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D.C. United Escapes with a Win on the Road

For the second consecutive week, D.C. United looked to have surrendered an early goal to their opponents only to have it taken away via review. In both cases the goal scorer was ruled offsides. This week it occurred in the 22nd minute when Brandon Vazquez beat Bill Hamid with a nice shot from outside the box. It was the only time on the night that Hamid would be beat and since the one time didn’t count, the Black-and-Red were able to escape Cincinnatti with three points in a 1-0 victory. Ola Kamara would score the lone goal in this game, converting a penalty kick after a Geoff Cameron handball inside the box after a video review.

The visitors didn’t play one of their best games, Hernan Losada alluded to that following the match. Saying that “defensive wise, we need to help Bill have a little less work” and he went on to talk about how having a young team means mistakes will be made. However, he made it clear his group had things to clean up.

Dominque Badji missed a quality chance in the 43rd minute, set up by a Luciano Acosta through ball. But his shot was wide.

The home side came out on fire, they created several quality chances as they were trying to erase the previous week’s result. Acosta was outstanding in this match as a distributor, creating trouble by winning 1v1 and opening up spaces for his teammates both outside and in the box at times.

FC Cincinnati took 16 shots in this match, six of which were on goal. Hamid answered the call, coming up with 16 saves en route to his 80th career clean sheet. His team needed him at his best and he provided just that.

Moses Nyeman was sent off in the 80th minute after a tackle on Acosta, initially he was issued a yellow card. After Video Review, it was upgraded to a red.

Both Losada and Hamid referenced situations last season in which they were on the road late in a game and got careless trying to go forward to get the deciding goal while exposing themselves defensively. Lessons were learned from those experiences it seems.

They got the opportunity in the 94th minute on a set piece, youngster Sofiane Djeffal took the free kick. He delivered a winding ball to the back post in which Steven Birnbaum went up and tried to head back to the center of the box where both Kamara and Donovan Pines were. The ball glanced off the hand of Cameron, immediately Kamara motioned to the official that it was a handball. Play continued for nearly 40 seconds or so before the official reviewed the play.

D.C. United was awarded the penalty kick and as we saw him do so many times last season, Ola stepped up to the spot and delivered.

Up next for the black and red is a home match versus Chicago Fire FC.

PHOTO CREDIT: D.C. United (@dcunited)

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