In a season that will soon go down in MLS’ record books for futility, D.C. United provided more ammunition to lay claim to the worst team the league has ever seen after it’s 1-0 loss last night to Chivas USA at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Erick Torres’ goal in the 50th minute was the ultimate difference and just another in a long line of mistakes and bad bounces that has come to the once proud franchise. Following a fantastic save from Bill Hamid on an Eric Avila blast from outside the penalty area, the ensuing corner kick was eventually but not effectively cleared by United. A looping cross into the area headed straight to Nick DeLeon however his shanked headed clearance fell right into the path of the only Chivas USA player with any ability to score goals recently and Torres’ bundled his shot into the ground and past Hamid for the 1-0 lead.
United’s record now is a painful 3-19-5 (14 points) on the season including a pathetic 0-10-3 on the road with only 4 goals scored away from RFK Stadium. Additionally, United is 0-17-1 when allowing the first goal of the game.
United seemed the more eager of the two cellar dwellers in the first forty-five minutes and forced Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy into a pair of fine saves on Conor Doyle. The first save came when Chris Korb busted down the right flank and in combination with DeLeon created a cross along the ground right to the penalty spot where Doyle just got a toe on the cross ahead of the challenge of Bobby Burling. Kennedy came out to narrow the angle and smothered the shot and forced a corner.
United’s best chance on the night was when Doyle was sent through only to see his worm-burner effort kneed out by Kennedy late in the first half.
United, playing without the Canadian trio of Dwayne De Rosario, Dejan Jakovic and Kyle Porter, didn’t seem to have the requisite hunger or eagerness to push the attach to the equally woeful Chivas USA after falling behind. Instead, they chose mostly to maintain possession amongst the back line and Bill Hamid in a display of a team bereft of ideas offensively and struggling with any confidence. It’s no wonder Ben Olsen’s team is heading for the history books.
If things weren’t any worse, the Black-and-Red welcome the Los Angeles Galaxy into town next weekend on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The Galaxy are coming off a 1-0 home loss to the Colorado Rapids but they were missing their top four players in Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Keane and Jaime Penedo due to World Cup qualifying commitments.