Instant Analysis: DCU 1, SKC 1

Instant Analysis: DCU 1, SKC 1
May 19, 2013, 7:15 pm
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How it happened: After holding Sporting KC to a 0-0 draw at the half, DCU's defense finally cracked in the 60th minute at the hands off an own goal from defender Ethan White of a KC corner. 

Determined to pull themselves back in it, United immediately went on the offensive and tied things up just six minutes later when Chris Pontius' cross found Kyle Porter in the box. The goal was DCU's first at home since April 21 and Porter's first of his MLS career.

Though KC pushed hard for the remainder of the half, DCU would not break, coming away with their first point in seven matches. 

Streak snapped: The draw breaks DCU's seven game losing streak, earning the Black and Red their first point since their draw in New York on March 16. 

A touch of luck: After giving up ten goals this season in the first 30 minutes of play, DCU looked like they were about to go to 11. In the 29 minute Sporting KC's Matt Besler found Ike Opara on the goal mouth for an easy tap-in, the strike however was immediately called back for offsides. A closer look at the replay definitely revealed that United got away with one they desperately could not afford to give up.  

And an unlucky bounce: In the 60th minute Sporting KC found themselves on the board when a corner kick took an unlucky bounce off DCU defender Ethan White, who started in just his second game of the season.

National Team Swagger: Bill Hamid's call up from the US Men's National Team this week seemed to give the keeper a bit more swagger after his benching in Dallas lad Saturday. Hamid came up with 5 huge saves, including three unbelievable point-blank strikes in the 77th minute to hold the draw.

Pontius returns: Chris Pontius returned to the pitch for the first time in three games for the start of the second half. Pontius had one shot in his 48 minutes and a huge assist on Porter's goal, his second assist of the season. 

Terp alert: Three University of Maryland products got the start today: defender Ethan White, midfielder Casey Townsend and for his MLS debut, midfielder Taylor Kemp.

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