D.C. United Gets Another Draw
United's Jairo Arrieta scored in the 43rd minute to give D.C. a 1-0 lead over Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Alan P. Santos/DC Sports Box file photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – RFK Stadium gives the United a pleasant place to start Saturday evenings, but it doesn’t seem to end properly. With a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City last night, the black and red have now lost the lead and drew with their opponents in three of the past four home matches.
 
“We got a goal in a half that wasn’t great and then we pissed it away three minutes later,” said DC United Head Coach Ben Olsen.
 
After last week’s brilliance against the Columbus Crew, Olsen’s frustration makes sense. There is just nothing to build on. While the black and red are still getting points, they have only earned six of a possible twelve points in the past four home matches.
 
To make matters worse, Fabian Espindola did not appear in Saturday night’s match. He suffered an injury that sounds worse than it really does when Olsen talked about it.
 
“When he walked in Tuesday he had a pretty severe quad contusion, and it’s been black and blue all week,” said Coach Olsen.
 
While Espindola healed, his replacement, Jairo Arrieta took the pitch. Though Kansas City took most of the opening opportunities, Arrieta put the first goal on the board in the 43rd minute. Perry Kitchen tried a long pass to Chris Pontius in the box. Pontius brought it down and found Arrieta in front for the knock in. It was Arrieta’s second goal of the 2015 season.
 
And then the inevitable deflation took place just a couple minutes later. Roger Espinoza had a cross of his own on the other end of the field and low and behold it was turned in by Dom Dwyer for the 1-1 tie at intermission.
 
“I thought the response by the team was good and it has been like that most games. We find a way to get back in it when we give something up, so that mentality is pretty good,” said Sporting Kansas City Head Coach Peter Vermes.
 
Opportunities were limited for Kansas City in the second half, but the United couldn’t put away their chances either. Chris Rolfe scraped the crossbar, Nick DeLeon couldn’t find the frame from 12 yards out, and Kansas City hung back to prevent a game winner in the end.
 
“As a defender I know how it is. When you pack it in when, you put guys behind the ball, it’s a very tough thing to break down. It’s so much easier to destroy than to create,” said DC United defender Bobby Boswell.

They have just under 100 hours to fix their play until Kaka and Orlando City SC make their RFK debut on Wednesday.