and almost immediately, Adu was booked for a clumsy foul on Brenes.
Walker's and the MetroStars' woeful day ended with an injury time goal from Olsen, who smashed a free kick under the Metro wall and past the despondent 'keeper three minutes into stoppage time.
United now assumes first place in the East and head out West to Kansas City next Saturday for a key matchup of potential conference leaders (8:30 p.m. ET; HDnet). The MetroStars, having ended a stretch of five games in 15 days, head home to face the San Jose Earthquakes next Saturday (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United)
MetroStars (5-6-4) vs. D.C. United (5-5-5)
July 03, 2004 -- RFK Stadium
MET -- Eddie Gaven 4 (Amado Guevara 6) 18
DC -- Ryan Nelsen 1 (Bobby Convey 3) 30
DC -- Jaime Moreno 4 (unassisted) 37
DC -- Alecko Eskandarian 5 (Dema Kovalenko 4, Jaime Moreno 5) 41
DC -- Earnie Stewart 1 (Dema Kovalenko 5) 57
MET -- Fabian Taylor 5 (Eddie Gaven 5) 63
DC -- Alecko Eskandarian 6 (Jaime Moreno 6) 69
DC -- Ben Olsen 2 (unassisted) 92+
MetroStars -- Jonny Walker, Tim Regan (Pablo Brenes 46), Jeff Parke, Eddie Pope, Chris Leitch, Joselito Vaca (John Wolyniec 68), Ricardo Clark, Amado Guevara, Eddie Gaven, Sergio Galvan Rey (Fabian Taylor 60), Mike Magee.
Substitutes Not Used: Kenny Arena, Zach Wells.
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Amado Guevara 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Eddie Gaven 1, Fabian Taylor 1); FOULS: 12 (Ricardo Clark 3); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 8 (Mike Magee 6); SAVES: 2 (Jonny Walker 2)
D.C. United -- Troy Perkins, Bryan Namoff, Ryan Nelsen, Mike Petke (Ezra Hendrickson 57), Earnie Stewart (Joshua Gros 65), Brian Carroll, Dema Kovalenko, Ben Olsen, Bobby Convey (Freddy Adu 82), Alecko Eskandarian, Jaime Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Ara, Brandon Prideaux, Santino Quaranta, Nick Rimando, David Stokes.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Ben Olsen 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Alecko Eskandarian 2, Ben Olsen 2); FOULS: 18 (Alecko Eskandarian 3, Jaime Moreno 3); OFFSIDES: 6 (Freddy Adu 2, Alecko Eskandarian 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Ben Olsen 2, Earnie Stewart 2); SAVES: 0
MET -- Ricardo Clark (caution; Reckless Foul) 46
DC -- Mike Petke (caution; Reckless Foul) 53
DC -- Earnie Stewart (caution; Pushing, Holding) 56
DC -- Freddy Adu (caution; Reckless Foul) 82
DC -- Alecko Eskandarian (caution; Reckless Foul) 91+
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: -Robert Fereday; Paul Scott
4th Official: Gus St. Silva
Time of Game: 1:50
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.