Friday, July 29, 2005

MLS: D.C. United fall to Premier League's Chelsea, 2-1 (July 28)

In what was called a "friendly" match, two league champions an ocean apart duked it out on the pitch.

English Premier League champions Chelsea FC came across the Atlantic Ocean to face MLS champions D.C. United at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Thursday night, and while most expected an easy victory for the Brits, the boys from D.C. were motivated by representing the league and the entire country's soccer status.

In the first half, it looked like D.C. United could even pull off the major upset, as a Bobby Boswell goal (assisted by Christian Gomez) put them ahead, 1-0, in the 31st minute. But only four minutes later, Chelsea tied with a goal by Damien Duff.

In the second half, Chelsea took the lead when Hernan Crespo scored, and England's champions would hold on defensively from there out and Chelsea won the game.

Over 30,000 fans showed up at FedEx Field to watch the match, that compared to the just over 17,000 that the team averaged at RFK Stadium for home games in 2004.

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