After the first leg against Catolica, DC fans probably didn’t give their team much hope in the away leg. However, after DC went up 2-0 I know I was hoping for a DC win. Things were looking pretty good at that point. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. But the fact is, DC played a solid match in hostile surroundings.
Last night’s match was certainly better than the last time they played international competition outside of the US. That 5-0 spanking at the hands of UNAM was awful. But last night, Catolica had to score a last minute winner to insure their passage to the quarters. Ah…so close but not close enough.
Thing is, it was a good match to watch…even if the ref was handing out cards like a blackjack dealer. DC fans must have been on a wild emotional roller-coaster…almost to the extent of the one Galaxy fans were on a couple years ago against San Jose in the playoffs.
Just to take this off onto a tangent. Last night we got to see the drama that the sport of soccer offers without all the artificial excitement American sports feel the need to create. It was a simple home/home series and it produced some great drama and entertainment. Let’s just say it’s proof that the sport is great and doesn’t need to be tinkered with.