New faces, same result. Eddie Johnson, Fabian Espindola and Christian Fernandez saw their first time for D.C. United in Saturday night's preseason match against the Chicago Fire, but in the end, it was more of the same. The first half, which pitted United's first-choice available players against their Chicago counterparts, saw some chances for each side, but poor finishing and strong goalkeeping kept the game scoreless, just like the first half against Toronto FC on Wednesday. And just like that first preseason game, the subs gave up the result in the second half. Then, it was Bright Dike doing the damage, and tonight it was a couple Fire players you've probably never heard of - one a rookie and one a trialist from England. On both goals, though, it was homegrown rookie Harrison Shipp doing at least some of the heaving lifting to create the goal.
The result doesn't matter, but the play certainly does. It's not the lack of goals so much as the lack of chances that's worrying. It's watching the reserves be overrun by a Chicago Fire side whose biggest names were Logan Pause and Quincy Amerikwa. It's seeing Steve Birnbaum be isolated 1v1 and beaten for pace to the endline in the set-up to a goal for the second game in a row. It's watching Taylor Kemp muck another easy pass out of bounds.
But it's not all doom and gloom. As I mentioned, the center back partnership of Bobby Boswell and Jeff Parke has yet to concede a goal, and the attack should improve as the pieces come together.
Anyway, share your thoughts on the game down in the comments. I'll be back in the next day or two with an updated minutes tracker.
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