The New England Revolution is 6-12-3 in MLS, its playoff hopes all but extinguished with nine games to play.
D.C. United is 4-15-3, completely out of the playoff hunt, and suffering the worst season in the history of Major League Soccer’s most decorated franchise.
Last night, both teams had a chance to salvage some glory from the wreckage of their 2010 seasons via wins in crucial non-league matches—and both came up short.
The Revs were hosting the final of the 2010 SuperLiga, squaring off against Morelia of Mexico. SuperLiga, in case you don’t know (and let’s face it, if you aren’t coaching, reffing, or playing in it, you might not), is a four-year-old competition between teams from MLS and the top flight in Mexico.
The top four MLS teams not already qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League get SuperLiga berths. Read all about it here.
The Revs won the competition in 2008, but there would be no second trophy last night, as Mexican international Miguel Sabah struck two second-half goals to lead Morelia. New England defender Kevin Alston pulled one back in the 79th minute but Morelia held on for a 2-1 win.
New England will try to keep its MLS playoff hopes alive when it hosts Seattle on Saturday.
In D.C., United hosted the Columbus Crew in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup, with a chance to advance to its fifth final (DC has won two USOCs) and compete for a trophy in this otherwise dismal season.
But, in keeping with the theme of the year for DC, the Red and Black lost—in heartbreaking fashion.
Despite a red card—a controversial one—to Pablo Hernandez early in the second half, ten-man United carried a 1-0 lead into the 89th minute. That’s when Andy Iro hit the equalizer for Columbus, setting the stage for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s penalty-kick winner in extra time.
Columbus will face Seattle Sounders FC, which downed Chivas USA 3-1 in the other semi, in the final next month at Seattle’s Qwest Field.