Marsch's first victory comes over Scum, 2:0
March 22, 2015
The last time Metro met DC, Thierry Henry and Peguy Luyindula worked their magic to dispose the hated Scum. Mike Petke became the first coach in team history to take down DC in the playoffs. That was mere four months ago. It seems like an eternity.
Today, Jesse Marsch got his first win in charge of Metro, topping the Scum 2:0. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam scored the goals, as Metro dominated the hated rivals in every area of the field.
The injuries to Roy Miller and Ronald Zubar meant that Kemar Lawrence, signed earlier this week, and Matt Miazga got their first starts of the season. Sal Zizzo replaced Mike Grella on the left.
Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Dax McCarty channeled his inner Henry and set a magnificent pass from Metro's side of the field and onto the Golden Boot winner at the edge of the box. The Englishman juggled the ball to himself and deftly put it into the left corner of the net.
The advantage was doubled in the 71st. After the Scum turned the ball over in front of their penalty area, Wright-Phillips pounced on it and got it to Sam. The other Englishman walked in and beat the overrated Bill Hamid to the short side. It was the 998th goal in club history.
DC was absolutely putrid for the entire match. McCarty was ever-present sniffing out loose balls and breaking up plays, and even Damien Perrinelle showed that he can make up for lack of foot speed with smart positioning. The Scum did get a chance for a goal in injury time, but Chris Pontius blasted his penalty kick over the bar.
So, congrats to Marsch and the players. But it got us thinking, what was the result the last time Metro met DC at Red Bull Arena? That's right, a dominating 2:0 win. Was this overhaul really necessary?
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Perrinelle, Miazga, Duvall, McCarty, Martins, Kljestan, Zizzo, Sam, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Richards, Abang.