Salihi, De Rosario lead United past Rapids

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Salihi, De Rosario lead United past Rapids

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dwayne De Rosario scored in the first half, and Hamdi Salihi added his first goal at RFK Stadium in the second to help D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Wednesday night.

United (6-4-3) is undefeated in six home games after opening the season with a 1-0 loss to Kansas City.

Matt Pickens made eight saves for the Rapids (5-6-0). They went 1-2 on a three-game trip.

The Rapids, shut out for the third time this season, are 1-8-5 in Washington since 2000.

Salihi, signed as a designated player from Austrian club Rapid Vienna this winter, scored twice in United's recent three-game trip.

After twice forcing saves from Pickens on close-range headers, Salihi got his first home goal in the 60th minute, sweeping in the rebound of Branko Boskovic's header.

De Rosario put United ahead in the 25th minute when he reached Lewis Neal's diagonal ball after Neal turned a midfield giveaway into a counterattack.

It was Neal's first assist of the season, in just his second start.

Two minutes later, Pickens made two impressive saves to keep Colorado in it, pushing over De Rosario's deflected shot before thwarting Robbie Russel's header off Boskovic's corner. Pickens also denied Salihi's goal-bound effort, also from Boskovic's corner kick, 2 minutes into the second half.

Bill Hamid needed just two saves to preserve United's fourth shutout of the season. United will play twice more at home during the next 10 days, then won't return until a June 30 game against Montreal.

The Rapids will play five of their next six games at home.

Barron Trump plays soccer with D.C. United players at Easter Egg Roll

Barron Trump plays soccer with D.C. United players at Easter Egg Roll

D.C. United participated at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday at the invite of event organizers.

Throughout the day, the select players on hand played soccer with the children present.

And one of them was Barron Trump, the 11-year-old son of President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

While there, United forward Patrick Mullins and midfielders Julian Buescher and Marcelo Sarvas all received an unscheduled invitation to meet Barron in the White House, where they talked soccer and even kicked around the ball. Sarvas' eldest son, who is around Barron's age, and Talon, the United mascot, also played.

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“He was very knowledgeable about soccer, knew about D.C. United and was interested to know more,” Mullins told the Washington Post. “Little kid to have a passion for the game and to be knowledgeable and have a conversation with us, it makes me feel good about kids growing up playing the game.”

At some point during the day, 94.7 Fresh FM’s Dana McKay tweeted a photo of Barron outside the White House playing soccer in an Arsenal jersey.

According to the Post, Barron received a D.C. United soccer ball that was signed by the players and personalized with a message welcoming him to Washington. He also has an open invitation from the team to visit with them.

Barron currently lives in New York City with his mother.

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United have now won back-to-back games after slow start to the season

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United have now won back-to-back games after slow start to the season

WASHINGTON -- Lloyd Sam and Luciano Acosta scored in the second half in D.C. United's 2-1 victory over NYCFC on Saturday.

After going scoreless in the first three matches of the season, D.C. United (2-2-1) has scored two goals in each of the last two.

In the 53rd minute, Lloyd stole the ball from defender Frederic Brillant deep in NYCFC's half and fired the ball from near the penalty spot past the sliding Johnson. Sam's first goal this season came in his 100th MLS start.

Acosta scored his second goal this season in the 73rd minute via a rebound. He passed to Sam, whose shot was blocked by Johnson back to Acosta for an easy score.

Bill Hamid made a terrific double-save for United in the 82nd minute, but two minutes later, NYCFC's Thomas McNamara sent a cross to David Villa, who scored his third of the season.

NYCFC (2-2-1) dominated possession and outshot United 15-12, with both teams putting six shots on target. NYCFC beat United 4-0 on March 12.