Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Width Of The Woodwork Separates D.C. From Playoffs
Washington Post, October 27th, 2008 1PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

The late winning goal by Columbus Crew's Brad Evans was irrelevant to D.C. United by the time it finally ended the team's tardy but impressive final-day bid for the postseason, writes Steven Goff. "A tie would not have done United any good, and with each agonizing miss during a scoreless game, its hopes faded into the central Ohio dusk," he reports. Those misses included three shots that hit the charmed frame of Crew keeper Will Hesmer's goal.

"I don't know what else we could have done," said United Coach Tom Soehn. "We tried everything," said captain Jaime Moreno, who missed a couple of good chances himself after entering the game as a second-half substitute. "There are no words to explain the sadness and disappointment." But United President Kevin Payne was more realistic about the deep-lying reasons for the season's end. "We didn't miss the playoffs because we lost this game," said Payne. "We left plenty of points on the table the last six weeks and early in the season. I hope we learned some lessons."

Payne said he and GM Dave Kasper already started thinking about changes a month ago, and discussions about roster and coaching moves would continue into the winter. "For us, for our organization, it is just unacceptable, so we have to fix it," Payne said, but it will not be a revolutionary sweep-out. "I don't think any of us wants to start over again. We think it's a pretty good group."

"Just an inch or two here or there," mused Soehn, "and it is a different game." Midfielder Santino Quaranta was more stoical. "It's tough, but at the end of the day, we just weren't good enough."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Steven Gerrard: 'Every Person Slips'    
Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool's title hopes and England being knocked out ...
La Liga Champ Eying Chicharito    
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, who started just six Premier League games for Manchester United last season ...
No Charges for Moyes Over Bar Incident    
Former Manchester United coach David Moyes is in the clear after he was investigated over an ...
West Ham Acquires Ecuador World Cup Striker    
West Ham has finalized a $20 million transfer of Ecuador striker Enner Valencia from Mexican club ...
Bayern Boss Not Allowed To Board Plane to USA    
Bayern Munich executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, along with six youth players and three crew members ...
Thai Refs Must Swear Oath to Buddha     
Thailand's soccer federation bosses have made more than 100 referees swear an oath of honesty at ...
Scolari Gets a Job    
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned as Brazil coach after its disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign, has ...
World Cup Runner-up Coach Steps Down    
Alejandro Sabella, who guided Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil, has decided to quit ...
Ronaldinho on the Move    
Former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has left Atletico Mineiro. The 34-year-old former Barcelona, AC ...
Beer Approved in the Big House    
Normally, alcohol sale and consumption is strictly forbidden inside the University of Michigan's stadium, but beer ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives