Head coach Ben Olsen was right. This was a better year.
After all, D.C. United captured a trophy and made MLS history in 2013.
Now, this slide is prefaced with the notion that any loss accumulation prior to the 2000 season is appallingly irrelevant. Not only was MLS' decision to adopt the nonsensical shootout in its early existence egregious, it bastardized the beautiful game and all of its purity.
Once the rule was abolished, a true sub-par standard was set.
No club in MLS history has truly ever lost more than 22 matches in a season. Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA had the honor of setting a pitiful benchmark in 2005. Both clubs faltered on 22 different occasions that year.
D.C. upped the ante Friday night.
The 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City was embarrassing moment No. 23 in 2013.
A horribly played back pass in the seventh minute was enough to bury the worst club in league history. But perhaps no play encapsulated United's season more than Daniel Woolard's unsuccessful touch in the 87th minute.
No ball. All dirt. You don't even see that in U6 competition these days.
Not all trophies are created equally, Coach Olsen...and neither are all seasons.
DCU proved that in 2013.
As previously mentioned, Real Salt Lake clinch yet another playoff berth after a scoreless draw Saturday night. Would you trade a U.S. Open Cup title to be in that position?
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