- The Washington Times - Monday, June 24, 2002

D.C. United's international exhibition against Argentinean power Boca Juniors provided some fireworks. Unfortunately, they came from a fan who threw a pack of firecrackers on the field in the game's first 10 minutes.
United played with a man advantage for 53 minutes but settled for a scoreless draw against Boca yesterday before 15,119 at RFK Stadium.
Goalkeeper Nick Rimando was United's man of the match with three saves, including two big ones in the first half. The overall feeling in United's locker room was that they were a better team even though the scoreboard didn't indicate it.
"It's just the name [Boca Juniors]," United defender Ryan Nelsen said. "They probably thought it was going to be a walkover with their name, and in the end we just outplayed them. All the guys are disappointed that we did not win. Now, it looks like they're going to say, 'We had 10 men so it doesn't count, blah, blah, blah.'"
Boca was forced to play a man down from the 37th minute when referee Ali Saheli sent off Boca captain Guillermo Barros Schelotto with his second yellow card for a reckless high kick into United midfielder Bobby Convey's midsection.
Saheli slapped Barros Schelotto with his first yellow card in the 32nd minute when the Boca forward re-entered the game because of injury without getting waived in by Saheli. Saheli, who is a FIFA-licensed referee among the 23 in Major League Soccer's referee pool, issued nine yellow cards and Barros Schelotto's red and whistled the teams for a combined 40 fouls.
The game never developed a flow because of all the stoppages. Saheli also was involved in several arguments with players over where to spot balls on fouls and free kicks.


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