Finally, DC United defeated the Houston Dynamo after five straight losses since 2012. The final score was 2-0 as Chris Rolfe and Fabian Espindola both scored in either half to wrap up all three points.
United relied on Rolfe, who dictated play in the midfield area and knew what to do in the final third. Espindola assisted Rolfe’s goal as he found Rolfe alone with a single defender outside the 18. Both of these players linked quite well together, proving that veterans can make this club a true threat to the rest of the league.
Absentees from tonight’s match were Eddie Johnson (DC) who was suspended, and Brad Davis who is with the USMNT in preparation for the World Cup. Johnson’s presence was not missed too much as others filled in by putting on a an offensive show for the home crowd. Davis however was missed by Houston as his set plays and midfield leadership was needed.
Now, DC United will be facing a hot New England Revolution team that has scored a total of 10 goals in their last two games. They defeated the Seattle Sounders 5-0 and the Philadelphia Union 5-2. They will be extremely tough to defend against, so DC’s best bet will be to try and score more goals.
Houston will be traveling to California to face the San Jose Earthquakes, who had had an up-and-down season with two wins, four draws and four losses. They will be without their best corer in Chris Wondolowski, which will make it tough for them to find the back of the net as easily. The Dynamo will have to play a bit more defense and look to counter instead of playing an open game like they did today.