Hyperbole to be sure, but still...ouch!
You'd be forgiven for being miserable if you were a USA and DC United fan poking about in assorted RSS streams and illegal internet feeds yesterday. To recap...
In simultaneous games, United had both their Champions' League advancement hopes dashed by Marathon and had to watch in horror as Eduardo Lillingston decided to live out his long-frustrated dream of representing the full Mexican national team by powering home a Blanco corner (against his own team!) to take United's playoff destiny out of its own hands...
Prep the Depth Chart!
The timetable for Gooch's recovery is out. Six months! That gives him what, a month of reserve games and a couple of internationals to be ready for the big dance next summer? Hmmm. Hey Jay DeMerit. Get well soon, buddy. And Chad Marshall? Your audition begins now. Clarence Goodson, you want a shot as well? Has anybody seen Cory Gibbs? I could swear we dropped him in the mountains somewhere.
Other MLS options? Houston conversion project Geoff Cameron might get the call from Bob again for a look-see going forward. And what about Omar Gonzalez? Young, yes, but also fills the "monster back" size requirements. I wonder if he'll get a look in the Annual Scandanavian Scrub Challenge Camp in January.
I suppose you could also throw in Timmy picking five out of his net to add to the misery, but that's just piling on.
(Now watch me "Ives" this thing)
What do you think? Frustrated that DC crashed out of the Champions' League group stage for the second year running and looks likely to miss out on the playoffs yet again? Worried that none of the options in central defense for the US seem to be terribly appetizing? Wondering if T-Ho thinks he's still tending nets in the Meadowlands?