Washington, D.C. (Sports Network) - D.C. United secured its first win of the
2013 MLS season, riding Lionard Pajoy's second-half header to a 1-0 defeat of
Real Salt Lake at RFK Stadium on Saturday.
United opened its season with a 2-0 road loss to the Houston Dynamo while Salt
Lake got off the mark with a 2-0 defeat of the San Jose Earthquakes last
But the shoe was switched to the other foot this time around as the result
sees both clubs take a total of three points from their opening two matches.
D.C. came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening period when Chris
Pontius broke free on the left side of the box at the half-hour mark and fired
a powerful shot to the near post, but Nick Rimando was able to make a quick
The home side eventually managed to get in front when Pajoy beat the offside
trap just before the hour mark.
Joe Thorrington collected a half-clearance at the top of the penalty area and
chipped a shot on goal, forcing Rimando to tip the effort onto the crossbar.
Sebastian Velasquez was slow to push up and Real Salt Lake paid the price as
the 22-year-old kept Pajoy onside, allowing the United striker to head home
Bill Hamid produced a strong of fine saves to keep the visitors at bay and
close out the match to preserve United's clean sheet.
Both sides return to action for Rivalry Week on March 16 as D.C. (1-1-0) heads
to Red Bull Arena to take on Red Bull New York while Real Salt Lake (1-1-0)
welcomes the Colorado Rapids to Rio Tinto Stadium.
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