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Upon further review: United falls to FC Dallas in stoppage time

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Upon further review: United falls to FC Dallas in stoppage time

On a steamy night in Frisco, Texas that required a hydration break in each half, FC Dallas was the better team and in the end probably deserved to secure all three points in a dramatic 2-1 win over DC United.

The match was not settled until the 92nd minute when Fabian Castillo blasted home his eighth goal of the season. There was a sense trouble was coming for United who as a team on defense looked fatigued and uncertain as the clock approached full time. Late in the game United struggled with its clearances and had too many turnovers.

In the 73rd minute FC Dallas finally found joy on a goal from Kellyn Acosta from close-range. Acosta had earlier given United trouble with shots from long distance. On the goal Michael Barrios navigated into crossing position on the left flank and found David Texeira at the corner of the goal box who then flicked it to Acosta sandwiched between United defenders.

True to its form all season the Black and Red responded to the challenge and threatened with an opportunity from halftime substitution Miguel Aguilar in the 75th minute. Then two minutes later Taylor Kemp delivered a cross from the left flank intended for a charging Jairo Arrieta in the middle of the box, but instead it ricocheted off defender Matt Hedges for an own goal to tie the game at 1-1.

FC Dallas has lost once in ten home matches this season and now sits on top of the Western Conference and the Supporter’s Shield tables. The speed and craft of FC Dallas on offense, especially the play of Castillo and Mauro Diaz, were too much for United. FC Dallas had a 26-6 advantage in shots.

Conclusions:

  1. Andrew Dykstra has arrived.  To be sure Dykstra is disappointed to be on the losing end, but in his sixth start of the season he could not be blamed for the goals and was forced to make six saves.  United will need Dykstra’s steel with first choice goalkeeper Bill Hamid sidelined four to six weeks while he recovers from hand and knee surgeries.
  2. Need to be better going forward.  It was an own goal, but DC United finally scored after being shutout for close to 275 minutes. Last night was United’s 21st starting lineup in 22 games and while they have had success the Black and Red needs to find a consistent attacking formation. Fabian Espindola will be back from red card and he will be reunited with his old Real Salt Lake teammate once Costa Rica is done in the Gold Cup.

Game Preview: Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns at Audi Field

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Game Preview: Washington Spirit vs. Portland Thorns at Audi Field

The Washington Spirit, one of nine teams in the National Women's Soccer League, will pay a visit to Audi Field later this summer.

The game versus the Portland Thorns FC is scheduled for August 25 at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster and start at $31, but will also be available at the door. 

If you're looking for where to watch the Spirit take on the Thorns from the comfort of your own couch, the game will be broadcast on ESPNews starting at 7:38 pm. Dalen Cuff is set to host the pregame show, with USA Women's National Team alumnus Aly Wagner commentating alongside Jenn Hildreth, in her second season of NWSL coverage.

Considering the recent addition of the legendary Wayne Rooney and their move to the new facility, DC United has a lot to celebrate.

Audi Field, which opened in Washington D.C.'s Buzzard Point on July 9, seats 20,000 spectators. For DC United, who previously played at RFK Stadium, the capacity is a step down from the almost 46,000 seats at RFK. But for the Spirit, who call Germantown's Maryland Soccerplex their home, the audience will hopefully far outnumber the Plex's usual 3,000 to 4,000 spectators.

The Spirit have struggled this season, with an unusually high amound of draws and more losses than wins. Though fan favorite and star forward Mallory Pugh is still sidelined with a PCL sprain, the team hopes to improve their ability to close one-goal deficits and gain a sustained offensive advantage. 

Aside from the Audi Field game, the Spirit will host two more home games this season. Utah Royals FC will visit the Soccerplex on Wednesday, August 22, and Sky Blue FC will close out the Spirit's home season on Saturday, September 1. Tickets for either game at their usual field can be purchased through the Washington Spirit's website or upon entry. 

If you haven't paid attention to women's soccer since the USWNT's 2015 World Cup victory, no worries. There's no better time than the present to support women's pro sports. Regardless of the end result, Portland vs. Washington will be a great match-up to watch, and the event has already made DC sports history.

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Wayne Rooney stuns D.C. soccer fans with surprise appearance during World Cup viewing

Wayne Rooney stuns D.C. soccer fans with surprise appearance during World Cup viewing

Washington Dulles International Airport was flooded by soccer fans alike Thursday afternoon awaiting the arrival of one specific person inside the international arrivals terminal: England's all-time goalscorer Wayne Rooney. 

Over 100 fans packed the halls as the 32-year-old made his way out of the airport while posing for pictures and signing autographs. 

Rooney penned a two-and-a-half year guaranteed contract worth about $13 million, which makes him the highest-paid player in D.C. United history. 

He officially becomes available to play for the club beginning July 10, after the transfer window opens. This means his first game could potentially be against Vancouver inside the brand new Audi Field July 10. 

After greeting fans at the airport, Rooney and his camp piled into two blacks SUVs en route to Northeast D.C. 

Little did World Cup fans taking in the England-Belgium match at Wunder Garten know that they were about to be surprised by Wayne Rooney himself. 

In an appearance that lasted just over seven minutes and included a slew of selfies, short conversations and one television interview, Rooney's presence dazzled fans and left others stunned. 

One England native who is now a D.C. resident told me: "We grew up watching him (Rooney) score in the World Cup and that was really important to us. It's hard to believe he just walked through here."

As you would imagine, management at Wunder Garten was thrilled, too.  

"It was great for us because it put us on the map. For someone as famous as Wayne Rooney to come through our establishment, shake hands and hang out, that means a lot. We loved having him here and would love to have him back," said Michael Keller, a member of the bar's management staff. 

 The Englishman will have his hands full as he attempts to put D.C. United back on the map this season. 

Follow Rooney on Twitter and Instagram @WayneRooney.