In the end a scrappy own goal credited to Stephen Carr was enough MLS side to lift the trophy at the RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, but how we failed to win or at least get back on level terms remains a mystery.
We carved out four clear-cut chances, DC keeper Nick Rimando made two fine saves, Jamie Redknapp had a blatant penalty waved away and Teddy Sheringham had a goal disallowed.
"It was a very scrappy goal - I can't work out how it ended up in the back of the net," reflected Glenn afterwards.
"We had enough of the ball and enough chances to have won the game but we knew it would be difficult.
"It was a good exercise though. It was tough after the end of the season but we put in a decent performance and unfortunately didn't have enough guile to open them enough.
"Milo did well for us, almost scored from a free-kick. Young Lee Barnard and Dean Marney came on and had a bit more experience, Kazu played 90 minutes - it was right to do that.
"We had to protect some of the lads who are internationals with games coming up as well. All in all, it was a worthwhile game for us.
"We enjoyed having DC at the Lane for our Tribute match back in October and we've all enjoyed it here. It's been a good trip."
Glenn Hoddle insisted last night's Capital Cup clash was a worthwhile exercise despite defeat at the hands of DC United.