The Baltimore Bohemians opened up their 2013 home schedule at Ridley Athletic Complex with a friendly match against the Under-23 squad of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United. Baltimore defeated United 1-0 last June, but this time around, the scoreline was reversed, as Frank Tayou provided the lone goal 15 minutes into the contest to give the visitors the victory.
Baltimore notched the first quality scoring chance six minutes in, when Michael Molloy worked his way into the box, but couldn’t get a foot on a close-range attempt. Minutes later, Mikias Eticha blasted a shot from 25 yards over the bar for the visitors’ first shot at goal.
On the quarter-hour mark, Tyler Rudy delivered in a well-timed cross from the right side, finding Tayou inside the box, who headed his attempt past Baltimore goalkeeper Zach Kane into the top right corner.
Baltimore looked to respond quickly, and they nearly had an equalizer after 21 minutes. Marquez Fernandez delivered a pinpoint throw-in to Pete Caringi, but the resulting header was tipped away by D.C. netminder Cody Niedermeyer. Milo Kapor’s header off of a corner kick moments later sailed high.
Just before the close of the first half, the Bohs had another golden opportunity to even the match, as Geaton Caltabiano threaded a pass through to Mike Gamble inside the 18-yard box. After closing down the angle slightly, Gamble’s drive inched wide of the right post.
Both teams took advantage of the halftime break to shuffle some players around, as the visitors entered two fresh faces into the match, while the hosts sent in five new players.
However, it would be one of the starters for Baltimore who would see most of the offensive opportunities come his way. Pete Caringi, who was the lone scorer in last year’s matchup between these two sides, looked to print his name on the scoresheet throughout the second 45 minutes.
At the 58-minute mark, Caringi put some pace behind a shot from 20 yards out, but directed it straight at substitute keeper Kyle Renfro. Four minutes later, Mamadou Kansaye’s initial chance was blocked, but the rebound fell to Caringi, positioned to the side of the net. Renfro was able to parry the chance away, thwarting Caringi once again.
The visitors nearly had a two-goal cushion with 20 minutes remaining. Kevin Fallet’s attempt from the top of the box hit the left post, with the rebound falling favorably for Dario Redondo. The one-timer from Redondo, however, curled to the right side of the far post.
A red card to Malcolm Harris with 11 minutes to play left the Bohemians with a hill to climb. They struggled to put shots on net; their last clear-cut chance on goal off the foot of Elton Joe resulted in a routine save with just two minutes to go.
Baltimore returns to PDL action on Sunday, as they face the New Jersey LUSO Rangers at 5:00 in Madison, New Jersey.
Goals: DC – Frank Tayou (15’)
Yellow Cards: DC – Charlie Hunter (63’); BAL – Matt Shinsky (74’)
Red Cards: BAL – Malcolm Harris (79’)
Shots: DC – 7, BAL – 12
Saves: DC – 5, BAL – 1
Fouls: DC – 11, BAL – 7
Offsides: DC – 0, BAL – 0
Corners: DC – 1, BAL – 4