D.C. United’s starting lineup Saturday in a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution was unfamiliar to say the least.
Due to injury and illness, United put together a lineup that included two players getting their first start on the season, one player shifting positions slightly, and one player, Max Tissot, getting his first start and minutes with United.
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Before the match, coach Ben Olsen said that he would be satisfied with a 0-0 tie at halftime. With Nguyen’s goal erasing that possibility, United fought back to get not one, but two goals before the end of the first half.
In the 26th minute, after a mess inside the 18-yard box, Jared Jeffrey rocked a shot off from the top of the box, evening the score. Two minutes later, Sebastien Le Toux added another goal for United.
“We went through a lot this week,” Olsen told NewsChannel8’s Lindsay Simpson after the match. “I think everyone came here with a real group mentality.”
Despite their strong first half performance, United quickly let up the equalizing goal in the opening minutes of the second half on an own goal by defender Sean Franklin. In the 48th minute, Antonio Delamae headed a Revolution corner into the six-yard box. Chaos ensued, and in an attempt to defend, United’s Sean Franklin knocked the second goal past Hamid to tie the game at two.
“We really were trying to keep it together on the road. It is always tough,” Jared Jeffrey said. “It is tough giving up that goal in the second half, but we will look forward to next week’s game.”
Searching for a winning goal, Olsen put feisty forward Luciano Acosta in the game despite originally resting him, keeping the Argentinian out of the opening lineup. Acosta has experienced issues with his ankle early this season. New England also went on the attack in the latter part of the second half and almost pulled ahead in the waning minutes of the match.
Kei Kamara tried his shot against Hamid in the 73rd minute, but fell short to the consistently impressive goaltending of Hamid.
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“It is a good comeback from last week,” midfielder Lamar Neagle said. “I think we are still going to be a little disappointed looking at this, getting one point instead on three.”
In the adversity of injury, United was able to take away one more point on the road. The club rounds out their three-week road trip next Sunday in Atlanta.
“These games are important,” Olsen said. “You talk about injuries, but it is about the guys that replace these guys. That’s what was special about tonight.”
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