D.C. United were officially eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League Tuesday, after their 2-0 loss to Mexico's Cruz Azul at the Estadio Azul in Mexico City.
D.C. was reduced to 10 men midway through the first half after goalkeeper James Thorpe was controversailly sent off for time-wasting on a goal kick. Cruz capitalized and struck on 36 minutes through Nicolas Vigneri and again two minutes from full time through Pablo Zeballos to cruise to victory.
With the victory, Cruz Azul temporarily moves into sole possession of first place in Group A with 10 points out of five matches. Saprissa and Marathon were scheduled to play on Thursday in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, but the match has been postponed due to incessant rain and flooding.
United fielded a team largely comprised of reserves. Jaime Moreno, Fred, Guerrero, Santino Quaranta, Greg Janicki and Gonzalo Peralta remained in D.C. with assistant coach Mark Simpson preparing for the Crew. Joe Vide, Rod Dyachenko and Zach Wells were suspended and couldn't travel and head coach Tom Soehn, who was sent off late in the 2-2 draw against Saprissa, did travel, but couldn't sit on the bench.