Not seen out of frame, the past laurels Kevin Payne is resting on.
Kevin Payne decided to blow off some steam in an interview with the Washington Post’s Steven Goff last night. Payne sounds a little bit flustered and more than a little bit defensive.
I am sure that the Krafts and Stan Kroenke appreciate having Payne saying that their teams are “a problem for a league.” I’d like to remind Kevin that the “problem” in New England, has QUALIFIED FOR THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, something that your teams haven’t managed to do. I happen to agree with Payne, that teams playing negatively don’t help the league, but for Payne to come out with this arrogant crap after missing the playoffs for the second straight year shows that he is utterly tone-deaf, if not Marlee Matlin-deaf to how hideously arrogant he sounds. Note to Kevin, your team hasn’t made the playoffs in two years and now plays in inarguably the worst stadium in the league – get off your high horse and get some stuff done. This triumphant stuff was “cute” back when we won stuff, now, it just sounds delusional.
Again, I agree with the basic point of Payne’s sentiments, but yet again Payne is going after a team that has qualified for the playoffs for the last two years, something that, as I remind again, DC UNITED HASN’T DONE!
So, is Payne saying that he’d rather miss the playoffs attractively than qualify for them cynically? Really? Do you really believe that? In a league where so many teams make the playoffs, qualifying for them is the bare minimum indicator of performance. To not qualify for them isn’t an indicator of bad luck, or bad circumstances, it’s an indicator of failure by the players on the field and management in the front office. Missing the playoffs is not a liability of playing an attractive style, it’s a liability of having arrogant management who behave as if their crap smells of lavender.
Let me just preface this by saying that I think Payne is actually a good person who sometimes doesn’t think before speaking. That said… What kind of unbelievable dickhead says something like that? Sunderland has won twice as many English top-flight titles as Chelsea and you don’t hear them lecturing Chelsea as to how to run their club. Why? Because they last won it in 1935. Yet we, DC United, a team that hasn’t won a meaningful trophy since 2004, and hasn’t qualified for the playoffs since 2007, sits here and lectures the league? What a joke. What an unbelievable joke. We were laughingstocks after the Open Cup final and this only makes it worse. We deserve to be laughed at and ridiculed.
Just stop it, Kevin. Just stop talking please. This is embarassing. It sounds like your preemptively making excuses for us next season. Stop talking, and start scouting. Stop talking, and get a stadium deal done. Stop talking and get rid of some of the deadweight on this team. Stop talking and work with DCSEC so RFK has a field that doesn’t turn into a mudbog at the slightest moisture.
Hey Kevin, do you know what single thread runs through all these requests? Can you, through the fog of your own hot air, see it?
I’ll make it simple for you.
You can talk when we win. Until then, shut up and stop embarassing this club.