Partner Update: Win for DC

by Oscar Chamberlain

US partners come out on top in six-goal thriller.

DC United 4-2 Colorado Rapids

DC United bounced back from defeats to Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo to seal a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rapids.

Over 12,000 fans turned out at the RFK Stadium as United returned home following two games on the road, and they weren’t disappointed as Luis Silva opened the scoring with just 11 minutes played.

Colorado responded well and levelled in the 52nd minute, but Silva notched his second 15 minutes later to make it 2-1.

United made it 3-1 with eight minutes remaining as Taylor Kemp registered his second assist of the night, feeding Chris Wolfe who slotted the ball home.

And the result was sealed in the 87th minute, as Fabian Espindola blasted the ball into the corner before Deshorn Brown scored an injury-time consolation.

Speaking post-match, head coach Ben Olsen looked back on a key win.

“It was extremely important to win this game. All our home games from here on out are crucial, and we have put ourselves in a good spot. If we continue to take care of winning at home we will be in good shape.

“Saying that, we would like to go on the road and pick up some points. It’s not going to be easy; there is a lot of travel and tough opponents. But again, as we get bodies back I’m hopeful we can go on the road and get some points.”

Bidvest Wits 0-2 Orlando Pirates

Bidvest Wits suffered a 2-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates in their first leg Top 8 Cup semi-final clash at the Bidvest Stadium.

Both goals came in the second period, with defenders Siyabonga Sangweni and Thabo Matlaba on target for the Pirates.

Kaizer Chiefs also secured a 2-0 win, beating Platinum Stars in the other semi-final with the return legs scheduled to take place on August 23rd and 24th.