WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 20: Bill Hamid #28 of D.C. United defends the ball against Rajko Lekic #10 of the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium on July 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Sam Chamberlain rates each United player's performance in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to New England.
Bill Hamid--3/5: The goal wasn't his fault (feels like I've said that a lot this year, hasn't it?).Made a good save of a point-blank shot by Zak Boggs and made a good, solid decision to charge off his line and challenge Rajko Lekic for the ball in a first-half incident.
Perry Kitchen--2/5: Sloppily conceded the corner kick that led to New England's goal. His youth served him well, as he covered a lot of ground in challenging conditions, but he didn't leave much of a mark on the game apart from his one mistake.
Brandon McDonald--4/5: Continued to establish himself as the backline's vocal leader. Made a wonderful last-ditch tackle to deny Lekic a potentially golden opportunity in the first half.
Daniel Woolard--3/5: Wasn't tested very often, but dealt effectively with everything that came his way. Was good at getting the ball forward down the left side.
Dwayne De Rosario--4/5: My man of the match for D.C. United. Could have scored three goals in the first half. Would have equalized late on but for a brilliant save by Matt Reis. Even as his teammates began to flag in the second half, continued to press forward in search of something.
Andy Najar--3/5: Was better in the first half than in the second, but barring the occasional dangerous ball, didn't seem to trouble New England's defense much even in the first half.
Chris Pontius--2/5: Not one of his better games. Too out-of-sync with the rest of his fellow attackers.
Charlie Davies--3/5: If he had made the penalty, it would be have been a 4. As important as that miss was, Davies was very dangerous all night and was constantly in good attacking position. Another one who had a scoring chance denied by Reis.
Josh Wolff--2/5: Another one who appeared out-of-sync with the rest of the attackers. Not nearly as threatening as he should have been.
Fred (on for Wolff, 63rd minute)--3/5: A typical Fred performance: lots of effort, little end product. That, fairly or not, is how many United fans will remember him.
Austin da Luz (on for Pontius, 71st minute)--3/5: Had one long shot at Reis, eagerly joined United's forays in search of an equalizer, but didn't make the biggest impression on his debut.
Joseph Ngwenya (on for Simms, 79th minute)--2/5: Continued to struggle, taking up space but doing little else in attack.