Brad Evans 77th minute 30-yard curling shot off the same goal post that denied two United efforts in the first half was the dagger blow that sent DC United officially out of the playoffs on the last day of the season.
United, needing only a win to advance to the MLS postseason, were the aggressors for the majority of the match and were unlucky not to be ahead at halftime. Bryan Namoff and Luciano Emilio both hit the post in the first half and subsitute Boyzzz Khumalo hit the crossbar from six yards out on a goal line scramble that could have given United the lead they richly deserved.
However it was Evans fantastic strike that finally put United away and summed up a season of frustration for United that saw major injuries, schedule congestion and a poor defense haunt them for the entire campaign.
DC United finishes their season with a home match versus CD Marathon on Wednesday night at RFK. After that tough decisions will be made organization wide that will include the futures of just about everyone at the club from players to the coaching staff to front office personnel.
United would be wise to take their time and think about what path they want to take in the next few months. The emotional response right now would be to fire everyone in sight and start all over. However the practical decision is to analyze what went wrong and take the appropriate steps to strengthen the team. What that entails will remain to be seen.
One thing is for sure though, this season did not pan out in any way, shape or form for anyone involved with DC United and something will change in the next few months.