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DCU-FCD, the Aftermath

On the surface, it wasn't the worst of results for D.C. United -- a 2-2 tie against Dallas.

But when you dig a little deeper, you realize that DCU.....

*is fifth in the East.

*is in the playoffs at the moment, but leads K.C. and San Jose by only four points for the eighth and final berth.

*has only two league home games remaining and must play on the road against both conference leaders, Columbus and Houston.

*must play 12 games over 44 days (6 MLS, 6 Champions League), beginning with Tuesday's CL opener against Saprissa at RFK, and will have to travel to three foreign countries, make a trip to the West Coast and pay two visits to Texas.

The defense let them down tonight. Read all about it, including quotes from Quaranta, Soehn, McTavish and Crayton, in my full match report.

Match highlights are here.

PLAYER RATINGS: Crayton 7; Namoff 4, McTavish 4, Burch 4, Martinez 6; Kirk 5, Simms 5, Quaranta 7, Guerrero 7; Moreno 7, Khumalo 7. Subs: Fred 6, Emilio 5, Dyachenko 4.

By Steve Goff  |  September 14, 2008; 12:20 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

I'd love to hear Soehn comment on why he would think it was a good idea to bring on Dyachenko in place of Guerrero when up a goal and with Thompson and Cordeiro both on the bench.

Posted by: DCUMD | September 14, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Dyachenko played well. I think he was more central and Tino may have moved over into Guerrero's wide position.

The tie was a disappointing result especially since Dallas has been quite week for the past month or so. But the team showed more than it has in recent weeks. If Emilio, Gallardo, Fred and Jaime can remain healthy we could be as good as anyone once the playoffs roll around. Khumalo was good and players like him Cordeiro, Doe and Dyachenko can rotate in frequently during CCC to spell the older attacking players frequently.

We looked good tonight in attasck but I wish Soehn would switch Burch with Martinez positionally. The offensive flow was there but we need to get results better than ties at home when we face mediocre opponents.

Posted by: garbaggio | September 14, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Never mind bring back Christian Gomez...
I say bring back the piece of crap video screen!
What gives with that steve?
I know you *can't see it* from your press box, so you'd never miss it, but for everyone else it was a total WTF? all night long.

Posted by: dadryan | September 14, 2008 1:12 AM | Report abuse

I thought new aquiree Boyzzz was a monster tonight - showed a lot of heart. You think he will get a deal after his 3months are up if he keeps playing the way he showed tonight?

Anyone know anything about getting a third kit for the CCL???

Posted by: Anthony The Great | September 14, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Crayton a 7 . . . made some good stops, but he overplayed their tying goal and got caught way out of position . . .

Not sure if his other stuff warrants a 7 . . 6 maybe

Khumalo . . . a breath of fresh air . . we'll see if he can keep it up

Posted by: delantero | September 14, 2008 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Crayton's insistence to play off his line cost both goals tonight. Giving him a 5 would be generous. Certainly did not deserve a 7.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Crayton made three GREAT saves, but missed the cross on the equalizer

you're blaming him for cooper's goal?? really? mctavish missed the pass, namoff got turned by cooper. How is that Crayton's fault?


Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Why does Dyachenko still have a job here? It seems like i will have to wait until next year for a fully healthy roster.

Posted by: Yo | September 14, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

It just means that Creighton will continue to be a heart-attack but better-than-Wells goalkeeper.

GOFF:

Any news from DCU regarding the reason the video board wasn't working (aside from some squirrel chewing on the copper-wire connection)?

Posted by: Juan-John | September 14, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

This was Crayton's fault? Ludicrous! He made several monster saves. If Wells had been in there DCU loses 4-2 if not 5-2.

The central defenders were awful tonight and DCU did little as a team to prevent FCD's many counterattacks.

Posted by: Ash | September 14, 2008 6:02 AM | Report abuse

2-2 wasn't what I wanted to read.

----
Juan-John,

1) Nice seeing your SN again.
2) Probably one of RFK's cat-sized rats.

Posted by: B.A. | September 14, 2008 6:12 AM | Report abuse

It is nice to read that Boyzzz played well though.

Posted by: B.A. | September 14, 2008 6:14 AM | Report abuse

Why do the match stats on the Post.com say that neither the DC nor Dallas keeper made any saves?

I know I had a few beers, but . . .

Posted by: delantero | September 14, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Almost forgot . .

FC Dallas is a waste.

Tied 2-2 in stoppage time, they had players wasting time all over the pitch. A player moves the ball quickly into the DC third, had room to play forward, but stops and holds the ball in the corner. ... this is shortly after Sala gets a yellow for delaying a goal kick in the 89th.

That's pathetic, low life football. FC Dallas = DISGRACE.

Posted by: delantero | September 14, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

no - that's smart.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

So, who's our next coach going to be?

I know we've had injuries and international commitments ...but I can't think Kevin Payne is going to look kindly on missing the play-offs.

Posted by: Donnie You're Out of Your Element | September 14, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Khumalo had a nice game, lovely cross

Crayton was huge for us. This would have been an L if wells was in the game

Why Dyachenko? As usual he played many balls directly to the opposition or to touch. He had a nice shot but in the end he is clearly a step below the level we need and we seem to suffer every time he comes on.

All in all I thought the fluidity and tactical skill was very good for us tonight. Once we have Peralta back and can gel the back four and have Gaillardo and all healthy we will be hard to bet and fun to watch.

Posted by: RRP | September 14, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

This is not a GREAT team JUST A VERY AVERAGE MLS TEAM and we need to except it. Payne put this together and needs to be held accountable and don't blame if on injuries because everyone has them.

Posted by: bobby | September 14, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

wow censoring.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

First goal - why our FBs think they must win possession, rather then just front a player, is beyond me. The entry pass came from their defensive third. Simms coughed up the ball in the defensive third for goal no 2.

Crayton is a little nuts sometimes but all goalies are crazed to some extent. His energy and athleticism are fun to watch. I'd like Goffer to find out what his pregame ritual is (music, energy drink). I wouldn't be surprised if he has some voodoo going on as well (ala Pedro in Major League).

Posted by: MR Caretaker | September 14, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I see a Crayton who has to get off his line to cover for central defenders who keep getting beat by balls over the top or poor positioning/marking/anticipation... Brings back dark memories of the kind of goals that tossed us from the playoffs from years past, even with Perkins in goal. I think the D exposed Crayton way too much last night. Oh well, 2 points lost and no time to cry over it. We move on.

New guy no. 1 - Boyyyzzz was very impressive. Here's hoping he can keep it up and dislodge the wandering Doe from his position on the depth chart. Here's hoping that Koroma can do the same - with the way tha back line played yesterday we'll probably be seeing him sooner rather than later.

Finally I liked Soehn's approach yesterday. It gave us a hint of how he will manage the team over this crazy stretch. Start a watered down side that is bolstered by starters later on in the MLS matches all the while keeping the main squad fresh for the CCL games. We almost pulled it off yesterday. Points dropped at home were disappointing, but if we can nick points here or there like that on the road we may just keep our Western Conference title contention spot come the playoffs.

Posted by: Kosh | September 14, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

no - that's smart.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 9:08 AM

My arse it's smart. The idea is to WIN the game, accepting a tie in stoppage time---when no tournament advancement, etc is at stake--is a sign of a weakness and a sorry arse franchise.

Posted by: delantero | September 14, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Cannot believe anyone who saw that game would question your rating of Crayton. He single-handedly kept that game a tie on a night when the back four reverted to their early season poor play. His play and enthusiasm have brought some hope of salvaging the season.

Posted by: BillyBob | September 14, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Agree with 7 rating on Crayton. Was pissed he wasn't listed for man of the match honors. without him that game was 4-2 Dallas. Cannot blame him on either goal, especially the second. He came out, forced a pass around him and a defender got burned.

Posted by: dude | September 14, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It was nice to see the 1998 team.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Tino was not a 7.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Oh, ok, if you say so.

Posted by: Goff | September 14, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

i thought crayton played great, the only beef i had with him when was when he chased cooper all the way to the sideline. namoff was right there and could have pressured but had to run back and cover the goal because crayton wouldn't.

we were robbed a PK (it's not in the MLSnet highlights) when one of the dallas defenders knocked hte ball out for a corner with his arm. i can't comprehend how it was a corner and not a PK.

i though devon got burned pretty badly on the second dallas goal. he was kind of in no-mans-land when the ball went out wide and didn't do anything to prevent the cross from being made.

Posted by: pat | September 14, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

May I remind you that defense cost us most of the time along with early disgrace goal keeper. I didn't understand why Corderio was not brought in. Dissapoint result. I really expected to win against a weak opponent. It is getting much much harder to anticipate winning on the road against hot teams from now on.
A little surprise and happy to notice the attendance almost 20k.
And finally RFK stadium maintenance staffs and DC Govt's continue disgrace showing for United and its fans.

Posted by: td | September 14, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I thought Santino had a fantastic game. He was smart, energetic, aggressive. He was my MOTM, best game from him all year. Let's hope he keeps it up.

Posted by: RRP | September 14, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

On the second goal, from the viewpoint at my seat, it seemed to start with Namoff. DC was applying pressure - as it was through most of the second half - but Sala kicked the ball out of his penalty area up to midfield on the left side. Namoff seemed much more intent on making a quick header to get the ball back into the offensive area, rather than screen off his man and simply control the ball. After two failed header attempts, he lost the ball to FCD, and after one touch - I believe - The FCD player was set free down the left side, where there is no Namoff as he was hopelessly behind the play now.

I have grudgingly come to appreciate some of his play over the years, but I still think Namoff make a killer mental mistake in too many games.


PS: as others have asked, what was up with the scoreboard and video screen being out?


Posted by: Rob | September 14, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Martinez deserves the 6. He seemed to check out of his defensive responsibilities in the 65th minute.

Also, the referee's tolerance for Sala's time wasting was pathetic. At around the 40 minute mark, my daughter and I clocked 25 seconds from the time he had the ball to when he struck a goal kick.

Posted by: griffin1108 | September 14, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Watch the tape of the game-folks who are complaining about crayton's play are nuts. Easily 4-2 dallas without a stellar performance.

Also, someone plz find out about the scoreboard. That sucked. Did it have something to do with the game being shown on fsc? Man, rfk keeps getting dirtier and more run down. One bright spot-papusas and carne asada right next to team store. Best food ever in RFK.

Also-khamulo-very nice. Looks like good pickup if he keeps it up.

Posted by: pigman sweet | September 14, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Altidore is playing today at Villarreal.

Posted by: td | September 14, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

No one is complaining about Crayton's overall play, but he made a horrendous error that lead directly to their second goal.

He's positioned way too far off his line with 3 defenders around him THEN

He dives for a ball at his six that he had no business going for.

A better player like Jaime would have put it near post on him.

As much as I like Crayton, he makes some boneheaded choices.

Posted by: delantero | September 14, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Look on the positive side....our 2nd/3d string can tie the first string of the last place West team.

Please...stop Moreno from taking corners....

Posted by: Beckster | September 14, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

It was a disappointing draw, especially since the tying goal came from a player who should have been off the field with a red card for attacking Crayton. C'est la vie.

Posted by: Rich C | September 14, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Stop by OffWing's flickr gallery for photos from the last night's game.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/offwingopinion/sets/72157607285161267/

Cheers

Posted by: Allen | September 14, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Dyachenko was better than a 4; Martinez worse than a 6.

Posted by: Hedbal | September 14, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Why only give Namoff a 4? What'd he ever do to you? McTavish and Burch will soon be replaced by Koroma and Janicki. Fast.

Posted by: person | September 14, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

A little off topic: for people griping about the ticket prices for the Champions League matches, the flyers that were in all the seats at RFK last night offer a chance to buy Premium sideline seating for 20 bucks.
Not sure how they'll determine if you were at last nights game and all, unless they ask for a ticket stub number.
the flyer says the deadline is 12 noon on 9/16. They say to call DCU directly @202-587-5000 or by emailing dcu customer service at DCU's URL.
Maybe they won't jack you with the service charge Ticket master has, and if so that's 15 bones off the ticket price!
Anyway, just thought I'd try to remind those who may have just trashed those flyers, or were not at the game.
Also glad to see the desire for a third jersey picking up some steam. Maybe mention it when you get in touch with customer service! I'm feeling a red jersey with a sash like those Vasco jawns on the cover of the dvd they handed out last night. They could maybe bring back the three stripes?

Posted by: dadryan | September 14, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This post sums up my feeling after the game. Last night was a game that we really needed to win, since we have only 2 more home games and have been poor on the road all year. Our road games are:

@ LA
@ Dallas (a place we have a history of playing terribly at)
@ Houston (I believe we've lost close games every time we've been down there)
@ Columbus (last game of the season, so the Crew should be resting up for the playoffs)

Looking at it from a points perspective, I thought we had to have all 9 from our last 3 home games because we are usually so bad on the road. Now, we have no choice but to win one of these games. The trip to LA is promising only because LA's defense makes our own look solid and reliable by comparison. The trip to Columbus may turn out to be a game where we need a result, which could be bad news for what will be a ragged, exhausted team.

On the game itself:

Crayton was great, but he was overaggressive to make an attempt at Avila's cross. However, overaggressive is something we'll have to live with, as that's just how he is. The first goal had nothing to do with Crayton and everything to do with ridiculous defending. I have no idea what McTavish was doing letting that ball continue on. The only 2 things I can think of are a) Namoff inexplicably called him off the ball (which would constitute a suicidal decision considering how easily Cooper turned him), or b) he simply shut off and let the ball carry on to one of MLS's best strikers. In either case, an unforgivable mistake.

That said, you can't deny Dallas was worth a goal by that point. They came out playing above themselves, while we came out completely flat. It looked to me like Dallas knew this game was a must-win, while we were not as convinced. We took control from around the 20th minute until the last few minutes of the half, and then were much improved for the 2nd half, where Dallas only mustered a couple counters. Fred's miss just after halftime was excruciating to watch on the replay (my angle from the stands had me thinking his shot had been blocked by a courageous tackle, but the replay showed he actually just flubbed an empty-netter). Still, we got the lead and that really should have done it. Dallas has 2 good forwards that have no real relationship, a decent right midfielder in Rocha, and a bunch of water-carriers. They're simply not a good team. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that we can win when we play there, provided we have a decent night defensively. This has happened from time to time, and now we have 2 points lost that we have to steal from someone else.

The bright spots from last night were the play of Khumalo, Guerrero causing Serioux enough problems for Dallas to yank him early, and goals for Moreno and Quaranta. However, the play of our back four was down there with our worst showings of the year. Peralta can't heal fast enough (not that I think he's a savior, but he's better than what was on display last night). If not for the other results from around the league (most of the trailing pack drew or lost, with only NY jumping us and KC getting closer qualifying as bad), this could have been a true disaster. I found myself mentally referring to it as a loss 3 different times before I got home.

Posted by: Chest Rockwell | September 14, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Crayton was MOTM
Boyzz was just okay
Martinez was ball watching instead of
looking for the trailer on the 2nd goal
Rod was okay actually
Ref was a joke (redundant)
Fred was a breath of fresh air
Tino had a great game, except for the slips
McT had some nice stops
Jaime was Jaime
Guerrero is a gazelle in cleats

Posted by: boda united | September 14, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Is Peralta close to going back home? It's been more than enough time to heal his wounds by now. And is Gallardo unhappy and homesick that he feels sick? Are they both close to returning home? I am just curious!

Posted by: td | September 14, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Almost forgot . .

FC Dallas is a waste.

Tied 2-2 in stoppage time, they had players wasting time all over the pitch. A player moves the ball quickly into the DC third, had room to play forward, but stops and holds the ball in the corner. ... this is shortly after Sala gets a yellow for delaying a goal kick in the 89th.

That's pathetic, low life football. FC Dallas = DISGRACE.

Posted by: delantero | September 14, 2008 8:45 AM

--------------------------------

DC United has done the selfsame thing. Get over it.

Posted by: Ron | September 14, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

A fair but disappointing result. I agree that Dallas played above themselves but we needed to hold that lead... With the CCL on Tuesday all these game day roster changes I can only hope that we can be competitive in the CCL and manage to hold the playoff spot. We haven't seen our "first team" in months. We need Gallardo and Peralta, Fred, Emilio, etc to be there down the stretch. At this point I have no idea what to expect.

Posted by: sbg | September 14, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Why only give Namoff a 4? What'd he ever do to you? McTavish and Burch will soon be replaced by Koroma and Janicki. Fast.

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Namoff didn't do anything to me. He was poor last night. Good player, bad day. It happens.

Both Koroma and Janicki starting??

Posted by: Goff | September 14, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

It's been more than enough time to heal his wounds by now. And is Gallardo unhappy and homesick that he feels sick? Are they both close to returning home?

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Huh??

How would you know whether Peralta should be ready to play? Have you examined him personally? He's hoping to be ready Tuesday. Gallardo was sick all week and has a bum ankle. He too hopes to play Tuesday.

Why would they return home??

Sorry for the snippy response, but sometimes the comments on here make my head spin.

Posted by: Goff | September 14, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Gallardo is going back to argentina for a few weeks to see his own doctors. Comes from a source in the locker room. He leaves tonight.

Posted by: bobby | September 14, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Goff. I didn't mean to cause any trouble to you nor did I direct my comments to you but I do sometimes get frustrated with all these injuries and not having the first team on the field consistantly. I do realize that we can not avoid injuries (unless trainners are doing something incorrectly) and No I have not examined Peralta personally. I just thought that he already came back from the surgery and played but obviously reinjured was more damaged than I thought. Cheers!

Posted by: td | September 14, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe i should start my own soccer insider... love ya goff

Posted by: bobby | September 14, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I think I recall reading that Peralta hurt his hammy after making his initial return from the surgery.
It does seem to have taken forever, but I think we all have seen how long it can take to get someone healed up.
Still any news on what the deal with the big screen was? Watching the highlights, it looks like Tino looks up to check the replay after his miss in the first half...
RFK is a hell hole.

Posted by: dadryan | September 14, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The MOTM were the Dallas strikers, who could not hit the broadside of a barn. On the first goal, Crayton was so far off his line that Cooper had his choice of open net to shoot at. On the second goal, Crayton was sprawled on the ground as the ball zips by him. This is not the first game where Crayton's poor positioning led to goals.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 14, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

*is in the playoffs at the moment, but leads K.C. and San Jose by only four points for the eighth and final berth.
.........................................

Update: Colorado has leapfrogged them and cut the gap to three points.

Posted by: The Jeff | September 14, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Crayton was good. Wells would have been lit up like a Christmas tree...

If no MLS Cup or Champions League victory, then I say we are spinning our wheels with Sohen and should cut him loose. Not bringing back Papa Bruce might have been a huge error...

Posted by: Alan | September 14, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Colorado hasn't leap frogged them. United's got 33 and Colorado has 30 right?

Posted by: dadryan | September 14, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Is this how it works? | September 15, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Sorry, try this? | September 15, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

That's pathetic, low life football. FC Dallas = DISGRACE.
FOR THE RECORD, RON

Get over you taste of LOSER FOOTBALL!!!


Posted by: delantero | September 14, 2008 8:45 AM

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DC United has done the selfsame thing. Get over it.

Posted by: Ron | September 14, 2008 4:28 PM

Posted by: delantero | September 15, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

FOR THE RECORD, RON, Emilio takes on two defenders at Chicago and WINS the game in stoppage time.

Uh, DC U does not do the same thing . . .

Ron, Get over you love of LOSER FOOTBALL!!!


Posted by: delantero | September 15, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Delantero, united does the same thing in games, in that they do not continue to play and just focus on killing time. Example last nights sub for Guerrero. Didn't make sense to take him off as he was devastating thier right side. Screw Saprissa, I want to get to the playoffs and win MLS Cup. Dyachenko should not qualify for any rating above three ever. he has one decent game this year against SanJose, even then he only played well for five minutes. Great United won the open cup, but Soehn should be shown the door. His changes and tactics are mind numbing. Examples: Kirk scores in a game; then doesn't play for two, then is starting? Cordeiro a handful in San Jose, never sees the light of day in a game were backs were being slayed by speed. Dyachenko is crap in almost every game he has played, but still is subbed in almost every game. That doesn't make any sense unless the purpose is to keep players guessing as to what is required to play? Fire Baldinho as soon as the season is over. Hire Harkes or williams. Then again we could hire Mickey Mouse and it would still be an improvement.

Posted by: Dips since 78 | September 15, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Colorado hasn't leap frogged them. United's got 33 and Colorado has 30 right?


Posted by: dadryan | September 14, 2008 11:51 PM
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"Them" means Kansas City and San Jose.

Posted by: The Jeff | September 15, 2008 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone answer me why Soehn continues to use a backline of

Martinez - McTavish - Burch - Namoff


I thought we played much better defensively with

Burch - McTavish - Namoff - Martinez

I just dont get it.

Posted by: strago | September 15, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Martinez was all over that field like he was chlorophyll

Posted by: Norm | September 15, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

dadryan needs to lay off the drugs.

Posted by: anon | September 15, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Martinez needs to stay home more and mind his defensive duties, instead of always wanting to go forward and leave space behind him exposed!! Dallas's second goal was TOTALLY on Martinez for not marking.

Posted by: Mike | September 15, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Kirk looks like a stiff; don't think he's going to make it in MLS. And a "5" is too high.

Posted by: Blent | September 15, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

@anon: oh kay nancy reagan.

Posted by: dadryan | September 15, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@The Jeff: I wasn't reading right my man, sorry. Just getting a little put off with the Tie that still feels like a loss.
I am still convinced that DCU can make the playoffs, but we really needed the win more than the draw.
Maybe if everyone gets healthy we'll find some points on the road.

Posted by: dadryan | September 15, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

From our seats it looked like Martinez played the last 20-25min of the game injured. He came up limping just as Dyachenko was subbed in. Kudos for him for playing a really strong first half and hanging in there with the limp through the second half.

Posted by: SE DC | September 15, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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