DC United 3, Orlando City SC 2
In a crucial match for two teams sitting below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United and Wayne Rooney were able to pull out a critical 3-2 win over Orlando City SC Sunday evening at Audi Field.
Luciano Acosta scored all three goals for United, with the third coming in dramatic fashion. United goalkeeper David Ousted went forward for a corner kick and after a ball was cleared off the line, Orlando midfielder Will Johnson was going forward with the ball on an empty net, but Rooney was not going to let his team lose. The English legend ran back and won the ball and played a long ball to Acosta, who outjumped Chris Mueller and headed the ball past Joe Bendik in the 96th minute.
Acosta’s first goal came in first-half stoppage time after he linked up with Rooney for his second goal of the season. His second came in the 64th minute, 14 minutes after a deflection off of Steven Birnbaum caused David Ousted to put the ball into his own net.
In between the Ousted own goal and Acosta’s second, Orlando midfielder Cristian Higuita was shown a red card after Video Review. The Colombian appeared to raise his elbow to Yamil Asad’s face while running past him.
Down a man and a goal, it appeared Orlando’s hopes of getting their second win in three months were slim. Luckily for Lions fans, Dom Dwyer was able to break United’s offside trap, controlling an Oriol Rosell throughball and scooping it over Ousted in the 71st first minute to at least bring Orlando City level. Unfortunately for the Lions, though, that goal —and the result that would have come from it — failed to stand up.
45+4′ — DC — Luciano Acosta
50′ — ORL — David Ousted (OG)
64′ — DC — Luciano Acosta
71′ — ORL — Dom Dwyer
90+6′ — DC — Luciano Acosta
Seattle Sounders 2, FC Dallas 1
The Seattle Sounders extended their current unbeaten run to eight matches — and pulled themselves within three points of the sixth and final Western Conference playoff position — with a 2-1 win over conference leaders FC Dallas at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night.
Seattle controlled the first half, keeping 60 percent possession and getting six shots to Dallas’ two, plus 11 corner kicks (a club record for a single half), yet the match stayed scoreless until halftime neared. A 41st minute Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick found Chad Marshall, who headed past Dallas ‘keeper Jesse Gonzalez .
FC Dallas made it a whole new match in the 52nd minute, when Dominique Badji, debuting for his new team, chested in a Michael Barrios pass for the equalizer. Less than 10 minutes later, though, Badji had to come off for injury, making way for Pablo Aranguiz to make his Dallas debut after coming over from Chilean club Union Española last month.
The Sounders went back up in the 63rd minute, when Lodeiro’s free kick from distance skipped through a maze of red and green jerseys and, remarkably untouched, into goal. Despite an uptick in tempo during the second half, neither team was able to get on the board again, and stoppage time was punctuated most prominently with referee Ted Unkel sending off Dallas defender Reto Ziegler with a straight red card for making contact with Raul Ruidiaz .
41′ – SEA – Chad Marshall
52′ – DAL – Dominique Badji
63′ – SEA – Nicolas Lodeiro