Shorthanded D.C. United Draw De Anza Force 0-0
CARSON, Calif. (July 10) — An early tackle that sent D.C. United’s Tyler Rudy off for the game gave much of the possession but none of the spoils to California’s De Anza Force. Two shots off the crossbar were the closest either team came to scoring in this pitched battle, with United’s defense hanging on to earn one point.
The match began cautiously, with both teams attempting to feel out their opponent without risking too much in the opening group game of Finals Week. De Anza found good possession within large gaps between the D.C lines, but failed to take any real attack into the final third.
In the tenth minute, a hard tackle from behind on Masatoshi Nishizaki by Tyler Rudy changed the complexion of the game. While Nishizaki was unfortunately forced to leave the match due to injury, the red card given to Rudy forced United to change their tactics early on. United made a substitution soon after, bringing on Yaw Amankwa for Collin Martin while De Anza began to pass the ball around to keep possession.
Despite their advantage, a few wide shots from distance were all De Anza could muster until stoppage time of the first half. Receiving a ball down the right sideline near the corner flag, Stefano Bonomo crossed the ball to the far post where a waiting Christian Dean hit a solid half-volley off the bounce. The shot was headed towards goal, but a sprawling Dakota Niedermeier blocked the attempt before the D.C. defense cleared to keep the score level heading into the half.
While De Anza had most of the possession in the first half, much of it was in midfield and they failed to earn a corner until early in the second half. More chances came for the California club however, with Dean firing a left-footed blast from 30 yards along the right side of the field that rattled the crossbar in the 52nd minute. Twelve minutes later, good buildup along the left side saw Bonomo collect a centered ball at the top of the box. The midfielder touched and shot, but his strong attempt was tipped onto the bar by Niedermeier and out for a corner kick.
Despite increased pressure in the closing minutes, it was actually D.C. United that had a chance to steal the win in the closing seconds, earning a free kick deep in De Anza’s half just outside the box on the right. The resulting cross found plenty climbing to head it in, but the attempt went well wide, earning a point for both teams in their first match of Finals Week.
Development Academy Finals Week Match Report
Match: De Anza Force U-15/16 vs. D.C. United U-15/16
Date: July 10, 2010
Competition: Development Academy Finals Week
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 6 p.m. local time
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
De Anza Force 0 0 0
D.C. United 0 0 0
DEA: 9-Paul Blanchette; 20-Alfred Edmonds (capt.), 93-Masatoshi Nishizaki (7-Matthew Escobar, 17), 8-Anthony Panayides, 3-Jorge Herrera (14-Kazuya Otani, 71); 10-Stefano Bonomo (23-Colby Trah, 78), 22-Brendan Ruiz (18-Evan Filipcyzk, 65), 58-Hector Joya (6-Nick Marechal, 58), 43-Michael Madding (32-Hector Herrera, 46), 33-Christian Dean; 16-James Huffer
Subs not used: 2-Emmanuel Espinoza, 5-Christopher Pace, 12-Marc Pelosi, 21-Ryan Masch, 24-Henry Cullen, 26-Michael Amick, 36-Luc Brubaker, 40-Brian Kelleher, 42-Sean Lyons, 44-Aaron Ho
Head Coach: Chris Dangerfield
DCU: 1-Dakota Niedermeier; 2-Jordan Manley, 28-Dallas Aminzadeh, 15-Jalen Robinson (capt.), 16-Marco Hurtado; 25-Cody Albrecht (20-Ahmed Ismail, 80), 32-Sebastian Cahe (Julian Saldana, 61), 21-Collin Martin (9-Yaw Amankwa, 24), 17-Tyler Rudy, 5-Dario Redondo (22-Kainoa Bailey, 69); 6-Bradley Vorv (19-Alfred Wilkins, 41)
Subs not used: 7-Kennedy O’Shea, 8-Julian Griggs, 11-Marcus Salandy-Defour, 14-Luis Cartagena, 18-Jose Porteria, 24-Michael Russo, 26-Carlos Santistevan, 27-Tyler Back
Head Coach: Roberto Da Silva
Stats Summary: DEA / DCU
Shots: 13 / 2
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 6
Offside: 3 / 0
DCU – Tyler Rudy (sent off) 10th minute
DEA – Michael Madding (caution) 36