D.C. United vs Portsmouth FC

Captain HooliganContributor IJuly 31, 2010

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 28 :   John Utaka of Portsmouth leaps over the tackle of Lee Naylor of Cardiff City during the npower Championship match between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Fratton Park on August 28, 2010 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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July 24, 2010 was a day that Portsmouth FC would like to have forgotten. Their trip to Washington was stalled by delayed flight in Chicago due to poor weather conditions then when they arrived the team had no time to train prior to their match against the MLS bottom dwellers. To add insult to injury, Portsmouth FC had their kits lost in travel so the team wore United’s alternate kit.

United dominated this game, which is little surprise with the state that Portsmouth is in at the moment (relegation from the English Premier League, forced sales of key players and administration). United maintained possession very well throughout this match and Danny Allsopp had his match of the season thus far scoring a beautiful hat trick and could have had more goals if it weren’t for a few poor touches on his part. United’s two newest players, Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez contributed greatly to the team’s success as well as guest player Junior who is the younger brother of former United player and now Philadelphia Union player Fred. Portsmouth had their chances but were unable to finish any.

The best part of the match in my own personal opinion was the fans. La Barra Brava was it’s usual self in force bringing the support they always bring. The Portsmouth FC fans have been traveling with the club during the entire North America tour. Captain Hooligan met a few during the half and after went to sing with them. To return the favor they gave him, Captain Hooligan then brought the Portsmouth Supporters to La Barra Brava and there was a massive joint singing section. This match was a friendly and the end of a hard trip for Portsmouth FC. The fans showed the sportsmanship that is deserving of a friendly and La Barra Brava showed their respect for the Portsmouth FC fans that have traveled in force for the love of their club.