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D.C. United's Defensive Performance Against Houston, Summed Up In Six Seconds

The offside rule is one of the fundamental laws of soccer. Slightly less well known is the rule that an attacking player can't be offside from a throw-in, regardless of positioning. This rarely comes up because most teams have the wherewithal and communication skills to both spot when a defender is roaming free beyond their team's backline.

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Well, by the time the 62nd minute of Friday night's 4-1 loss to  the Houston Dynamo rolled around, both of those characteristics had deserted D.C. United, because no one in United's backline bothered to account for Cam Weaver until he was bearing down on Bill Hamid's goal with the freedom of Robertson Stadium.  The end result was, well, pretty predictable

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The video is below, and it makes for grisly viewing if you're a D.C. United fan or a fan of good, fundamental defense. If you have kids in youth soccer, send them out of the room before pushing play.

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