Northern Virginia, USA
Teams: DC United, U.S. National Team
The first half was all San Jose as they kept streaking down the field on dangerous counterattacks. They finally connected on a long run and shot by Ian Russell. Russell was dangerous throughout the game--I'd never even heard of him before.
DC was very lucky to escape the half down just one goal. To their credit, they clearly made some good adjustments at the break and came out in dominating fashion in the second half. Eric Denton made up for an earlier defensive miscue by making a fantastic run with ball -- beating two defenders -- and then unleashing a 20-yard blast into the top left corner. After more pressure, DC scored again four minutes later after San Jose was called for a hand ball in the box. Moreno took the PK.
A few minutes later, DC's right back, Craig Zidae, made a horrible play on a ball, missed it, and San Jose easily scored to tie it up.
In the 78th minute, Zack Ibsen received a red card for a hard tackle on Convey. DC pressured San Jose to no avail. Finally, in injury time, San Jose trapped DC in its own penalty, connecting pass after pass as the DC defense seemed mesmerized. The sequence ended with Lagos blasting home a shot into the upper right corner.
Rongen was quoted in the Post as being pissed at his defense (justifiably) and said changes are coming. On the good side, Conteh and Moreno looked good together and Convey continues to impress. Etcheverry had another less-than-stellar match -- his free kicks and corner kicks were especially ineffective.
Landon Donovan had a quiet match with no real good scoring chances.
"I’d say that MLS is played at 40 mph, CONCACAF games are played at 60 mph, while international games are played at 100 mph."
--U.S. National Team Coach Bruce Arena, Nov. 2002