D.C. United earned its first preseason victory Saturday, defeating the Houston Dynamo 2-0 on the opening night of the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston, S.C.
Two weeks ahead of the MLS season opener, United went ahead in the 21st minute when Houston’s David Horst headed Nick DeLeon‘s cross into his own net. Michael Seaton, United’s 17-year-old homegrown forward from Capitol Heights, added to the lead in the 88th minute when he pounced on a rebound at the top of the penalty area after Kyle Porter‘s bid was blocked.
United did not score in three losses during the middle stage of training camp in Bradenton, Fla.
First-choice goalkeeper Bill Hamid played all 90 minutes and, despite misjudging a ball sent into the box late in the match, recorded the shutout.
United will face the third-division Charleston Battery on Wednesday night at Blackbaud Stadium before closing preseason play next Saturday against the Seattle Sounders.
The opener is March 8 against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.
Bill Hamid; Sean Franklin (Jalen Robinson 76th), Bobby Boswell (Steve Birnbaum 76th), Jeff Parke (Conor Shanosky 76th), Cristian Fernandez (Taylor Kemp 76th); Davy Arnaud (Collin Martin 76th), Perry Kitchen (Reuben Ayarna* 76th), Luis Silva (Victor Munoz** 76th), Nick DeLeon (Kyle Porter 76th); Fabian Espindola (Conor Doyle 76th), Eddie Johnson (Michael Seaton 78th).
**unsigned draft pick
Did not play: Chris Pontius, Chris Korb, Nana Attakora, Joe Willis, Andrew Dykstra, Christiano Francois, Jared Jeffrey, Lewis Neal.
Dynamo lineup: Deric; Sarkodie (Ownby 72nd), Horst (Brunner 72nd), Taylor (Cochran 72nd), Ashe (Chabala 72nd); Cascio (Driver 72nd), Garcia (Carrasco 72nd), Clark (Lopez 72nd), Davis (Johnson 72nd); Barnes (Sherrod 72nd), Bruin (Cummings 72nd).