Match Recap: FCD 1, DC United 0

Cunningham's goal enough to push FCD past United


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Before Saturday night, all three of Jeff Cunningham’s goals
had come off penalty kicks.

The FC Dallas striker brought that streak to a close with a breakaway
tally in the 68th minute, pushing FCD past visiting D.C. United 1-0 and
giving the hosts their first win of the season at Pizza Hut Park.

His goal – his first from the run of play this season - came after a
great buildup from teammates Heath Pearce and David Ferreira. Pearce
started the sequence from the left flank, and spotted Ferreira in the
middle of the park.

The Colombian midfielder then saw Cunningham dashing toward goal and
fed him beautifully for an easy finish against United rookie goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

United didn’t go quietly, looking for their second win of 2010 after a
brutal stretch of five consecutive losses to open the season. Their
best chance came off the foot of Kurt Morsink, who blasted a shot off the
crossbar in the 79th minute.

Clyde Simms also found the
post after he hammered a shot from distance in 13th minute, but only
after a wild sequence that saw FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman make two
brilliant saves to keep United off the board.

His save on a point-blank shot from Christian Castillo
rebounded to the foot of Danny Allsopp, who failed to sneak a shot
past the diving FCD veteran.

United fell to 0-3 on the road this season, while FC Dallas posted
their second win in as many games this week, following a 1-0 win over
the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night.

To add injury to insult for United, defender Jordan Graye suffered a strained right
hamstring in the 24th minute and had to be replaced by reserve Julius James.

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Scoring Summary:

DAL -- Jeff Cunningham 4 (David Ferreira 3, Heath
Pearce 2) 68

Misconduct Summary:

DAL -- Daniel Hernandez
(caution; Reckless Tackle) 39

DC -- Kurt Morsink (caution; Persistent
Infringement) 43

DAL -- Ugo Ihemelu (caution; Reckless Tackle) 75

D.C. United -- Bill Hamid, Jordan Graye (Julius
James 24), Carey Talley, Devon McTavish (Jaime Moreno 77), Rodney Wallace, Christian
Castillo, Clyde Simms, Kurt Morsink, Thabiso Khumalo, Adam Cristman, Danny Allsopp (Luciano Emilio

FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Heath Pearce, Zach Loyd, Atiba Harris, Daniel Hernandez, Dax McCarty, Brek Shea (Eric Avila 60), Jeff Cunningham (Jason Yeisley 85), David Ferreira.

Referee: Mark Geiger

Referee's Assistants: Jeff Muschik; Brian Poeschel

4th Official: Landis Wiley

Attendance: 10,323

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Clear-and-73-degrees