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D.C. United
DC
Final
3
Columbus Crew
CLB
Saturday, March 8, 20147:00 PM
RFK StadiumMLS Regular SeasonCloudyMLS LIVEAttendance: 13840

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 90'CLBFederico Higuaín
  • Justin Meram
  • Waylon Francis
 27'CLBFederico Higuaín 
 18'CLBJairo Arrieta
  • Josh Williams
  • Héctor Jiménez
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 76'CLB Waylon FrancisTime wasting
 67'DC Lewis NealFoul
 63'CLB Federico HiguaínEncroachment
 43'CLB Wil TrappFoul
 39'CLB Tony TchaniFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 90'+3'CLB
Tyson Wahl (D)
Waylon Francis (D)
 87'CLB
Adam Bedell (F)
Jairo Arrieta (F)
 82'DC
Kyle Porter (M)
Jeff Parke (D)
 73'DC
Conor Doyle (F)
Davy Arnaud (M)
 73'CLB
Justin Meram (M)
Bernardo Anor (M)
 63'DC
Lewis Neal (M)
Nick DeLeon (M)

Starting Formations

28Hamid5Franklin32Boswell2Parke3Cristian23Kitchen8Arnaud14DeLeon11Silva7Johnson9EspindolaM242550301933151Clark3Williams5Gonzalez4Parkhurst14Francis12Jiménez20Trapp6Tchani7Anor10Higuaín19ArrietaM224928132129RAA4

Lineups

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D.C. United
28GBill Hamid
5DSean Franklin
32DBobby Boswell
2DJeff Parke
3DCristian
23MPerry Kitchen
8MDavy Arnaud
14MNick DeLeon
11MLuis Silva
7FEddie Johnson
9FFabian Espindola
Columbus Crew
1GSteve Clark
3DJosh Williams
5DGiancarlo Gonzalez
4DMichael Parkhurst
14DWaylon Francis
12MHéctor Jiménez
20MWil Trapp
6MTony Tchani
7MBernardo Anor
10FFederico Higuaín
19FJairo Arrieta
Bench
24Lewis Neal
25Jared Jeffrey
50Andrew Dykstra
30Conor Doyle
19Kyle Porter
33Taylor Kemp
15Steve Birnbaum
 
2Tyson Wahl
24Agustin Viana
9Justin Meram
28Matt Lampson
13Ethan Finlay
21Chad Barson
29Adam Bedell
Managers
  Ben Olsen
 
  Gregg Berhalter
OFFICIALS

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RefereeAndres Pfefferkorn  
Assistant RefereeLuis Guardia  
Assistant RefereePedro Trejo  
Fourth OfficialIgor Cvetkovski  
Saturday, March 8, 2014
7:00 PM
RFK Stadium
MLS LIVE

WASHINGTON – D.C. United and the Columbus Crew entered their matchup on Saturday evening with something in common: roster turnover. Both teams rebuilt their squads from the inside out following a disappointing 2013 campaign – United's starting XI featured seven new faces, including US national team star Eddie Johnson, while Columbus took the pitch with five newcomers.

In the end, it was Columbus who played more like a team, while United showed much of the uncertainty one would expect from a squad with so many new faces. A Federico Higuain brace and a Jairo Arrieta strike led the Crew to a 3-0 victory in front of 13,840 at RFK Stadium.

The win marked the first for Columbus's first-year head coach Gregg Berhalter. United remain winless in 13 straight league matches, dating back to August of last season.

Beyond the scoreboard, the Crew dominated the match, boasting 57 percent of the possession and owning a 5-1 lead in shots on goal. However, both teams traded half-chances during an uneventful opening quarter hour. Four minutes in, newly acquired left back Cristian Fernandez gave United their first chance of the evening, striking an ambitious ball from 40 yards out that sailed just over the bar. Columbus countered with several attempts of their own, all well off the mark.

But United's newly formed backline of Sean Franklin, Bobby Boswell, Jeff Parke, and Christian ultimately capitulated to the Crew's quick, probing attack.   

First, offseason acquisitions Giancarlo Gonzalez and Hector Jimenez combined with Josh Williams to set up Arrieta for the Crew opener 18 minutes in. Jimenez one-timed a pass from Gonzalez to a streaking Wiliams on the right flank, and Williams struck a curling, one-touch cross to Arrieta, who's sliding effort found got past outstretched goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

Then, in the 27th minute, Columbus doubled their advantage. United midfielder Perry Kitchen and Crew defender Michael Parkhurst grappled while racing for a loose ball in the box, with referee Andres Pfefferokorn ruling that Kitchen committed a foul in the exchange. Higuain converted the ensuing penalty kick.

For the most part, Columbus contented themselves with sitting back and defending in the second half, while United attempted to push forward in search of an opener of their own. Johnson, who signed a new Designated Player contract this week, searched for space, but was smothered or subdued again and again by the Crew's Parkhurst and Giancarlo Gonzalez.

D.C. nearly got back into the match five minutes into the second stanza. Nick Deleon played a bending cross into the box, which Columbus 'keeper Steve Clark tipped goalwards. A well-positioned Parkhurst, however, cleared the ball off the goal line. Despite a series of offensive-minded substitutions, it was D.C.'s only genuine chance at goal until the 86th minute when a scramble in the Crew area after a corner kick saw the ball fall to Christian. His shot from the penalty spot was blocked at the last second by Justin Meram.

Meram then forced Hamid into a fine, diving save in 77th minute, when his shot from the top of the D was deflected on its way goalward.

There was nothing Hamid could do about the Higuain's shot in the 90th minute, though, as the Argentine tapped home the Crew's third goal after Meram found him wide open running into the box.

Neither team is in action next weekend. Columbus will host the Philadelphia Union on March 22, while D.C. will travel north to face yet another re-shaped team, Toronto FC, on the same day. 

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Michael Parkhurst (CLB) Neutralized his USMNT teammate Eddie Johnson from start to finish, helped hold DC to 1 shot on goal, and rarely lost possession.
2 Jairo Arrieta (CLB) Costa Rican international scored a nice simple goal in first half, but proved dangerous with his running all night long.
3 Federico Higuain (CLB) Ran the Crew attack for 90 minutes, creating chances and relieving pressure. The two goals were just the cherries on the top.