Exactly one of these things will sound familiar to fans of D.C. United in 2013. The Black-and-Red conceded within the first half hour, and Chris Pontius equalized just a couple minutes later and would go on to do all the hard work to create Lewis Neal's go-ahead goal just after the hour mark. And despite mounting pressure on Bill Hamid's goal in the late stages, United would make the two goals stand up to take all three points out of the game.
It was mid-September of last year, and in their first game in the season-ending injury to captain Dwayne De Rosario, United hosted the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium. Pontius would score his eleventh goal of the season and Neal - before he would forever become LEWIS NEAL - scored his first. The Revs midfield of Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe and the now-departed Benny Feilhaber would give United fits all night, but thanks to some headstanding by Bill Hamid, our boys in black held on for the first result in their unbeaten run to end the year.
Now, United find themselves on the wrong end of another run - 11 games without a win. Tomorrow, los Capitalinos will try to duplicate the result from last September and start a new streak, just as they did last year.