D.C. United is Happy with Win Over Orlando City SC but Know they Can Improve
D.C. United was in action for the first time in 15 days but they picked up right where they left off with a 2-1 win over Orlando City SC. Coming into the game with a 2-0-1 record, both victories at home, Sunday’s victory was the Black and Red’s first win on the road.
D.C. United struck first in the sixth minute when Steven Birnbaum headed in a perfectly placed pass from Wayne Rooney.
Speaking of Rooney, he once again was all over the place. In his last game, Rooney recorded a hat trick. On Sunday Rooney also had this beautiful goal from a corner kick in the 30th minute.
D.C. United took a 2-0 lead into the half but Dom Dwyer put Orlando City SC on the board in the 63rd minute. The Black and Red fended off a late rally to hang onto the win. It was their first victory on the road since May 19, 2018 in San Jose.
“We’re pleased with the victory. It was a tough game. We fought hard. We battled… We got through it. We got the three points and of course it’s nice getting three points but there’s a lot we can look at and learn from,” said Rooney after the game.
D.C. United’s victory also was their first win at Orlando City Stadium. They improve their record to 3-0-1 with 10 points, first place in the Eastern Conference.
“Very excited. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to win on the road and it’s good to get this one out of the way on a day we weren’t very sharp. We looked like it was a real struggle for large portions of the game. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s a bye week, just a hair off and the sharpness just wasn’t there technically in some of the decision making,” assessed head coach Ben Olsen.
“However, such is life in professional soccer and days like this come around. There’s a winning spirit about the group and we have guys that can make plays. Again, very happy for the win and hopefully we can grow from it, look at the tape and take some lessons. Lessons are easier with three points.”
D.C. United will host Los Angeles FC on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. before taking on the Montreal Impact three days later at Audi Field.
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