I'm gonna be honest with you guys. I only watched the last 10 minutes of the game.
You see, my brother-in-law just got back from his training for the Air Force. Dude's been in Texas since January, so his return to Maryland required a few beers to be shared, and a few stories to be told.
So that's why I only watched the last 10 minutes of the game on Saturday night. And I still haven't been able to bring myself to watch the full replay on MDL (although I have seen the highlights). There's just no reason to get emotionally invested in a game that I already know the ending to.
Of course by that logic, I wouldn't be attending the final two matches either since Chest and I have already figured out exactly how they are going to end too.
With that said though, I'm totally open to revising the player ratings based on the feedback from those of you who did actually suffer through the entire match.
It wasn't quite as immediate an impact as he made on Wednesday last week against the Vancouver Whitecaps, but Santino Quaranta once again proved to be a supersub for DC United. His run into the box was well-timed, and the penalty call was well-earned. Quaranta may have lost his starting job, but he's really making an argument for why he deserves to be on this team next season.
Bill Hamid single-handedly kept United in the game, making six saves in the first 90 minutes of action. Hey, what's the point of stoppage time anyway. Why does the game have to be longer than 90 minutes? That's crap. Someone should tell the league to give us three more points. Thanks.
Dwayne De Rosario and Josh Wolff each had some good ideas and some good chances throughout the match, but only one shot on goal isn't enough, and this match may have ended with a big fat zero next to our name if not for a reserve midfielder. Still, DeRo did his part to get us the win in the end. Can't blame him.
Chris Korb is the only defender that we'll let off the hook for the two goals from the Chicago Fire, as neither came from his side of the field. Korb also helped set up the Quaranta run that resulted in the penalty kick.
We've talked about letdowns before throughout this season, but this particular letdown was far more painful because it was far more vital. With no room for error left in the standings, United's defense just needed to hold on for five more minutes and they couldn't do it. And so Clyde Simms, Marc Burch, Daniel Woolard, Brandon McDonald, and Perry Kitchen all get poor marks for their roles in the letdown.