Friday, September 23, 2005

DC United out of the Copa Sudamericana

What a hard game to lose. DC United got it going in the 13th minute with a good goal by Christian Gomez off a smooth pass by Jaime Moreno. Ten minutes later DC had the chance to go up by 2 when they got a penalty kick. However, Jaime Moreno did not fool the keeper who pushed the ball out of play. But it did not take United long to get their second. Christian Gomez put a solid curling shot into the netting just moments later.

So up by two and the end of the half coming on fast; not bad. Too bad it would not last. Just a few minutes before halftime Catolica started making their move. Eduardo Rubio fought through the defense and somehow managed to find an unguarded Jorge Quinteros. He quickly scored his first on the night.

When the second half started, DC was still pressing forward and almost got a third. Christian Gomez tried to chip a shot over the charging keeper, but it was saved. United then subbed out Gomez for the more defensive John Wilson. It was time to play defense.

Catolica started wave after wave of attack. DC keeper Nick Rimando made some good saves, but there was just too much pressure. In the 78th, Rubio got his second of the night off a great free kick. Now DC's job was to hold the tie for 22 minutes. They did it for about 18, but then Jorge Quinteros got to a loose ball in the box and sent the Black and Red right out of the Copa.

DC should be proud of most of their play, but one must wonder why coach Peter Nowak went defensive so early in the second half. United was showing some strength on attack, so why not play it for 5 or 10 more minutes? Giving a side like Catolica all that time to come at you again and again on their own field seems a bit foolish to me.

Catolica 3 - DC 2



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