- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 28, 2002

While United's senior vice president Stephen Zack saw dollar signs flash before his eyes from a large walkup crowd yesterday, he also watched his team crash back into last place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Division.
With legendary English midfielder Paul Gascoigne watching from the president's box, Gazza witnessed the worst defense in MLS blank United at home. This latest embarrassment left United scoreless in its last 321 minutes.
New England defender Jay Heaps scored the game's only goal in the 16th minute as the Revolution shut out United 1-0 last night before 24,240 at RFK Stadium. United (6-11-2) has now lost five of its last six games.
"It's not all over," United coach Ray Hudson said. "We're still fighting for our lives. If the season slips because of all the terrible injuries and the big missing guns that we've had to put up with all year, so be it. If we had better, we would be better."
With United on a collision course with its third straight losing season, the club could own the second-longest playoff drought in MLS history, second only to San Jose's four-year slide.
"We're not out of the playoffs, but these ones hurt because they're at home," defender Ryan Nelsen said.
After the game, Hudson criticized United's fans. The game drew the second-largest home crowd of the season, but the home-field advantage was questionable.
"We don't have any home-field advantage," Hudson said. "Home-field advantage? The Screaming Eagles the Barra Brava, all the wonderful fans we've got, they've got to be putting their hands up. Maybe we should just tell them to be quiet. Let's not have a great atmosphere. Let's not get everybody behind your team and screaming blue murder for your colors. Let's not do that. Let's play it in a [expletive] monastery."
At least this game was a coming-out party for United midfielder Ben Olsen. Olsen, who has not played in a competitive match in the past 16 months because of a series of right ankle surgeries, entered the game at halftime for forward Roy Lassiter and played 33 minutes.
While not a true forward, Olsen was dangerous enough to show some of his old form. He took three shots and just missed the right post in the 56th minute when newly acquired Salvadoran forward Eliseo Quintanilla sprung him with a pretty through ball in the box.
This game also was Quintanilla's debut, and he certainly brought a following. Most of RFK's north-end seats were filled with Quintanilla supporters. In the first half, he gave them something to cheer about.
Over a 10-minute span 28th to 38th Quintanilla unloaded a barrage of shots on goal. He was high, wide and unlucky but he was rattling Revolution (7-12-1) goalkeeper Adin Brown.
United thoroughly outplayed the Revolution in the first half, generating quality chance after quality chance, but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.
The Revolution's first-half goal was a bit of luck and bad marking on a set piece. In the 16th minute, Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston sent a corner kick into the middle of the 6-yard box. United defender Ivan McKinley poorly cleared Ralston's header straight out to Heaps unmarked in the box. From nine yards out, the former basketball player at Duke slammed a shot that deflected off McKinley's left foot into the net's upper right corner. United goalkeeper Nick Rimando had no chance on the play.

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