D.C. United players and supporters were left groaning late Saturday night and early Sunday morning, coming to grips with the club’s 3-2 loss against the Portland Timbers. Perhaps more colorful terms were used to describe the loss and large alcoholic beverages were consumed but the collective sentiment should be one of frustration, and guilt. This was a missed opportunity to put last season in the rear-view mirror and to bury the 2013 Supporter’s Shield in a spot United know all too well: dead last.
D.C. defender Bobby Boswell made a very interesting point to the media after the match when he said, “We have to learn from what we did tonight and make sure it doesn't happen again. That's what good teams do. They learn from their mistakes." And he is absolutely right. This is a learning situation that clubs make when they are attempting to change from a doormat in the Eastern Conference to a playoff-caliber squad.