WASHINGTON -- With their domestic campaign already concluded, D.C. United tried to play the spoiler's role against CD Marathon in their final CONCACAF Champions League match Wednesday night. But the Honduran side secured the victory they needed with an impressive offensive performance that led to a 4-2 win at RFK Stadium.
Santino Quaranta's ejection just before halftime gave Marathon the considerable advantage of an extra man for more than 45 minutes, and D.C. had no answer for the visitors' constant waves of attacks.
United had taken the lead initially after Francis Doe had slotted home a cross from Quaranta. Marathon equalized in the 31st minute when Saul Martinez ran onto Milton Nunez's through ball to finish with the outside of his foot past D.C. goalkeeper Zach Well.s
Quaranta's sending off proved to be the turning point, after the D.C. midfielder received two yellows. First for hacking down Mario Berrios and second for disputing the call.
Just 24 seconds into the second half, Berrios scored after a poor clearance by the D.C. defense and Marathon extended its lead further to 3-1 in the 53rd minute with a goal by Nunez.
D.C. pulled back another goal through Greg Janicki, but Marathon wrapped things up with a goal in the 70th minute by Marvin Chavez.
The match ended on an ugly note as Marathon killed off the clock with an extended game of keepaway, drawing a series of rash challenges from an increasingly frustrated United side . Doe was sent off in the final seconds to compund the gloom.