Saturday 26 July 2014, 11:00pm at EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Dembele 22', 44', 75'
DC United
0
Moussa Dembélé is the hat-trick hero as the Whites complete a good work-out to defeat D.C. United at EverBank Field.

22' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Emerson Hyndman

44' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Konstantinos Stafylidis

75' Goal

Moussa Dembele

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Williams R

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Thomas Eisfeld
Off:Chris David

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Williams G
Off:Moussa Dembele

52' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Bill Hamid
Off:Andrew Dykstra

52' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Birnbaum
Off:Bobby Boswell

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Moussa Dembélé hit a hat-trick as the Whites completed a good work-out to defeat D.C. United at the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars, EverBank Field, in front of more than 52,000 supporters.

Dembélé’s exquisite finish started the ball rolling on 22 minutes, after Chris David’s pin-point pass opened up the D.C. defence, and the Washington outfit were punished further when Dembélé struck again on the stroke of half-time.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, the French striker added a composed finish to wrap up a convincing victory, with the Team moving another 90 minutes closer towards match fitness. 

The Whites walked out to the sound of London Calling, before lining-up alongside D.C. United and observing the United States national anthem.

Starting off with a midfield diamond, with David supporting the forward duo and Tim Hoogland at the base, the Whites took time to settle with the MLS outfit enjoying good possession but failing to trouble our back-line.

There were warning signs for United when stand-in Captain Hugo Rodallega’s turn of pace drew a free-kick from Conor Shanosky and David stepped up to curled the ball over the wall and back off the post. 

The American side threatened from wide areas, with Conor Doyle heading wide on 18 minutes, but three minutes later a defensive lapse was punished by Dembélé after David’s precision pass cut through the middle of the back-line.

It could have been two when Hyndman’s drilled effort whistled fractionally wide on 39 minutes after Collin Martin only half-cleared Kay Voser’s whipped cross, before Jesse Joronen was forced into action on the break, making a double save from Michael Seaton and then Doyle on the rebound.

On the stroke of half-time, Dembélé doubled his tally, taking advantage of Boswell’s sliced clearance from Konstantinos Stafylidis’ cross to fire in from six yards.

Patrick Roberts joined the action in place of Ryan Williams at half-time, as the Whites aimed to build on a solid first-half but they were almost undone when Seaton’s far-post header cleared the crossbar.

Smart skills from David opened up space for Voser to cut inside and shoot but his left-foot effort never troubled sub goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s goal.

D.C. continued to move the ball well and Stafylidis and Cameron Burgess were called into action to make good blocks, but Seaton was left open to head the ball across goal and wide of Joronen’s post.

Dembélé ensured he had the final word, calmly rolling the ball into the corner of the D.C. United goal, after being afforded acres of space, to complete his treble and wrap up the win.

Match Information

Competition: Pre-Season Friendly

Date: Saturday 26 July 2014
Kick-off: 11:00pm

Venue: EverBank Field, Jacksonville
Attendance: 52,961

Fulham

Line-up: Joronen; Voser, Burgess, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Hoogland, David (Eisfeld 76'), Hyndman, Williams R (Roberts 45'); Dembele (Williams G 84'), Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Amorebieta

Manager: Felix Magath

DC United

Line-up: Dykstra (Hamid 52'); Kemp, Shanosky, Boswell (Birnbaum 52'); Porter, Jeffrey, Martin, Neal, Caskey; Seaton, Doyle

Unused substitutes: Franklin, Silva, DeLeon, Francois, Korb, Kitchen

Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 41Jesse Joronen
  • 31Kay Voser
  • 38Cameron Burgess
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 30Chris David
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 39Williams R
  • 25Moussa Dembele
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 17Thomas Eisfeld
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 5Fernando Amorebieta
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27Williams G
Manager
  • Felix Magath
DC United (3-5-2)
  • 50Andrew Dykstra
  • 33Taylor Kemp
  • 17Conor Shanosky
  • 32Bobby Boswell
  • 19Kyle Porter
  • 25Jared Jeffrey
  • 27Colin Martin
  • 24Lewis Neal
  • 12Alex Caskey
  • 29Michael Seaton
  • 30Conor Doyle
Substitutes
  • 5Sean Franklin
  • 11Luis Silva
  • 14Nick DeLeon
  • 15Steve Birnbaum
  • 21Christiano Francois
  • 22Chris Korb
  • 23Perry Kitchen
  • 28Bill Hamid
  • Moussa Dembélé is the hat-trick hero as the Whites completed a good work-out to defeat D.C. United at EverBank Field.
  • 84' That's all for Dembélé. George Williams comes on for the French striker.
  • 76' Eisfeld comes on to make his first Whites appearance, replacing David.
  • 75' That's the hat-trick for Dembélé! The striker is allowed space to shoot on the edge of the box and he shows good accuracy to pick out the corner. Fulham 3-0 D.C. United.
  • 75' A free-kick in a dangerous position is rolled to Martin, but his low drive is wide of the post.
  • 67' A good spell by D.C. ends with Seaton peeling away at the far post and heading straight across the face of Joronen's goal.
  • 62' Smart skills from David opened up space for Voser to cut inside but his left footed strike failed to trouble sub keeper Hamid.
  • 58' The Whites are forced back to contain D.C. for a period of pressure, but Dembélé is staying alive on the counter in search of his hat-trick.
  • 46' One change for the Whites at the break, Roberts is on for Ryan Williams and we are back under way.
  • Dembélé's clinical double has given the Whites the advantage at the interval following a solid first-half display.
  • 44' It's two, right on the stroke of half-time. Dembélé doubles his tally, pouncing from six yards after Boswell makes a hash of clearing Stafylidis' cross. Fulham 2-0 D.C. United.
  • 39' Hyndman's shot is a fraction away from creeping inside the post, after Martin can only clear Voser's whipped cross from the right.
  • 36' A good burst through midfield by Hyndman almost allows the American to slip Dembélé through but a well-timed interception by Boswell cuts out the chance.
  • 33' D.C. United have been forced into a couple of early substitutions through injuries, as the Whites continue to work hard off the ball to keep their opponents at bay.
  • 22' A sensational finish from Dembélé! David picked out his run behind the D.C. back-line with precision and the Frenchman lifted the ball delicatley over Dykstra. Fulham 1-0 D.C. United.
  • 20' Stafylidis' second crossing attempt is much better but is fractionally too deep for Dembélé. Rodallega works some space and drills low at keeper Dykstra from distance.
  • 19' D.C. have kept good possession good far but are yet to create a clear cut chance, threatening only through corners and crosses from wide.
  • 14' Ryan Williams finds Rodallega inside and the Colombian lines up a chance to shoot from 25 yards. He opts to spras the ball wide to Stafylidis and the chance disappears when the left-back's cross is over-hit.
  • 9' David hits the post! A sweeping Whites move earns us a free-kick from 25 yards out. The Dutchman steps up and and strikes his shot back off the upright.
  • 6' Rodallega and David link up well, with the Whites stand-in captain finding space on the right. He runs past his marker but is squeezed off the ball.
  • We have kicked off at EverBank Field, with the Whites midfield shaping up as a diamond, with Hoogland at the base and David at the front.
  • Captains Hugo Rodallega and Bobby Boswell shake hands in the centre circle and we are almost ready to go.
  • Out walk the Whites at EverBank Field, alongside opponents D.C. United, to the sound of 'London Calling'. That's followed by the US national anthem.
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