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Matchnight #30 - United at Kansas City

Greetings from CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, where I am eagerly awaiting the feast of Arthur Bryant's barbeque that sits next to me. I am in Kansas City, I figure I have to get some legit BBQ. I opted for the pulled pork.

I must say it's the most awkward viewing experience from the press box, as we sit behind home plate and a lengthy distance from the far side goal. There are about 40 wireless options here, about zero of which work right now. Still, it's about 40 more options than are available at FedEx Field. Don't kill me for a Redskins reference.

We all know what's at stake today. D.C United needs to win. They also need help.

The games/scores to watch tonight:

Toronto at New York, 7:30 PM
Colorado at Real Salt Lake, 9 PM
FC Dallas at Seattle, 10:30 PM

Again, here's the playoff breakdown:

If DC is the only team tied on 39 points to win, they will qualify
If DC wins and Colorado wins AND New England OR Toronto win, they cannot qualify (unless DAL, DC AND TOR win - decided by goal differential)
In the case of a tie on 40 points (RSL win, DC tie), DC will qualify ONLY if FC Dallas AND DC tie, or if DAL AND DC AND TOR tie

Fun stuff. I'll get back at you with lineups later. For now, I'm off to enjoy my pulled pork.

Some surprises in the lineup today. Not just that Fred is starting, but that he is listed as Fred Carreiro, which I've never seen before. Also, D.C. is opting for a 4-4-2 and veterans Ben Olsen and Jaime Moreno start on the bench.

DCU Starting Lineup: Cronin; James, Jakovic, Burch; Wallace, Gomez, Szetela, Simms, Fred; Emilio, Pontius
Subs: Moreno, Khumalo, Vaughn, Olsen, Jacobson, John, Kocic

D.C. United at Kansas City Wizards
When: 8:30 PM
Where: CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, KS
TV: CSN+

As usual this is your place for pregame, in-game and post-game commentary...and score watching.

By Paul Tenorio  |  October 24, 2009; 6:59 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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Comments

CSN+? Great. Up yours, FiOS.

Posted by: spidergoose | October 24, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

spidergoose, isn't CSN+ channel 1 on your FIOS, or was that a joke earlier universityandpark?

Posted by: DadRyan | October 24, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Spider goose, fios has the Direct kick package. channels 1495 - 1499.

Posted by: terpfan4141 | October 24, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

It's channel 1 on FIOS here in Springfield. Thanks Verizon!

Posted by: Truck | October 24, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

And ay yo! Pauly! Good lookin' on the BBQ talk my man! Enjoy yourself. The stadium looks a little bunk for the press, but maybe there's tons of fun to be had over at Dave and Buster's after the match?
Vamos United!

Posted by: DadRyan | October 24, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Paul - as a native Memphian I have to tell you, I believe you've made a mistake. KC has mastered the art of beef BBQ, but nothing in the world can beat a pulled pork sandwich from Memphis.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | October 24, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: emanon13 | October 24, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

The game will be on CSN+ but right after the Caps game on Comcast SportsNet it'll be joined in-progress...

Posted by: Snowdog1 | October 24, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

i get csn+, but the guide says they are having "book chat" this evening. i sure hope that's wrong.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

"DCU Starting Lineup: Cronin; James, Burch, Jakovic, Wallace; Fred, Gomez, Szetela, Simms; Emilio, Pontius"

Wow. I will with hold other comments, but isn't this the 40th different lineup this season?

Posted by: delantero | October 24, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

troy6, we're watching over at Rich's... That is if the match is on Channel 1 as reported. If not I'm marching back across the street to my house to watch on my computer. If for some reason you really don't have access I'm sure you'd be welcome round these parts.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 24, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

much obliged, DR. I may be frantically speeding through N. Arl streets a few minutes after 8:30.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Red Bulls - 1 Toronto - 0

Not a bad start.

Posted by: cjholden15 | October 24, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Breaking out the original Wings Down jersey tonight . . it has served us well in the past.

Posted by: delantero | October 24, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

give me a call if you need help finding your way back to our little slice of paradise...

Posted by: DadRyan | October 24, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

2-0 red bulls. goal by JPA.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I ♡ NY

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 24, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

So szetela who has barely been involved all season gets the start?? What the hell is going on and I'm at a loss for words about all the different lineups all season... Soehn has lost his mind

Posted by: strago | October 24, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

WOW! NY is playing for Giant Stadium glory! 2nil! I am calling Emilio plays the game of his life.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | October 24, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with Dish Network, the game is on channel 448 (it took us awhile to find it!)

Posted by: beergorila | October 24, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Since I can't officially cheer for the Metropukes, go Richie Williams! Go Petke (even though you were injured and pulled)!!

Posted by: delantero | October 24, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

TFC can't even blame the turf since they play on it all the time.

Posted by: delantero | October 24, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I assume we'll see some 4-4-2 with Wallace, Simms, and Fred cycling back. Worked well against LA's strong (right) side.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 24, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I love that Toronto is choking. Let's just hope the same thing doesn't happen to us.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 24, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

unable to find a working link on channelsurfing.net, anyone more digitally aware than i help a brother out?

Posted by: BillUrban | October 24, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Lol back to a 3-5-2. Were doomed already

Posted by: strago | October 24, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

No channel 1 here in annapolis. As in, there's no channel there.

Posted by: spidergoose | October 24, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

The camera work is really bad. I feel like I'm watching a high school broadcast.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | October 24, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

The United need to fix the sound, I can't be expected to listen to thiscrap.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | October 24, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a link to a P2P site that has tonight's match?

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh Gomito! :/

Posted by: combedge | October 24, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

TFC = choke.
gomez = choke.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Gomito! Creates a lovely opportunity inside the box after making it through two defenders, but shoots wide to the right with his left foot.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a link to a P2P site that has tonight's match?

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 8:48 PM

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http://atdhe.net/10074/watch-kansas-city-wizards-vs-dc-united

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | October 24, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Damn! Off the post!!!

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | October 24, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey - Burch just used his right foot! Amazing...

Posted by: combedge | October 24, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Julius James hits the woodwork off Gomez' corner kick! C'mon United -- you're gonna give me cardiac arrest if you don't score!

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

that's what happens when you don't cash in your golden chances

Posted by: fedssocr | October 24, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

oh crap

Posted by: combedge | October 24, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Gracias, @princebuster21 I found the game through channelsurfing.net

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

soccer is so, so cruel.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

The United give up a header to the guy with the worst hair in MLB.

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | October 24, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

1 - 0 KC, wallace was beaten on a free kick by a parakeet wearing a wizards uniform.

Posted by: terpfan4141 | October 24, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

dunno...looked like an own goal by wallace to me.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

If Wallace can't mark Kei Kamara, I think there's no need to mention any future prospects with the US men's team (or Costa Rica, for that matter)

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Gomez injured; Moreno in [40th minute]

Posted by: emanon13 | October 24, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

it may not matter, but TFC down 3-0.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

i guess it isn't only "white men can't jump". jeez, rodney, what's with the lack of vertical?

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Conrad's not starting for Kansas City? Since he was in the recent USMNT camp, I assume that he's in good shape to play...

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

If we get the help nut not the points, that will speak volumes.

Posted by: tcbannon | October 24, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

a third great opportunity wasted...argh! wife has left the room for fear that I am losing my mind.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Only 45 more minutes with Tom Soehn as the head coach??

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

RSL up 1-0 over the Rapids

Come on United!!

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 24, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

can we leave emilio at the airport?

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Great to see the Special One banner made by a Wizards supporter.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

NY 4 TFC 0. RSL 1 COL 0 at the 18th minute.

And we are losing?!? It's called a silver platter, just finish it!

Posted by: delantero | October 24, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Gomez, thanks for one great year. Adios!

Moreno, let's show some magic in the second half.

Posted by: delantero | October 24, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Got to love the SP1.

Posted by: tcbannon | October 24, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Soehn, good luck with the Bethesda H.S. JV team.

Posted by: delantero | October 24, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

"Richie Williams (clap, clap,clap, clap,clap)..Richie Williams (clap, clap,clap, clap,clap)..................

Posted by: tcbannon | October 24, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I had to turn it off. My head hurts. Whoever is running the cameras needs to have their equilibrium checked.

Posted by: peridigm | October 24, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

RSL up by 1 over Colorado. Forget silver platter, the platter is made of platinum for DC. Now go out and light them up boys.

Posted by: tcbannon | October 24, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Comcast SportsNet misspelled "Comeback" in the MLS "Comeback Player of the Year" category. C'mon, dudes!

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Olsen in for Szetela. Hope he can do better man marking than he did against Chivas USA. One more sub for Tom Soehn in the last 45 minutes.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

RSL now up 2-0 over Colorado...

Posted by: StikSav | October 24, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

RSL up on Colorado now 2-0 as well.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 24, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

NY RB 5
TFC 0

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

What a joke...

Posted by: amorris525 | October 24, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Red Bull New York 4, Toronto 0
Thank you, Richie, Jeff and @Mastodon Juan

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Who'll score more points? NY RB or Redskins?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Nice shot, Fred! You couldn't hit the side of a barn if your life depended on it!

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Nice shot of Tommy.

Posted by: tcbannon | October 24, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

United is woeful, but it was nice to see two players sharing an apple on the bench. Insert your own biblical howlers here.

Posted by: SMACK1 | October 24, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Emilio's last touch(es) as a DCU member?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I laughed when Dave Johnson said something to the effect of, "This is the 2nd year in a row that Tom Soehn has navigated DCU to the brink of the playoffs."

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Emilio's last touch(es) as a DCU member?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 9:55 PM

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As least at his current salary!

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | October 24, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

If you're tired because you played four days ago, maybe you need a new line of work, like maybe US Senator.

Posted by: SMACK1 | October 24, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Fred draws the penalty! DC United with some hope!

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

jaime's going to miss...

Posted by: edgeonyou | October 24, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

bad call. glad we got it, but bad call.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Fred's best play of the year....

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

OH MY

Posted by: amorris525 | October 24, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Moreno converts the pk, barely.

whew!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Haha, what a horrible call. Fred backs into Marquess and falls down.

Posted by: SMACK1 | October 24, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's go!

Posted by: amorris525 | October 24, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

DCU 1, Kansas City 1
Jaime with the penalty kick goal

Maybe Kansas City is even worse than we are!

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

That was a funny comment from Dave Johnson @Poopy_McPoop. As though taking DC United to the "brink of the playoffs" two years running is an accomplishment.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

C'mon United! Keep the Wizards from scoring for the remainder of the match. A draw might give us a playoff slot.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

perhaps ben can join josh at anger management counseling in the off season.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

wicks, that is. not wolff.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

btw, the game is now on the main CSN in HD if you want to switch over

Posted by: fedssocr | October 24, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

JULIUS JAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: combedge | October 24, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

We found our new striker!!!

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Does United play better in HD? Yahoo, James does!

Posted by: prokaryote | October 24, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

wow, that is unbelievable. The hobbled James scores on a header. 2-1 DC

Posted by: fedssocr | October 24, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

And the kids run away from Rodney Wallace.

Posted by: B_A_ | October 24, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Goal DCU off of James' head.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

KING JAMES!!!!

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 24, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

shame portland is in mls next year, because I'd love to keep Cronin around.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Portland is NOT in MLS next year. Next year is just Philly

Posted by: fedssocr | October 24, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Now Fred's limping too...talk about limping into the playoffs, but if it happens...I'LL TAKE IT!!!!

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

goooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllll

Posted by: rockotodd | October 24, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

...Are you kidding me?

Posted by: B_A_ | October 24, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Handball on Fred, in the box, red card and PK for KC.

There's the fred we've come to know.....

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Fred had to red.

I hate this field...looks like 6 on 6.

Posted by: Reignking | October 24, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

oh Fred! You win two goals for us by drawing fouls and now you give away a PK handling the ball on the line.

What does a draw do to us? Do we deserve to be in the playoffs?

Posted by: fedssocr | October 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Tied game...so any actuarial scientist on the blog at the moment?

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOO!!

Posted by: ldmay | October 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Fred earns a penalty, Fred gives a penalty...

Posted by: prokaryote | October 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Fred's off, Who's going to fall down now?

Posted by: SMACK1 | October 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

jesus that sucks

Posted by: rockotodd | October 24, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

wallace hits the post. so close

Posted by: wordup1 | October 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I think that was off the post!

Posted by: Reignking | October 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

ohh the post

Posted by: rockotodd | October 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Wallace off the post........

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

DOINK! Unfnbelievable.

Posted by: SMACK1 | October 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Like last year -- denied by the post....

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Corner...as if DCU scores on these....was that Cronin in there?

Posted by: Reignking | October 24, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

moreno fouled a guy twice at the end 25 and 20 yards out. eventually led to the goal.

Posted by: wordup1 | October 24, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

well that game just serves as a metaphor for the whole d*mned season.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

that hurts

Posted by: rockotodd | October 24, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

my bad on cronin. maybe we can pry him away from portland.

Posted by: troy6 | October 24, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

What a match! Too bad about the Fred handball and resulting PK goal by Lopez, but we did pick up a point on the road. The last week was good with the win against Columbus and draws against Toluca and Kansas City on the road.

Let's hope RSL can hang out against Colorado and that Columbus can beat the Revs tomorrow. I hope that James and Fred didn't injure themselves significantly.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

If results hold:

We're in ONLY IF

Columbus defeats New England
Dallas to DRAW.

Posted by: B_A_ | October 24, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Fire Soehn and all the rest of the coaching staff. Mediocre coach, not good enough to win a championship.

Fire Fred, Burch, Gomez, Szetela, Khumalo, Emilio.

Ugh.

Manly match by James. He's a keeper.

Posted by: RRP1 | October 24, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I'd be surprised if Portland would give Cronin, but maybe his contract is up...available for a free transfer?

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

help! what's going on? which teams do i need to root for?

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Good game and big heart by the boys, but I fear that the permutations don't sem to favor us. Figers crossed though, fingers crossed.

Posted by: Kosh2 | October 24, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Glad Columbus and Seattle are at home.

Posted by: prokaryote | October 24, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Moreno is still one of the best ball handlers in the league.

Posted by: RRP1 | October 24, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

If results hold:

We're in ONLY IF

Columbus defeats New England
Dallas to DRAW.

Posted by: B_A_ | October 24, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Seattle will destroy Dallas at home, my guess is NE is going to knock us out.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 24, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Hoping for Seattle and Columbus at home is about as good as it gets. (Dam those posts and wasted chances).

Posted by: tcbannon | October 24, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope that u guys somehow make it in. Much more fun playing the evil empire in the first round than a Western team ;).

Posted by: crewfanscott | October 24, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

What about Gomez? Did anybody (Comcast subscriber) see the first half? Looked really beat up in the closing highlight package...

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

new england & dallas need to lose. so we drawed because Fred had a handball in the box?

that handball will likely cause us the playoffs.

Posted by: johnlclark | October 24, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Note: A Dallas LOSS knocks us out of the playoffs.

Posted by: B_A_ | October 24, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

You cant blame it all on Fred - the ball got through the box - he was manning his corner and got a direct hit at his arm. Poor defending on the corner cost us. Wallace's defending cost us.

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | October 24, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

It seems odd, but we need Dallas to tie --- sends it down to goal differential, where DC comes out on top. If Dallas loses, DCU loses on tiebreakers to Colo. and RSL.

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

You can't blame that on Fred at all. If he doesn't stop the shot with his arm, it's a goal anyway....

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

RSL 3, Colorado 0 (87th minute)

Colorado out of the playoffs. Let's go Crew!

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

IF one of those shots against the post had gone in (i.e. if we had won), what would we have had to root for (just curious)?

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

dallas 1
seattle 0

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

My bad, Colorado is still in the playoff hunt, even with their loss tonight against RSL, 3-0.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, man (Dallas up 1-0 on the road against Seattle). Dallas is more deserving then we are to make the playoffs. We'll see if Seattle can come back.

Posted by: billindmd | October 24, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

OK. two seasons ago I bought (non-season) tix to DCU games because they were a winning team and the atmosphere at RFK was awesome.

Last season I bought a half-season-ticket plan because they had just come off their second straight Supporters Shield-winning season.

This season I bought a full-season-ticket plan because I would up going to just about every home game the previous season, even with a half-season-ticket plan.

After tonight's game, there's not much of a reason for me to buy another season ticket package (unless DCU were to back into the playoffs and qualify for the next CONCACAF Champions League by doing a Red Bull and somehow getting to the MLS Cup final), but regardless of whether DCU makes the playoffs, I'M STILL BUYING SEASON TICKETS FOR NEXT YEAR.

I became a fan of DCU because of its winning record (at the time that I started paying attention), but now, I admit it:

My Name Is Juan-John, and I'm a Soccer Junkie.

Posted by: Juan-John | October 24, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

"wound up", not "would up" -- doggone Merlot...

Posted by: Juan-John | October 24, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

we would have had the 7th or 8th spot.

Posted by: johnlclark | October 24, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

FIRE SOEHN!!!
Cut Emilio, and Gomez!!
Retire Moreno respectfully, Greatest Player in DC United History!!!
Am I the only tired of Soehn crying about his players being too tired!!! Schedule too busy!!
You have to be able to play your best players for the majority of the time or else you are not doing your job as manager, YOU'RE FIRED!!!

Posted by: BB1996 | October 24, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

It seems odd, but we need Dallas to tie --- sends it down to goal differential, where DC comes out on top. If Dallas loses, DCU loses on tiebreakers to Colo. and RSL.

Posted by: fischy | October 24, 2009 10:49 PM
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cr*p

Posted by: tcbannon | October 24, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"It seems odd, but we need Dallas to tie --- sends it down to goal differential, where DC comes out on top."

First tie breaker is W/L (ties don't count?) record against tied teams. For just RSL, Col, DCU it is

RSL 2-1
Col 2-2
DCU 2-1

which eliminated Col and goes to second tie breaker (GD) where RSL advances. Start again... Col and DCU are 1-1 against each other, Col advances on tie breaker. That is why Dallas needs to have 40pts.

Posted by: prokaryote | October 24, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

@ Juan-John. I sit across the aisle from you. See ya next season. We will be there.

Posted by: Sec131 | October 24, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

fischy, if you're a comcast subscriber why didn't you watch the whole game live? It was on comcast+.. what gives? Caps fan?
I watched at my neighbor's who has verizon fios, and the game was on channel 1....

Anywayz. Crazy game. Had fun watching. I've run out of fingers to count draws that felt like wins on. This one is a draw that mid season would have felt like a win, but in this case it feels like a loss.
James is a soldier. Funny watching Fred realize he'd be the biggest wuss in the world if he didn't get back on the field with James playing in the state he was in.
Too many chances wasted by United all season long. Gomez, Wallace, etc. I would have peed in my pants had Olsen scored on that volley in the box early in the second half.
Maybe we squeek in...
Hope we get some preseason match days in Charleston!
Vamos United!

Posted by: DadRyan | October 24, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

and yeah, Gomez got a cut or something on his forehead early on, and then on an odd ball offside scramble in the box he looked to have had his foot stepped on by one of KC's players. He tried to run it off but then had to be helped off the field. I say he broke something in his foot.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 24, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

gooooooallllll!!!

seattle 1
dallas 1

we have to root for NO GOALS for 30 more minutes...

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 24, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

@Juan-John

Yep, that's the only way to go, gotta support the lads through thick and thin.

Posted by: KireDCU | October 25, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

So many passes to the blue team tonight, too many missed scoring opportunities. Where is my DC United?

Posted by: KireDCU | October 25, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Dallas & Seattle still tied at 1-1 in the 74th minute. Do you believe in miracles?

Posted by: KireDCU | October 25, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | October 25, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Dallas & Seattle still tied at 1-1 in the 74th minute. Do you believe in miracles?

Posted by: KireDCU | October 25, 2009 12:11 AM

zakuani just missed an EASY goal from 10 yards out. 82 minutes in...1-1.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 25, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

good night everybody...

seattle 2
dallas 1

god, i HATE seattle.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 25, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Seattle grabs a 2-1 lead. DC looks done.

Posted by: fischy | October 25, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

zakuani just missed an EASY goal from 10 yards out. 82 minutes in...1-1.

Posted by: birdynumnum

87' and holding at a tie... I feel like I'm in U-boat with depth charges quietly floating down all around.

Posted by: KireDCU | October 25, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

...and Seattle scores.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | October 25, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Crap. Sorry for mis-post. Gamecast didn't make the goal obvious.

Posted by: KireDCU | October 25, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

season over. seattle "diving team" sounders win 2-1. see you guys next year.

Posted by: birdynumnum | October 25, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Huh? As much as we don't deserve it. If Columbus beats New England, we finish with 40 and are in.

Posted by: delantero | October 25, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

another reason to hate Seattle

Posted by: rockotodd | October 25, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

DC United's season is officially over, with Dallas losing 2-1 to Seattle.

Posted by: billindmd | October 25, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

no, we needed Dallas to draw because of the convoluted tiebreakers. DCU's season is over.

Posted by: rockotodd | October 25, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

crap. see everybody next year.

Posted by: rademaar | October 25, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

For a first-year club, Seattle sure did a lot of pi$$ing on DC's parade this season. I will enjoy rooting against them in the playoffs.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | October 25, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

ah, they hadn't update RSL's record. unfrrginblvable.

Posted by: delantero | October 25, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Another reason not to like Seattle. Funny how quickly we've come to dislike them. I certainly wouldn't have bet on that happening when they entered the league.

Anyway, the main problem is really here at home, isn't it? Can't put your destiny in another team's hands.

Regrettably, I believe your math is off delantero.

Posted by: KireDCU | October 25, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

@delantero -- think again. RSL and Colorado would go in. We needed a ie from DAllas to tilt the tiebreakers our way.

Posted by: fischy | October 25, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

As Don Adams used to say, "missed it by that much".

Posted by: tcbannon | October 25, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: redskinsux | October 25, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Time to change gears -- root for the Revs tomorrow. I believe if they tie or win, we get the higher draft position.

Posted by: fischy | October 25, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

So, now we turn our eyes to next season. Who stays, who goes? Players and coaches, of course, or at least perhaps. Still, think realistically who the management can replace them with? Start the debate.

Posted by: freeholdsouth | October 25, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

@tcbannon -- "Missed it by that much", indeed. that's 2 years in a row that DCU misses the playoffs when a shot in the final minutes hits the goal frame.

Posted by: fischy | October 25, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

for the sake of the leauge, dont root for the revs to win. 5,000 in attendance for a playoff game just isn't cool...

Posted by: rademaar | October 25, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

neither is drawing as much as DCU did this season.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 25, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

going by the comments it seems like we're out. Sugar-Daddy!


So Long Tom Soehn. Thanks for everything.

So long Emilio at your current salary, if not forever. Thanks for everything.

So long Fred at your current salary, if not forever. Thanks for everything.

So long Moreno at your current salary, if not forever. Thanks for everything.

So long Gomez at your current salary, if not forever. Thanks for everything.

So long the Chad Allen's, David Hambrugia's, etc.s. Thanks for everything.

Hopefully the offseason brings in both the management and player levels. Also here's hoping for some good news in-regards to the stadium situation.

Good luck DCU, you've got your work cut out.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 25, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Man MLS needs a single season cause all this tie-breaker crap does not help the cause. Its a headache that just needs to go away. If it stays, goal differential is the simplest way.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 25, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

So with DCU officially out of the playoffs, next year it has three trophies to go after:

US Open Cup
Supporters Shield
MLS Cup

Won't have any Champions League games on the docket (which means more "Game A" tickets for season ticket holders to those slightly-pathetic USOC play-in games), so maybe a lighter schedule will work in the team's favor.

See y'all next season!

Posted by: Juan-John | October 25, 2009 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Tonight summed up their season. Just not quite good enough. What a bummer......

Posted by: croftonpost | October 25, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

FYI- Don't blame Fios for the Maryland CSN+ problem. I talked to somebody behind the scenes on this one. It is Comcast. They will not let Fios carry the channel in some areas of Maryland. Just a ploy by Comcast to try to get subscribers to move to their infinitely inferior product.

Posted by: croftonpost | October 25, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Who the fig are "Chad Allen" and "David Hambrugia"? Porn stars?

Posted by: fischy | October 25, 2009 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I hate the way Seattle plays as much as the next guy, but the fact remains that DCU had their chances this year and they simply screwed the pooch. A lack of an ability to put away games came up to bite this team in the rump time and again. How many times did they have a lead only to lose it late in the game and settle for a tie? I'm not joining in the gloom and doom club when it comes to next year. Sure, some changes need to be made for next year, but I think there are enough young and talented players on the team that can be used to re-build quickly. It's time to lose the dead weight of some of our over paid players and bring in some new blood. If Cronin can stick around, along with Milos and Hamid, I think we're ok for goal. Wicks is not the answer in my opinion. Jakovic, James and Namoff are a solid beginning to any defense. The midfield is a little shaky but Wallace, Q, Danny Szetela and Simms are a good start. Up top, if Jaimie can take a pay cut and be a guy to come on late in the game and finish games, he is servicable and of course Pontius has potential to be a good forward. Any one not mentioned above is a sub at best in my opinion or just needs to be let go altogether. Tommy should probably go if a good replacement can be secured. New ideas are needed on the bench.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | October 25, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm still confused about tie-breakers... If NE loses, I think first is (8) ppg in tied group: RSL 1.6 (advances), Col 1.4, DCU 1.0. Then head-to-head W/L between two teams (1): Col 1-1, DCU 1-1. Then GD (2): Col +4 (advances), DCU -1.

If NE wins, same as above except only one gets in. Col eliminated, DCU eliminated.

If NE ties, then ppg: RSL 1.57, NE 1.5, Col 1.29, DCU 0.83. So DCU and Col eliminated.

Bottom line, RSL is in, DCU is of course out. If NE win/tie, NE in. If NE lose, Col in. (Unless I'm still confused!)

Posted by: prokaryote | October 25, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

FYI- Don't blame Fios for the Maryland CSN+ problem. I talked to somebody behind the scenes on this one. It is Comcast. They will not let Fios carry the channel in some areas of Maryland. Just a ploy by Comcast to try to get subscribers to move to their infinitely inferior product.

Posted by: croftonpost | October 25, 2009 12:59 AM
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If true, DC United should be on the lookout for a different broadcast partner. Maybe MASN can find room on one of their channels? Or Newschannel 8?

Posted by: fischy | October 25, 2009 1:03 AM | Report abuse

dude dont worry I think people need to start writing letters to Garber to chnage this garbage of a play-off picture. It doesnt make sense, only partial sense.

It just has to be goal differential. Simple.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 25, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

or single table.

Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | October 25, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

What we really care about is DCU is out. Of course I'll watch the playoffs (as long as the Caps aren't on) but right now I simply don't care about the other teams.

Posted by: croftonpost | October 25, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Juan-John, you forgot the Coffee Pot Cup...
Come on Battery invite us back!

Posted by: DadRyan | October 25, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

MASN carries Nats and Orioles all summer long... too much conflict for DCU games. Comcast (Caps, Wiz) is a better fit for a summer league team.

Posted by: prokaryote | October 25, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

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