With the most goals in one year (71).
With no playoff pitches for the third consecutive season in the league distributing them like fliers.
“Thank God, the season is over,” said coach Wayne Rooney. “I think it’s a relief to all of us.”
“It’s a big season for us,” said Rooney, the former England star – and former DC striker. who took over the club in late July. “If we’re going to compete, and if we’re going to be successful, there are going to have to be big changes and a few of them.”
Rooney was the third man in charge this year, after Hernan Losada’s surprise firing after six matches and the temporary position of Chad Ashton for several months.
Rooney and the front office will try to revive a club that has allowed three goals at least 12 times and had the worst goal difference since 2013. He only had six goals and was eliminated 16 times.
“We need a restart,” said Captain Stephen Birnbaum, who was part of the last DC team to win a playoff game (in 2015). “It wasn’t good enough today. It wasn’t good enough all year long. Pretty much par for the course.”
Sunday ended quickly. Cincinnati scored twice in the first eight minutes on his way to a 4-1 lead at the end of the first half before selling an advertised 19,325.
Brazilian striker Brenner scored a hat-trick in the first half and Brandon Vazquez scored one and three assists for Cincinnati (12-9-13), which sealed their first playoff after finishing last in the league in each of their first three years.
The capital’s two goals came with a superb kick – by Ravel Morrison and home striker Christian Fletcher, 17, the 2021 Washington Post All-Meet MVP from Landon School who turned pro this summer and made his debut on Sunday. Otherwise, it was another forgotten outing.
“The goals we received – really great. Not just on a professional level – at any level,” Rooney said. Poor defense, bad decision making, sloppy.
Rooney’s message after the game to the players?
“I hope you’ll be fit when you come back before the season,” he said. “We cannot afford to waste time getting them fit. … If they do the work, they will be ready to go straight to football. If they don’t, it will be difficult for them.”
The list of needs is long. Rooney said he will spend a lot of time off at home in England and will explore players in Europe. He will likely have one slot available for a certain high-ranking player, assuming quarterback Victor Palson’s contract no longer counts against the MLS triple DP limit.
“I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here,” Rooney said. “My job is to pay the owners [to sign players]And if we want to be successful, if we want to develop as a team and as a club, we have to make sure that we make the right decisions. It will be a lot of work, but he needs it.”
Here’s what else to know about United’s loss:
Bill Hamid, United’s first domestic signing who spent most of his 13 years as a starter, was honored at halftime as he and the club prepare to go their separate ways.
Hamid, who will turn 32 next month, will be a free agent for this season. He underwent hand surgery in late June, and after he was taken off the injury list, he chose not to train with the team. Family illness and the birth of his first child were also factors in his absence.
Striker Ola Camara, who turns 33 on Saturday, is also expected to leave when his $1.5 million contract expires. He has had 35 goals in 85 games since arriving in late 2019.
Among United’s main off-season assignments is the signing of goalkeeper David Ochoa, a summer acquisition from Real Salt Lake whose contract expires this winter. Ochoa, 21, will enter next season as an undisputed starter.
“Obviously we want him to stay here, but we also have to be, like any club, looking and finding out what players are available,” Rooney said.
It is unclear if Rafael Romo (13 starts) and John Kempin (two) will return. One place will be filled by Luis Zamudio, 24, whose contract was upgraded after one season with second-tier side Loudon United.
MLS investigation into allegations that United All-Stars Taxi Fontas Face a racist slander against a Miami player September 18 is still unresolved. Fontas remained eligible to play but, upset by the Greek forward with what he described as false accusations, Rooney allowed him to stay with his family in Greece.
“It’s frustrating,” Rooney said. “We respect the league in trying to come to a conclusion on this matter. … It is strange that it took so long.”
Dave Johnson, United’s first and only broadcaster, He called his last game More than 27 seasons for local TV broadcasts, which will not exist starting from the next season. Under a 10-year contract, Apple TV will broadcast all MLS matches, using a variety of broadcasters.
Johnson, 58, was emotional before the game as he engaged staff, media and fans. He might end up working at Apple TV or joining United Radio or Digital Programming.