WASHINGTON (AP) -- Brian Carroll scored early in the first half and the Philadelphia Union held off D.C. United in a 1-1 draw on Sunday in a match that featured two disallowed goals and three ejections. Carroll put the Union (7-12-3) ahead in the eighth minute when he bundled the ball over the line after the United's Emiliano Dudar headed away a previous Philadelphia shot. D.C. (11-8-4) tied it in the 71st on an own goal set up by Dwayne De Rosario's free kick. De Rosario also appeared to send D.C. into the lead in an 87th minute on a penalty kick but the attempt was ordered retaken because of encroachment by another United player. D.C. midfielder Branko Boskovic was sent off for wrestling a Union player to the ground during protests that followed, and three minutes later De Rosario missed the retry high. The miss prevented United from getting their eighth straight home win in league competition, which would've tied a club record. For the Union, it was just their first draw since May 19 at FC Dallas. Referee Mark Geiger also red carded D.C.'s Emiliano Dudar in second-half stoppage time for a slide tackle from behind. And he sent off Philadelphia's Sheanon Williams moments after that for a second yellow card for a challenge attempting to stop a United breakaway. Replays appeared to show that Williams made solid contact with the ball on the challenge. United thought they tied it in the 64th minute when Nick DeLeon reached a loose ball after a goalmouth scramble and drove it into an open net. But Geiger whistled for an apparent foul by United forward Hamdi Salihi during the scramble on Union goalkeeper Zac McMath. D.C. did even it seven minutes later when De Rosario's free kick from the left caromed off Union defender Amobi Okogu and into the net. United forward Lionardo Pajoy and Union midfielder Danny Cruz saw their first action with their new clubs since the players were traded for each other on Thursday. Pajoy scored five goals in 20 appearances with the Union (16 starts), while Cruz had a goal and three assists in 16 appearances (12 starts) for United.
Ravens football is back and so is Joe Cool.
The team’s first training camp practice took place Thursday afternoon, and Joe Flacco’s teammates – from offensive to defensive players – mentioned how laser focused the 10-year veteran is.
"Joe always has a lot of personality,” running back Alex Collins said via SB Nation’s Baltimore Beatdown.
“He is a good guy. He’s a real funny guy, but definitely coming into this year, he has a lot of fire behind him. And it does a lot motivating us especially early when we first reported back. Just seeing him work hard and just seeing him get better every day. He’s definitely got a lot of fire behind him this year.”
Flacco is entering the final year of his contract with a lot on the line following a disappointing start to the 2017 season. But a huge factor that is different for the 33-year old coming into this preseason opposed to last is his health.
“Most definitely,” Collins said on whether he can tell if Flacco is healthier this year. “He’s a lot faster as well, by the way, guys.”
And when it comes to the “Is Joe Flacco elite” debate, linebacker C.J. Mosley knows the consensus within the Under Armour Performance Center.
“I think every year [Joe Flacco] comes in with his mindset that he wants to be great,” Mosley said.
“Mainly because everybody outside of this building does not think he is elite and inside the building, everybody does think that way. Since Joe has been here, you know he is one of those players that never gets rattled. You never see his emotions too high, too low. He’s been our quarterback that kinda stays in the middle to make sure everything goes smooth. That’s kinda how he has been this offseason too. He’s come in looking strong, body looking good.”
Flacco’s health is up to speed as well as his mentality. Flacco organized private workouts with his wide receivers and tight ends at a local park across from the Ravens’ facility last week. This is the first time he has done so since 2011. When asked if he initiated the session, Michael Crabtree gave all the credit to his new quarterback.
“No, that’s all Flac [Flacco], man,” Crabtree said. “That’s the leader. We’re just the wideouts. [We] do whatever he says. If we’ve got something we bring to the table, then we make it work.”
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With Redskins Training Camp set to begin July 26th, JP Finlay takes a look at 10 of the most pressing questions for the Burgundy and Gold before the team heads to Richmond.
No. 6: Is Shawn Lauvao the concern, or is the issue bigger on the O-Line?
Right or wrong, fans blamed Shawn Lauvao for much of the Redskins struggles on the offensive line last season. Pro Football Focus backs up the fans, as Lauvao landed a -19.1 grade, among the worst in the NFL at the guard spot.
It's worth pointing out that Lauvao was playing hurt during much of his nine starts before getting shut down for the season just before Thanksgiving. In fact, injuries have probably been the biggest issue for Lauvao in his four seasons with the Redskins.
In four seasons in Washington, Lauvao has never played a full 16-game slate. Last year he played just nine games, and in 2015 he only played three games.
That points to what may be the bigger issue for the Redskins: offensive line depth. Last season was wild with the grotesque number of injuries Washington sustained up front. It seems almost impossible for the team to have that many injuries again.
Still, the Redskins lost Arie Kouandjio for the year in the offseason. Kouandjio played better last year than Lauvao, and having both men in Richmond would have provided real competition.
And that might be the biggest question: Neither Lauvao or Kouandjio represent a difference maker at left guard, yet the team did little to address the position.
All offseason, the Washington brass walked a fine line between confidence and arrogance. The organization believes strongly in the players they already have, and outside of signing Paul Richardson and re-signing Zach Brown, the team had a quiet offseason. The Redskins struggled to run the ball the last few years, and still, the team did not look to upgrade at LG.
It's important to note that the Redskins have two All-Pro caliber offensive linemen in Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff. Morgan Moses is a plus at the right tackle spot too. The team likes Chase Roullier at center too, and they tried to add depth in drafting Geron Christian in the third round and bringing back swing tackle backup Ty Nsekhe as a restricted free agent.
Left guard will be a question, and it's hard not to think that it will be the weakest position on the O-line. Should that submarine the group? It shouldn't. What if Lauvao gets hurt? Then things get quite tricky.
For the Redskins, however, the expectation might be that the line needs to perform as a unit, and with talent like Williams and Scherff, that should cover up any weaknesses.
Time, and health will tell if that plan works.
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