Normally, a hard-fought and closely-contested 1-0 loss on the road would be seen as a disappointment but not a disastrous result.
When your team is in the midst of a stretch of five losses in six matches then another loss becomes far more significant.
Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Toronto FC drops D.C. United to 2-7 on the season. How bad a record is that? Consider that D.C. United lost seven matches ALL of last season.
Yep, you read that right. D.C. was 16-7-7 on its way to the Supporter’s Shield in 2007.
This is why Saturday’s return leg against Toronto FC at RFK Stadium looms as what amounts to a must-win for D.C. United coach Tom Soehn, who is feeling most of the heat for the team’s awful start.
I stated earlier in the week that Soehn deserved the entire season to see things out in D.C., but an eighth loss and fifth straight would not only further damage D.C. United’s already hurting playoff hopes, it would also put D.C. management in the position of having to do something to try and turn things around.
We also know what potential head coach is currently available and every lose going forward is going to make the option of bringing back Bruce Arena that much more appealing.
Here’s my question. Will a coach make the difference in salvaging this season or is the current roster just a mess that isn’t going to work together no matter how much you tinker?
We will find out on Sunday just how much life D.C. has left. If the D.C. players go out on Saturday and give a spirited performance that shows signs that a turnaround is possible, then there will still be hope for the season and hope for Soehn surviving it. If D.C. goes out and suffers another lackluster loss, especially at home, I think you will see major changes in D.C.
What do you think the problem is? Is it the players? Is it Soehn? Do you think D.C. is still capable of waking up and turning things around? Share your thoughts below.