Union ends preseason with loss to D.C. United

Union ends preseason with loss to D.C. United
February 23, 2013, 8:00 pm
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The Union were unable to find the net in the team's final match of the preseason, falling to D.C. United Saturday in Orlando, 2-0.

Goals from United's Dwayne De Rosario (39') and Lionard Pajoy (67') proved to be the difference in the Union's final tuneup before the season begins March 2. The team finished its preseason slate with a 1-2-3 record.

The Union had its chances off strong possessions in the opening 30 minutes, but the team ultimately failed to convert those chances from Sheanon Williams and Jack McInerney into goals.

Manager John Hackworth said his squad must convert those opportunities.

“We have to take advantage of those chances, and you have to execute when you create them like that,” Hackworth said following the loss.

United would strike in the 36th minute after Union defender Bakary Soumare slipped on the ball near midfield, allowing Pajoy to break away for the goal. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath was initially penalized with a red card after he caught Pajoy's foot as the United forward darted to his left. After discussion from the referee, the penalty was reduced to a yellow card.

“I thought we played a really good first half," Hackworth said. "We had a costly mistake where a guy slips at midfield and it amounts to the penalty. But certainly I was pleased with the way that we played and the chances created.

“In the second half, they were up a goal, and we needed to play harder – which was one of the reasons that we dictated the first half – and we didn’t raise our game and take it to them."

The Union will now look ahead to March 2, when they kick off the 2013 season against Sporting KC at PPL Park. 

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