The Reign Of Stewart

Discussion in 'D.C. United' started by McOwen, Nov 14, 2004.

  1. McOwen

    McOwen Member

    Jun 13, 2000
    Retirement Community
    Club:
    Nottingham Forest FC
    I was admittedly never a great champion of Earnie Stewart's time here with United, but after re-watching the highlights of the MLS Cup it is quite clear that we would have never won this championship without him.

    Play #1) His cross off of Alex Zotinca for the own goal.

    Play #2) His GAME SAVING tackle in the 65th minute vs. Arnaud.

    (I won't even get into his play in New Jersey.)

    --For once, Wynalda was right...

    The man has played in three WORLD CUPS.

    HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING.

    Thank you for your time with DC United Earnie Stewart.

    We will always love you and your time with us here WAS well spent.

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  2. Mountainia

    Mountainia Member

    Jun 19, 2002
    Section 207, Row 7
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Earnie stepped it up late in the season and into the playoffs, just when the competition got tighter, and the stakes were up. That's a clutch player. Great job, Earnie!
     
  3. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    It seems we spent so much time ragging on him, and once he finally gets us our fourth Cup, he leaves.


    So long, Earn. :(
     
  4. Cweedchop

    Cweedchop Member+

    Mar 6, 2000
    Ellicott City, Md
    Outside of Marco and Bobby, Earnie is probably next in line for getting crushed on these boards..

    I've been a fan of his from the git-go and I'm glad as hell that he came up big (not just today either) when it counted.. It's no doubt that Earnie had some clunkers along the way, but in the end, when it counted, his experience and composure made a big difference..

    Godspeed Earnie, your contributions to getting us our 4th Cup title will never be forgotten..
     
  5. mellon002

    mellon002 Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Towson, MD
    Four weeks ago I had a fraction of the love I have for Earnie now. I'm sorry to see him go.
     
  6. Th4119

    Th4119 Member

    Jul 26, 2001
    Annandale, VA
    Wynalda's been right before, in fact, he's right pretty often.

    Wasn't it him in the beginning of the season who said DC would win it all?
     
  7. ursula

    ursula Member

    Feb 21, 1999
    Republic of Cascadia
    Yeah- he noticed the potential of our midfield right away.
     
  8. MikeLastort2

    MikeLastort2 Member

    Mar 28, 2002
    Takoma Park, MD
    Earnie told us all at the post-game party that he will definitely be going back to Holland next year.

    We are going to miss him a lot.
     
  9. SABuffalo786

    SABuffalo786 New Member

    May 18, 2002
    Buffalo, New York
    Damn.


    Here's hoping they can keep Nellie.
     
  10. Th4119

    Th4119 Member

    Jul 26, 2001
    Annandale, VA
    We'll have allocations for Earnie and Bobby though at least, correct?

    If Nelsen left that could be three total, but hopefully he accepts the deal that MLS offered him.
     
  11. ursula

    ursula Member

    Feb 21, 1999
    Republic of Cascadia
    The allocations will come in handy with teams now being able to have 4 SI's and with the roster expanded by four. If Nellie leaves then definitely one of the allocations goes to getting a new central defender.

    I'll miss Stewart a lot.
     
  12. Sanguine

    Sanguine Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    Reston, VA
    Good luck to him in Holland. It was a class move by him to come here and help grow the sport in this country for a couple years before taking his farewell tour in the country where he plied his trade for so long.

    Thanks for the Memories, Earnie. '94, '98, '02, 03, 04.
     
  13. McOwen

    McOwen Member

    Jun 13, 2000
    Retirement Community
    Club:
    Nottingham Forest FC
    More like... Let's hope Kevin Payne and the FO boys get their heads out and realize Ryan is worth MAXIMUM SALARY to this team and a whole lot of groveling/begging.

    This low ball, take it or leave it $hit will get us no where. We only have to look at a Roy Lassiter and our failure to replace him to see how far the loss and failure to replace one player can take us.

    Some may say thats different as good defenders are more common, but I would argue back twice as hard that SPECIAL defenders like Nellie don't grow on trees in ANY COUNTRY.
     
  14. Sanguine

    Sanguine Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    Reston, VA
    Where did you hear it was a low-ball figure? I assumed that the offer on the table was for max, or close to max salary.
     
  15. McOwen

    McOwen Member

    Jun 13, 2000
    Retirement Community
    Club:
    Nottingham Forest FC
    it was a decent offer (i believe 200,000 RANGE) BUT it wasnt MAX and it wasnt the top salary in MLS for a defender.

    --Low ball may be a bit over doing it but I honestly think that any offer other then the top paid defender in MLS is "low" for Nelsen.
     
  16. Sanguine

    Sanguine Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    Reston, VA
    where did you get this info? I haven't seen it anywhere until now.
     
  17. McOwen

    McOwen Member

    Jun 13, 2000
    Retirement Community
    Club:
    Nottingham Forest FC
    There was a thread... Its around here. Kevin Payne went public with this "offer." A lot of us felt it was crap PR the moment we saw it.


    --We need to keep this thread about Earnie though. He deserves it. :D
     
  18. Sanguine

    Sanguine Member

    Jul 4, 2003
    Reston, VA
    guess I missed it, and yes - back to the Earnie love.
     
  19. JoeW

    JoeW New Member

    Apr 19, 2001
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Stewart was never a good match for DCU. MLS teams really can't afford to pay maximum salary for a wing player who does his best work either off the ball or in support of others. And expectations weren't fair--Earnie was supposed to be the guy who came in and gave us what Eskandarian did this year--and Earnie was never that kind of "go to" finisher--that's not his game.

    And Earnie came into a team last year that was Animal House. But those who've said we don't win this championship without Earnie are so right. He's mister professional--a true pro. He helped to rebuild this club on the field into a classy, competitive, sharp outfit that does all the little things that winners do. Look at this club--we delay other's restarts and take our own quickly. We work just as hard at the end of matches as we do at the beginning (although the legs are slower). We make runs off the ball and give it up for teammates. We track back on defense and cover for others. We show patience on the field. We don't get silly fouls (other than Dema of course). We're organized on the field and play a system--a scheme. That's how Nowak coaches his teams to play. And that's the example that Stewart sets on and off the field.

    Kudos to Earnie.
     
  20. Sundevil9

    Sundevil9 New Member

    Nov 23, 1999
    Reston, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Without Earnie, we don't get a fourth star.

    Earnie provided the leadership and guidance way back in February that helped the other players buy into Nowak's system. He embraced those changes and even added to them (weren't the team suits his idea?). Peter recognized this and made him captain when Nellie wasn't around.

    His play on the field has been nothing short of professional and workmanlike. Sure he's missed some sitters, but then the whole team has at one point or another.....it just seemed like Earnie was missing 2 or 3 a game for a while.

    All this while out of position.

    Then he stepped up in the last weeks of the season, and the playoffs.

    Earnie has earned a spot in the illustrious annals of United history, and in our hearts.
     
  21. Darth Norteño

    Darth Norteño With Buddha In My Fists

    The Arsenal
    Wales
    Dec 9, 2003
    laceyforest.arl.va
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Wales
    Yeah, I used to rag on him pretty badly, when we were complete crap as a whole. Now I feel bad for it. We're losing a true legend and a real class act.
     
  22. mkpage

    mkpage Member

    Jun 9, 1999
    Alexandria, VA
    Indeed, Earnie deserves a lot of credit for being the one who played the role of Nowak on the field.

    I think one play typified what type of player stewart is. Go back and rewatch the goal Gomez scored in the Eastern Conference Finals. Earnie collects the ball on our half of the field, makes a pass and then continues his run downfield. Earnie then gets the ball back, takes on a defender and makes a perfect pass across the box to Gomez. Earnie made the play look easy. It wasn't.
     
  23. AB727

    AB727 New Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    Maryland
    I read it somewhere this morning (dcunited.com?) that Earnie announced on Saturday he was heading back to Holland.

    As a long-time avid fan of the man, both on the U.S. team AND on DC United, I am very sad to see him go. All one has to do is read the quotes from his teammates to really know what he has meant to this team. In my opinion, he was worth every penny we spent on him and I hope one day we see him back on the DC United bench as coach (after Nowak, due to his astounding success of winning multiple MLS titles here, moves on to bigger challenges....).
     
  24. eltico

    eltico Member

    Jul 16, 2000
    Unfortunately the Nats are unlikely to even play another friendly at RFK, so we may not get a chance to applaud Earnie one last team as a group.

    Shame.
     

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