D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On substituting Lewis Neal for Branko Boskovic:
In the first episode of Unmarked, we take you behind the scenes of the first match of the 2014 Atlantic Cup. We mic'd up Ben Olsen for an exclusive look at the rivalry between D.C. United and New York. Enjoy!
D.C. United takes on Eastern Conference foe Columbus Crew on Saturday, April 19 at 7:30 pm. You can watch at dcunited.com/live
D.C. United has momentum and confidence heading into Columbus. The Crew, at the top of the Eastern Conference, beat United 3-0 in the season opener, but the Black-and-Red has improved since then. The squad has put together a three-game undefeated run, earning seven points from a three-game home stand.
On a wet, rainy Tuesday morning, D.C. United took the field to start preparing for its upcoming away game against the Columbus Crew. Although it started like most normal practices, this training session quickly turned to one of the most competitive and physical of the year. Starting with the usual oooohhhh’s and aaaahhh’s (players getting megged) of 5 vs. 2, the Black-and-Red transitioned in to some of the players’ favorite game of 7 vs. 7 vs. 7 possession.
Last night, D.C. United ended its three game homestand with a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls. The Black-and-Red earned seven points through those three games, all against Eastern Conference teams. Though United didn’t put out the best on-field product against New York, the squad found a way to keep the visitors off the score sheet and winless through another match.
“It’s what we call a six-point game,” said Assistant Coach Chad Ashton. “For us to pick up three and New York not get anything, it’s a good way to move up the standings.”