The Black-and-Red went into the Columbus game with the hopes of earning a first round bye and the second seed in the playoffs. There was good reason to think it would happen with the Crew missing two of their most dangerous players, but that train of thought went away very early in the game. The Crew would hand United one of it’s worst losses in franchise history, a 5-0 drubbing that would leave many fans questioning if their team is ready for the postseason.
The only positives from yesterday’s loss is that United did clinch a playoff spot, so no matter how painful it was to watch as a supporter of United, they will be in the postseason. Only now that means they’ll be playing in a knockout round match with the New England Revolution, fortunately for the Black-and-Red they’ll be hosting the game. They’ve been rather strong at RFK, but that is a dangerous team they’ll be hosting on Wednesday night.
All of United’s bad habits were on full display in Columbus, sloppy giveaways at the back. Horrible shape, the inability to sustain possession to generate a solid counter-attack. United couldn’t have possibly played worse, while Columbus played nearly a flawless game. It was so bad for D.C. that there wasn’t much to take away from that game outside of Columbus looked really good.
It certainly wasn’t the United team that showed up in the previous two matches, but that team needs to resurface come Wednesday night for them to have a chance in the postseason.
“They have to come to our building and play in RFK, where we have been pretty successful” – Ben Olsen, D.C United
In two games against the Revolution this season, United has drew one and won the other, 2-1. New England has a bevy of dangerous attackers to deal with in Charlie Davies, Juan Agudelo, Lee Nguyen, and Diego Fagundez. That play from the backline of Untied yesterday, mustn’t rear it’s ugly head if they wish to advance.
Coach Olsen blamed himself for the loss in Columbus, stating that he didn’t prepare his team correctly “tactically” and he expressed full confidence in his group that they’ll be rearing and ready to go come Wednesday night. It’ll be interesting to see if yesterday’s loss sparks a lineup change at kick-off on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm Eastern.