MLS Game Summary - Kansas City at D.C. United|
(Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: D.C. United 1, Kansas City 0
Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - D.C. United began its busy week of Major
League Soccer action with a 1-0 win over the visiting Kansas City Wizards at
RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.
Luciano Emilio scored the game's only goal about five minutes before the break
to propel United (8-5-12) to third in the Eastern Conference table,
solidifying its playoff chances with just five games remaining in the regular
The win was also the D.C. club's second in its last three league fixtures and
extended a four game unbeaten run.
Kansas City (6-11-6), on the other hand, dropped further out of the playoff
field, and sits second from the bottom in the East. The team has now lost five
of its last six league fixtures while recording just one win in its last
Wednesday's only goal was scored in the 39th minute after D.C. rookie Chris
Pontius headed a short corner off the left post from close range. Emilio
swooped in and fired home the rebound for his ninth goal of the season. Emilio
now has four goals in seven career games vs. the Wizards.
Kansas City, which outshot D.C. 16-12, had a great chance to equalize just
before the break when a Claudio Lopez service found a wide-open Davy Arnaud at
the top of the six-yard box, but his header went wide right.
Arnaud had his team's best second-half chance as well, collecting a loose ball
in the middle of the D.C. penalty area, but his shot went wide left as his
extended goal scoring slump continued.
Both teams are back in action on Saturday night, with Kansas City traveling to
New York and D.C. hosting Seattle in MLS fixtures.
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