THE BLOG
04/13/2016 09:32 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

DC United 4-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

Simon Heseltine

DC United began the game still seeking their first win of the season, having drawn 3 and lost 2. They were up against the Vancouver Whitecaps, who'd already had 2 wins in their 5 games to this point. To win this game United would have to play much better than in their previous home game, a 3-0 loss to FC Dallas

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United began brightly, with wave after wave of attacks

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But the Whitecaps defense held firm, throwing themselves into each end every tackle

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When United did manage to break through, the Whitecaps keeper, David Ousted, was on hand to tidy up.

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As the first half went on, Vancouver started to find their feet, pushing forward.

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Although, aside from a rather spectacular diving save from Travis Worra, there wasn't a great deal of danger.

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Eventually United started breaking past the defense

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...and in the 39th minute, Chris Rolfe took a shot through the legs of Tim Parker

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which a diving Ousted got a hand to, to push away

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...only to see Fabian Espindola slide in, and knock the ball into the net for the first goal of the game.

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At the goal, Vancouver's heads began to drop, and United continued to press forward, looking to extend their advantage

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When the second half began, it was that man again, Espindola, running the show, pushing United forward.

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Scoring his, and United's, 2nd goal in the 54th minute.

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When Vancouver did manage to have a rare foray into the DC half, it was usually snuffed out fairly quickly

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In the final 13 minutes, United brought on Luiano Acosta for Rolfe

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who'd run tirelessly, and been caught in the face a few moments earlier

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But it was the substitution of Alvaro Saborio for Espindola that tied a bow around the win, with his first goal coming in the 88th minute from an Acosta through ball

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...and his 2nd coming 3 minutes later with Acosta once again recording the assist

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...leaving Vancouver with their head in their hands, wondering where it had all gone wrong

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