WASHINGTON, June 28, 2013 — These are tough times for D.C. United. The once proud club is in the midst of its worst season ever. But things could be changing. Believe in or not, United has won back-to-back games for the first time this season in all competitions. United snapped a 13-game winless streak in league play when it downed the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 last Saturday. The team then went on to beat the New England Revolution 3-1 midweek in the U.S. Open Cup.
While United is an embarrassing 2-11-3 in league play and with only eight goals scored in 16 games, the club was keen to proclaim on its website this week, that the D.C. outfit has gone 3-1-1 in its last five games in all competitions. When life’s tough you have to celebrate the small stuff.
So what’s going on? Is United beginning to turn around its season?
The fan club known as the D.C. Ultras might have had the answer — and said it best —when they unfurled a huge banner emblazoned with the words “90 Minute Mentality,” at last week’s game. Did the players get the message? It seems so.
What amazing fans this club has. They don’t boo the players off the field but instead take time, effort and money, to make an amazing banner to give the players a loving and meaningful confidence booster. Time and time again, United’s fans produce amazing tifos and banners to support this team.
It’s now time for the United players to give the fans something to cheer about when they take the field against the Vancouver Whitecaps at RFK on Saturday night. A big win is in order.
John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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