By SBI SOCCER
At halftime of Friday night’s sole MLS match, D.C. United sat in its RFK Stadium locker room having just played a terrible first half that offered little evidence the home team was planning on snapping its six-match winless run.
Something changed once D.C. United took the field for the second half. Ben Olsen’s side played with more purpose and more energy, and for the first time in two months, looked like the team that once sat in first place in the Eastern Conference.
D.C. United rallied with a pair of second-half goals, including a stoppage-time winner from Alvaro Saborio, to post a 2-1 victory over NYCFC.
The win all but eliminates NYCFC from playoff contention, while boosting D.C. United into a tie for first place in the East with the New York Red Bulls (which have three games in hand on D.C. United).
NYCFC started the match in dream fashion, with Frank Lampard bundling home a saved David Villa shot in the first minute.
NYCFC kept the the pressure on in the first half as D.C. United struggled to get going, but an insurance goal never came for Jason Kreis’ side.
D.C. made NYCFC pay for that in the 76th minute when Fabian Espindola slotted home a loose ball to tie the score.
D.C. United poured the pressure on in search of a winner and finally broke through in the second minute of stoppage time when Saborio pounced on a loose ball following a long Espindola free kick to notch the winning goal.
D.C. United returns to action on October 18 against the Chicago Fire. NYCFC returns to action on October 16 against Orlando City.