An improbable victory for the Colorado Rapids over previously unbeaten homestanding Chivas USA has given DC United their second straight Supporters Shield title.
Omar Cummings scored in the 90th minute to give the Rapids the unlikely victory in front of dozens of spectators in Los Angeles. What made this result so improbable was that Chivas USA had not lost all season long at the Home Depot Center. What also made this unthinkable was that Colorado had former United defender Brandon Prideaux sent off early in the second half giving Chivas USA the man advantage.
They could not take advantage of it howeve as Ugo Ihemelu scored in the 64th minute to give the Rapids a shock lead. Chivas did level the game in the 78th minute behind a goal from Orlando Perez. However United fans were quick to rejoice when seldom used rookie Cummings converted in the 90th minute to give United the Shield.
United now has the luxury of trotting out a downgraded lineup next weekend in their season closing match against the Columbus Crew giving some key players some rest heading into the playoffs in two weeks. However, Tom Soehn may decide that getting the team playing better soccer may supercede the luxury of rest and he just might give the regulars the opportunity to play in front of what will hopefully be a big crowd to celebrate the Supporters Shield and also give ex-United player Marco Etcheverry the deserved honor for his tribute match.