Man, how dredful this season has been. It seems like the Midas touch the team had the first 4 years has been completely replaced with an inability to do almost anything right. And, it's not just on the field but the front office, too. Here's a review. Ray's and Kasper's failures - *Worst record in the league. *Worst offense in the league… ever. *Missing playoffs for 3rd straight year - the 2nd worst stretch in league history. Only San Jose’s run of playoff futility between 97 and 2000 is worse. *Have now missed the playoffs 3 of the league’s 7 years. Only San Jose (4 misses) and New England (5, assuming they miss this year) are worse. Dallas, LA and Chicago have never missed the playoffs, Columbus has missed them once, Colorado, the MetroStars (the frikkin’ MetroStars!) and KC twice. Heck, Miami only missed the playoffs once and Tampa only missed twice - we’re worse than teams that don’t even exist anymore! *Winless on the road… Since LAST July! *Blew the superdraft. 4th overall pick has played 2 games off the bench, the 11th overall pick now starts for another team after we let him go FOR NOTHING. The 2nd round pick hasn’t played and none of the other picks are with the team. *A failure to land an impact player. They cut Conteh and made other moves to create roster room, cap room and international slots but never delivered an impact player and the ones they did get - Curtis, Lassiter, Quintinilla and Zambrano - have had minimal or no impact. *The Gazza fiasco. What a waste of time. Sure, the publicity was nice but are you saying that it took having him over hear to realize he still drinks like a fish, smokes like a chimney and might be a bad influence - not to mention a waste of money and credibility - on a young team? The energy and time spent chasing Gazza should have been used to bring a player who was sans all the baggage and could have helped. *Worst of all, the team often appeared unmotivated which is shocking given that Ray is supposed to the king of pep talks. Zack's (and Payne's) woes - *Attendance is down. Despite the league seeing its average attendance increase, United’s is off by about 5K per game even though the team had a doubleheader with the national team and 2 DHs with the Freedom. And, it’s not like this market doesn’t support summer teams as the Freedom and the Mystics lead their respective leagues in attendance. *The TV deal was terrible. A 10-game local package was the worst in team history and with the team sucking only a small handful of games were on ESPN meaning about half the games went untelevised. This, in a season in which, according to Garber’s State of the League address, local TV coverage for MLS teams increased. *Still no English language radio deal. *Print media coverage has decreased. Even with The Post being one of the 2-3 best soccer papers in the country, United’s coverage has shrunk with some games not even getting previewed or warranting a story with a by-line. Mid-season features have been non-existent. Even though The Times made a lot of mistakes, at least they covered the team. Now, it doesn’t seem like they ever have any United stories. While I know the team can’t force the papers to cover United, I think the shrinking in coverage is a result of the myriad other problems the team has and the blame for that has to go to the guys at the top. *No decent training facility for the second straight year and no change on the horizon. In fairness, there were some things that have been good and warrant acknowledgement. *The defense has been solid most of the year. *The Reyes acquisition was a good one, Rimando is the best GK the team has ever had, Prideaux is as versatile a back as there is in the league and Quintinilla appears to have promise. *As an extension of Quintinilla’s presence, the Salvadoreans returned. And, in concert with that, the team arranged - finally - for an increase in security and their have been no incidents since Q2’s arrival and the team deserves credit for being prepared for the pitfalls that his signing could have resulted in. *The All-Star game drew a good crowd. *The Internet broadcasts were a nice gesture and very well done. They don’t make up for a lack of TV but they were appreciated. *The new color commentators - Rongen and Lagerwey - both provided a great deal of insight not seen in past years.