This article originally appeared on Nov 2, 2018, published by Washington Post.
It took till 10:52 p.m. Thursday for Audi Field to finally fall quiet, and in an instant. For nearly three hours, it had pulsed and throbbed, rocked and rolled. The hosts at these shiny new digs at a place called Buzzard Point, D.C. United, had dared the visiting Columbus Crew to beat them from almost the opening kick. But a late goal from sub Nick DeLeon provided hope and possibility that the party would continue.
But it was DeLeon who, finally, had the season on his foot in the most random way to decide whether a year is over or extended: penalty kicks in the playoffs.
“I shanked it,” DeLeon said, and there wasn’t really another way to put it. His final shot sailed over the crossbar. So what had been a magical year for United ended, painfully, in MLS’s knockout round.
That’s what it took to shut this place up.
“The crowd, the atmosphere, the way it was,” Wayne Rooney said, “was fantastic.”
That’s what to remember, for sure. There will be no home match Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, no extension of one of the most improbable and exciting runs in franchise history…read full article here