Real Betis Take Goal Fest Over D.C. United

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There were plenty of goals to go around on Wednesday night at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., as La Liga side Real Betis downed D.C. United 5-2 in a friendly game. The visitors, fresh off their season ending win over Real Madrid on Sunday, scored twice in the first half, and then outlasted two goals from the Black-and-Red in the second half to win their first of two games on their US tour.

16 year old Griffin Yow, signed earlier this year as a homegrown player, scored his first goal for United, with a deflected strike early in the second half. Quincy Amarikwa added the second for D.C., who rested nearly all the starters who should start this weekend on the road against the New England Revolution/

Betis on the other hand, fielded a team full of regulars, led by captain Joaquin. The Seville side went ahead in the 16th minute, when attack Loren applied a simple finish on a pass in front of goal to give Betis the lead. 

United then made the first substitution of the game at the half hour mark, taking out Ulises Segura, who is likely to start this weekend against the Revs, with the suspension of Paul Arriola, and inserting Yow. The youngster helped United in attack, but before the half came, Betis doubled their lead.

A corner kick was headed down by Marc Bartra, allowing Sergio Leon to slice a shot past keeper Chris Seitz in the 37th minute, a fine reward for what Betis had produced at that point.

Each side made changes at the half, but the one that Betis made in goal was the difference maker for Yow's opener. A bad pass out of the back from keeper Joel Robles allowed Yow to take aim at goal from outside the box. Yow's shot took a wicked deflection off of Zouhair Feddal, looping over Robles for a goal.

Just before the Betis captain exited the game, Joaquin scored a fine goal from outside of the box, cutting back to open space, and rifling a shot past Seitz. That goal in the 64th minute began a 12 minute stretch where four goals were scored.

Amarikwa got one back for United, when Loudoun United player Orlando Sinclair sent a header from a corner towards goal, which Robles pushed off the crossbar. The rebound fell nicely to Amarikwa, who had no trouble heading in for his first goal for the Black-and-Red.

A handball was called on Akeem Ward in the 72nd minute, allowing Bartra to convert from the spot to restore Betis' two goal advantage. And then a pinpoint finish from Robert in the 76th minute rounded out the scoring, after the youngster weaved around defenders in the box before sliding a shot past Seitz.

Ben Olsen used mostly reserve players and Loudoun United call ups to fill out his squad on the night. Arriola played almost the entire game, while Junior Moreno played 45 minutes, after returning to the club following the death of his father.

The lineup and subs for D.C United:

Chris Seitz -- Akeem Ward, Collin Verfurth, Jalen Robinson (62' Shinya Kadono), Chris Odoi-Atsem (65' Allexon Saravia) -- Junior Moreno (46' Orlando Sinclair), Chris McCann -- Zoltan Stieber (62' Connor Presley), Paul Arriola (91' Omar Campos), Ulises Segura (32' Griffin Yow) -- Quincy Amarikwa  

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