D.C. United digs early deficit, falls to Charlotte FC


CHARLOTTE — Within the thirteenth minute of D.C. United’s 3-0 defeat to Charlotte FC on Wednesday, captain Steven Birnbaum took a ball off the nostril and watched helplessly because it caromed into his web for one more early deficit this harsh summer season.

By the tip of the night time, the chilly actuality of managing a poor staff had smacked Coach Wayne Rooney squarely within the face.

In Rooney’s second match in cost, United was not almost ok to beat an enlargement aspect that, apart from a number of spells, managed the festivities earlier than an introduced 31,520 at Financial institution of America Stadium.

Three days after a miraculous end overshadowed shortcomings — and produced a 2-1 comeback victory over Orlando Metropolis at Audi Discipline — United (6-13-3) was again to its previous methods. It fell behind inside quarter-hour for the sixth time in eight matches, manufactured few high quality possibilities and fell to 1-4-1 up to now six outings.

Main scorer Taxi Fountas didn’t play the second half due to groin tightness, and beginning defender Brendan Hines-Ike left with a foot damage that may require X-rays.

Charlotte (9-12-2) went forward on Birnbaum’s inadvertent personal objective, then raced away in a three-minute span of the second half on targets by Karol Swiderski and Quinn McNeill. All of the scoring got here off crosses.

“All night we didn’t deal with crosses well enough,” Rooney mentioned. “I stressed to the players at halftime that we need to get closer to stop crosses coming into the box, which we didn’t do. And when it comes into the box, we have to defend them better. That was a disappointment.”

United didn’t have a severe risk till Chris Durkin’s 89th-minute bid crashed off the body. The guests labored to construct significant possession and positioned one shot on objective towards a staff that conceded seven targets the earlier two matches.

“We got into areas where I wanted us to get into, but we weren’t positive enough,” Rooney mentioned. “We were hesitant to pass forward.”

Charlotte went forward when Swiderski headed Joseph Mora’s cross into visitors within the six-yard field. Rafael Romo prolonged himself and punched the ball, which caromed off the face of the retreating Birnbaum.

Fountas (11 targets) departed at halftime for precautionary causes, Rooney mentioned. Eight minutes into the second half, Hines-Ike was helped off — and issues received progressively worse.

Within the sixty fourth minute, after Charlotte moved the ball aspect to aspect, Romo made a diving save on Yordy Reyna’s smash from past the penalty space. Swiderski tapped within the rebound.

“Once they scored that second goal,” Birnbaum mentioned, “it was a gut punch.”

Three minutes later, after Romo stopped Swiderski’s header off a cross, Gaines crossed to McNeill for an eight-yard one-timer.

Right here’s what else to learn about United’s defeat:

Ochoa travels however doesn’t go well with up

Newly acquired goalkeeper David Ochoa, pegged to compete for the beginning job, traveled with the staff for conditioning and acclimation functions however continues to be seven to 10 days from being able to play, Rooney mentioned.

Midfielder Russell Canouse returned from a hamstring damage and made his first begin since June 25.

Striker Ola Kamara, a sub in his previous three appearances, made his first begin since July 8. Miguel Berry, who didn’t rating in two begins since he arrived from Columbus, got here off the bench within the seventieth minute.

Switch and commerce deadline nears

With someday left in MLS’s switch and commerce window, United officers stay out there for a participant to fill the final designated participant slot and others so as to add depth.

“We were trying to get something over the line or close to done while the game was going on,” Rooney mentioned. “It could be difficult in terms of the time frame, but we are trying to get at least one more player done.”

Christian Benteke, a Belgian striker at Crystal Palace, was amongst three worldwide forwards on the shortlist, an individual aware of the state of affairs mentioned. Given the presumed excessive switch charge and contract, although, he’s a protracted shot.

Even after the window closes late Thursday night time, groups should still signal free brokers till the Sept. 2 roster freeze.

Crimson Bulls arriving in D.C.

United will cap a stretch of three matches over seven days Saturday night time when the rival New York Crimson Bulls (10-7-6) go to Audi Discipline. The Crimson Bulls, who’re coming off a 5-4 residence defeat to the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday, are in prime place to win the annual Atlantic Cup after routing United, 4-1, on Could 28 in Harrison, N.J.

United finalized the hiring of assistant coach Pete Shuttleworth, who was on Rooney’s employees at Derby County in England. Till he receives a piece visa, the Englishman will proceed to watch matches from the suite stage.

“I was excited about the project here at D.C. United and look forward to the challenge of helping the club achieve great things under Wayne,” Shuttleworth mentioned in an announcement.

DMV affect in Charlotte

Former College of Maryland star Ben Bender, the primary choose in final winter’s draft, made his 14th begin for Charlotte and logged 84 minutes.

Reyna, who was launched by United final offseason, was influential all through the match. Mora, one other D.C. castoff, was stable at left again.

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