Joe Willis (D.C. United file photo) Joe Willis (D.C. United file photo)

D.C. United’s Joe Willis, a former University of Denver Pioneer, returned to the Mile High City on Sunday evening and performed exquisitely in front of college buddies, his Colorado-bred girlfriend and her family.

“I had to request about 22 tickets,” the second-choice keeper said after blanking the Colorado Rapids during a 0-0 draw.

United is just not going to score on the road. DCU doesn’t score much at home either, but it’s particularly bleak away from RFK. So it falls on Willis and Bill Hamid to perform almost perfectly to earn a point. With Hamid on a U.S. Gold Cup assignment most of the month, Willis has inherited the task.

“He had an incredible night,” Rapids Coach Oscar Pareja said.

Much more about Willis, Colorado’s wealth of chances and United’s meek attack in my game report.

Next match: Friendly with Chivas Guadalajara on Friday night at RFK Stadium.

Next league match: July 20 at Chicago Fire.

Next consequential match: Aug. 7 at Chicago in U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

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