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D.C. United
DC
Final
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Chicago Fire
CHI
Saturday, March 29, 20144:00 PM
RFK StadiumMLS Regular SeasonRainNBCSNAttendance: 9445

Match Summary

GOALS AND ASSISTS

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TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 82'CHIQuincy Amarikwa
  • Patrick Nyarko
 73'DCPerry Kitchen
  • Bobby Boswell
 35'DCFabian Espindola
  • Nick DeLeon
 27'CHIJhon Kennedy Hurtado
  • Harrison Shipp
DISCIPLINARY

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TimeClubPlayerReason
 58'CHI Greg CochraneFoul
 56'DC Jeff ParkeFoul
 22'DC Nick DeLeonFoul
SUBSTITUTIONS

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 89'CHI
Chris Rolfe (F)
Quincy Amarikwa (F)
 81'DC
Conor Doyle (F)
Fabian Espindola (F)
 80'CHI
Juan Luis Anangonó (F)
Alex (M)
 63'DC
Jared Jeffrey (M)
Lewis Neal (M)
 56'CHI
Patrick Nyarko (M)
Benji Joya (M)
 38'DC
Davy Arnaud (M)
Luis Silva (M)

Starting Formations

28Hamid5Franklin2Parke32Boswell3Cristian23Kitchen14DeLeon24Neal11Silva7Johnson9EspindolaM84255030123325Johnson22Watson34Hurtado4Soumaré16Cochrane19Shipp20Larentowicz7Alex54Joya24Amarikwa9MageeM1712628143392RAA4

Lineups

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D.C. United
28GBill Hamid
5DSean Franklin
2DJeff Parke
32DBobby Boswell
3DCristian
23MPerry Kitchen
14MNick DeLeon
24MLewis Neal
11MLuis Silva
7FEddie Johnson
9FFabian Espindola
Chicago Fire
25GSean Johnson
22DMatt Watson
34DJhon Kennedy Hurtado
4DBakary Soumaré
16DGreg Cochrane
19MHarrison Shipp
20MJeff Larentowicz
7MAlex
54MBenji Joya
24FQuincy Amarikwa
9FMike Magee
Bench
8Davy Arnaud
4Nana Attakora
25Jared Jeffrey
50Andrew Dykstra
30Conor Doyle
12Alex Caskey
33Taylor Kemp
 
17Chris Rolfe
12Logan Pause
6Patrick Ianni
28Kyle Reynish
14Patrick Nyarko
33Juan Luis Anangonó
92Giuseppe Gentile
Managers
  Ben Olsen
 
  Frank Yallop
OFFICIALS

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RefereeJair Marrufo  
Assistant RefereeEric Boria  
Assistant RefereeAdam Garner  
Fourth OfficialChris Penso  
Saturday, March 29, 2014
4:00 PM
RFK Stadium
NBCSN

WASHINGTON – D.C. United took the field on Saturday afternoon at RFK Stadium in search of their first victory in seven months. And for a while, it looked like they might just get it.

The Chicago Fire, however, had other plans.

Fire forward Quincy Amarikwa’s 82nd-minute equalizer denied United what would’ve been a precious victory, earning the Fire a 2-2 draw in front of 9,445 rain-soaked fans at RFK Stadium.

D.C. were dominant for long stretches of the first half, playing the type of attacking, free-flowing soccer that’s eluded them for over a year. Some 14 minutes in, United midfielder Nick DeLeon played fullback Sean Franklin through on the right flank. Franklin’s driven cross found Luis Silva eight yards out, but the midfielder failed to convert. 

Three minutes later, DeLeon combined with Eddie Johnson on another quality chance, a lovely one-two exchange that saw Johnson’s attempt at goal smothered by Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

Silva found himself involved in another scoring chance two minutes later, serving a corner kick to a wide-open Perry Kitchen in the box, but Kitchen’s powerful header found its way into Johnson’s hands. Silva left several minutes later with an apparent ankle injury.

Chicago got their opener against the run of play. Midfielder Harrison Shipp struck a well-placed corner kick towards the far post into the path of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, who was left unmarked by Franklin and D.C. left back Cristian and made no mistake with the chance, heading it home. 

Undeterred, United soon found the equalizer. After Eddie Johnson was brought down just outside the box, DeLeon and Fabian Espindola relied on a bit of trickery on the ensuing free kick, with the former initially stepping up to hit it goalwards but instead rolling a deft touch back towards his teammate. Espindola’s low, pacey strike leveled the match.

Neither team looked particularly threatening early in the second half. The Fire's Amarikwa and Alex shared a pair of chances in the 67th minute, but United 'keeper Bill Hamid parried away Amarikwa’s strike and Alex’s found its way into a wall of defenders. 

D.C.’s second arrived in the 73rd, once again on a restart. Bobby Boswell found himself on the end of an Espindola corner kick. Boswell’s header was cleared from the goal line, but found its way right back to him. His second attempt struck the near post, and the rebound fell directly into the path of Kitchen, who slammed it into the roof of the net from close range.

But Chicago equalized less than 10 minutes later. Second-half substitute Patrick Nyarko collected the ball on the right flank, nutmegged Cristian and centered into the path of an onrushing Amarikwa, who hammered it home and celebrated with a cheeky kiss of his biceps.

The loss stretches United’s winless streak to 15 games, their longest in club history. They’ll welcome New England to RFK on April 5. Chicago, having ground out their second draw in as many games, will welcome the Montreal Impact earlier that same day. 

 

MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match

Rank Player What We Saw
1 Quincy Amarikwa A constant nuisance to DC's defense both on and off the ball; finished his best scoring chance with gusto.
2 Perry Kitchen He's been United's best player this season and this time his yeoman's work in midfield was rewarded with a goal.
3 Harrison Shipp With his intelligent decision-making and sterling set-piece delivery, you'd never know he was a rookie.