DC United picked up their second loss in five games Sunday night, losing to Houston Dynamo 4-0. That leaves them with 33 points, good enough to hold on to second place in the Eastern Conference. Sporting Kansas City sits just ahead of them with 36 points, and the New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire are close behind with 32 and 31 points respectively.
The San Jose Earthquakes remain on top in the Western Conference, holding 40 points and only one loss in their last five games. Real Salt Lake trails San Jose with 36 points, but they have struggled recently and can only claim one win in their last five. The Seattle Sounders sit in third with 31 points. Complete standings for both conferences are available at the MLS website.
D.C. United experienced a nightmarish evening deep in the heart of Texas Sunday, falling 4-0 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Trailing 2-0 at halftime, and down to ten men after goalkeeper Bill Hamid was red-carded in the 17th minute, United created very little going forward in the second half, while Houston continued to attack Joe Willis' goal.
The Dynamo finally made it 3-0 in the 62nd minute as Oscar Boniek Garcia headed Andre Hainault's cross back across goal and into the bottom corner of the net.
Referee Jasen Anno provided the final touch in the 88th minute, awarding a penalty after Danny Cruz took out Calen Carr with a sliding tackle in the penalty area. Brian Ching did the honors, chipping the penalty down the middle.
D.C. United travel to Columbus to face the Crew Saturday. Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.
Hamid conceded the penalty after Macoumba Kandji ran on to a lofted through ball from Corey Ashe and was bearing down on the goal. Hamid attempted a feet-first challenge and Kandji went flying. Referee Jasen Anno did not hesitate in pointing to the spot, and quickly showed Hamid the red card.
Video of the incident is below.
Joe Willis came on to take the place of the ejected Hamid and Branko Boskovic was removed from the field to bring United's number to 10. Brad Davis took the penalty and made no mistake.
Hamid's red card has earned him an automatic one-game suspension, which will be served Saturday, when the Black-And-Red face the Columbus Crew.
Houston added a second goal in the 37th minute, seconds after Maicon Santos had been caught offside. Luiz Camargo tracked down the ball at the other end of the field, drew Willis just far enough out of his net for Camargo to slide a pass to Will Bruin, who rolled the ball into the open net.