Columbus, Ohio, October 26, 2015 – MLS had dubbed the final day of the 2015 regular season as “Decision Day” as all conference games would be played simultaneously.
Any of the above would have been a better description for D.C. United as they went paws up in a 5-0 loss in Columbus with the #2 seed in the East to play for. As it happened as all games came to a close in the East just after 7pm EST last night, only a draw would have given United that coveted #2 seed.
However, the shorthanded Crew had other ideas. Saddled with their two best players on the sideline due to yellow card accumulation (Kei Kamara and Federico Higuan) the home side Crew dominated from the opening kickoff by spreading United out and killing them on the flanks en route to their historic win. The loss was the worst for United since losing 5-0 in Kansas City in 1997.
Ethan Finley led the way with two goals and Jack McInerney, filling in for Kamara, chipped in a goal and an assist.
As a result of the loss, United dropped from second to fourth in the East and now will play a one-and-done match up this Wednesday night at RFK against the New England Revolution. If United manages to shake off one of the poorest efforts in recent memory and push past the Revs, Red Bull or Columbus will be waiting for them on the weekend. If Montreal beats Toronto FC on Wednesday (they beat TFC 2-1 last night to push ahead of United into 3rd place) then United would face Red Bull. United will face Columbus should TFC manage to beat Montreal in Montreal.
Either way, United has to show up on Wednesday against the Revs or their season is over much sooner than anyone anticipated.