Second Half Penalty Gives United 1-1 Draw With Colorado

Posted In Match Previews and Reviews - By Ted Meyer On Monday, May 16th, 2011 With 0 Comments

A second half penalty from Chris Pontius proved crucial as United earns a 1-1 draw with Colorado. In the 56th minute Joseph Ngwenya went down in the box and appeared to have been fouled. However, referee Terry Vaughn would wave off the appeals for a call. Seven minutes later Chris Pontius would collide with Colorado defender Kosuke Kimura and draw a penalty that he would convert to give D.C. United the tying goal.

Despite dominating the early chances, Colorado was the first to strike in the 23rd minute off a free kick. The long ball deflected off several players before eventually finding the feet of Drew Moor. He would collect the ball and slot it home passed a sprawling Bill Hamid. D.C. United’s defense looked sloppy on defending the set piece as they went down 1-0 to Colorado Rapids for the second time this season.

D.C. United would control much the game the rest of the way, however they suffered a huge setback as Charlie Davies went down in the 33rd minute and was replaced by Santino Quaranta. Latest injury reports say it was a tight hamstring. With Bob Bradley in the stands for the game, this appears to be another setback for Charlie Davies looking to return to the national team.

Olsen’s team would suffer another setback right before when Josh Wolff suffered a tight groin and was replaced by Joesph Ngwenya. The scoring tandem that has provided eight of the teams thirteen goals was out before the first half had even finished.

Despite the absences of Davies and Wolff in the second half, D.C. United had plenty of opportunities to get the go ahead goal. In the 69th minute Joseph Ngwenya, received the ball and had an apparent breakaway. However, he decided to shoot the ball from distance and hardly challenged Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

In the dying moments of the match, Colorado nearly gave Chris Pontius a gift of a goal as the ball somehow between the Rapids defenders and Chris Pontius nearly got on the end of it. Pickens saved it and the ball fell to Joesph Ngwenya, who shot the ball well wide of the goal.

However, the biggest story of the match will most likely be referee Terry Vaughn. Not only did he miss what seemed to be an obvious penalty on Joesph Ngwenya, but he issued a questionable penalty to Chris Pontius.  It appeared to be a makeup call in otherwise horrifically refereed match.

D.C. United moves to 3-3-4 with 12 points and Colorado move to 4-3-3 with 15 points on the season. D.C. United will be off in league play, but will play Dutch side Ajax in a friendly on Sunday. Colorado will square off at home against Toronto FC on that same Sunday.

About Ted Meyer - Ted Meyer is a writer for The Allocation Order. He is also host of the Bring Back the Stripes Podcast, a D.C. United centered podcast on World Soccer and co-host of Around the League on the Champions Soccer Radio Network.

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