United 2, MetroStars 1
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Roy Lassiter had a goal and an assist as D.C. United snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the New York-New Jersey MetroStars.
The victory allowed United (4-3) to avert its first four-game losing streak since dropping the opening four games of the inaugural MLS season in 1996 and prevented the franchise’s first three-game skid at home.
The MetroStars mustered little early offense against United goalkeeper Tom Presthus, who didn’t make his first save until seven minutes into the second half.
Nansha Kalonji tallied in the second half for New York-New Jersey (3-4), which has dropped three in a row overall and three straight on the road.
Lassiter’s team-high seventh goal of the year gave United a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.
Moreno, the trailer on a 3-on-1 break started by Lassiter, made it 2-0 in the 57th minute. From the right side, he shot Antonio Otero’s short pass into an empty net.
Kalonji, a halftime substitution for Sorber, scored in the 75th minute. He stumbled over the ball at the top of the penalty area but still flicked a shot past Presthus, breaking a scoreless streak of 319 minutes in regulation time with his first MLS goal.
Kalongi nearly tied the game with eight minutes left, but his header from 12 feet out was snared by Presthus.