2008 D.C. United season

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D.C. United
2008 season
Owner United States D.C. United Holdings
Coach United States Tom Soehn
Major League Soccer 10th
MLS Cup Did not qualify
U.S. Open Cup Champions
CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage
CONCACAF Champions' Cup Semifinals
Atlantic Cup Champions
Top goalscorer Brazil Luciano Emilio (9 goals)
Highest home attendance 35,979
vs. LA (Jun 29)
Lowest home attendance 14,660
vs. HOU (Jul 23)
Average home league attendance 19,835
Home colors
Away colors

The 2008 D.C. United season was the fourteenth year of the club's existence, as well as their thirteenth season in Major League Soccer and their thirteenth consecutive season in the top tier of the American soccer pyramid.

To fans and the media alike, this year marked a downfall for the franchise, as well as end to what was considered a "second golden age" for the club in league play. The justification behind this involved the United failing to defend the Supporters' Shield, an awarded given to the MLS club with the best regular season record, for a third-consecutive year. With a 10th-place overall finish and a 6th-place finish in the Eastern Conference, United finished the lowest in the conference and league tables since 2002. With the subpar record, United failed to make the playoffs, having qualified since 2003.

Their performance league play reflected on the continental stage as well. Finishing as the 2007 MLS Supporters' Shield winners, United qualified for the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League. The tournament replaced the obsolete CONCACAF Champions' Cup, and was modeled similarly to its cousin tournament, the UEFA Champions League. In the Champions League, United continued their misfortunes, losing all their Group Stage matches at home, and only managing to pick up one draw at Costa Rica's Saprissa. United finished in the bottom of Group C, with a record of 0–1–5 (W-T-L).

In spite of the poorer performance in league and continental play, United excelled in the U.S. Open Cup play, ultimately winning the domestic title against Charleston Battery, 2–1. The domestic cup title was their first since their inaugural season. The U.S. Open Cup, a domestic cup tournament much similar to the FA Cup runs parallel to the regular seasons of all tiers of professional and amateur soccer in the United States. The tournament is open for entry for any soccer club, professional or amateur, that is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. For MLS clubs, the top six American MLS clubs overall in the regular season are admitted entry into the third round proper, or round of 16, in the tournament. By finishing 1st overall in the regular season, United booked a third round entry in the tournament proper. The club opened Open Cup play with wins against Rochester Rhinos of the USL First Division (second tier) and New England Revolution of MLS (first tier) in the third round and quarterfinals respectively. In the semifinals, United won in extra time to defeat Chicago Fire. In the championship, United defeated Charleston Battery of the USL Second Division (third tier) to win the Open Cup for a second time in club history.

Club[edit]

2008 roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Zach Wells
2 Argentina DF Gonzalo Peralta
3 United States MF Joe Vide
4 United States DF Marc Burch
5 United States MF Quavas Kirk
6 United States MF Domenic Mediate
7 Brazil MF Fred
8 Sierra Leone DF Ibrahim Koroma
10 Argentina MF Marcelo Gallardo
11 Brazil FW Luciano Emilio
12 Honduras MF Iván Guerrero
13 United States DF Ryan Miller
14 United States MF Ben Olsen
15 Russia MF Rod Dyachenko
16 United States DF Greg Janicki
No. Position Player
17 South Africa FW Thabiso Khumalo
18 United States DF Devon McTavish
19 United States MF Clyde Simms
20 United States DF Mike Zaher
21 United States DF Pat Carroll
22 United States MF Ryan Cordeiro
23 Colombia DF Gonzalo Martínez
24 United States MF Jeff Carroll
25 United States FW Santino Quaranta
26 United States DF Bryan Namoff
27 Liberia GK Louis Crayton
28 Argentina MF Jonathan La Rosa
30 Liberia FW Francis Doe
40 United States GK James Thorpe
99 Bolivia FW Jaime Moreno (captain)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
January 18, 2008 United States Ryan Cordeiro MF / FW United States University of Connecticut 2008 MLS SuperDraft, Round 3 selection [1]
January 22, 2008 Argentina Gonzalo Peralta DF Argentina Almirante Brown Free, Discovery Player
January 29, 2008 Argentina Marcelo Gallardo MF France Paris Saint-Germain Free [2]
March 1, 2008 United States Pat Carroll DF United States West Virginia University Free
March 15, 2008 United States Quavas Kirk MF United States Los Angeles Galaxy Traded for Greg Vanney [3]
March 27, 2008 United States James Thorpe GK United States Franklin Pierce College Developmental contract [4]
April 17, 2008 United States Mike Zaher DF Canada Toronto FC Traded for undisclosed SuperDraft pick
April 23, 2008 Liberia Francis Doe FW United States New York Red Bulls Waived by New York, free transfer [5]
June 30, 2008 United States Craig Thompson MF United States Houston Dynamo Free [6]
July 16, 2008 United States Joe Vide MF United States San Jose Earthquakes Free
July 31, 2008 Honduras Iván Guerrero MF United States San Jose Earthquakes Trade for partial allocation
August 7, 2008 Liberia Louis Crayton GK Switzerland Basel Undisclosed [7]
September 15, 2008 United States Ryan Miller DF / MF United States Cleveland City Stars Free [8]
September 16, 2008 United States Greg Janicki MF United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds Loaned, subsequently signed developmental contract [9]

Loan[edit]

In[edit]

Player Pos. From Start End Ref
Sierra Leone Ibrahim Koroma DF Sierra Leone Kallon September 1, 2008 January 31, 2009
South Africa Thabiso Khumalo MF / FW United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds September 1, 2008 January 31, 2009 [10]

Standings[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Conference Standings

Eastern Conference
Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14
2 Chicago Fire 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11
3 New England Revolution 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 –3
4 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 –2
5 New York Red Bulls 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 –6
6 D.C. United 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 –8
7 Toronto FC 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 –9
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs (Wild Card)


Overall Table

Pos Club Pts GP W L T GF GA GD
1 Columbus Crew (E1) 57 30 17 7 6 50 36 +14
2 Houston Dynamo (W1) 51 30 13 5 12 45 32 +13
3 Chicago Fire (E2) 46 30 13 10 7 44 33 +11
4 New England Revolution (E3) 43 30 12 11 7 40 43 –3
5 Chivas USA (W2) 43 30 12 11 7 40 41 –1
6 Kansas City Wizards 42 30 11 10 9 37 39 –2
7 Real Salt Lake (W3) 40 30 10 10 10 40 39 +1
8 New York Red Bulls3 39 30 10 11 9 42 48 –6
9 Colorado Rapids 38 30 11 14 5 44 45 –1
10 D.C. United3 37 30 11 15 4 43 51 –8
11 FC Dallas 36 30 8 10 12 45 41 +4
12 Toronto FC1 2 35 30 9 13 8 34 43 –9
13 LA Galaxy 33 30 8 13 9 55 62 –7
14 San Jose Earthquakes 33 30 8 13 9 32 38 –6
MLS Supporters' Shield, 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2009 U.S. Open Cup, 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League3
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2009 U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League 2009–10
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, 2009 U.S. Open Cup, SuperLiga 2009
2008 MLS Cup Playoffs
  • ^Note 1 - Toronto FC cannot qualify for the U.S. Open Cup, as it is a Canadian-based team.
    If they had qualified for an automatic berth into the U.S. Open Cup, the next highest placed team not already qualified would have qualified.


CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

Group A

Club Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Honduras Marathón 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
Mexico Cruz Azul 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 10
Costa Rica Saprissa 6 3 1 2 7 9 −2 10
United States D.C. United 6 0 1 5 4 13 −9 1

Match results[edit]

MLS[edit]

Win Tie Loss
D.C. United playing Houston Dynamo in the 2008 SuperLiga.
Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Ref.
March 29, 2008 Kansas City Wizards A 2–0 10,385 [11]
April 5, 2008 Toronto FC H 4–1 20,161 Emilio, Quaranta, Gallardo, Moreno [12]
April 12, 2008 Real Salt Lake A 4–0 13,193 [13]
April 17, 2008 Columbus Crew H 1–2 13,329 Namoff [14]
April 26, 2008 Real Salt Lake H 4–1 23,269 Moreno (2), Quaranta, Gallardo [15]
May 4, 2008 Colorado Rapids A 2–0 13,115 [16]
May 8, 2008 Chicago Fire H 0–2 18,605 [17]
May 17, 2008 Chivas USA A 3–1 13,113 Gallardo [18]
May 21, 2008 Toronto FC A 1–0 19,791 [19]
May 24, 2008 Toronto FC H 3–2 18,647 Peralta, Moreno, Emilio [20]
May 29, 2008 New England Revolution A 2–2 8,159 Emilio, Fred [21]
June 7, 2008 Chicago Fire A 1–2 19,256 Moreno, Emilio [22]
June 14, 2008 New York Red Bulls H 4–1 18,622 Emilio (3), Simms [23]
June 22, 2008 San Jose Earthquakes H 3–1 17,922 Simms, Martínez, Emilio [24]
June 29, 2008 Los Angeles Galaxy H 4–1 35,979 Moreno, Emilio (2), Gallardo [25]
July 23, 2008 Houston Dynamo H 0–2 14,460 [26]
August 2, 2008 Kansas City Wizards H 2–0 18,731 Emilio, Moreno [27]
August 10, 2008 New York Red Bulls A 4–1 15,038 Moreno [28]
August 16, 2008 Chicago Fire A 0–1 19,560 Fred [29]
August 20, 2008 New England Revolution A 2–1 14,962 Moreno [30]
August 23, 2008 Colorado Rapids H 3–0 17,283 Vide, Quaranta, Kirk [31]
August 30, 2008 New York Red Bulls H 0–0 15,616 [32]
September 6, 2008 San Jose Earthquakes A 2–1 10,121 Quaranta [33]
September 13, 2008 FC Dallas H 2–2 19,890 Moreno, Quaranta [34]
September 20, 2008 Los Angeles Galaxy A 5–2 27,000 McTavish, Khumalo [35]
September 28, 2008 FC Dallas A 3–0 12,138 [36]
October 4, 2008 Chivas USA H 0–3 28,145 [37]
October 12, 2008 Houston Dynamo A 0–0 17,531 [38]
October 16, 2008 New England Revolution H 2–1 16,672 Doe (2) [39]
October 26, 2008 Columbus Crew A 1–0 19,591 [40]

CONCACAF Champions' Cup[edit]

Win Tie Loss
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Ref.
QF March 12, 2008 Jamaica Harbour View A 1–1 6,985 McTavish [41]
QF March 18, 2008 Jamaica Harbour View H 5–0 12,394 McTavish (2), Emilio (2), Fred [42]
SF April 1, 2008 Mexico Pachuca A 0–2 18,642 [43]
SF April 9, 2008 Mexico Pachuca H 2–1 17,329 Dyachenko, Niell [44]

CONCACAF Champions League[edit]

Win Tie Loss
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Ref.
GS September 16, 2008 Costa Rica Saprissa H 0–2 6,105 [45]
GS September 24, 2008 Honduras Marathón A 2–0 8,000 [46]
GS October 1, 2008 Mexico Cruz Azul H 0–1 7,124 [47]
GS October 9, 2008 Costa Rica Saprissa A 2–2 10,000 Doe, Dyachenko [48]
GS October 21, 2008 Mexico Cruz Azul A 2–0 4,265 [49]
GS October 29, 2008 Honduras Marathón H 2–4 7,156 Doe, Janicki [50]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Win Tie Loss
Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Ref.
R3 July 1, 2008 Rochester Rhinos H 2–0 2,752 Burch (2)
QF July 8, 2008 Chicago Fire H 2–1 (a.e.t.) 4,118 Doe, Namoff [51]
SF August 12, 2008 New England Revolution H 3–1 6,797 Emilio (2), Quaranta [52]
F September 3, 2008 Charleston Battery H 2–1 8,212 Emilio, Fred [53]

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