- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2005

D.C. United didn’t have any problems scoring last night.

After going three games without a goal, United broke through in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Fire before 14,198 at RFK Stadium.

Christian Gomez scored twice and Jaime Moreno and rookie defender Bobby Boswell each scored once as United ended its three-game winless streak and earned its third home victory in six tries this season. The barrage lifted United (4-4-4, 16 points) out of last place in the Eastern Conference.

United’s winner came from an unlikely source in the 86th minute — Boswell, who stood at Chicago’s far post and tapped in David Stokes’ pass for his first MLS goal.

“In one word — amazing,” United coach Peter Nowak said. “In the last two games I have been so proud of these guys. [Tonight] they were down 2-0 but never stopped believing. But the three goals against us made me upset.”

United was down two after Chris Rolfe’s goal in the 30th minute and Nate Jaqua’s in the 38th, a precarious position considering the team had not scored since a 3-2 victory against the Kansas City Wizards on May 21. In fact, United fired a club record-tying 28 shots at the MetroStars on Sunday but couldn’t find the net in a 0-0 tie. But last night United took just 12 shots and scored on four.

“I was a little disappointed we went two down early, but the team showed well and fought back,” Boswell said. “This win was huge. We just had to win this game.”

United started to turn the game around when it was awarded a penalty kick after Jesse Marsch tripped Santino Quaranta in the box in the 44th minute. Moreno took the shot and ended United’s 324-minute streak without a goal with a low drive past Zach Thornton for his fifth goal of the season and fourth from the penalty spot.

United tied the game at 2-2 on a delightful goal early in the second half.

Alecko Eskandarian, a second-half substitute for Brian Carroll, dummied Quaranta’s perfect cross from the right flank, allowing Gomez to slot home an easy shot from eight yards out for his fourth of the season in the 47th minute.

Fire defender Gonzalo Segares drilled a shot to put his team up 3-2 in the 63rd minute. But United fought back, and Gomez scored in the 74th minute from close range off a Dema Kovalenko cross. Gomez’s two goals last night gave him five for the season.

Rolfe beat two United defenders, then shot past Nick Rimando for the game’s first goal. On the second goal, former United player Justin Mapp sailed a high ball into the box. Jaqua easily beat Brandon Prideaux to score his sixth of the season.

Notes — D.C. United will announce today that the club will play English Premier League champion Chelsea in an exhibition game July 28 at FedEx Field. … United’s next game is against the unbeaten New England Revolution on Saturday night at RFK. … Eskandarian, who had 10 regular-season goals and four in the playoffs last season, is scoreless in 11 games this season.

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