mercoledì 2 ottobre 2013

DC United made it

Is that the biggest season's upset? One of the Major League Soccer's worst team, DC United, with a record of 3-21-6, claimed the 100th US Open Cup with a shocking 1-0 win at Real Salt Lake. Lewis Neal's goal was enough to claim the trophy and a place in next season's Concacaf Champions League. Lucas Neal is the player sidelined most of the season due to groin injuries... DC arrived in Utah following a road map featuring no wins away and with only six goals scored and 29 allowed. DC produced a solid defensive performance as RSL rarely troubled goalkeeper Bill Hamid. RSL just controlled possessionbut wasn't able to penetrate United's defense. DC found a way to overcome competition’s troubles as when they survived penalty shootouts both against the Richmond Kickers as well in the semifinal against Chicago Fire. Credit to Ben Olsen who ran a clear and concise game plan based on the counter. Despite the bad season they had, DC executed it effectively, allowing RSL no space to play their classic passing game. “It’s been a strange season, but to have the smiles on those guys faces right now, it’s unbelievable,” said Olsen, “we’ve forgotten about the negativity of the year. We managed to find focus in this Open Cup, and come away with something in a season of turmoil, with a trophy. I credit those guys, the organization, and I credit our fans, ownership, everybody. We didn’t let the wheels fall off.”

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