Interim head coach Ben Olsen spent time with the gang from MLS' ExtraTime Radio. The interview with Olsen begins 10 minutes in to the podcast. He discusses his role at D.C. United, the play of the team in Toronto and the play of Branko Boskovic and Pablo Hernandez.
Thirteen months ago, Julius James was traded from Houston to D.C. United and immediately flew to Toronto to join his new club. At the time, United were so shorthanded that he made his first appearance – a second-half substitution for Bryan Namoff in a 2-0 loss to Toronto FC – before he’d even learned his teammates’ names.
James’ second return to BMO Field, the place where he began his MLS career before being shipped out to the Dynamo as a makeweight in the Dwayne De Rosario trade in December 2008, unfolded in far more compelling fashion on Saturday afternoon.
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.