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D.C. United rewind: 2-0 loss to Earthquakes

Ben Olsen's opening comment during his postgame media conference said it all: "More of the same today, more of the same."

In so many ways. Plenty of possession in the first half, no menacing quality in the final third, a little bad luck, an opponent comfortably absorbing pressure and then pouncing on an opportunity that United botched. Call it a night. The match could've continued until 3 in the morning and United wouldn't have scored. On one promising foray in the second half, Pablo Hernandez seemed determined to take the ball all the way to the goal line before shooting. (Given United's funk this season, he would've missed.)

Okay, as for the red cards, Jaime Moreno said Brandon McDonald punched him, he pushed the defender back, and McDonald retaliated by headbutting him. McDonald said that there was minimal contact between the combatants.

The man in the middle was referee Alex Prus, who, just two weeks ago, tossed both coaches during the United-Houston Dynamo match at RFK Stadium. United officials were baffled as to why Prus was working another one of their games so soon. On a side note, after tonight's match, Prus hosted a previously scheduled seminar upstairs at RFK for, I believe, local fans and refs.

"It's exhausting dealing with these guys," Olsen said of MLS referees. "It takes everything out of you, the way they deal with these games. ... At the end, regardless of the refereeing, we still have issues. It wasn't their fault, it was ours."

My match report.

Full match highlights.

Video of the red card incident. (Watch the final replay closely: McDonald appears to attempt to head-butt Moreno.)

Two more matches, just two more matches.....

By Steve Goff  | October 10, 2010; 12:10 AM ET
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Comments

who would have ever thought that "just two more matches" would be written as good news?

Posted by: troy6 | October 10, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

The long steel bench looked like a bus stop late at night.

LMFAO

Posted by: JSF21 | October 10, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

On a side note, after tonight's match, Prus hosted a previously scheduled seminar upstairs at RFK for, I believe, local fans and refs.

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Those who can play, do. Those who can't play, ref. Those who can't ref, teach local refs.

Posted by: fischy | October 10, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

As a Dish customer, I don't get Comcast Plus. But Comcast rebroadcast the match on its regular channel beginning at 11 p.m. I recorded it and began watching Sunday morning. Shortly after the double reds, the crawler at the bottom of the screen reported that the game in progress had ended with a 2-0 loss for DCU.

C'mon, Comcast. Give fans a break. If you're going to rebroadcast games, don't spoil them with idiocy. Who do you think you are? ESPN? Does Comcast include spoilers when they rebroadcast Caps and Wizards games?

Posted by: runningcloud | October 10, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

. . . and those who can't or won't ref, go on the internet and/or sit on the sidelines and b**ch about the reffing. Without refs there's no game.

Tell you whuuuuut - the MLS refs are ten times better than DC United this year. Maybe thats why Olsen is exhausted.

Posted by: OWNTF | October 10, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

glass half full: Jermaine Jones

Posted by: OWNTF | October 10, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

yeah, they have those referee meetings after 2 or 3 matches a season. My understanding is that it's the usual PR bs. No one gets to ask tough questions about what happened and the discussion that does happen is very superficial.

I would have been interested to hear them try to justify why they needed a 5 minute conference after the incident...and then how that translated into 2 minutes of stoppage time, especially when there were a few long injury breaks as well.

I didn't understand why 2 out of the 3 officials had also been at the last home game either. That's on US Soccer and their assignors as well as the officials themselves who are supposed to turn back consecutive assignments with the same team. But I suppose they may just consider the intervening away match to be enough.

When you're the last place team you get the last-place referees. Just the way the world works I suppose.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 10, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The absolute worst game I've ever seen at RFK. Hernandez seems determined not to score from the forward position. Don't get me started about David Stokes, I mean Jordan Graye. Out of that group last night, I would protect Zayner, Varela, Quaranta (if he would try to shoot) and Morsink (just for the fact he seems to give a sh*t). Simms I would try to trade for value. The rest -- sheesh.

Posted by: griffin1108 | October 10, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I made the decision not to use my season ticket to see a home match for the first time since 2003. The same logic applied and I'm glad I didn't go. The club is really losing it.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | October 10, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Comcast rebroadcast the match on its regular channel beginning at 11 p.m. I recorded it and began watching Sunday morning. Shortly after the double reds, the crawler at the bottom of the screen reported that the game in progress had ended with a 2-0 loss for DCU.

C'mon, Comcast. Give fans a break. If you're going to rebroadcast games, don't spoil them with idiocy. Who do you think you are? ESPN? Does Comcast include spoilers when they rebroadcast Caps and Wizards games?

Posted by: runningcloud | October 10, 2010 8:51 AM
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I posted in the match night thread last night, making the exact same complaint. In fact, it almost seemed as if the crawl suddenly brightened. I know I wasn't paying attention to the crawl, but my eyes were drawn to the DCU final score. Really annoying.

On the other hand, since I already knew the final score, I wasn't engrossed enough to stick around for the halftime show...or the commercials. So, I say well done, Comcast! You really f'ed your advertisers.

Posted by: fischy | October 10, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

As everyone knows that this is a problem with re-broadcasts, wouldn't it make sense to tape a sheet of newspaper across the bottom of your screen? Oh yeah, no-one buys the newspaper anymore.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 10, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Or, jut a strip of tape will do. But that would require personal initiative. Can't have that!

Posted by: Ron16 | October 10, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

WE ARE AWFUL! clap clap clap clap clap

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | October 10, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Empty seats.
No stadium deal.
Shut out more times than any other team in league history.
Missed playoffs three years straight.
Brand is crumbling.
Just what measurements are required to stay in United's senior management? Please Will. Please. We need ya brother. CONTROL ALT DELETE and reboot the mofo!

Posted by: dsheon1 | October 10, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Just like the roaches after the mushroom cloud, Kasper and KP will survive to guide our team into and through 2011. Will, being a left-coast guy and a Chinese-American, doesn't like confrontation. Furthermore, with his SF Giants on a roll, he wants no part of the negativity on the east coast. He will leave it all in KP's hands, and with Kasper's head up KP's butt as far as it is, the two of them will stay.

What this means for the loyal and devoted fans is just what Benny said: "More of the same." More of the game experience taking place in a rotting stadium that DC has no interest in maintaining at any quality level; more of the parking lot fiascos and road closures around the stadium; more futile talk about a stadium for their own; more terrible player acquisitions through Kasper's favored Argie connections (How does DCU NOT get Saborio?); more coaches being chased for the job and then rejecting them (rejected by the AKRON coach? AKRON? You're talking about AKRON?).

If we want to send a message at the last home game, do the following: Honor the brilliant career of one of the finest players in MLS history. Do it not only for Jaime, who massively deserves it, but for ourselves to remind us of the glory days that built the following that is so devoted to this team.

Then leave the building. Turn your back and leave this sorry, no-account, incompetent, dishonest management and what they have done to this once proud and spectacular organization.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 11, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I know we were missing some players this weekend, but how can a professional forward like Hernandez--NOT SCORE on that pass late in the game. How can Tino NEVER put in a good service and how can we keep depending on them? THis season has been a flood of disappointments one after another.
A crumbling stadium with scary food, overpriced beer,and surly attendants. THen there is the team, which has been on a downward spiral since 2007 and has now definitely bottomed out !! Its time to start over in Baltimore, St Louis, Raleigh or ??? Please Mr. CHANG -- take charge and right the ship!!

Posted by: patrick18 | October 11, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

what game did you watch, Tino would be leading the mls in assists if we had someone who could finish. By the way the ball Hernadez tried hook back 3 times befor shooting was created by SANTINO.....

Posted by: tommyq | October 11, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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