Dave Johnson: Talley's Late Penalty Seals DC Win


Dave Johnson: Talley's Late Penalty Seals DC Win

Saturday, May 29, 2010 11:00 PM By Dave Johnson
CSNWashington.comWashington---For DC United there was resolve, redemption and ultimately a result to equal the effort. Before 13,043 at RFK Stadium, United not only ended a three game losing streak but ended a 351 minute scoreless drought in a 3-2 win over Chivas USA.United showed resolve by responding to an early deficit and there was redemption for United defender Carey Talley. On Chivas first goal, Talley was beaten, but in stoppage time he calmly converted the game-winning penalty kick against the team that waived him in pre-season.Talley was able to play hero after a charging Santino Quaranta was tripped up by Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton at the six yard box. A foul was called and Thornton was red-carded. With Chivas out of subs defender Dario Delgado had to get in goal which Talley said only added to the pressure on him to make the kick.Talleys penalty kick was the exclamation mark on a night when United dominated possession and kept Thornton busy. From the opening kick United seemed determine to add substance to the talk that Wednesdays win over AC Milan was the start of better things to come.Just minutes into the match Thornton was forced to make a point-blank save on Danny Allsopp after Andy Najar had triggered a counter attack. It was Najar who won the ball from Mariano Trujillo at midfield and then was able to deliver a precise cross to Allsopp.Only 17, Najar continued to play beyond his years. United was able to use his pace and creativity to launch attacks from the right flank and Najar also did well recovering on defense and was very active in getting on the turf and winning tackles.Najars work would be rewarded but not before Chivas USA stunned United on a Justin Braun goal in the 15th minute. Braun was able to get behind Talley and get to edge of the six yard box after receiving a long ball from Annandale, Virginias Michael Lahoud.Suddenly the script was eerily familiar. United with chances and no goals and then playing from behind. The frustration intensified after the Chivas goal when it appeared Santino Quaranta was fouled by Delgado in the box but there was no call.The frustration did not consume United and instead the same resolve the Black and Red displayed in the win over Milan was on display again. United continued to dominate and almost broke through in the 22nd minute on a Quaranta free kick that was deflected away by Thornton even with Chris Pontius crashing to the goal.Finally United received just rewards. After a Quaranta corner was cleared, United left back Rodney Wallace stepped up to serve a ball into the box. Najar was able to get on the end of the bouncing ball with header he drilled past Thornton to bring the score level in the 26th minute.DC United would carry their momentum into the second half. Before being substituted for by Adam Cristman, Allsopp again would test Thornton from close range and hit the post with a driven shot.For all of Allsopps work it was Cristman who was able to break through in the 76th minute. Thornton lunged out to snare a Clyde Simms cross, only to have it go off the boot of his defender Delgado and hit the post before Cristman tapped it home.Uniteds resolve was tested again when four minutes after Cristmans goal, Maykel Galindo was able to slip in behind the United defense and slot home a goal to bring the score level again at two.There was no sense of defeat in Uniteds camp despite the circumstances. Instead United played through with determination and in the end were rewarded with the game deciding penalty kick.Along with the three points for United, there is the satisfaction of the way they played. Allsopp and Quarnata paired well together, and it is clear that given time Quaranta might become very comfortable in a consistent role up top.One day Najar might end up in the middle of the park, like a traditional number 10, but for now given his size and age he is a perfect fit on the flank with more room to operate. The midfield was also well supported with Stephen King starting next to Simms.

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

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Need to Know: A look at the Redskins' key 2019 free agents

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, May 27, 16 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp.  

Note: I am vacationing in the Outer Banks this week. In this space, I’ll be presenting some of the most popular posts of the last few months. I hope you enjoy these “best of” presentations and I’ll see you folks when I get back. 

Here is my sunrise view from this morning:

Looking at next year’s free agents

This post was originally published on March 18. 

There is still work that the Redskins can do in free agency and they still have some of their own players they want to retain. But with a lot of the player movement already in the books, we can take a look forward some of the key Redskin who currently are set to be free agents when the 2019 league year opens. 

QB Colt McCoy (Week 1 age 32)—Lots of questions here. Will the Redskins want to keep him around for another year as Alex Smith’s backup? Or will they want a younger and cheaper backup? Will McCoy want to move on rather than back up another QB who doesn’t miss many games?

OL Ty Nsekhe (32)—The Redskins gave him a second-round restricted free agent tender this year so it’s possible that he could be gone or on a long-term contract in Washington. If he is a free agent, his value and the difficulty of retaining him could depend on if he ends the season as a reserve tackle (easy) or as a starting guard (hard). 

OLB Preston Smith (25)—As we saw with Trent Murphy (three years, $21 million with up to $30 million), pass rushers get paid. Smith also makes big plays. Since Smith came into the NFL, he is the only player with at least 20 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. If the Redskins can’t reach a deal on an extension with him this year the franchise tag is a distinct possibility. 

WR Jamison Crowder (25)—This year the supply of quality receivers both as free agents and in the draft sent contract prices skyrocketing. To guard against that happening next year, the Redskin should start talking to Crowder about an extension soon. 

ILB Zach Vigil (27)—As I noted here, Vigil went from being cut in September to a very valuable reserve in November. Both Zach Brown and Mason Foster will still be under contract, but the Redskin still should make an effort to retain Vigil for special teams and as a capable backup. 

Other Redskins who are slated to be UFA’s next year are DL Ziggy Hood and ILB Martrell Spaight. 

It’s also worth noting that WR Maurice Harris and DE Anthony Lanier will both be restricted free agents next year. Both positions were pricey in free agency this year, so both could require at least second-round tenders, which likely will increase to about $3 million in 2019. 

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