In its inaugural home match, NPSL newcomers Northern Virginia United FC defeated cross-river rivals FC Frederick 2-1 in front of a lively crowd at CroppMetcalfe Park at Evergreen Sportsplex.
In a first half dominated by the home side, with several chances falling to the Sky Blues inside the visitors’ penalty area, FC Frederick were the first to find a breakthrough with a goal from Jacob Gosselin right on the stroke of half time. The forward latched onto a ball played over the top of the United defense by Kevin Morris, where he deftly lifted the ball over goalkeeper James Knoebel, giving the visitors a 1-0 halftime advantage.
The second period began much like the first, with NVU controlling much of the possession and seeing several shots blocked by Frederick defenders. FC Frederick did find themselves inside the United box a few times, with one such chance forcing an athletic save from substitute goalkeeper Colin Shutler, who entered the match at half time for Knoebel. The match began to turn chippy as the second half wore on, with United midfielder Chris Welsh receiving a yellow card in the 52nd minute, and substitute Nick Short receiving a booking later in the 74th. The constant United pressure finally led to a breakthrough for the home side, with a cross from midfielder Shaka Bang