Saturday, August 23, 2014

What Can You Really Say?

I've seen a lot of bad matches in my time watching the Wizards/Sporting KC, but tonight's blowout loss to DC United has to be one of the worst. The 3-0 loss rivals the loss of the same score to Columbus on June 14, 2008.

Both had bad omens before they even started. Before the 2008 game, I saw Jeanne Patterson, wife of owner Neal Patterson, wearing a yellow dress. That might not sound like much, but considering the club was playing Columbus, it's never a good idea to wear the other team's colors.

Tonight's bad omen came from the pregame fireworks. On two different volleys, a shell didn't operate as planned and actually shot flares into the Cauldron. Nobody seemed to get hurt by it, but it set the tone for what was to come.

The first half of the first half was fairly uneventful. In fact, most of what we were discussing in the press box had to do with the short shorts that Benny Feilhaber was wearing.

However, that all changed fairly quickly. Starting in the 24th minute, DC United scored three goals in approximately eight minutes.

That's right. One of the better defenses in MLS, allowed an opponent to score three times in less than 10 minutes.

Is it any wonder that the crowd released some boos as the players went off the field for halftime?

Is it any wonder that they began leaving in the 75th minute?

If you need someone to envy, I wouldn't pick anyone who plays for Sporting KC this week. If I know Peter Vermes, the training facility is not going to be a pleasant place to be. I almost feel sorry for the Houston Dynamo, Sporting KC's next opponent.

Sporting KC is going to need someone to take a week's worth of frustration out on, and Houston will just happen to be in the way.

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