D.C. United regresses in dismal defeat to Philadelphia Union


D.C. United Coach Wayne Rooney has been within the professional sport for 20 years, however after a 6-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, he stated he had “never felt that as a player or a coach. I don’t want to feel that again.”

The worst residence defeat in 27 MLS common seasons was one objective in need of the club-record fiasco towards the identical opponent six weeks in the past in Chester, Pa., which occurred simply earlier than the retired striker was lured again to Washington after enjoying right here in 2018 and 2019.

Rooney stated he was “disappointed, frustrated and embarrassed by the second-half performance” during which the Jap Convention-leading Union scored 4 instances — and will have had a number of extra.

“Every player in that second half was a complete stranger to what I’ve seen in training, what I’ve seen in previous games,” Rooney stated. “You can lose games, but there’s a manner in how that happens.”

After an encouraging show at Western Convention-leading Los Angeles FC on Tuesday and a promising begin Saturday, United fell behind by two objectives earlier than intermission and crumbled throughout a second half that grew to become extra hideous by the minute earlier than 17,941 patrons.

United (6-16-4) was shut out for the fifth consecutive match and twelfth time, however even by snapping out of its scoring rut, United wouldn’t have come near compensating for a cartoonish efficiency.

D.C. is in a 1-7-2 skid, with the one victory approaching two stoppage-time objectives towards Orlando Metropolis in Rooney’s debut July 31. That’s additionally the final time the membership scored.

Julián Carranza recorded a hat trick over 27 minutes of the second half, Mikael Uhre and Daniel Gazdag scored earlier than halftime and substitute Cory Burke added a late objective as Philadelphia (14-4-9) improved to 11-1-1 in its previous 13 conferences with United.

“I knew the difficulties we would have and where this season was” when he took the job, Rooney stated.

With the playoffs out of attain, he added, “the important thing is to build a squad and compete. Of course we need more players. I know that. The owners know that. We have to keep trying to build. I have to keep trying to push these players from now until the end of the season to make sure we improve. I have to push the owners in January to get players in who can compete in this league.”

United had conceded two objectives within the earlier three matches, however with captain Steven Birnbaum serving a red-card suspension, the protection was no match for the high-powered guests.

“We need to look at ourselves in the mirror. Every single one of us and take f—ing responsibility,” stated midfielder Victor Palsson, who wore the captain’s armband and changed Birnbaum on the again line. “That’s just how it is. It’s not acceptable. I’m ashamed to be captain today.”

D.C. United’s Victor Palsson is a ‘very different person’ from his first MLS stint

United confirmed no preliminary aftereffects from the primary assembly, taking the initiative and creating hazard. The shortcoming to attain, although, continued to hang-out the hosts.

The Union went forward within the thirty seventh minute.

Gazdag took the ball from Martín Rodríguez at midfield. Carranza crossed to Uhre within the field. The Danish ahead settled the ball along with his chest, warded off Palsson and drove a low 10-yarder into the far nook for his ninth objective of the 12 months.

United has conceded the primary objective in eight of its previous 9 matches. The one sport during which that didn’t happen was a 0-0 draw with the New York Purple Bulls.

United’s issues deepened on the final act of the half. After video assessment, Ted Unkel awarded a penalty kick to Philadelphia for Tony Alfaro’s problem on Uhre. Gazdag transformed for his thirteenth objective.

Lower than two minutes into the second half, Carranza completed off United with a curling 18-yarder into the far facet netting for his tenth objective.

Carranza slipped a shot below Romo within the seventieth minute, then within the 73rd he took benefit of a miscommunication between Romo and Alfaro. The supporters’ teams behind the objective chanted: “Bill Hamid! Bill, Bill Hamid!” — a reference to the injured veteran keeper.

Within the 79th, Burke whipped a shot previous Romo.

After the ultimate whistle, tons of of visiting followers celebrated because the Union approached their part. On the different finish, United gamers made their customary stroll to their supporters’ teams. Most had been passed by then.

“We actually had a good talking at the half,” Palsson stated. “We were positive. And then third, fourth, fifth, sixth individual mistakes — we just completely collapsed.”

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

Regardless of David Ochoa’s sharp efficiency in his D.C. debut towards LAFC, Rooney turned again to Romo in internet. Getting into the stretch of three matches over seven days, Rooney had set a rotation and caught with the plan for the final sport Saturday.

Going ahead, Ochoa appears to have the sting. One other wrinkle, although, is the return of Hamid, who has resumed coaching after present process hand surgical procedure in late June. On the damage record, the crew upgraded him to questionable Friday.

Benteke’s visa nonetheless pending

There isn’t a predicting when a piece visa will clear bureaucratic channels. Two to 3 weeks is commonplace, however Rodríguez, a winger from Chile, waited a month. Rooney wanted about three weeks.

United officers had been optimistic Belgian striker Christian Benteke, the membership’s marquee summer time signing, could be eligible Saturday, simply over two weeks after the edges reached settlement. It didn’t occur. The goal now’s to have him in uniform Aug. 28 in Atlanta.

Pete Shuttleworth, who served on Rooney’s workers at English membership Derby County, acquired his visa this previous week and joined the opposite assistants on the sideline Saturday.

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