Forgettable night: D.C. United manager Ben Olsen faces an important match against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
It was a chance for heroes to step up and playoff dreams to be given major boosts, but the past weekend in Major League Soccer action quickly turned ugly and forgettable for the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United.
Two teams battling for the final remaining MLS playoff spot had about as ugly a set of moments as you could expect from teams with so much on the line. The Red Bulls watched as star forward Thierry Henry was sent off just 29 minutes into New York's game against Sporting Kansas City, a crushing blow in an eventual 2-0 loss. Later that night, D.C. United watched a 1-0 lead in the 88th minute transform into a 2-1 loss in stoppage time against the Chicago Fire.
Just like that, the two teams that entered the weekend with so much promise had to pull themselves off the floor and try to recover in time to salvage their seasons...