Game 30: United 0 – Crew 1
This game was the perfect end to the season. DC needed to win to get the the playoffs; this game was almost meaningless to the Crew. I had seen previews that picked the United to win by several goals. They needed the game more, they would win obviously. Columbus, however, took on the challenge and finished off DC’s season in brutally heartbreaking fashion, with skill, determination, and large amounts of good fortune.
United came out strong, pressing for an early goal. They had much of the possession in the first half. Emilio and Doe tried to find the seams in the Columbus defense. DC. was able to find limited chances ringing two shots off the left post. While the defense held for the most part, the offense found it hard to counterattack the United defense. It was not an ugly first half performance, but it was a far cry from the beautiful play Crew faithful have been accustomed to this year.
The Crew again had to hold of a spirited charge from DC early in the second half. The United 2nd half subs tried to make a difference. Jamie Moreno would sky a shot over the bar and Boyzzz Khumalo would fire the third United shot to hit the post. The Crew had dodged every United bullet, but it would take only on Crew shot to kill off DC’s playoff dreams. Brad Evans uncorked a bending blast that flew past the outstretched keeper, kissing off the very kind left post, and into the back of the net.
The United players slumped, the “No More Playoffs” chant rang out, and the Crew finished off another opponent in what has been the toughest place to play in the regular season. The Supporters Shield was transferred yet again, this time from the fans to the team and another chant rang out that I could get behind. “Were not done”. Playoffs start next week.