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Upon further review: DCU shows resilience in 2-1 win over Union

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Upon further review: DCU shows resilience in 2-1 win over Union

Staying in first place in either of Major League Soccer’s divisions is not easy, but D.C. United will enter June securely on top of the Eastern Conference after a 2-1 win over Philadelphia at RFK Stadium that showed the Black and Red’s resilience.

It did not start well for United. For the second consecutive game United conceded a goal in the first five minutes. Sebastian Le Toux rifled home a shot from 12-yards out on the right side of the box. The scoring sequence started on a wonderful through ball by Fernando Aristeguieta to Andrew Wenger who made a mazy run and played the ball to Le Toux.

After the opening goal United struggled with the Union’s low pressure and spent most of the first struggling to create the quick attacks necessary to unlock the defense. The United malaise continued until Taylor Kemp was given too much time and space on the left flank and delivered a perfect cross to Chris Pontius who headed home the equalizer in first half stoppage time.

United was better in the second half and in the 85th minute received the award in the form of goal on a Chris Rolfe penalty kick.

Conclusions:

  1. Jairo Arrieta is a super sub. Arrieta came on in the 65th minute as a substitute for Conor Doyle and immediately made an impact. This is not to take anything away from Doyle who continues to work hard, impressed with his passing, but failed to take a shot. Arrieta provided the spark that unsettled the Union defense   and helped create the forward progress that led to the game-winning penalty kick.
  2. Davy Arnaud is an unsung hero.  In short Arnaud never stops working. He can be gritty, tough and disruptive. Arnaud has also has a good feel for the game and his vision ignites attacks. In the first half Arnaud’s commitment almost led to a penalty, but Maurice Edu pulled his arm just outside the penalty area. In the second half Arnaud’s pressure led to a turnover and then a delivered a curling shot from just outside of the box that just went wide to the right.
  3. Bill Hamid continues to be a rock.  Hamid was called upon to make four saves and gave United a chance to win when he deniedFernando Aristeguieta from point blank range in the 60th minute.

 

Washington Spirit and Australian national players try American treats for first time

Washington Spirit and Australian national players try American treats for first time

Washington Spirit and Australian national players Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison sat down with NBC Sports Washington to taste test a few American favorites and rate the treats. For the first time ever, Aussies Logarzo and Harrison each tried a Twinkie and took a sip of Coke.  

For Harrison, the initial comment after taking a bite was disgust, "Ew."  

However, Logarzo gave the twinkie a 10 out of 10, "if I was seven years old." 

Both players enjoyed the Coke and had tasted it before. 

The Washington Spirit are returning home to their stomping grounds to host Portland Thorns FC at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 17.

Both the Spirit and Thorns are coming off wins from last weekend, with the Spirit defeating Sky Blue FC 3-2 and the Thorns beating the Orlando Pride 3-1. This weekend is a chance for both teams to move up in the NWSL standings. The Spirit currently sits in 6th place (2-1-1), just one spot behind the Thorns in 5th place (2-0-2).

If the Spirit secure a win against the Thorns they could move up as high as second place in the NWSL table, their highest ranking since 2016.

Both the Spirit and the Thorns will be missing a few contributors to their rosters who are currently preparing with the U.S. Women’s National team for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Spirit forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Rose Lavelle will be absent and Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, forward Christine Sinclair and defender Emily Sonnett will be absent as well.

This has been a big week for the Spirit. Both defender Cheyna Matthews and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe received accolades for their contributions in the league.

During the 22nd and 68th minutes of last weeks game against Sky Blue FC, Matthews scored to put Washington ahead. Matthews was nominated for the NWSL’s week five Goal of the Week.

In addition, Bledsoe was named the Westfield W-League’s goalkeeper of the year after helping Sydney FC claim the 2019 W-League title. Bledsoe is only the third American goalkeeper to receive this award.

Spirit vs. Thorns FC takes place at the Maryland SoccerPlex, on the team's first annual Armed Forces Night. The Spirit will show appreciation to veterans and active duty service members at halftime and provide discounted priced tickets to the game.

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Premier League Championship Sunday: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Premier League Championship Sunday: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After successfully avoiding relegation from the Premier League once again, Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth square off on Championship Sunday at Selhurst Park on  NBC Sports Washington. 

Both clubs are heading into the final day with some momentum, Crystal Palace winning two of their last three matches and Bournemouth coming off a 1-0 victory over Champions League finalists Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday. 

While both clubs have secured safety, Crystal Palace will be looking to avenge a 2-1 loss in October, when a late Junior Stanislas penalty gave Bournemouth all three points. 

Want to watch Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth on NBC Sports Washington? Here are all the details:

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth How to Watch

What: Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth, English Premier League Matchday 38

Where: Selhurst Park, London, UK

When: 10:00 a.m. ET Sunday, May 12

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington

Stream: NBCSports.com/Live or the NBC Sports app. 

Crystal Palace vs. AFC Bournemouth Preview

Record: Crystal Palace (13-7-17, 46 points), AFC Bournemouth (13-6-18, 45 points)

Last Game: 3-2 win at Cardiff City, 5/4 (Crystal Palace), 1-0 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 5/4 (AFC Bournemouth) 

Last Head-to-Head Matchup: AFC Bournemouth 2-1 win on 10/1/2018

Top Scorers: Luka Milivojevic, 12 goals (Crystal Palace), Callum Wilson, 14 goals (AFC Bournemouth)