- Florida beach-goers told to beware flesh-eating bacteria in water
- Lundergan Grimes uses ‘war on women’ strategy to attack McConnell
- Rep. Jeff Miller: ‘Ain’t no leash for VA’
- Al Qaeda nets $125M from ransom payoffs from Europe since 2008
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich cruising to re-election: survey
- Landslide hits Indian village; 150 may be trapped
- Albania bank loses $7M in theft; police arrest 2
- Gov. Mike Pence irked as Obama sends illegals to Indiana on sly
- Israel, White House say Obama phone call to demand cease-fire was fake
- Nancy Pelosi: Deporting kids un-Christian, sends them ‘into a burning building’
D.C. United ends miserable season with loss to playoff-bound Houston
Question of the Day
WASHINGTON — After reaching the last two MLS Cup Finals, the Houston Dynamo are back in the playoffs. That might be bad news for the rest of the league.
Despite just qualifying for the postseason, confidence is high for Houston.
“I don’t think we’re a team that you necessarily want to play,” defender Bobby Boswell said. “I don’t think we’re a team that people are saying, ‘Oh we’re matched up with Dynamo — good.’ It’s kind of one of those, ‘Oh boy, what are we in for.’”
D.C. United (3-24-7) was winless in its final 12 games and set the MLS record for fewest victories in a season, breaking the previous mark of four set by Tampa Bay in 2001 and matched by Chivas USA in 2005.
While the Dynamo clinched a spot in the postseason, they could still finish anywhere between third and fifth depending on results involving both New England and Chicago.
Last season, the Dynamo proved that finishing fifth could actually be a positive as Houston won three consecutive playoff series on the road before eventually falling to Los Angeles in the MLS Cup.
“I think that play-in game can make you dangerous,” Boswell said referring to last year’s run.
Captain Brad Davis, whose shot in the first half resulted in the corner kick that provided the winning goal, echoed his teammate’s belief.
“I do feel like last year the run that we made — that play-in game - did help us,” Davis said. “We wanted to get back on the field as quick as possible.”
United tied it in the 27th minute when Kyle Porter headed home Chris Pontius’ cross at the far post right. It was Porter’s third goal of the season, tying him for the team high.
Houston has qualified for the playoffs seven times in the club’s eight-year history and made four appearances in the MLS Cup.
Davis has been a part of each Dynamo playoff run and takes pride in the fact that his team is well respected this time of year.
“I actually read to the group that somebody from D.C. said that you know when you play Houston it’s going to be a battle,” Davis said.
“They never look forward to playing us because they know it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be difficult. So when other teams are saying that, it’s a good thing.”
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell's wife had 'crush' on CEO
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Feds sue Pennsylvania State Police over women's fitness tests
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world