DC United had a chance to take control of the MLS playoff race this week with road matches against the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew. Two single-goal losses though could prove fatal to United's playoff hopes. United gave away their first half lead and fell 2-1 today to the Crew.
After scoring his first goal in three years in the first half, Daniel Woolard found his name in the headlines once again, but not for good reason this time. An unfortunately failed clearance from Woolard wound up in the back of Bill Hamid's net, resulting in an own goal, and tying the score at 1-1.
The makeshift backline of D.C. just couldn't withstand the extended pressure from the Crew. Fatigue may have played a role for United as Crew defender Sebastian Miranda raced past Santino Quaranta and Marc Burch on the right sideline and sent in a cross to a diving Eddie Gaven. The veteran midfielder put it away to give Columbus a 2-1 lead.
In the dying minutes of the match, a shot from Andy Najar hit the crossbar and the game ended with the Crew in front.
United will return to action on Wednesday against the Vancouver Whitecaps in their brand new stadium BC Place.