Friday, July 29, 2005

Chelsea beat DC United

What a shock, Chelsea is a better team then DC. How will I be able to sleep tonight? But enough of the sarcasm, let's talk about the match.

DC was the better side the first 30 minutes. They were pushing around the Chelsea defense, running set pieces with ease and making a mockery of Chelsea's paycheck. The high point came in the 31st minute when Christian Gomez perfectly sailed a corner kick into the area, finding an unguarded Bobby Boswell's (seen in the photo being too sexy for his shirt) head and landing in the back of the net. DC 1, Chelsea 0. Okay, match over, thanks for coming.

Or maybe not.

The goal sparked the 31,000 strong crowd, but it also sparked the 11 Chelsea players. From this point on, it was all the English side's game. Within four minutes new signing Shaun Wright-Phillips was given too much time with the ball and he slung a curling cross to the far post that found Irishman Damien Duff and plunked right into goal. DC 1, Chelsea 1.

At halftime, Chelsea subbed 9 players. Even with their new lineup they managed to control the match. It was obvious that the Premiere league side did not want this match to end in a tie and in the 56th minute Arjen Robben and Hernan Crespo made an easy run past DC's backline and Crespo just poked the ball into the netting. DC1, Chelsea 2.

Even though they were being dominated, DC almost pulled level in the 73rd minute when Chelsea's Lassana Diarra nearly put the ball into his own goal. Oddly enough, this seemed to give some energy to United. From the 75th minute to the final whistle, DC was back in the game. They had multiple shots on goal and put some heavy pressure on the backline, but it was not enough.

In the end, DC looked good. I must say, they looked better then a club who is being outspent 100-1 should look. United should be happy with the outcome.

By the way, I nailed the final score of this match as well. Maybe I should just predict non-MLS matches for now on.



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