DC United’s club record new signing Christian Benteke misses the first shot from the penalty spot

DC United’s club-record signing Christian Benteke fails from the penalty spot in his first start for the MLS club as Wayne Rooney’s struggling side limps to a goalless draw with Colorado Rapids

  • Christian Benteke started at DC United for the first time after his move at the beginning of August
  • Benteke remained goalless but looked dangerous as he nearly scored several times
  • The forward’s greatest scoring opportunity for the MLS team came in the 66th minute
  • DC United missed out on their first win of the season in a row

DC United were held to a goalless draw by Colorado Rapids after new signing Christian Benteke missed a second-half penalty.

The striker signed with United almost a month ago and had been awaiting clarification on his work visa, but Sunday’s tie finally marked his first start for Wayne Rooney’s struggling side.

Benteke had a couple of strong scoring chances in the first five minutes. Both times he threatened with a headed goal. One attempt was blocked and the other went wide to the left of the goal.

Christian Benteke failed to convert a penalty into a goal on his DC United debut

Christian Benteke failed to convert a penalty into a goal on his DC United debut

In 90 minutes of action, he was credited with seven shots, two of which were on target.

However, he had his best chance of the game in the 66th minute when he scored the opening goal from the penalty spot.

DC United were awarded a penalty when Rapids right-back Keegan Rosenberry was called on for a handball in the box.

But Benteke failed to convert the penalty when goalkeeper William Yarbrough drove to his right to save.

Benteke's best chance to open the scoring for Wayne Rooney's fighters came in the 66th minute

Benteke’s best chance to open the scoring for Wayne Rooney’s fighter came in the 66th minute

DC United (7-17-5, 26 points) have been crushed for the first time in their opening two games of the season in their pursuit of back-to-back wins. It won at New York FC on Wednesday night.

DC United had scored two goals in each of their previous two games, but were only offensive in bouts.

The result sees DC United bottom in the MLS Eastern Conference, six points clear of 13th-place Chicago Fire.

Rooney watches his DC United team play during a game against NYFC in Harrison, New Jersey

Rooney watches his DC United team play during a game against NYFC in Harrison, New Jersey

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