Greetings from Maryland SoccerPlex, where D.C. United faces the New England Revolution in a U.S. Open Cup second-round qualifier. With a victory, United would have to play a Cup-related match on the road for the first time in four years: May 25 against Sporting Kansas City on the UMKC campus.
For tonight’s match, there is no TV coverage or online video. The Revolution is planning online audio coverage on its Web site. You can also try to follow along on Twitter. I’ll post updates periodically, but for steadier coverage, follow United’s Twitter feed.
DCU LINEUP: Onstad; Barklage, White, Brasesco, Woolard; Najar, Morsink, Boskovic, Quaranta; Ngwenya, Brettschneider. Subs: Hamid, King, Davies, McCarty, Pontius, Shanosky, Kitchen.
REVOLUTION LINEUP: Shuttleworth; Barnes, Cochrane, Loewy, Tierney; Nyassi, Dabo, McCarthy, Kinne; Dube, Mansally. Subs: Murray, Augustine, Fagundez, Koger, Schiawski.
FIRST HALF: United was ragged throughout the 45 minutes — unable to sustain possession amid an alarming number of poor touches -- and fell behind in the 34th minute when Kenny Mansally crossed to Kheli Dube for a simple finish in the box.
SECOND HALF: Dube needed just 75 seconds for his second goal, stinging a low 18-yarder to the near corner. For the second straight game, Branko Boskovic was United’s most influential player (only influential player?). Seven minutes apart, he had a 22-yard free kick stopped nicely by Bobby Shuttleworth and tagged a 19-yard set piece off the right post. Alan Koger capitalized on United’s woeful clearning efforts to make it 3-0 in the 69th minute. Boskovic earned one back in the 73rd with a rising strike from 16 yards, then drilled a 23-yarder into the far side to pull United within a goal in the 82nd. Boskovic exited in the 86th with a leg injury and didn’t return, leaving DCU shorthanded for the six-plus minutes of added time. FINAL: Revolution 3, United 2.