The South African-born player, three minutes into the field as a 70th minute substitute, missed from six yards with an open goal following a scramble from a corner.
When scoring looked easier, he directed his strike against the crossbar and the rebound was cleared as Columbus Crew eventually denied DC United a berth in the quarterfinals. It was the first time in years that DC has missed the playoffs.
Khumalo says the miss still haunts him.
“I still regret the miss. If I had scored we would be talking about the team playing in the playoffs on Thursday,” he tells KickOff.com from his United States base.
The 1-0 scoreline is not a true reflection of the weekend’s game as DC United had Columbus Crew on the ropes for the better part of the match.
Despite the setback the Soweto-born player says the team showed character, adding: “Anyway, we gave it all our best although things did not go our way.”
The failure to qualify for the playoffs sums up a disappointing campaign for the Washington team, rated the best in the MLS.
Last week, they bombed out of the CONCACAF Champions League after finishing bottom of their four-team group.
‘Boyzzz’, who is on three-month contract loan following a move from Pittsburgh Riverhounds, is enjoying a rich vein of form that has earned him a staring berth.
US reports suggested the team wants to make the move outright, but Khumalo preferred not to delve into the speculation.