No analysis here. We'll begin to analyze D.C. United's 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew tomorrow. Right now, I'm too amped up to even think about trying to write any analysis. Right now, all I want to talk about is how excited I am about this team. And perhaps more specifically, how excited I was in the third minute of stoppage time when Lewis Neal scored the gamewinner.
It was a moment that over 19,000 fans witnessed live at RFK Stadium, amidst sheer pandemonium in the stands. Coming just three miles away and just over one week after Jayson Werth hit a home run at Nationals Park in the bottom of the ninth inning to extend the local baseball team's season, Neal did the same for the local soccer team. In both cases, the stadium erupted. In both cases, so did my living room.
I wasn't able to attend the game tonight. Not cancelling my other engagements today may be one of the biggest regrets of my life. I would have loved to be at RFK Stadium tonight. I'm jealous of everyone who was.
So please, allow me and all other D.C. United fans who could not attend the match live vicariously through you. While our emotions are still high and before we stop to gather ourselves for the difficulties that lie ahead in the playoffs, let's take a moment to reflect on what happened tonight. Please share your stories of how you felt when Branko Boskovic completed his no-look flick to Neal, and when the Englishman sliced the ball past a sprawling Andy Gruenebaum to put United on top and to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2007.
What was the stadium like when Neal scored? How many strangers did you high-five? Did you bring any newbies to the game and what did they think? How long afterward did you stay to celebrate?
If you need any motivation to write about your experience, just watch this again.