WASHINGTON — The MLS Cup Playoffs kick off in a matter of days. But after Saturday’s season finale against Toronto FC, the next competitive action for D.C. United will be in the more abstract realm of the expansion draft on Nov. 24, when the club will try to hang onto their best building blocks for 2011.
United have been stripped of talent in nearly every expansion draft, with important players like John Maessner and Brian Carroll plucked away. Even current assistant coach Kris Kelderman was picked up by the Miami Fusion in 1997 at DC’s expense.
Interim head coach, Ben Olsen on his relationship with Jaime Moreno as a teammate and then as his coach.
There's good timing, and then there's Swiss timing. That's exactly what Blaise Nkufo and the Sounders seem to have heading into the final week of the season, and we're on full notice. Seattle are our No. 2 behind RSL this week, while the Rapids also reach new heights.
NEw YORK — This week featured more spoilers than a Lost fan site, as out-of-contention teams made a big impact on the MLS playoff field, which is now officially filled with one week to play.
Also-rans killed the chances of the final team hoping for the postseason, and they spoiled golden opportunities for both conference leaders to clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The spoiler act wasn’t limited to playoff implications either: A landmark streak was squelched out, a record bid denied, and a home finale ruined on a goal by … a goalkeeper.
MLS 2010 QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 0, CHICAGO FIRE 0
BRIDGEVIEW Ill. — Nearly lost in the fanfare surrounding Brian McBride’s home finale was the stellar performance of Fire goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, who stopped four shots to shut out D.C. United in Saturday afternoon’s scoreless draw at Toyota Park.
The second-year goalie, who was making his third straight appearance in place of injured starter Sean Johnson, came up big in the game’s latter stages, making a pair of nice stops in the 78th and 86th minutes to preserve the draw.
If it had happened a few months ago, D.C. United might have hailed Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 draw with the Chicago Fire as a sign of progress, a hard-earned road point secured by stout defending and several sharp saves from goalkeeper Troy Perkins.
As it is, Ben Olsen’s squad are glad to fly back to Washington with another clean sheet in their possession, given that it took them 10 weeks to earn their first shutout at the season’s outset. D.C. have allowed just two goals in their last four road games.
BRIDGEVIEW Ill. — Brian McBride is now just one game away to closing the book on his storied career.
On Saturday, he played his final match at Toyota Park, logging 87 minutes in a scoreless draw between his Chicago Fire and D.C. United. He nearly scored on several occasions before coming off to a raucous standing ovation from the crowd of 19,056.
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.- El encuentro entre Chicago Fire y D.C. United en el que el gran ausente fue el gol, tuvo dosis de emotividad al marcar el último encuentro que Brian McBride dispute en la Ciudad de los Vientos”. El delantero anotó en dos ocasiones pero ambos goles fueron anulados.
Superados los primeros cinco minutos, Brian McBride rescató un balón en el medio campo para Patrick Nyarko quien igualmente exigido, pudo trazar para Deris Umanzor quien ingresó al área pero su remate, que salió más bien como centro, fue interceptado por el guardameta ante la llegada de Nyarko.