D.C. United Vs. Real Salt Lake: Black-And-Red Lose Sixth Straight Road Match, 1-0

Will Johnson's 49th-minute goal wrapped up a hectic five-match stretch for D.C. United Saturday night in Utah.

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D.C. United Vs. Real Salt Lake: Black-And-Red Suffer Sixth Straight Road Loss, 1-0

Will Johnson's 49th minute header proved to be the only goal of the game as D.C. United's playoff chase continued to be stuck in neutral Saturday night with a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The loss wrapped up a run of five games in less than two weeks for D.C. United, who went 1-2-2 and picked up five points of a possible 15 during that stretch.

The loss also dropped United into the fifth and final playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference standings, one point behind the fourth place Columbus Crew, who defeated Montreal 2-1 Saturday and still have a game in hand on the Black-And-Red. United are also one point behind the third place Houston Dynamo, who play the Chicago Fire Sunday night. The sixth-place Fire only trail D.C. United on goal difference and have two games in hand on the Black-And-Red.

Video of Johnson's winning goal is below.


After a two week break for World Cup 2014 qualifying fixtures, D.C. United resume MLS play Saturday, September 15 with a home game against the New England Revolution. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

For more on D.C. United, check out Black and Red United and stick around SB Nation DC as the MLS season winds down. For more on Real Salt Lake, be sure to visit RSL Soapbox.

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D.C. United Vs. Real Salt Lake: After Lightning Delay, Teams Scoreless At Halftime

After a lengthy lightning delay, D.C. United have had the better of the first half play against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah; however, the two sides remain scoreless at halftime.

United entered Saturday's match shorthanded, having been deprived the services of Andy Najar (abscessed tooth), Hamdi Salihi (strained hamstring), and Branko Boskovic (illness). Then the match itself took a weird turn when severe thunderstorms forced referee Silviu Petrescu to take the sides off the pitch in the fourth minute. The delay lasted 84 minutes and the match resumed at 8:33 local time.

Chris Pontius started the match on the left wing and did well to find space in RSL's defense, creating scoring chances like the ones highlighted below.


For more on D.C. United, check out Black and Red United and stick around SB Nation DCas the MLS season winds down. For more on Real Salt Lake, be sure to visit RSL Soapbox.

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