D.C. United 4, FC Dallas 1

Chris Rolfe embraces Fabian Espindola (9) after the Argentine’s equalizer in first-half stoppage time. Jeff Parke is in the background.(By Tony Quinn)

Click here for my match report from D.C. United’s 4-1 victory over FC Dallas

United won three league matches in all of 2013. It has won three this year and, with 11 points, is five short of last year’s grand total through 34 games.

Eddie Johnson left in the 51st minute because “he felt something in his hamstring,” Ben Olsen said. “He probably could have pushed through. We just want to be safe.”

With World Cup training camp less than three weeks away, every bump and bruise is magnified. Johnson will be evaluated in the coming days, but from initial indications, the injury is minor. Whether he is fit for next Saturday’s visit to Portland probably won’t be determined until late in the week.

Johnson has yet to score in seven matches, but his bending cross late in the first half connected with Fabian Espindola for the equalizer.

With four goals, Espindola has surpassed DCU’s 2013 individual high scorers (Dwayne De Rosario, Kyle Porter and Luis Silva).

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid returned from a three-game injury absence and regained the starting role. The fact that Andrew Dykstra performed well in Hamid’s absence, though, prompted “a conversation, and that is a credit to Dykstra,” Olsen said. “I wouldn’t have had that conversation last year. [Dykstra] did a great job, but Bill is our No. 1, and he didn’t leave the field through the way he played; he left through an injury and he’s back.”


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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