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Matchday 30: United-Crew

Greetings from Pros vs Joes Arena (aka Nuevo Estadio RFK), where the football markings from the silly sports reality game show have been painted over but are still visible. Thank your favorite sports commission.

Well, we have reached the end of a nearly seven-month regular season, a campaign that began in swirling snow and bitter cold in Denver and will end on a heavenly autumn evening in the nation's capital. There is nothing significant at stake tonight for either United or the Crew, although Columbus would like to finish a disappointing season with victories over the top two teams in the Eastern Conference and United needs to build momentum heading into the playoffs, which could begin as early as Thursday at Chicago.

First things first: United '97, featuring El Diablo Marco Etcheverry, against Hollywood United, the strange mix of former MLS players, wannabe MLS players, Hollywood actors and musicians. Your HU starting lineup: LaPaglia; Gough, Leboeuf, Biaggi; M. Ramos, T. Ramos, Rios, Fraccia, Pineda Chacon; Washington (Dante!), Wynalda. United will go with Simpson; Vaudreuil, Agoos, Cooks, Maessner; Kamler, Harkes, Williams, Etcheverry; Wood, Diaz-Arce. A few fans scattered about to watch the prelim game. Most everyone else is tailgating in the parking lot. Kickoff is moments away -- you can feel the tension (or not). The officiating crew was wearing Diablo mullet wigs during the pregame introductions.

Diaz Arce scores late in the first half on an assist from El Diablo, Hootie & the Blowfish drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld ties it with a six-yard header, Etcheverry wins it -- appropriately -- with a penalty kick on the final touch of the match.

DCU LINEUP: Perkins; Namoff, McTavish, Boswell, Burch; Mediate, Carroll, Gomez, Fred; Moreno, Emilio.

On a more serious note, United President Kevin Payne suffered a mild stroke this week and was hospitalized for one night. He felt well enough to oversee the festivities at RFK last night.

From earlier today.....check out Michael Parkhurst's goal from midfield against Toronto today and TFC's equalizer in added time.

By Steve Goff  |  October 20, 2007; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

dc united virgin losing it tonight! first game I will have been to since moving here.

Posted by: annapolis | October 20, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Head over to BobbyBoswell.com for a live blog/recap of the Marco tribute match.

Hi Goff!

Posted by: The Management | October 20, 2007 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Our best to Kevin Payne, his family and DC United staff.

Posted by: DC Fan | October 20, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

What chanel is Limarzi on? We are stuck in bumper to bumper traffic outside of RFK and won't be able to get in for a while. All we can find on am band is religious chanels and hockey. Thanks!

Posted by: soccergirl | October 20, 2007 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Limarzi is on WMET 1160 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2007 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Many thanks!

Posted by: soccergirl | October 20, 2007 7:20 PM | Report abuse

eek - Moreno's going to the bench, hope it's nothing too serious

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I thought they fixed the field. Bummer. I hope Moreno's ankle heals up fast.

Posted by: Bart | October 20, 2007 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Moreno has a mild ankle sprain

Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Is it the same ankle that was injured earlier in the month?

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Nice, Troy.

Through ball to CLB striker nutmegs Troy.

1 CLB 0 DCU 23rd min

Posted by: d | October 20, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The Crew? are ripping apart our defense. Lucky not to be 2-0. Yikes! Doesn't look good for the plyoffs.

Posted by: gallegoscot | October 20, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Kpene's hair looks makes him look like he's got some kind of fungus.

Posted by: pantene pro-v | October 20, 2007 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Not a pretty game. I might have been better off to still be in traffic outside RFK.

I don't think we've scored off of one corner all season.

Sigh. This game does not bode well for the playoffs. I hope we don't have to play Chicago.

Posted by: soccergirl | October 20, 2007 8:13 PM | Report abuse

gallegoscot - one important correction to your comment

ripping apart our defense [without Vanney]

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Ripping apart defense without Erpen. :)

Ok, I'm not a Vanney fan, but I have softened to him a bit as the season has gone on. And, although I think he could improve as a defender, I will say this ... Vanney is a great procreator. His daughter sometimes sits in my section, and she is adorable. And I hear he has twins on the way.

Posted by: soccergirl | October 20, 2007 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Chicago ripped up our defense last week with Vanney in the lineup. If Troy hadn't stood on his head, Barrett would have had 3 or 4 all by himself.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Ripping apart our D is a bit strong.

We've not been fast enough in transition. Our back line is spread to wide and pushed up---allowing CLB to exploit some openings.

Can CLB fit anymore players into the box? I think I counted 9 last time we attacked.

Posted by: d | October 20, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Disagree on Kpene. GREAT haircut.

WIsh he was Ezra's size though...he'd be up 2 right now if he was.

Posted by: viv | October 20, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Love kpene's play. very mad about how moreno went down! lets bulge the back of the Ol onion bag!

Posted by: XioPik | October 20, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

EMILIO mild ankle sprain

uh oh

Posted by: Goff | October 20, 2007 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Damn, what a goal. I don't mind DCU losing myself, get the skunk game out the system before you make a run for the Cup.

Posted by: Mike | October 20, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear.

Posted by: B.A. | October 20, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

This is not good. Not just losing but the not scoring is starting to get scary. I hope this doesn't carry on into the playoffs.

Posted by: Bart | October 20, 2007 9:04 PM | Report abuse

A) So glad Chivas lost last week.

B) With Jaime/Lucho having knocks, let's hope we play the first game Sunday not Thursday.

Posted by: d | October 20, 2007 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Kansas City and Dallas are nil-nil midway through the first half. And in the contest for the basement (and the top draft pick), Toronto had a 2-2 draw with New England earlier today; RSL and Colorado are just starting.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 20, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Not at all worried about this soon to be loss.

Players will use it to refocus their energies and lose any semblance of over confidence.

Posted by: d | October 20, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the statisticians should create a category for combined goals scored by persons with a given surname.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 20, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Bart - I agree, the loss can be a motivation, but the lack of goals in the past couple of games is worrisome.

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

KC just scored

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

The difference in DC's goal scoring is MORENO. lets pray for that sunday game and for swift recoveries!

Posted by: XioPik | October 20, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

what are the results we need for the sunday game?

Posted by: XioPik | October 20, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

GOAL !!

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

and DC gives it right back; oh well at least DC scored once

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Well... At least we remember we can score goals.

Posted by: B.A. | October 20, 2007 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Gomez tees it up... GOAL!

Some pride restored. 2-2

Posted by: gallegoscot | October 20, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

make that twice - Gomez with the PK

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Injuries? Back four? GULP!

Posted by: gallegoscot | October 20, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

KC took a one-goal lead into the locker room.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 20, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Is the score 2.2 or 3.2?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

3-2 Columbus - final score

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

what a strange year, our only regular season home losses come on the first and last games of the season.

Posted by: diego r. | October 20, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

3-2
My bad... (stupid typing fingers!).

Posted by: gallegoscot | October 20, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh well. The streak ends. Better for it to end here than in the playoffs.

Posted by: Bart | October 20, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Colorado and RSL are scoreless midway through the first half at The Dick. I guess Colorado needs three points to have a chance.

Posted by: Section 410 | October 20, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Here are the playoff scenarios (from mlsnet)

Chicago Fire (37)
Clinches with a win Sunday vs. LA Galaxy
Clinches with a tie and either one of the following:
- KC fails to win
- COL fails to win
Clinches with a loss Sunday and both of the following:
- KC loses
- COL fails to win

Kansas City Wizards (37)
Clinches with a win Saturday at FC Dallas
Clinches with a tie and either one of the following:
- LA fails to win
- COL fails to win OR wins by less than a three-goal margin
Clinches with a loss and both of the following:
- LA fails to win
- COL fails to win

^Note: Because Colorado and Kansas City tied both times they met this season, their placing will be determined by goal differential if they finish the season tied in points.

Colorado Rapids (35) - Must win vs. RSL on Saturday.
Clinches with a win and any one of the following:
- KC loses
- KC ties and COL wins by 3 goals or more
- Chicago fails to win

LA Galaxy (34) - Must win at Chicago on Sunday.
Clinches with a win and either one of the following:
- KC loses
- COL fails to win

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 9:40 PM | Report abuse

thx emanon

Posted by: XioPik | October 20, 2007 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Goff...injury updates please...its killing me the chance that soehn may have screwed us by playn too many key guys and riskn injury

Posted by: Matt Y | October 20, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

per Comcast mild ankle sprains for Emilio, Moreno

Posted by: d | October 20, 2007 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Also. When will dc play? I know it depends on opponent so I need to root for the opponent that will give us the most rest

Posted by: matt y | October 20, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"...soehn may have screwed us"? Come on give the man a break. Like he woke up today thinking how to screw DC United fans. You think he doesn't know what's at stake?

Posted by: Bart | October 20, 2007 10:04 PM | Report abuse

If both are out we are screwed. Of course soehn knows what is at stake so do all coaches that make mistakes. I'm just sayn playing a fragile 33 year old F and our best goal scorer was foolish...especially moreno who's been banged up all year. Playn fred wasn't smart also with his history of hammy problems

Posted by: matt y | October 20, 2007 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps he shouldn't have played the entire team since anyone can get hurt anytime? In fact, I think he ought to have played the first 11 if only to get everybody on the same page. How many times have we seen coaches in the NFL and NBA rest major players after clinching the playoffs only to play like crap ?

Posted by: Bart | October 20, 2007 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I feel like the ref really let them play on this one. There were numerous fouls he could have made on both teams and didn't. Definitely thought Fred was fouled immediately before the first goal.

The Parkhurst goal was amazing, but goal of the year WOULD have been Benny Olsen scoring a goal on a header while literally sitting on his ass.

Posted by: Shatz | October 20, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

KC has won; RSL-COL scoreless at the 67th minute

Posted by: emanon | October 20, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Hope we pick it up for the playoffs.

Please don't play Kpene though - he may be a nice guy (no pun intended) and have cool hair doo, but he is all bark and no bite. And I hope we have more than one secret play up our sleeve - i.e. get it up to Bennie on the right for the cross.

The ref did give us the penalty, but after missing at least one other one - three according to some counts.

Hats off to Columbus - they outplayed us. What's the deal with "El Scroto Scheloto." Seems like all he does is complain to the ref.

Posted by: ML | October 20, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Nfl and mls are way different. Its easier to simulate a real game in practice in soccer than football

Posted by: Matt Y | October 20, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

RSL up 1-0 in the 88th - looks like Chicago-LA is going to decide it...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 20, 2007 10:58 PM | Report abuse

So, if LA wins tomorrow we play LA and if Chicago wins we play Chicago? What if they draw?

Posted by: vamos United! | October 20, 2007 11:40 PM | Report abuse

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