D.C. United have changed their tactics, tweaked the starting lineup, brought in midseason acquisitions and this week even fired their head coach for the first time in club history.
Yet despite increasingly desperate efforts to turn over a new leaf, the losses keep piling up and United remain locked in the MLS basement. The latest setback came at the hands of the New England Revolution on Saturday night in a 1-0 loss that highlighted the fundamental shortcomings of this year’s D.C. squad.
New England can credit their 1-0 victory over D.C. United to a few things – United's wastefulness in the final third chief among them – but the difference between winning and losing came down to resolve.
“It was a gut check for this team, a really gutsy performance,” Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph told MLSsoccer.com after the match. “We didn't play our best soccer out there, but we worked hard for each other.”
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El debut de Ben Olsen como técnico del D.C. United fue muy
parecido a casi todos los partidos de su antecesor, el recientemente despedido
Curt Onalfo: mucha garra y ganas, pero poco fútbol, sobre todo en la parte
Por ende, el resultado de este sábado en el Estadio Gillette
frente al Revolution – un triunfo por la cuenta mínima de los dueños de casa –
fue el esperado para un equipo que continúa en el fondo de la Conferencia Este
y de la MLS en general, con apenas 12 puntos.
When D.C. United dismissed Curt Onalfo on Wednesday morning, the New England Revolution knew their task would change on Saturday night.
Instead of hosting a United side reeling from their lost season, the Revolution will likely confront a reinvigorated group now led by interim coach Ben Olsen.
The altered reality will force New England to match United's intensity level in the early stages of the contest in order to avoid suffering any repercussions from the switch, according to Revolution boss Steve Nicol.
WASHINGTON – D.C. United kick off a new era under interim head coach Ben Olsen at New England this weekend, and if there’s an overarching theme, it’s this: No one is safe.
Whether playing for pride, proving their professionalism or merely auditioning to save their jobs, everyone on the United roster has reason to approach the final stretch of the season with newfound resolve.
A flurry of player activity on Friday afternoon saw two sides looking for defensive help address their needs.
The San Jose Earthquakes acquired former US U-20 international Tim Ward from the Chicago Fire in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2011 SuperDraft. In another deal, D.C. United have acquired Columbus Crew defender Jed Zayner and a fourth-round 2011 SuperDraft pick in exchange for a 2012 second-round SuperDraft pick.
D.C. United anunció hoy que el club ha fichado al defensor Jed Zayner y recibe una selección de cuarta ronda del MLS SuperDraft 2011 del Columbus Crew a cambio de una selección de segunda ronda del SuperDraft 2012.
“Estamos contentos haber adquirido a Jed”, dijo el gerente general de United, Dave Kasper. “Es in zaguero atlético y trabajador quien nos proveerá profundidad. Nos entusiasma que se una a los entrenamientos del equipo”.
En lo que va del 2010 Zayner ha tenido ocho presentaciones (tres como titular) para Columbus.
Three guests waited for D.C. United interim head coach Ben
Olsen as he ambled across the RFK Stadium auxiliary field at the close of
Thursday’s United practice. Two were members of the media, but the third was
former Georgetown University coach Keith Tabatznik, a Washington-area soccer
luminary who had dropped in to watch the session and wish Olsen luck in his new
“Stranger than fiction,” cracked Olsen as he chatted with Tabatznik
about United’s coaching change.
WASHINGTON— Puede que el D.C.