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Everton Vs. D.C. United: Everton Attack Gives United The Blues In 3-1 Toffee Triumph

Goals from Anichebe, Bilyaletdinov, and Gueye help Everton over D.C. United 3-1.

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D.C. United Vs. Everton: Ben Olsen "Extremely Disappointed" After United's First Half Nightmare

D.C. United coach Ben Olsen admitted he had "a few choice words" for his team after they fell behind 2-0 at halftime en route to a 3-1 loss to Everton FC in Saturday night's international club friendly at RFK Stadium.

"I was extremely disappointed in the performance of some of our players," said Olsen. United went two down in the first sixteen minutes of the match after goals by Everton's Victor Anichebe and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

"You don't walk onto this field --or any field--and play 60 or 70 percent." Olsen said. "We've got some guys on this team who don't get it, and that's disappointing." Olsen made five changes at halftime, throwing on Steve Cronin, Perry Kitchen, Ethan White, Conor Shanosky, and Dwayne De Rosario and removing Bill Hamid, Chris Korb, Dejan Jakovic, Andy Najar, and Kurt Morsink. De Rosario paid almost instant dividends, assisting on United's only goal of the game, which was scored by Chris Pontius. Pontius himself was a 36th minute substitute for Josh Wolff, who was forced off with what Steven Goff of The Washington Post reported to be a hamstring tweak.

"It was men against boys there for about 20 minutes," Olsen said, "then our egos kicked in and we started playing better."

After playing three games in seven days (0-2-1), United don't play again until Saturday night, when a West Coast road trip takes them to San Jose to play the Earthquakes, who beat the Black-and-Red 4-2 at RFK on June 11 behind a Steven Lenhart hat trick. Despite the cross-country trip, Olsen said that United won't return to training until Tuesday. 

"We need two days off," Olsen said. "I need two days off."


D.C. United Vs. Everton: Gueye's Goal Seals Everton Triumph

Magaye Gueye's 82nd-minute goal sealed a 3-1 victory for English Premier League side Everton over D.C. United on Saturday night in front of 12, 789 at RFK Stadium.

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the home side got a near-immediate left to start the second half, as a long ball from halftime substitute Dwayne De Rosario found a streaking Chris Pontius, who snuck behind Everton's napping back line and managed to dink the ball over the onrushing Jan Mucha. That made the score 2-1, and United seemed primed for an equalizing goal. The closest they came was on a great run by Pontius in the 64th minute. The midfield was able to split two defenders and get a shot off before an Evertonian challenge came in, but the ball merely deflected off the right post and the subsequent corner came to nothing. 

Just before Pontius missed his chance for a second goal, Everton had a chance to put the match out of reach just after the hour mark. However, Tim Cahill's point-blank header from a Seamus Coleman cross was cleared off the line by Stephen King and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's shot skimmed the top of the crossbar.

Everton sealed the match with a counterattack that ended in Jermaine Beckford crossing the ball across the face of goal for Gueye to redirect into the net with his right foot.

D.C. United return to league play next Saturday night with a match against the San Jose Earthquakes. That match kicks off at 10:30 p.m.


D.C. United Vs. Everton: Toffees Two-Up Through Anichebe, Bilyaletdinov

Everton FC's Premier League quality was on show in the first half as early goals for Victor Anichebe and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov have the Merseysiders 2-0 up on D.C. United after 45 minutes at RFK Stadium.

Anichebe's goal came in the fourth minute on Everton's first attack of the evening. A Leighton Baines long ball from the middle of the field found the Nigerian making a run from the middle of the field to the left side of the penalty area. Anichebe worked his way to a spot near the end line before curling a right-footed shot past a diving Bill Hamid.

United should have been level in the 11th minute, but Josh Wolff pulled a right-footed shot wide across the face of Jan Mucha's goal after Najar's corner was cushioned down to Wolff's feet by Marc Burch. While Wolff was still ruing that miss, Everton got a second through Bilyaletdinov, who received a precise through ball from Ross Barkley and slid the ball past Hamid.

D.C. United closed the half much stronger and Andy Najar, in particular, was unlucky to not get on the score sheet. The Honduran struck a wonderful free kick in the 27th minute, but Mucha was alert enough to palm the ball away. Two minutes later, Najar's audacious chip from the left side of the penalty area eluded Mucha, but bounced off the crossbar. The home side's last best chance of the half came in the 37th minute when substitute Chris Pontius flicked a long ball to Joseph Ngwenya, whose shot from 15 yards away was parried by the Slovak.


D.C. United Vs. Everton: Jakovic, Burch Return To Action; Davies Unavailable

Good evening from an oppressively hot RFK Stadium, where D.C. United is set to take on English Premier League side Everton in the Black-And-Red's second international club friendly of the season (they previously hosted Dutch champions Ajax on May 22). 

A quick word about the format for this match, which kicks off at 7:30 and can be seen on Fox Soccer Channel: Each team will be permitted 11 substitutions, a provision which both managers are likely to take full advantage of, given the conditions. Also, if the game is tied after 90 minutes, the match will be decided with a penalty shootout, for reasons which are unclear at the moment.

This is D.C. United's third match in seven days, so it's not surprising that Ben Olsen has made wholesale changes to his starting lineup. Dejan Jakovic and Marc Burch, who have both been recovering from hamstring injuries, have been inserted into the back line. Kurt Morsink starts in midfield, while Austin da Luz makes his first start in a D.C. United uniform. Per Steven Goff of The Washington Post, Charlie Davies is not available tonight due to knee inflammation

Full D.C. United Starting Lineup: Bill Hamid (GK), Chris Korb, Dejan Jakovic, Brandon McDonald, Marc Burch, Andy Najar, Kurt Morsink, Stephen King, Austin da Luz, Josh Wolff (Captain), Joseph Ngwenya.

Available D.C. United Substitutes: Steve Cronin (GK), Joe Willis (GK), Dwayne De Rosario, Chris Pontius, Clyde Simms, Ethan White, Perry Kitchen, Conor Shanosky, Daniel Woolard.

Everton Starting Lineup: Jan Mucha (GK), Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines, Jack Rodwell, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka (Captain), Dimitar Bilyaletdinov, Victor Anichebe, Apostolos Vellios, Tim Cahill, Ross Barkley.

Available Everton Substitutes: Adam Davies (GK), John Heitinga, Jermaine Beckford, Phil Neville, Magaye Gueye, Leon Osman, Conor McAleny


Everton Vs. D.C. United: Tim Howard To Sit Out Exhibition At RFK Stadium

It's the midway point of the MLS season, but D.C. United will get no breaks, as they host Premier League club Everton in an exhibition at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and it will be the first meeting ever between the two clubs.

Everton, however, will not be starting their top goalie, a man U.S. soccer fans should know well. Tim Howard, the goalie for the U.S. Soccer Men's National Team, will sit out, according to Everton coach David Moyes. He's probably not injured, but with it being their offseason, it makes no sense to push him.

D.C. United, meanwhile, is coming off a disappointing 1-0 home loss to the New England Revolution on Wednesday. While this game does not count in the MLS standings, a good performance against one of the better club teams in the world, even in an exhibition, could act as a springboard to a strong second half of the season.

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