After injuries to three of their starting players, D.C. United salvage 1 point at home Saturday night after a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids.

The wet conditions weren’t the most challenging part of the night for United as they lost star forwards Charlie Davies and Josh Wolff in the first half.   Despite few chances for both teams in the early going, Colorado got on the board first in the 23rd minute when a free kick was played in to the box and D.C. failed to clear it.  This gave a perfect opportunity for Drew Moor to tuck in an easy goal past an out of position Bill Hamid.

D.C. went in to the half down 1-0 and having to rely on an attack centered around subs Santino Quaranta and Joseph Ngwenya.  United seemed to take control in the second half creating some scoring chances in the Rapids box.   Ngwenya  appeared to have been taken down in the box but the referee Terry Vaughn did not call it.  A few minutes later United seemed to get a make up call as Pontius went down in the box after what seemed to be a play where he initiated the contact with the Rapids defender.  Pontius took the penalty shot and tied the game up 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

Both teams traded scoring opportunities towards the end of the game but no damage was done as the game ended 1-1.  United ends their 3 game home stand with 1 win and 2 draws.  With 12 points D.C. United has a couple of weeks between their next league game at Portland.  D.C. will host Dutch League team Ajax for a friendly match Sunday May 22nd at RFK.

Juan Romero



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