D.C. United 1, Philadelphia Union 1

 

(Major League Soccer)
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My match report from D.C. United’s 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium, a match that United controlled for long portions but failed to secure in the second half before Jack McInerney‘s 90th-minute equalizer.

Video package:

Next for United: at Sporting Kansas City on Friday (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) and home against the Houston Dynamo on Oct. 27 (1:30 p.m., NBC).

Records watch (with two games remaining) …

United victories: 3.

MLS record: 4 (Tampa Bay, 2001; Chivas USA, 2005).

United losses: 22.

MLS record: 25 (New York, 1999).

United points: 16.

MLS record: 14 (Tampa Bay, 2001).

United points per match: 0.50.

MLS record: 0.47 (New York, 1999).

United goals: 21.

MLS record: 21 (DCU, 2010).

United goals per game: 0.66.

MLS record: 0.70 (DCU, 2010).

United scoreless performances: 15.

MLS record: 17 (DCU, 2010).

United goals against: 56.

MLS record: 69 (Colorado, 1998).

Ben Olsen bonus quotes …..

“The defense was great tonight. Offensively, [the attack] did everything, except the hard part.”

“There are a lot of really good players on the field in the black [uniforms]. That is promising and I am looking forward to the future, but that doesn’t make [the draw] any easier.”

With Jared Jeffries showing qualities in defensive midfield, will Perry Kitchen move to central defense in the long term? (He has started there the past two matches.)

“He has all the qualities you want in a center back – focus, concentration, physicality, calm on the ball. He certainly could be an option there, but I also really like him in the holding midfield spot too. It’s a luxury to have a guy who can play both. The reason he is there right now is more out of necessity [because of injuries] than taking a look from a tactical standpoint.”

 

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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