- The Washington Times - Monday, September 18, 2006

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Looking for a measure of revenge after getting eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup by the Chicago Fire on Sept. 6, D.C. United was frustrated again yesterday, losing 1-0 to the Fire in an MLS game.

United wanted to avenge a bitter Cup loss in which coach Peter Nowak felt the officials did not do a good job, including taking a goal away from his team. This time, United hurt itself with seven yellow cards and two red cards, leaving it short-handed two men for the last few minutes.

Chicago scored the game’s only goal in the 61st minute when forward Andy Herron slipped a ball past United goalie Troy Perkins. Herron took a pass from Brian Plotkin and came in alone on Perkins. His shot went right.

The two teams meet in the regular-season finale at RFK Stadium on Oct. 15.

“It’s not just a rivalry — I think it’s more of an archrivalry now,” Perkins said. “I think it’s not going to be like a soccer game anymore. It’s going to come to throwing fists and elbows.”

Chicago coach Dave Sarachan didn’t feel there was any carryover from the Cup game.

“It’s always going to be a competitive battle,” Sarachan said. “It’s always a hard game. From our perspective there isn’t [any bad blood]. I think maybe it’s on their level because they had two red cards today. I think they’re a little frustrated.”

The first half was scoreless, and heavy rain in the second half made for bad field conditions. A weather delay occurred at 69:42 because of lightning in the area.

It was the third straight game United has failed to beat Chicago. The Fire tied the league season series with United at 1-1-1. Chicago (11-9-8) pulled within 11 points of Eastern Conference leading United (14-4-10).

United picked up a pair of yellow cards in the 10th minute when defender Bobby Boswell knocked down Chicago midfielder Thiago, and United captain Jaime Moreno followed with another yellow card for arguing the call.

In the first half, Moreno, who is two goals shy of tying the all-time MLS record, was tripped up and pushed off the ball on separate chances.

United’s Bryan Namoff received the team’s third yellow card of the first half in the 45th minute. In the second half, Namoff picked up a red card and was ejected from the game in the 73rd minute. Joshua Gross followed Namoff into the locker room with a red card 15 minutes later.

“We’re really disappointed in ourselves overall,” Perkins said. “Obviously, two red cards don’t help us with numbers, but in the long run I don’t think we did enough to win the game tonight. We didn’t create enough offensively, and we had a single lapse defensively.”

Dynamo 0, Chivas USA 0

HOUSTON — Houston’s Alejandro Moreno apparent goal on a header in the final seconds of stoppage time was wiped out by an offside call, leaving Dynamo and Chivas USA in a scoreless tie.

Houston is 10-8-8 and Chivas 9-7-12.

Chivas played without team captain Juan Francisco Palencia, who injured a knee Wednesday against Dallas. Houston was without midfielder Brian Mullan, who was suspended after getting two yellow cards in last week’s game.



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