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D.C. United erases deficit to down Loons at home


D.C. United moved even closer to the top-six in the Eastern Conference with another three points at home.

The Red and Black used a pair of goals over a four-minute span in the second-half to down Minnesota United 2-1 on Wednesday evening at Audi Field.

Darren Mattocks played the hero for Ben Olsen’s side, scoring the eventual winning goal in the 69th minute. A left-footed finish from close range sealed the turnaround for D.C. who got the last laugh at home.

Angelo Rodriguez opened his MLS account, breaking a scoreless deadlock in the 47th minute for the Loons. The 29-year-old Colombian slid a right-footed effort past Bill Hamid to give Adrian Heath’s side a lead on the road.

Luciano Acosta was among the goals again, however distributing in D.C.’s opener in the 65th minute. Acosta played a pass to Ulises Segura, who bagged his second goal for the club this season.

Mattocks would hit the double-digit mark just four minutes later, sealing the comeback win.

Hamid finished the match with a trio of saves for D.C., while Bobby Shuttlesworth made five for Minnesota.

D.C. (9-11-7) are two points back of Montreal for the sixth spot in the East, and a huge rivalry match against the New York Red Bulls coming next on Sunday.

As for the Loons (9-16-2) they see their winless run extend to six matches, and travel to Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Man of the Match

Mattocks hit the double-digit mark for goals this season, scoring the winner for D.C. minutes after seeing his teammates level the score.

Moment of the Match

It was a fast turnaround for D.C. who had a pair of clinical finishes seal them another three points at Audi Field.

Match to Forget

Abu Danladi played in a deeper role for the Loons, but it was to no avail as he recorded zero shots on goal before being subbed off in the 78th minute.


  1. saw about the last twenty minutes or so of this game when the score was 2-1. dcu were in the moment, just knocking the ball around, playing keep away for long stretches of time, with their beloved captain wayne rooney, always in the middle (but he’s not ordering anyone around, he’s just one of the guys in there knocking it around, too. he just plays in the middle, that’s all). and when i say beloved i mean by everyone, every fan in audi field and every dcu player on the field, you could just feel that. when dcu lost the ball, they ran their tails off and won it right back and then they happily returned back to their sread out formation and gave it right back to their captain rooney in the middle and the whole process started all over again. i feel so overjoyed for dcu, like when your good friend gets married and you know it was the right thing for him in his life. they look so married out there happily pinging it around with their new captain in their new field with their home fans all singing right along. really, it was good to see for dcu.


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