Three games are not enough to make a rivalry, but there is something brewing between DC United and Orlando City SC. The first two meetings were tightly contested and settled by a goal and the same script played out Sunday in Orlando’s 1-0 win at home.
Limiting Orlando midfielder Kaka was a key for United, but unfortunately for the Black and Red they could not contain him on a penalty kick. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid saved Kaka’s well struck ball from the spot only to have it ricochet right to the Brazilian great who banged it home to provide the only goal of the game.
It was an unfortunate sequence for United. Hamid made a save on Pedro Ribeiro’s laser of a shot from twelve yards out, but then a penalty was whistled on the clearance. As Ribeiro chased after the cleared ball near the endline in the penalty area, United defender Taylor Kemp made contact with Ribeiro’s hip.
To be sure there was debate about the penalty call, but Kemp’s awkward challenge that initiated contact forced referee Jose Carlos Rivero into a decision.
- Bill Hamid is back and healthy. There were no signs that nagging ailments were bothering Bill Hamid. Like he did in United’s first visit to Orlando, which ended in a 1-0 victory, Hamid came up big in all the big moments on Sunday night including a penalty kick save.
- More connection on offense. United has the attacking pieces, but has now has gone two games without goal from the run of play. The team’s lone tally against Toronto was on a corner kick. Fabian Espindola and Jairo Arrieta are working hard enough and are threatening. There needs to be more connection with the flank players.
- Conor Doyle continues to shine. As a starter or a reserve Conor Doyle is showing why he is earning minutes. Doyle came on for the final 16 minutes Sunday night and almost provided the equalizer in the 84th minute.