2012's Best: Post-match quotes
Ben Olsen on goals for the season following a 0-0 match at Vancouver on March 24:
Our goal for the season is to get better every game. Tonight was our best outing and I think it’s something to build on.
Nick DeLeon on his first goal at RFK, and a 4-1 win over FC Dallas on March 30:
It felt amazing, especially to do it here at RFK.
Chris Pontius after a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution on April 14:
Inside the 18 you have to be selfish. Push it, push it and just try to get half of your space and get my shot off basically. That’s my move. I mean, I got to switch it up sometimes but it was open on that play.
Robbie Russell following a 1-1 draw vs Montreal on April 18:
We didn’t win, so of course I’m not happy. We let up a goal, so of course I’m not happy. There’s always room for improvement.
Chris Pontius on stripping Thierry Henry before scoring against New York in a 4-1 victory on April 22:
Benny [Olsen] and Chad [Ashton] have been harping on us as forwards to double-down on midfielders and as Henry picks up the ball I’m able to pick it off of him, and I’m running at the back line and see a chance to put it on my right foot and hit it.
Ben Olsen on the team after a 3-2 win over Houston on April 28:
There’s something to this team, they’ve got a little bit of chutzpah.
Bill Hamid on the travelling supporters after a 1-0 win at Philadelphia on June 16:
The fans care, they are passionate, they want to see a D.C. United that is having success. They have had a lot of success in the past and want it to continue.
Dwayne De Rosario on his 100th goal, which came in a 1-1 draw against New York on August 29:
I pulled near and made the run towards the back post tocreate a little space for myself. Nick [DeLeon] timed it perfectly – a greatball over the top. The ball is in the air and I figured I’m either going towake up tomorrow and wonder what happened or I’ll put it in the back of thenet. It was a [risk] that I was willing to take. I’ve seen a lot of players geton the wrong side of it, but I was able to put my head under it and score thatgoal and get my 100th off my back.
Ben Olsen after a 1-1 draw against Philadelphia on August 19, ahead of a busy stretch of games:
We got to bitch and moan tonight, smash some lockers and all that stuff and then tomorrow forget about it and get ready for a very good Chicago team on Wednesday, who's moving up the charts and I think has made some good additions.
Chris Pontius on the home playoff atmosphere in a 1-1 draw against New York on November 3:
This is exactly what I wanted – I wanted to play a home playoff game. I thought it was fantastic. Even a man down, we were getting chances. We were getting pushed on by our fans.
Nick DeLeon on the fans who travelled to New York to watch D.C. United win 1-0 in playoff action on November 8:
The fans, man, that’s huge. I can’t thank them enough for coming out. This is for them. This is for our franchise. This is for everybody. We can’t thank them enough honestly.
Bill Hamid after the team's 1-0 win in New York on November 8:
But I have five words: They can’t hold us back. That is it. They can’t hold us back. That’s all I’ve got to say.
Ben Olsen after the team's 1-1 draw against Houston on November 18, and the end of the 2012 campaign:
We talk about laying a foundation here and having something special for years to come and I believe it’s here. I really do.