Seattle Sounders Vs. D.C. United: Physical Game Ends Goalless At RFK

Marc Burch is denied a winner against his former team by the crossbar as United and Seattle share a point.

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D.C. United Vs. Seattle Sounders Player Ratings: An Average Night At RFK

Dejan Jakovic and Chris Pontius were stars while the rest of the team struggled to get on track against the Seattle Sounders.

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D.C. United Vs. Seattle Sounders: Physical Game Ends 0-0 At RFK

An improved second-half performance by D.C. United failed to produce a needed goal Saturday night at RFK Stadium. As a result, the Black-And-Red recorded its second goalless draw of the season, this time against the Seattle Sounders, and kept the club's fans and followers waiting a little longer for the elusive two wins in a row.

Despite stepping up their performance in the second half, United always seemed a step or two off the pace. But they did manage three real scoring chances, which is more than could be said for their opposition. The first chance came midway through the second half, when Chris Pontius' shot from a near-impossible angle slipped wide of Michael Gspurning's left post.

In the 69th minute, Nick DeLeon tried to beat Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning with a swerving free kick, but Gspurning was able to get to his near post to beat it away.

Then, in the 87th minute, Seattle conceded another free kick from about 22 yards away. Dwayne De Rosario, the player who had been fouled, stepped up to take it, but only succeeded in spooning the shot over the bar.

The visitors had a chance to steal the points in injury time when Osvaldo Alonso's shot was punched into the path of former United man Marc Burch, who seconds earlier had been serenaded with chants of "DC reject" by some of the 15,651 at RFK. But Burch's header hit the post and the game ended shortly after.

United's record is now 1-2-2 (5 points), while Seattle is now 2-1-1 (7 points). United travels to New England to play the Revolution next Saturday.

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D.C. United Vs. Seattle Sounders: 0-0 After 45 Minutes At RFK

Both D.C. United and the Seattle Sounders have had chances, but neither has been able to find the back of the net as the first half at RFK Stadium has ended in a goalless draw.

United's best chance came in the 23rd minute, when Hamdi Salihi skimmed Nick DeLeon's cross from the left wing off the top of the crossbar. Seattle came back with a chance of their own eight minutes later after Dejan Jakovic was yellow-carded for a very soft foul on Alvaro Fernandez. Brad Evans nearly put United ahead from the ensuing free kick, but couldn't hit the target.

Fredy Montero nearly redirected David Estrada's shot into the net in the 34th minute, but he just missed wide of Joe Willis' left post. Contrary to the protestations of the United defenders, Montero was onside.

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D.C. United Vs. Seattle Sounders Lineups: Dejan Jakovic In For Suspended Brandon McDonald

D.C. United coach Ben Olsen has made a single enforced change to his starting lineup ahead of tonight's match against the Seattle Sounders. Dejan Jakovic will join Emiliano Dudar as the center-back tandem, with the former man replacing the suspended Brandon McDonald.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid makes four changes from the starting lineup that lost 1-0 to San Jose last weekend. Former D.C. United man Marc Burch is dropped to the bench, as is Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Jeff Parke and Leonardo Gonzalez come in the defense for the Sounders, while Roger Levesque and Brad Evans come into the midfield in place of Servando Carrasco and Christian Sivebaek.

D.C. United Starting Lineup: Joe Willis (GK), Robbie Russell, Emiliano Dudar, Dejan Jakovic, Daniel Woolard, Danny Cruz, Perry Kitchen, Dwayne De Rosario (Captain), Nick DeLeon, Hamdi Salihi, Maicon Santos.

D.C. United Available Substitutes: Josh Wolff, Chris Pontius, Branko Boskovic, Stephen King, Andy Najar, Chris Korb, Lewis Neal, Andrew Dykstra (GK)

Seattle Sounders Starting Lineup: Michael Gspurning (GK), Zach Scott, Patrick Ianni, Jeff Parke, Leo Gonzalez, Roger Levesque, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez, David Estrada, Fredy Montero (Captain).

Seattle Sounders Available Substitutes: Andrew Weber (GK), Marc Burch, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Servando Carrasco, Alex Caskey, Christian Sivebaek, Eddie Johnson.

For more on D.C. United, visit Black And Red United. For more on the Sounders, visit SB Nation Seattle and Sounder At Heart. For the latest word on the beautiful game, visit SB Nation's soccer hub.

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Seattle Sounders Vs. D.C. United: Black-And-Red Look For Rare Back-To-Back Wins

When D.C. United (1-2-1) hosts the Seattle Sounders (2-1-0) on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium, United will be looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since June of 2009.

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