FOXBORO, MA - MARCH 26: Joseph Ngwenya #11 of DC United trips up Pat Phelan #28 of the New England Revolution on March 26, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

D.C. United Falls To New England Revolution 2-1 Amid Several Controversial Calls

Charlie Davies scored his third goal of the season and now is the MLS leading scorer, but it wasn't enough for United to overcome the Revs or the refs, as several controversial calls marred this road loss.

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D.C. United Vs. New England Final Score: Revolution Hold On For Controversial 2-1 Win Over United

After falling behind 2-0 on two unfortunate and ugly goals in the first half of action, D.C. United failed to penetrate the New England Revolution defense and received their first loss of the season.

Charlie Davies emerged at halftime for United and created multiple chances for the road team, but the rest of D.C. was not able to step up. The team generally lacked ideas and cohesion in the attacking third. Marc Burch and the D.C. midfielders sent in many threatening crosses, but they could not beat Matt Reis until it was too late.

United did manage to pull a goal back late in the game as yet another controversial call handed United a penalty. A scrum in the box on a United corner kick convinced Baldomero Toledo to once again point to the spot, signaling a penalty kick for D.C. Davies buried it down the middle. It was Davies' league-leading third goal of the season, but it wasn't enough.

United fell to 1-1-0 on the season, and will take to the road once again next week with a visit to the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids, before returning home to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy in two weeks.


D.C. United Vs. New England Score: Revolution Lead 2-0 On Two Dubious Calls

It appears that nothing is going to come easy for D.C. United today in Foxboro. The New England Revolution grabbed two early and controversial goals, and enter halftime with a 2-0 lead.

The first goal came as Zack Schilawski brought down the ball with his arm following a long clearance by the Revolution. While the handball may not have been intentional, it was clear and distinct to all watching, except for referee Baldomero Toledo, who allowed play to continue. Schilawski out-muscled Marc Burch and finished past Pat Onstad.

United's players had plenty of reason to complain, and they would continue doing so leading up to the second goal as well. As New England midfielder Pat Phelan attempted to chest the ball in the box, a clearance attempt by Dax McCarty struck Phelan and the ball at the same time. Phelan went down, and Toledo called a penalty, which Shalrie Joseph would finish to put the Revolution up by two.

United generated some good chances later in the half, but were unable to penetrate the Revolution defense. They are likely to turn to Charlie Davies in the second half to turn the tables.


D.C. United Vs. New England: United Looks To Start Season With Back-To-Back Wins

The 2011 MLS season couldn't have started much better for D.C. United. Their impressive 3-1 victory at home over the Columbus Crew last weekend included two goals from Charlie Davies in his first competitive match in over a year, and a high-quality defensive effort from the team's young back-line, led by 19-year old rookie Perry Kitchen. United will hope to continue that success at 4:30 PM today on the road against the New England Revolution.

United will be missing three important defensive starters from last week though. Kitchen is on duty with the U-20 U.S. National Team as the teenagers attempt to qualify for the U-20 World Cup, while right back Jed Zayner and central defensive midfielder Clyde Simms will each sit out due to injuries. 2010 holdover Kurt Morsink will replace Simms in the midfield, while Uruguayan international Rodrigo Brasesco and second-round pick Chris Korb will step in on the back-line.

The Revolution are coming off a controversial 1-1 tie against the Los Angeles Galaxy last week. Following that match, Landon Donovan suggested that the Revs were just playing for the draw, but they'll certainly be going for the win today at home.

The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet. To discuss the match with other United fans, you can head over to Black And Red United.

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