WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maicon Santos scored his first two goals with
his new club and added an assist to lead D.C. United to a 4-1
victory over F.C. Dallas Friday night.
Nick De Leon added a goal, the second of his rookie season, and
Danny Cruz also scored as United (1-1-2) picked up their first
win of the new season.
Blas Perez scored his second goal of the year before halftime
for FC Dallas (1-1-2), which has now lost its second straight on
the road after beginning the season with a win and draw at home.
Dallas' Daniel Hernandez was sent off in the 78th minute when he
picked up his second yellow card after a rough challenge on
Dwayne De Rosario.
After reaching halftime tied 1-all, United scored three goals
during a 13-minute stretch to turn what had been a close contest
into a comfortable win.
De Leon struck in the 60th minute, controlling a perfect cross
from Santos with his first touch, and hammering a half-volley
past Dallas' Kevin Hartman with his second.
Six minutes later, De Leon got free on the left and drove a low
cross to Cruz, whose one-time effort bounced past Hartman from
Santos, who was acquired from Toronto F.C in the offseason, then
scored his second in the 73rd minute, heading in De Rosario's
Television replays appeared to show Santos in an offside
position when the ball was played.
Santos' blasted a 25-yard strike past Hartman before halftime to
give United an early 1-0 lead, before Perez struck just before
halftime after a flubbed defensive clearance.
Bill Hamid, United's usual starting goalkeeper, missed Friday's
match with a left ankle sprain suffered in the United States'
3-3 draw against El Salvador in Olympic qualifying Monday.
Joe Willis replaced Hamid, who is expected to miss one to weeks
according to a team press release, and made three crucial
first-half saves to move to 1-1-1 in three starts.