Brenner scores 3 to beat D.C United, putting Cincinnati in MLS playoffs for first time since 2014
CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds went from playoff teams to playoff-hopeful teams by the end of the first half on Monday night.
Losing the first half, Cincinnati took the lead in the second half to take a stunning 3-1 win over D.C. United, a team it took a season to beat and a season without ever winning here. The victory came after a long road trip that included a loss to eventual Supporters’ Shield winner LAFC, a win over defending champions Seattle and a three-game win streak that pushed the team within one game of the first half-court tiebreaker ahead of Colorado and Montreal.
Cincinnati’s win is Cincinnati’s first regular-season MLS playoff berth in its last 15 seasons, dating to its first major final appearance in the 2012 season, and the team’s first in eight years. The Reds are now in the playoffs and have a chance.
“We’re in it,” said Cincinnati right back Matt (Tommy) Elber. “I’ve been here since 1975, this is my 10th year with the team and we’ve been in the playoffs the last few times we’ve been here in the last two years. I think we have a chance right now.”
This was a game the Reds would like to forget, with Cincinnati being held to one save after an 11-hour rain delay in the final half an hour. But the team’s back line performed to the best ability it has in the first half, and they kept control of most possession in the second half with Cincinnati’s defense playing well. D.C. United manager Brianмер, meanwhile, did not have a great deal to do in the first half, but turned around in the second to get what he was able to.
In goal, a young Dominic Kinnear was in place of the veteran Brad Guzan, who left Cincinnati after the team’s win over the LAFC last week to coach Columbus Crew SC. He had the start he has had all season, making two saves on the first two shots of the first half in 45 minutes.
“I have been in the league 22 years