- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 19, 2005

D.C. United is looking more and more like Major League Soccer’s defending champion.

Three days after defeating Chicago, United shattered the New England Revolution’s 11-game unbeaten streak last night with a dominating 2-0 win before 17,611 at RFK Stadium.

United, which lost two close encounters to the Revolution earlier in the year, became the first MLS team to defeat New England this season.

United’s fans reminded New England of its misfortune with chants of “overrated” as the final seconds ticked down.

D.C. forwards Santino Quaranta and Jaime Moreno did the damage, with Quaranta earning a goal and an assist in his best game this season.

“We started with great intensity and you could see the ball was moving pretty well,” said United coach Peter Nowak. “We were supposed to be up 3-0 or 4-0 at halftime. The second half wasn’t pretty, but the guys have played three games in six days.”

United struck early, stunning the Eastern Conference leaders with two goals in two minutes.

In the 10th minute, Christian Gomez floated a curling 35-yard free kick from the right wing. The ball sailed over the Revolution defenders with goalie Matt Reis, currently the best keeper in MLS, completely mistiming his run. The ball bounced in the box and found Quaranta, who headed the ball into the net for his second goal of the season.

“It was a weird play,” Quaranta said. “The ball just bounced at my waist and I headed it. You take them as they come.”

Two minutes later, Quaranta played a ball to Moreno on the left flank. The Bolivian cut into the 18-yard box with three defenders trailing him parallel with the 6-yard line. From seven yards out, Moreno placed a right-footed shot past Reis for his sixth goal and only his second in open play.

Starting the same lineup that beat Chicago, United came out flying and for the time being seems to have put its scoring woes behind it. The team has now has scored an impressive 16 goals in seven home games.

“It’s nice to be finishing our chances,” said Ben Olsen. “It was a good performance. We got the goals early and then played a smart game.”

United made changes after the break with David Stokes replacing John Wilson in the 46th minute and Clyde Simms coming on for Gomez, who sprained a knee, in the 58th.

The Revolution showed some signs of life with substitute Connell Edozien hitting the bar with a header at the 72-minute mark, and Steve Ralston forcing Nick Rimando to make a big save eight minutes later to preserve his fifth shutout.

Nowak replaced Quaranta with Alecko Eskandarian in the latter stages but the forward didn’t last long. He left the field with a concussion after Reis took his feet out from underneath him in the box.

Note — Moreno is now third on the all-time MLS goals list with 84 and, pending other results in last night’s late games, is tied for second in scoring this season. The Bolivian is MLS’ career leader in penalty kicks with 21.


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