screening Frei, Segura raised his appropriate foot and let the ball race previous him. The on-rushing Brillant met it for a very simple tap-in and his fourth function in 113 MLS fits.
“I simply attempted to position the ball into a perilous place and make it tricky for the keeper,” Rooney stated. Segura “had an ideal dummy, after which it used to be both going to move directly in or Fred used to be going to knock it in.”
Brillant stated he didn’t be expecting Rooney to ship the ball low, however he added, “We knew we need to put the presence very as regards to the function.”
Segura’s effort to finish any lingering suspense clanged off the some distance put up within the 83rd minute.
With United taking part in keep-away within the loss of life moments, the group chanted “Ole!” with every move.
“It provides us just a little self belief that offensively we’re a greater staff than other folks give us credit score for,” Olsen stated. “And to proceed with now not giving up a function remains to be the basis of luck for us.”
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