Kaku dagger downs DC Scum, 1:0
August 26, 2018
The schedule makers didn't do Metro any favors. MLS's attempt at Rivalry Week somehow gave Metro two games during the span: first against the blue poseurs from across the river, then against the hated DC Scum. And while the opener could have gone a tad better, Metro put a clamp on their oldest rival, running off 1:0 winners after a goal from Alejandro Romero Gamarra.
With this being the third of five games in a 15-day span, one might have expected for Chris Armas to squad rotate. He kept it to a minimum: Michael Murillo returned from suspension for Connor Lade, and Sean Davis was rested, giving way to Derrick Etienne.
A rather even first half saw Metro apply the pressure early, and almost scored when Etienne found Daniel Royer in the box on the break. Unfortunately, the Austrian shot high. Oniel Fisher has the Scum's best chance of the period, but also shot high from close range.
The breakthrough came in the 56th. After the Scum tried to head the ball out, Kaku pounced for it outside the penalty area. The Argentine-turned-Paraguayan too a step, rounder a defender, and blasted a rocket across his body and into the bottom right corner of the net.
The Scum tried to make a game of it, but, once again, the Metro defense was up to the task, limiting the visitors to two shots on goal. Metro might not be dominating teams as much as it did earlier this season, but it's hard to argue with the results. A second straight 1:0 win against the hated Scum, a top-notch defensive effort? We'll take it.
So, who is Metro's biggest rival? Still the Scum, or the new blue boys? Well, we've been DC haters for 23 years, so you know our answer!
Lineup: Robles, Lawrence, Long, Parker, Murillo, Adams, Rzatkowski, Etienne, Royer, Romero Gamarra, Wright-Phillips. Subs: Ivan, Muyl, Davis.