Pat Onstad was in the nets for one half and Charlie Davies on the field for the other, but it was a little-known rookie who made the difference for D.C. United in Sunday morning's friendly against the Ventura County Fusion.
Blake Brettschneider, a supplemental-draft selection from the University of South Carolina, scored two goals in United's 3-1 victory at Oxnard College. The game was to have been played Saturday afternoon but was postponed because of heavy rains.
MEET THE OLD BOSS: Onstad was part of D.C. coach Ben Olsen's close-to-first-choice lineup, which also included reigning MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar, former U.S. World Cup forward Josh Wolff and, in central defense, top draft choice Perry Kitchen.
A goalkeeper injury crisis brought Onstad, 43, D.C.'s new goalkeeper coach, back to action last week. The former Canadian national-teamer retired last fall after eight seasons (in San Jose and Houston) among MLS's best netminders, but he agreed to to join the active roster after one of the top two keepers (Steve Cronin) joined the other (Bill Hamid) on the injury list.
It sounds like a part-time gig.
“When Steve went down, I felt for him,” Onstad told D.C. United's Web site. “I thought he had a real opportunity to establish himself; it’s difficult that he is down right now.
“When you look at Bill [Hamid], he’s still coming along from his [shoulder] surgery. Bill is 20 years old. The last thing we want to do now is push him into a position where he re-injures his shoulder. We don’t want to push Bill back too early, he’s obviously the goalkeeper of the future at this club."
SECOND HALF: Davies, who has come to D.C. on loan to resurrect his career following a deadly car crash 16 months ago, played the second half, paired up front with Yorba Linda's Chris Pontius (Servite HS/UC Santa Barbara). Brettschneider, the 75th player taken in MLS's drafts last month, was on the right flank.
All of the scoring came in a 13-minute stretch of the second half, with Brettschneider providing a 67th minute lead and restoring it in the 73rd after Hakop Avesian's strike for the Fusion. Colombian trialist Sergio Villarreal headed home Pontius' free kick in the 79th.
NEXT: D.C. plays Tueday night at UC Santa Barbara and Friday against Chivas USA at Home Depot Center.
First half: Pat Onstad; Jed Zayner, Dejan Jakovic, Perry Kitchen, Marc Burch; Santino Quaranta, Kurt Morsink, Branko Boskovic, Andy Najar; Joseph Ngwenya, Josh Wolff.
Second half: Chase Harrison; Chris Korb, Ethan White, Rodrigo Brasesco, Daniel Woolard; Blake Brettschneider (Sergio Villarreal, 74), Conor Shanosky, Stephen King, Brandon Barklage; Chris Pontius, Charlie Davies.