- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 20, 2002

If only D.C. United could play like this on the road.
Forward Jaime Moreno and defender Ryan Nelsen scored, and United's defense made no glaring mistakes last night in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids before 11,086 at RFK Stadium.
The win improved United's home record to 5-1-1; the club is 0-5 on the road, the only team without a point away from home.
"Great night for us," United coach Ray Hudson said. "It was close to the most complementary performance we've put together this year. It's hard to pick out one player who stood out."
Moreno capped the scoring with a penalty kick in the 72nd minute. Marco Etcheverry played a through ball from United's midfield to Moreno inside the 18-yard box. Colorado (6-6-1) goalkeeper Scott Garlick came off his line and wiped out Moreno about 10 yards out.
Referee Rich Grady immediately awarded the penalty kick to Moreno, who beat Garlick low and to the right for his third goal of the season.
"For Moreno, that wasn't a show-stopping performance, but it was such an influential performance, though," Hudson said. "When you see a jewel like Jaime doing the vinegar work, and then being as possessive and brilliant and commanding with the ball, it spreads throughout the team."
With defenders like Nelsen, United (5-6-1) doesn't need to keep looking for strikers. Nelsen, a New Zealand national teamer, scored in the 17th minute to take over briefly as United's leading goal scorer until Moreno's second-half tally.
Until two weeks ago, Nelsen had never scored an MLS goal. Now, the former New Zealand youth cricket player is on fire. Earlier in the year, Nelsen's name was rumored in trade talks to clear salary cap room and free up a senior international roster spot. It's looking like the best move United didn't make.
Nelsen's goal was set up by one of Milton Reyes' patented long runs down the flank. Reyes, United's right back, collected the ball near the midfield stripe and ran with it deep into the Rapids' left corner. Near the touchline, Reyes sent in a center cross that Rapids central defender Robin Fraser headed out.
But Fraser's clear went straight to Nelsen. From 17 yards out, Nelsen volleyed a low, hard shot past Garlick into the right corner for a 1-0 United lead.
"I was in the right spot at the right time," Nelsen said. "To me, getting results is the key. I was going to make a run in and I kind of saw a lot of tall timber in there. Robin's a big boy. I was really hoping the ball would come out and maybe spray it wide or something, but it stayed up there nicely for a hit."
Forward Roy Lassiter, signed on Tuesday, made his United debut in the 63rd minute, replacing Ali Curtis. United's small crowd gave Lassiter a rousing welcome when he entered the game.
Lassiter played part of the 1998 season and all of 1999 with United. During that time, Lassiter scored 43 goals including seven in the playoffs and helped United win the 1999 MLS Cup, 1999 Interamerican Cup and the 1998 CONCACAF Champions Cup.
In the first 45 minutes, United did an admirable job marking dangerous Rapids midfielders Mark Chung and Chris Henderson. Chung and Henderson have accounted for 12 of the Rapids 19 goals this season.
Note RFK will open at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow to the general public to show the United States' World Cup match against Germany. United players and coaches, as well as members from the Washington Freedom, will attend the event. Admission is free. Fans can enter through Gate A and park in Lot 8 beginning at 5:30 a.m. Concession stands will be open but alcohol will not be available.



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