WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Stephen McCarthy #26 of the New England Revolution celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against D.C. United at RFK Stadium on July 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)

D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution: Stephen McCarthy's Goal Gives Revs Shock 1-0 Win

United pay the penalty for their missed scoring chances as New England records 1-0 win.

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D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution Player Ratings: Dwayne De Rosario Leads, Not Enough Follow

Sam Chamberlain rates each United player's performance in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to New England.

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D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution: Olsen Says United "Physically Tanked"

D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen confessed that he was worried about the relatively quick turnaround between Saturday's 0-0 draw at FC Dallas and Wednesday's 1-0 home loss to the New England Revolution.

"Dallas took a lot out of us," Olsen said matter-of-factly after Wednesday's loss, which was just the third occasion this season that United hadn't played a league match on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. "I was afraid of that. I was hoping that we could recover physically, but there were some zombies out there at times."

Olsen was quick to point out, however, that the physical toll was not an excuse for another home loss which ended the Black-and-Red's five-game unbeaten streak, dropped United's record at RFK to 2-3-5 on the season and lifted the Revolution off the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

"We put in a good effort for the [first] 45 [minutes], the goal didn't come, and then physically we tanked. I'm disappointed that we didn't gut through it a little bit more and find a way to get a result," said Olsen, who was particularly critical of the performance of his defensive unit. "Even in the first half, [New England] had some very good chances ... You get these summer games and they go back and forth and you give up chances. They did well with one of theirs and we didn't do well with any of ours."

Olsen's words were echoed by Chris Pontius, who pointed out that United had 24 more hours of rest than New England, who collapsed to a 3-0 home loss Sunday afternoon against Philadelphia. "That shouldn't be an issue for us," said the winger, who was subbed off after 71 minutes.

"I think [New England coach] Stevie Nicol will tell you they didn't put a lot into Sunday's game," said Olsen.

Charlie Davies' missed first-half penalty, which sullied an otherwise solid performance, was the evening's other big talking point. "I hit it good," said Davies, who had made all four of his previous penalty attempts this season. "It was pretty painful to see that go over the bar."

The striker also praised the play of New England keeper Matt Reis, who made six saves on the way to recording his fourth clean sheet of the season. "I thought we played pretty good," Davies said, but it was one of those days where the ball just wasn't going in the net. He's a pretty damn good goalkeeper, but there were times when we made it easy for him."

The night also saw the D.C. debut of Austin da Luz, who was acquired over the weekend in a trade with New York Red Bulls and played the final 19 minutes after being subbed on for Pontius. "I could tell in training that he's a very gifted player," Pontius said. "In New York, he was behind a lot of guys and couldn't get a lot of playing time. That's one of the biggest things for a young player is getting that playing experience, and I think he'll get that here."

United are back at RFK Stadium on Saturday night as they host English side Everton FC in an international club friendly. Kick-off is at 7:30.

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D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution: McCarthy's Header Breaks Black-And-Red Hearts

Stephen McCarthy's 74th-minute marker served as the only goal of the game and condemned D.C. United to a shocking 1-0 defeat Wednesday night in front of 15,597 at RFK Stadium. McCarthy's winner came from a Chris Tierney corner kick swung in from the left wing. McCarthy was able to slip to a spot behind the D.C. United defense and celebrated the day before his 23rd birthday with a powerful downward header into the left corner of Bill Hamid's net.

While the three points might have been slightly more than New England (4-9-7) deserved, it was a fitting punishment for the home side, who had let several first-half opportunities pass them by and looked far less energetic in the second half. In fact, it was the Revolution who had the best chance of the second half prior to McCarthy's goal, as Zack Schilawski somehow managed to divert a free header wide of Matt Reis' goal.

After McCarthy's goal, New England stymied the home side by playing with ten men behind the ball, though United (5-6-8) did get a chance for an equalizer in the 82nd minute when a wonderful through ball from Andy Najar found De Rosario streaking through the Revolution penalty area. However, as he had been all night, Reis was equal to the task, deflecting the shot just wide of his left post for a corner kick, which, like the rest of United's attacks, came to nothing.

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D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution: Davies' Missed PK Caps Goalless First Half

Somehow, there's no score at halftime between D.C. United and the New England Revolution on a hot, humid, and hectic night on East Capitol Street.

D.C. United could very easily have had three goals in the first half were it not for the interventions of Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis, who saved golden opportunities for both Dwayne De Rosario and Charlie Davies before the latter scooped a penalty kick over the bar just before halftime.

Pat Phelan had been penalized for handling the ball in the area and Davies was handed a chance to score his 9th goal of the MLS season, but could only fire high over the crossbar as the crowd shrieked in shock and horror.

Prior to the penalty, Davies could have put the home side ahead in the 17th minute, but Reis was able to deflect the striker's low shot around the keeper's right post. De Rosario, who worked well with Davies in the first half, will have occasion to wonder what might have been had he not curled a 20-yard effort just over Reis' crossbar after a quarter of an hour. The Canadian almost atoned for that miss two minutes later, but Reis was equal to the task again, knocking the shot wide of his left post. Those were De Rosario's only two shots on goal of the half, but the midfielder will also regret not getting his boot on Andy Najar's third-minute cross from the right wing, which whizzed harmlessly through a crowded penalty area.

New England did have a point-blank chance after half an hour when Zak Boggs let fly with a thunderous right-footed shot from outside the D.C. United penalty area, but Bill Hamid was able to parry that chance safely away.

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D.C. United Vs. New England Revolution: Black-And-Red Host Eastern Conference Bottom-Feeders

Good evening from a sweltering RFK Stadium, where D.C. United  (5-5-8, 23 points) returns to Eastern Conference action against the New England Revolution. These clubs met in the second game of the season at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with the Revolution running out 2-1 winners over United. Since then, however, Steve Nicol's side have fallen on hard times, winning just two more games this season and currently propping up the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 3-9-7 (16 points). Tonight's game kicks off a little after 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on Comcast SportsNet.

Team News and Lineups

Ben Olsen has made just one change to the side that drew 0-0 with FC Dallas Saturday evening. Josh Wolff's hamstring has recovered enough for him to join Charlie Davies up top. Joseph Ngwenya, who started in Wolff's place Saturday, has been dropped to the bench. Departing midfielder Fred will start on the bench in his last game before leaving the club to join Australia's Melbourne Heart. Austin da Luz, acquired from New York Red Bulls over the weekend, starts on the bench as well for United.

New England forward Benny Feilhaber will miss tonight's game due to suspension after receiving a red card in New England's 3-0 home loss to the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. But the news isn't all bad for Steve Nicol as Ryan Cochrane and Shalrie Joseph return from red card suspensions to take their respective places in defense and midfield. The Revolution will play three up front as Zak Boggs and Zack Schilawski come into the team alongside Rajko Lekic and Kenny Mansally drops to the bench.

Full D.C. United Starting Lineup: Bill Hamid (GK), Perry Kitchen, Ethan White, Brandon McDonald, Daniel Woolard, Andy Najar, Clyde Simms, Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius, Josh Wolff (Captain), Charlie Davies.

Available D.C. United Substitutes: Steve Cronin (GK), Chris Korb, Kurt Morsink, Austin da Luz, Stephen King, Fred, Joseph Ngwenya.

Full New England Revolution Starting Lineup: Matt Reis (GK), Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Kevin Alston, Ryan Cochrane, Shalrie Joseph (Captain), Stephen McCarthy, Pat Phelan, Zak Boggs, Zack Schilawski, Rajko Lekic.

Available New England Revolution Substitutes: Bobby Shuttleworth, Darrius Barnes, Franco Coria, Diego Fagundez, Ryan Guy, Sainey Nyassi, Kenny Mansally.

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