WASHINGTON – In the wake of last Saturday’s 1-1 draw against LA, the mood in D.C. United's locker room was mixed. The fact that they had managed to score a late goal in the 90th minute, stealing a point at the death after a flat offensive performance, was reason to be upbeat.
But coaches and players alike know that things must improve in future games if this team is to succeed on the field in 2011.
“Overall, I just thought we weren’t as sharp as we needed to be,” Ben Olsen said after the game. “I thought the energy was there, but we just weren’t a good enough soccer team.”
WASHINGTON – When Andy Najar entered the game for D.C. United in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy, it marked the first time in league history that three Home Grown players were on the field at the same time for the same team.
Najar lined up alongside goalkeeper Bill Hamid and rookie defender Ethan White against the Galaxy. At one point, the trio played for D.C. United's academy team before signing professional contracts at one point or another over the last two years.
Longtime midfielder Santino Quaranta noted the occasion after the game.
Hours before D.C. United’s Charlie Davies whipped the RFK Stadium crowd into a frenzy with his late game heroics, eight of the area’s premier amateur squads battled it out on the second day of group stage play in La Super Copa VI, the annual tournament of champions presented by Volkswagen.
D.C. United has enough quality attacking players to be one of the highest scoring teams in MLS. The more worrying aspect of United’s offense is that they may not be able to provide the service needed to let the goal scorers do their job. In his post-game press conference on Saturday, Ben Olsen expressed that he was pleased with his team’s energy, but not their sharpness - specifically in the attacking third. He used the word ‘sharpness’ to describe what was lacking from the attack, but it seemed like he meant something slightly different – creativity.
MLS 2011 QUOTESHEET
SATURADY, APRIL 9, 2011 – D.C. UNITED 1, LA GALAXY 1
WASHINGTON- El delantero Charlie Davies, quien con su cuarto gol de la temporada dio al D.C. United el empate frente al Galaxy de Los Ángeles 1-1, aseguró que ya está listo para jugar a tiempo completo y cumplir su misión de ayudar a este equipo a ser contendor en esta temporada.
“Vine a este equipo a jugar y estoy listo para hacerlo, no 90 sino 95 minutos. Quizás en los primeros encuentros todavía no estaba completamente al 100 por ciento ni física ni emocionalmente pero ahora sí”, dijo Davies en el vestuario del DC.
WASHINGTON – With the minutes slipping away, ten-men D.C. United looked consigned to defeat against the LA Galaxy.
Enter Charlie Davies to the rescue.
Coming into the game as a 53rd-minute sub for Blake Brettschneider, Davies was relatively quiet through most of his shift. But in the 89th minute, the forward found some breathing room—and the ball. Running at Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, Davies drew contact and went down in the box.
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS: D.C. United 1, LA Galaxy 1