- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 23, 2001


FOXBORO, Mass. A disastrous season got even worse for D.C. United last night.

Its MLS playoff hopes all but dashed, the U.S. Open Cup was to be United's last chance to gain some redemption from what is turning out to be the club's worst-ever campaign.

But United has little to play for now after it was defeated soundly by the New England Revolution 2-0 in the semifinal round of the U.S. Open Cup at Foxboro Stadium before 7,128.

The loss to the Revolution was the second in five days for United, winner of the Open Cup in 1996 and runner-up in 1997.

Jamaican Andy Williams scored both goals for New England with brilliant strikes in the ninth and 40th minutes.

Williams opened the scoring when he took a pass from Joe Franchino and got behind United defender Eddie Pope before beating goalkeeper Mike Ammann along the left side from eight yards.

United had a chance to pull even in the 11th minute, but Marco Etcheverry's direct kick from 20 yards trickled wide along the right post.

The game had a frenzied, often reckless pace and turned ugly for United in the 27th minute when Etcheverry was ejected for clipping Rusty Pierce in the Revolution area.

United, its attack in shambles, was hard-pressed to generate much offense other than one or two long shots on goal.

Williams doubled the Revolution's lead at the 40-minute mark. He received a pass from William Sunsing and got Mark Lisi turned around before roping a 16-yard shot to the upper left corner.

The match was the fifth of the year between the teams. In MLS play, United handily won three of four meetings, but lost the most recent encounter 2-1 Saturday at Foxboro.

United played the final 25 minutes with nine men after Jaime Moreno was ejected following his second yellow card in the 65th minute. Moreno obstructed Revolution goalkeeper Jose Fernandez as he attempted to clear the ball.

United midfielder Bobby Convey, appearing in his first game since returning from a hernia operation, played the final 16 minutes after subbing for Lisi.

United returns to league action on Saturday at RFK Stadium against the Columbus Crew at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.

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