The Full 90

Wizards shut out Philadelphia 2-0

Kei Kamara and Graham Zusi scored two crucial first-half goals as the Wizards snapped an eight-game winless streak with a 2-0 win over the expansion Philadelphia Union on Thursday before an announced crowd of 10,176 at CommuntityAmerica Ballpark.

The Wizards scored their first goal in the ninth minute, when midfielder Ryan Smith sent a great ball across to midfielder and team captain Davy Arnaud. Arnaud eventually laid the ball off to Kamara, who got off a blast from 18 yards out that beat Philadelphia goalkeeper Chris Seitz to the backpost.

And the Wizards kept up the pressure, as they got their second goal in the 35th minute thanks in large part to the hustle of midfielder Graham Zusi and the offensive wizardry of Smith. Zusi won a ball at midfield and headed it toward Smith, who made a hard run at Philadelphia’s goal before he found a streaking Zusi on the right side.

The victory gives the Wizards, 3-5-3, their first victory since a 1-0 win against Colorado on April 10.

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