The Wizards can't get no respect.
In the middle of an unexpected charge toward playoff contention, and only a couple of days after shutting out the Los Angeles Galaxy, the MLS' best team, the team announced Monday that they would have to endure the humiliation of shuffling their schedule so the T-Bones can open their sort-of-professional Northern League playoffs at home.
Of course, the Wizards are only squatting at CommunityAmerica Ballpark until their super-amazing
new stadium opens next summer, so yielding the field is the right (and
probably the only) thing to do. But it's still gotta sting to put their
season on hold so a bunch of guys who still seem confused as to why
there is no keg at second base can play.
To accommodate their minor
league roomies, the Wizards are pushing their Sept. 11 game against the
Houston Dynamo back to Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The unexpected time off
could be a positive for the Wizards by giving the players long rest and
preparing them to claw their way past Toronto FC and into playoff
contention, but it also could hinder them just as their getting hot.
They are 4-1-2 in their last seven matches, and their final nine games
are mostly against middle-of-the-pack clubs.