D.C. United rewind: 3-2 loss to Toronto FC
*Post photographer John McDonnell presents a moving set of images from Jaime Moreno's farewell Saturday night at RFK Stadium.
*My full match report.
*On April 10, Moreno and Santino Quaranta scored in a 3-2 loss to Philadelphia. Last night, Moreno and Quaranta scored in the 3-2 loss to Toronto. Neither scored in any other match. Spooky.
*United set the league record for scoreless efforts (17) and fewest goals (21) in a season. Its 6-20-4 record (22 points in 30 matches) was the franchise worst, surpassing the 8-18-6 mark (30 in 32) in 2000. Worst teams in MLS history, based on points:
2001: Tampa Bay 4-21-2 (14)
1999: New York 7-25 (15 -- 4 regular wins, 3 shootouts)
2006: Chivas USA 4-22-6 (18)
2005: Real Salt Lake 5-22-5 (20)
2009: New York 5-19-6 (21)
2003: Dallas 6-19-5 (23)
*Moreno won't be the only departure from this roster. Among the high-profile players, Juan Manuel Pena, who didn't play for months after injured a quadriceps, won't be back, and Danny Allsopp is all but certain to leave. Their combined based salary: $380,000. The midseason acquisitions are scheduled to return: Branko Boskovic has a guaranteed contract for 2011 and Pablo Hernandez is locked in through July 1.
*Former United players Christian Gomez (Miami FC) and Fred (Philadelphia) were in attendance, joining ex-DCU stars Marco Etcheverry, John Harkes and Eddie Pope.
*The turnout of 18,071 was the largest at home since the first two matches of the season at RFK: 20,664 vs. New England and 18,407 vs. Chicago.
*United owner Will Chang was in Philadelphia last night, watching the San Francisco Giants win the National League pennant and advance to the World Series. Chang is a Giants investor.
*Ben Olsen doesn't seem likely to be retained as head coach, but with two years remaining on the contract he signed last winter, he is probably going to stay on the staff. Kris Kelderman, brought to DCU by former coach Curt Onalfo, is also under contract for 2011; he could stay, be bought out or find a new job and leave on his own.
*Olsen: "I've seen hopefully the bottom. I've seen how bad it can be throughout the season, as far as wins and losses and things not going your way, injuries, signings not working out, referees not always on our side. And probably bad coaching [on Olsen's part] -- I'm sure we can throw that in there. It's been a perfect storm. When that happens, you learn a lot. If you can get through this and keep your head up and have the guys continue to work for you, I think that is a feather in my cap in some circles."
"We're not that far away. We need a goal scorer. We need a different pulse in a lot of ways. With Jaime leaving now, it is even more crucial to get some leaders that are going to put their stamp on this team. You add one, two, three pieces, I like our chances. That's the beauty of this league: You have a season like this and you start again. Look at New York this year. You can change it very quickly."
| October 24, 2010; 11:54 AM ET
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