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Topic - Marcelo Saragosa
Kitchen has carved a reputation as a valuable ally to D.C. United's defensive corps. He wins tackles in midfield, snuffing attacks in their infancy. He keeps the ball moving, preventing sustained pressure. Essentially, he gets them out of jams.
Marcelo Saragosa didn't ask for much. One minute, he kept telling his coach, was all he needed.
As the final whistle blew, the waves of emotion washed away four years of frustration. Flags and flares emerged from the boisterous sea of black that filled RFK Stadium’s lower bowl. And as D.C. United’s players and coaches mobbed each other, Ben Olsen and Chris Pontius savored a long embrace.
When D.C. United kicked off at the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday, the visitors were riding high, owners of a seven-game unbeaten stretch and the team's first winning streak in nearly three years.
If nothing else, D.C. United rookie Nick DeLeon knows how to make a first impression.
D.C. United last season learned all too well the chances a team takes when fielding a thin roster.
"I try to share a lot of experience because the young players don't realize how the playoffs are different," said Saragosa, who won the 2005 MLS Cup with the Los Angeles Galaxy. "Getting a championship is a feeling you cannot imagine."
Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins preserved his team's two-goal lead in the 78th minute with a diving save to deny D.C. midfielder Marcelo Saragosa.