Naturally, there was heartbreak in the D.C. United locker room at RFK Stadium after Wednesday night’s 2-1 US Open Cup overtime loss to the Columbus Crew.
But there was also confusion and anger, all centered around the 59th-minute ejection of Pablo Hernandez, a fateful call that turned a dramatic match on its head.
Most of the DC players and coaches did not see the tussle between Hernández and Crew midfielder Danny O'Rourke as it happened. During postgame media availability, several asked reporters what had taken place.
WASHINGTON – Jugadores y cuerpo técnico
del D.C. United evidenciaron una total frustración después de la derrota 1-2
sufrida ante el Columbus Crew para quedar eliminados en las semifinales de la
Copa Abierta Lamar Hunt, en un partido que estuvieron dominando casi hasta el
final del tiempo de regulación.
“Obviamente, es decepcionante este
resultado después de ir ganando el partido y aguantar con diez jugadores a la
poderosa ofensiva del Crew”, dijo el técnico interino Ben Olsen.
It wasn’t artistic or clinical, but all that mattered was the result: The Crew earned a berth in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the first time since winning it in 2002.
Taking advantage of two calls after yielding a penalty in the 13th minute, the Crew gutted out a 2-1 extratime semifinal victory over D.C. United in RFK Stadium on Wednesday.
“It wasn’t perfect soccer, but we won,” midfielder Brian Carroll said. “That’s great, and we’re moving on.”
WASHINGTON – El D.C. United estaba a dos
minutos de sellar el pase a la final de la Copa Abierta 2010, pero un autogol
de March Burch a los 88’ dio vida a Columbus, que consumó la remontada en tiempo extra con un penal de
Guillermo Barros Schelotto que puso el 2-1 definitivo en el Estadio RFK.
WASHINGTON – He may be a coaching novice, but Ben Olsen knows a thing or two about Latin American playmakers.
D.C. United’s interim boss spent most of his playing career in midfields guided by Marco Etcheverry and Christian Gómez and chased many others around the park in MLS and international play. He holds little back when discussing Columbus Crew maestro Guillermo Barros Schelotto ahead of their teams’ US Open Cup semifinal meeting at RFK Stadium on Wednesday night.
WASHINGTON- En un partido que pudiera representar su última oportunidad lógica de avanzar a una final en la temporada 2010, el D.C. United recibirá al Columbus Crew el miércoles 1 septiembre a las 7:30pm ET en su sede del RFK en partido de semifinales de la Copa Abierta Lamar Hunt.
Las cartas ya están echadas para la plantilla que dirige el técnico interino, Ben Olsen, quien ha estado al frente del equipo en sus últimos cuatro compromisos en la MLS, con un récord personal de 1 triunfo y 3 derrotas, desde que fue despedido su antecesor Curt Onalfo.
OBETZ, Ohio – There will be no saving the healthy starters for the back end of a two-game set at D.C. United, Crew coach Robert Warzycha said.
The first game Wednesday in RFK Stadium is a semifinal in the US Open Cup, with the winner facing either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas USA in October.
“The Open Cup is another trophy we’d like to have,” Warzycha said. “We’re going to do everything we can to win the game.”
Once, they were kings.
D.C. United rose from the primordial soccer ooze back in the mid-1990s along with nine other MLS teams, and they climbed out as champions. Bruce Arena’s team ran roughshod over a league where the two universals were Murphy’s Law and D.C. dominance, winning three of the first four MLS Cups and two of the first four Supporters' Shields.
They won the double (MLS Cup and US Open Cup) in their first season. They won a continental title in their third. All told, D.C. won 12 titles in their first 13 years of existence.
OBETZ, Ohio — Tournament play is different than the regular season. Just ask Columbus Crew midfielder Brian Carroll.
In his early years with D.C. United, he became tournament tough, something that is helping the Crew now.
Carroll and his current club are a third of the way through Group B play in the CONCACAF Champions and into the last eight games of the MLS season but put that aside Wednesday for a semifinal of the US Open Cup vs. D.C. United at RFK Stadium (the winner faces either Seattle Sounders FC or Chivas USA).