TORONTO – All season long, Preki hasn’t been one to make excuses to account for his team’s poor play.
That was until Saturday.
TFC’s exasperated coach sounded off in the postgame news conference, naming a litany of reasons to explain his team’s demoralizing 1-0 loss Saturday at home to D.C. United — the league's basement-dwellers — at a critical point in the season.
A crowded schedule, inopportune injuries, lack of fitness, underperforming players and even team and media officials unwilling to move kickoff times were all singled out as culprits.
MLS 2010 QUOTESHEET
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 – D.C. UNITED 1, TORONTO FC 0
TORONTO.- Un equipo que llegó sin nada que ganar ni perder, en la última posición en la Conferencia Este y sólo con un poco de orgullo comenzó este sábado a cerrarle la puerta a la clasificación a Toronto FC, cuando D.C. United le ganó en su propia cancha y ante un público que esperaba un mejor papel del cuadro escarlata que nuevamente pareció un plantel carente de ideas y con un juego desordenado.
Julius James spins on a loose ball in the box and scores his first of the season.
NEW YORK – Major League Soccer will join the rest of the nation this weekend in remembering the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
A moment of silence will be held before the national anthem at each of the MLS matches played this weekend.
The league canceled the remainder of the regular season in 2001 following the tragic events of Sept. 11 and MLS has paid homage to the victims of the attacks in each of the last nine years.
NEW YORK – Mission accomplished.
US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati indicated as much on Friday after the conclusion of the three-day, five-city visit by FIFA’s World Cup inspection team.
“We were able to show FIFA the things they needed to see,” Gulati said in a conference call with reporters. “It’s impossible not to be impressed by some of the magnificent NFL stadiums on this trip.”
WASHINGTON – Last week’s close-run, back-to-back defeats to the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew reminded last-place D.C. United that they are capable of competing with the league’s best.
But the ruthlessness shown by the defending Supporters’ Shield holders also underlined a basic MLS reality: Errors and missed opportunities will be punished.
D.C. United midfielder, Stephen King and goalkeeper, Troy Perkins discuss United's upcoming match vs Toronto FC and what the team needs to focus on for the remaining 7 matches.
WASHINGTON – When a boss uses the phrase “taking one for the team” to
describe an employee’s new job, there's no mystery about who can
usually expect long hours and seemingly endless work in the days ahead.
was D.C. United president Kevin Payne’s choice of words when he
elevated rookie assistant coach Ben Olsen to the top job immediately
following the dismissal of Curt Onalfo on Aug. 4.
Sure enough, United’s interim leader had to negotiate the steepest of learning curves in the subsequent weeks.