It's over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over, over
October 30, 2004

DC United MetroStars

10.30.04 · Playoff

The point of soccer is to score goals. You can blame blown offside calls, opponents hacking, penalty kicks not given, etc. But if you don't score, your team will not win. And the Metros just couldn't score. So for a ninth straight year, the season ends in complete disappointment, as this time they are knocked out of the playoffs by DC Scum, 2:0 and 4:0 on aggregate.

Just like last week, the Metros played with three in the back; Craig Ziadie, back from suspension, took over for Tim Regan as a wing midfielder. Gilberto was inserted into a starting lineup for Cornell Glen as John Wolyniec was left as the lone man up front. However, an early yellow by Gilbero led to Sergio Galvan Rey coming in for him midway through the half.

The first half ended goalless as DC sat back and counterattacked when possible; Jonny Walker had to make a huge save on a deflected Dema Kovalenko shot, and minutes later Ricardo Clark tracked back and cleared a loose ball in the box after a Jaime Moreno breakaway. The best Metro chance came late in the half after a long Galvan Rey shot that Nick Rimando saved; the ball fell to John Wolyniec in the box, who shot high, but not before the ball was deflected out by a DC defender's hand. Obviously, no penalty kick was given.

Cornell Glen was on at halftime and had an excellent chance with a header that went straight at Rimando, but a few minutes later the Trinidadian pulled up with an injury. Since Mark Lisi, the third sub, was already in the game, the Metros couldn't do anything, and the barely-able-to-walk Glen had to finish up. But it didn't matter by then.

Neither did DC's two goals, both coming in the dying minutes of the game. By then, no one could care less, as the result was academic. Who cares, really.

Nine years of s#!t.

Lineup: Walker, Leitch, Pope, Parke, Ziadie, Brenes, Clark, Flores, Guevara, Gaven, Wolyniec. Subs: Galvan Rey, Glen, Lisi.

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