Byline: Kyle Bahr
If there was any doubt whether D.C. United forward Abdul Thompson Conteh deserved a return to the starting rotation, he dispelled it last night at RFK Stadium.
Conteh, making his first start in five games despite being United's leading scorer, scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the Richmond Kickers of the A-League in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup.
Conteh is the leading scorer in U.S. Open Cup play with five goals and leads United with nine goals in Major League Soccer play.
"I think anytime that you can get a player that can produce two goals in any given game, you've got to put a big, big plus after his name," United coach Thomas Rongen said.
United will move on to face the New England Revolution in the semifinals Aug. 22 at a venue yet to be determined. United has beaten the Revolution all three times the teams have met this season in MLS play.
United's first goal developed near midfield. United midfielder Brian Kamler played a wall pass to midfielder Stephen Armstrong on the left wing. Armstrong took it to the endline, then sent a cross that hardly altered course when it skimmed off of forward Chris Albright's head as he made a fadeaway leap at it. …