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“The whole second half, we were in their end,” Russell said. “We had the chances to win it. We just couldn’t put it away. I guess the soccer gods weren’t smiling on us today.”

In the 83rd minute, Boskovic jolted the RFK crowd, capping a give-and-go with Santos by evading a tackle and slotting his shot inside the near post.

The spurt of optimism, however, was just a consolation prize. Minutes later, the Dynamo were celebrating amid a sea of bright-orange confetti.

In the locker room postgame, De Rosario’s face said it all. As he stared forward, blankly, his words were faint.

“The guys really got together and pulled together as a strong unit and brought me back,” De Rosario said, battling through tears before taking a long pause to collect himself and finishing, “But you know, it is what it is. And we have to plan for next year.”