Based on the post-match comments from D.C. United’s 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, it was pretty clear that the players and coaches felt that Danny Allsopp’s opportunistic goal in the 22nd minute was absolutely critical to collecting the win.
The Philadelphia Union have been snake-bitten by errors all season, and in Sunday's 2-0 loss to D.C. United, they managed to shoot themselves in the foot once more.
Afterward, manager Peter Nowak refused to mince words.
“I told the guys in the locker room, I’m extremely disappointed, not only with the result, but with the way we played,” he said. “There was no substance in the whole game today. From the back, with the simple mistake we could have cleaned up, and in the overall game, even offensively."
Ben Olsen has been a party to dozens and dozens of D.C. United victories at RFK Stadium over the past decade or so,but he’ll probably appreciate Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union a good deal more than most of them.
The occasion itself, a late-summer meeting between two teams at the bottom of the standings, might pale in comparison to the man-of-the-match performances and MLS Cup wins of his playing career, but it marks Olsen’s first-ever victory as a head coach and offers priceless relief to his long-suffering team.
D.C. United players and interim head coach, Ben Olsen discuss United's first home win since May 29th with dcunited.com's Tony Limarzi.
WASHINGTON -- El técnico interino del
D.C. United, Ben Olsen, confirmó después del triunfo 1-0 ante el
Philadelphia Union que instruyó a sus jugadores para que cuidaran
muy bien la ventaja obtenida desde el minuto 22 cuando el australiano Danny
Allsopp puso arriba al club capitalino.
D.C. UNITED HEAD COACH BEN OLSEN
On the first goal
WASHINGTON -- Con dos goles del delantero
australiano Danny Allsopp, el D.C. United derrotó 2-0 al Philadelphia Union y
alcanzó su primera victoria en sus últimos nueve partidos, y también primera
desde que Ben Olsen se encargó de la dirección técnica del club.
WASHINGTON- El D.C. United tendrá una nueva oportunidad de demostrar que todavía no está totalmente fuera de competencia en la temporada 2010, cuando enfrente al Philadelphia Union el domingo 22 a las 2 p.m.
CHESTER, Pa -- Some of those who know D.C. interim head coach Ben Olsen best say the league shouldn’t expect any easy outings from a struggling United side.
And that starts with United’s match against the Philadelphia Union Sunday at RFK Stadium.
“He’s a young coach, so he’s going to have to ply his trade a little bit and figure out what works for him and what doesn’t,” said John Hackworth, Union assistant and a friend of Olsen. “I expect that we’ll see a very motivated and competitive D.C. United team because of the type of person Ben is.”