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Sunday, May 19, 2013
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City (6-4-2) at D.C. United (1-8-1), 5 p.m.
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - After snapping the Houston Dynamo's record
home unbeaten streak last weekend, Sporting Kansas City hopes to continue the
losing streak of struggling D.C. United on Sunday.
A 73rd-minute goal from Aurelien Collin was enough to snap the Dynamo's 36-
game home unbeaten streak, and maybe more importantly, it gave Sporting three
The club had lost three of its last four games prior to the Dynamo contest,
and Collin believes the win will help to turn around the confidence of the
team, which dipped a bit over the past month.
"It's very good for the mentality of the team and for the confidence of the
team," Collin said of the win. "We proved to ourselves that even if we make a
few mistakes, it's OK. The last five games, we have not been consistent, and
so tonight we went back to the way we have to play and I'm very happy with the
Sporting has won its last five meetings with United, so three more points
against the struggling hosts will be expected.
United has lost its last seven matches and eight of its first 10 games to
start the season, leaving head coach Ben Olsen to take small positives
wherever he can.
After losing its previous two matches by a combined score of 7-0, D.C. was
locked in a 1-1 game at halftime against FC Dallas last weekend.
But the club once more found a way to lose as Je-Vaughn Watson scored 13
minutes from time to win the game for Dallas.
"I was proud about the overall commitment and the way they went about things
tonight," Olsen said after the Dallas defeat. "The spirit was good. They
looked like a team that cared and wanted to dig themselves out of the
situation they we're in. That's important. But it's also important to make
teams earn goals. We're still slipping at the key moments. We're still giving
up set pieces. These have to stop."
Stopping these mistakes will be easier said then done for a team that appears
to be stuck in a tailspin.
United midfielder Marcos Sanchez summed up the current state of the team best
when he said, "We always try to play the game in the best way possible but we
commit too many mistakes."
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