Despite a 1-6-1 (4 points) start to the 2013 campaign, the Black-and-Red remained focused on getting better with every day. While the final result has been lacking in front of goal, D.C. United has been creating ample opportunities over the past two games.
United – just like the Club’s name
At this point in the year, many teams could easily focus on the negatives and collapse, but United has remained positive, upbeat and ready to work each day. Dominating possession in four of its last five games and creating more chances than its opponent in the previous two matches, there are plenty of areas from which to build.
“It’s not the character of this team and these guys don’t hang their heads too long,” said D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen. “We’re in this together. We got in this position as a group and we’re going to find a way out as a group.”
Where to go from here?
Sitting in the basement of Major League Soccer through eight games, D.C. United has been looking for the bright side. With 78 points up for grabs in the remaining 26 games, the season is still young.
“I’ve reminded them plenty of times that there have been several teams in this same spot we’re in right now that have changed their fortunes and have ended up in either the MLS Cup, the playoffs, winning U.S. Open Cup,” said Olsen. “Everybody has to dig a little bit deeper and claw out of this.”
Porter’s confidence on the rise
D.C. United and Major League Soccer rookie Kyle Porter made his debut on the first night of the 2013 season, logging seven minutes at Houston on March 2. Since that match, the Canadian winger has been rising up the depth chart slowly but surely. Over the last two games, he has logged 180 minutes and was instrumental in the Black-and-Red’s attack going forward, contributing two shots and five successful crosses vs. Columbus on 4/27.
“I think the more experience, the better I’ll be,” said Porter following Tuesday’s session. “I am getting more familiar with the team. And yeah, confidence is big.”