My match report from D.C. United’s 3-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium.
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*With Emiliano Dudar (hamstring) joining Dejan Jakovic (ankle) and Ethan White (knee) on the sideline, who will join Brandon McDonald in central defense Wednesday at West-leading San Jose?
Ben Olsen said he would consider right back Robbie Russell, defensive midfielder Perry Kitchen and left back Daniel Woolard.
On Saturday night, when Dudar departed late in the first half, Russell moved into the middle, Kitchen dropped to right back and Marcelo Saragosa entered.
“It’s not ideal because Dudar has been a stud,” Olsen said. “We’ll have to make adjustments, but there’s a spirit to this team that a little adversity isn’t going to scare them.”
*Joe Willis had his first rough outing since becoming the starter in the second week, conceding a bad goal and showing indecisiveness coming off his line. Afterward, Willis took responsibility for Houston’s second goal.
On a lighter note, I asked him why a giant bag of dry dog food was sitting in the back of his locker.
“Ah, it’s for a fundraiser.”
Not your dinner, huh?
“After the game I played tonight, it should be.”
Might we see Bill Hamid on Wednesday in San Jose or Saturday in Toronto? I wouldn’t be surprised. Willis has been very good this season, but Hamid needs a match sooner rather than later.
*Maicon Santos has scored six goals in the past six matches (454 minutes). The entire Toronto FC squad, one of his former clubs, has scored six all season in 630 minutes.
*Olsen, on Chris Pontius’s play at forward: “Today is the first time I’ve really realized he can play forward. He is going to learn the position very quickly. We wanted him to pull [their center backs] out with runs behind and underneath. It gave Maicon some room and gave them a little bit of trouble.”
*Danny Cruz will fly to Arizona on Sunday following the death of his grandfather Friday. Cruz plans to rejoin United in San Jose on Monday night.
Facing his former club Saturday, Cruz was off his game at times.
“I was a bit nervous. It’s different than I expected. To step on the field against a family that helped mold me into the player I am was a bit different. It showed a little bit.”
*Now that United has vanquished its three-year drought without consecutive league victories, the club will attempt to win three in a row for the first time since June 2008. The next opponent, San Jose, is 6-1-1 following a 2-1 victory at Philadelphia.