New England Revolution vs D.C. United 03-26-2011 - Recap

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New England Revolution
2 - 1
Final
D.C. United
MLS Regular Season
March 26, 2011
4:30pm EDT
Gillette Stadium
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Revolution hold back United in whistle-filled affair

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Two first-half goals paced the New England Revolution to a 2-1 victory over D.C. United at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.

Zack Schilawski opened the scoring after eight minutes by firing home in the United penalty area, while Shalrie Joseph doubled the lead from the spot in the 15th minute after Dax McCarty caught Pat Phelan as he attempted to clear from inside his own penalty area.

Second-half substitute Charlie Davies celebrated his return to New England by slotting home a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time after Stephen McCarthy fouled Joseph Ngwenya, but United saw Dejan Jakovic sent off shortly afterward as the Revs clinched the victory.

Schilawski controversially opened the scoring for the home side after just eight minutes. Joseph's diagonal ball from the right side of midfield located the second-year striker's run inside the penalty area.

Schilawski appeared to handle the ball when it bounced up, but no whistle arrived from referee Baldomero Toledo and he tucked home his first goal of the season at the second attempt.

If United felt aggrieved after Schilawski, their players turned incandescent when Toledo granted the Revs a penalty after a quarter of an hour. McCarty attempted volley the ball clear, but he caught Phelan running through his challenge and Toledo pointed to the spot.

Joseph stepped up to slot home his second goal of the season and join Steve Ralston atop the all-time Revs penalty-takers list with nine career goals.

United grabbed the initiative during the latter stages of the first half, but the visitors nearly conceded a second penalty after 34 minutes when Chris Korb felled Sainey Nyassi in the penalty area. Those shouts went unheeded as the Revolution entered the break with a two-goal cushion.

DC head coach Ben Olsen made two substitutions – Davies for Josh Wolff and Fred on for Rodrigo Brasesco – to start the second half as he switched United into a 3-5-2 formation. But the Revs started the brighter of the two sides as Didier Domi went close to capping a rampaging run shortly after play resume.

The parity in midfield allowed United to commit additional numbers forward in search of goals. Chris Pontius went close on a couple of occasions with Matt Reis down well to save his effort with seven minutes to play.

The pressured eventually paid off as United won a penalty after 89 minutes when McCarthy was adjudged to have fouled Ngwenya as they jostled for a free kick. Davies stepped up to notch his third goal in two games – and his second from the spot – by firing straight down the middle in the first minute of stoppage time.

United thought they could grab a late equalizer, but instead saw Jakovic sent off in stoppage time and watched as the Revs secured the victory.

Scoring Summary:

NE -- Zack Schilawski 1 (Shalrie Joseph 1) 8
NE -- Shalrie Joseph 2 (penalty kick) 17
DC -- Charlie Davies 3 (penalty kick) 91+

Misconduct Summary:

DC -- Pat Onstad (caution; Dissent) 16
NE -- Shalrie Joseph (caution; Reckless Tackle) 37
DC -- Kurt Morsink (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 40
DC -- Andy Najar (caution; Reckless Tackle) 51
DC -- Fred (caution; Reckless Foul) 68
DC -- Dejan Jakovic (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 93+

Lineups:

D.C. United -- Pat Onstad, Chris Korb, Dejan Jakovic, Rodrigo Brasesco (Fred 46), Marc Burch, Andy Najar, Kurt Morsink (Santino Quaranta 74), Dax McCarty, Chris Pontius, Joseph Ngwenya, Josh Wolff (Charlie Davies 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Branko Boskovic, Blake Brettschneider, Daniel Woolard, Bill Hamid.

New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Didier Domi, Franco Coria (Ryan Cochrane 48), Kevin Alston, A.J. Soares, Zak Boggs (Kheli Dube 32), Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph, Stephen McCarthy, Sainey Nyassi (Ryan Kinne 89), Zack Schilawski.
Substitutes Not Used: Darrius Barnes, Ilija Stolica, Chris Tierney, Bobby Shuttleworth.

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants:
Ian Anderson; Rob Fereday
4th Official:
Juan Guzman
Attendance:
12,914
Time of Game:
1:51
Weather:
Partly Cloudy and 38 degrees