WASHINGTON, D.C. – The D.C. Current earned their second victory of the season and claimed sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference after downing the Philadelphia Spinners 18-15 on the rain-soaked field turf of Cardinal Stadium. Both teams entered the match coming off of season-opening victories over the Boston Whitecaps, but D.C.’s offensive efficiency overwhelmed Philadelphia’s defense.
How it Happened: Following a clean offensive point for the Spinners, to get Philadelphia back within a single score at 5-4, the Current outscored their opponents 6-3 over the final seven minutes of the first half to take an 11-7 advantage into the halftime break. The Spinners were never able to recover from that run, as Philadelphia narrowed D.C.’s lead to three but could never slim it any further.
Turning Point: D.C.’s offense committed just two turnovers in the first half, while the Current’s defense scored three break points of their own allowing the home team to carry an 11-7 advantage into the second half.
Player of the Game: D.C.’s second year handler, Lloyd Blake, had quite a day with four goals and two assists. Blake showed off an assortment of skills as he skied for scores, raced past defenders and avoided making poor throws.
Quotable: “Coach just wants me to be aggressive,” said Blake. “He’s on all of us about that, about pushing up field and attacking. But I felt like the space was there for me for the majority of the game. It felt good.”
What’s Next: The Current will take a week off before playing twice the following weekend against Boston on Saturday, May 9 and then the New York Rumble on Sunday, May 10. Philadelphia will host the Rumble next Saturday.