Olsen, D.C. United change up their routine

After rare Monday training session, will changed results follow?
Olsen, DC change routine

WASHINGTON — Ben Olsen has been D.C. United’s interim head coach for less than two months, but he’s already learned a few tricks of the trade—like avoiding the media in the days after a tough loss.

Citing the suspension he incurred in Saturday night’s 3-1 loss to Houston, Olsen took a rain check, so to speak, on answering questions after a rare Monday training session this week.

Power Rankings: Week 26

RSL hold top spot, Red Bulls inch to No. 3
Power Rankings: Week 26

Despite a hairy 1-1 draw at home against Colorado, Real Salt Lake is atop the Power Rankings again this week, with streaking FC Dallas following close behind. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, jump over LA with a win on the left coast, and San Jose make their move up to No. 6.

Andy Najar superlatives

Tony Limarzi makes the case for why Andy Najar should be MLS Rookie of the Year
Andy Najar superlatives

MLS Thermometer: LA show warmth, Fire still cold

Race for the Supporters' Shield coming down to the wire
MLS Thermometer

The horror! The horror! The season is over for the LA Galaxy after a 2-0 loss to New York on Friday night at the Home Depot Center. All is lost! Oh, the humanity!

Well … no. Not actually. The Thermometer is back for another week, and a quick check of the temperature in Los Angeles indicates there is still life after Red Bulls.

Oh yeah, and the rest of the league took the field on Saturday in what was actually a much more dramatic match day. Which teams have playoff fever, and which teams have caught a chill?

We’ll Take That Back, Thank You

Roster predictions ahead of US friendlies

Have LA's Gonzalez, Fire's Johnson done enough to earn call-ups?
23 for US friendlies?

Omar Gonzalez

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When the United States take on Poland on Oct. 9 and Colombia on Oct. 12, it will mark the genuine beginning of Bob Bradley's second tenure as the US national team's head coach.

The European leagues will be on a break, meaning he can call on his regulars across the Pond – although expect elder statesmen Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Steve Cherundolo to stay with their clubs. Also, even though it's not quite time for Conor Doyle or Mikkel Diskerud to make their senior debut, some new faces will join the proceedings.

Playoff implications: RSL clinch; Revs, Houston out

Dallas can clinch with a victory, while Chivas face a must-win
RSL clinch playoff berth

Another game has gone by at Rio Tinto and Real Salt Lake are still unbeaten at home. But this game was special – by extending the streak in Sandy, Utah, RSL have officially clinched a playoff berth.

Real Salt Lake have 48 points, a total that only ninth-place Kansas City Wizards can match. RSL have the head-to-head tiebreaker clinched over the Wizards, though, with a 1-0-1 record. The reigning champs will now officially begin their title defense, joining the LA Galaxy in the playoffs.

Monday Postmortem: Dissecting Week 26

Richards wins LA-NY, Wizards lose their magic
Postmortem: LA-NY

Welcome to the first installment of the Monday Postmortem, a new feature here on in which we break down the most recent week of action as the push for the playoffs heats up.

As potential weeks to launch a column go, this one could hardly have been better: There was a hat trick in Toronto (though not by a Red), one of the most hotly anticipated games in league history in LA, a pair of record unbeaten streaks extended, and, of course, the unruly playoff picture.

Also: For the second straight week, no scoreless draws! 

Let’s get to it:

Match Report: Houston Dynamo

Report: DC 1, Houston 3

Andy Najar brilló de nuevo pero lamentó la derrota

El joven hondureño quiere llevarse el premio al Novato del Año
Najar sigue brillando


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WASHINGTON, D.C.- El mediocampista hondureño del D.C. United Andy Najar aseguró tener sentimientos encontrados por la derrota que recibió su club ante el Houston Dynamo por 3-1 y por sus posibilidades a consagrarse como el Novato del Año en la actual temporada.

El Dynamo venció al United en el RFK con tres goles en la segunda mitad del partido para quebrar la ilusión de un triunfo que había sembrado Najar con un gol sobre la media hora de juego en la primera mitad del encuentro realizado en el estadio RFK de D.C.

Olsen: We let each other down, again

Late collapse familiar to DC, who concede three unanswered goals
DC let each other down

Andy Najar vs Houston Dynamo - September 25, 2010

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WASHINGTON — D.C. United played well against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night, controlling possession, combining crisply, creating chances and defending in organized numbers.

The problem was, they only did so for 66 minutes, and only had one goal to show for it.

Houston erased all that with an inspired five-minute stretch that began with Devon McTavish’s own goal in the 66th and included Geoff Cameron’s headed game-winner four minutes later. The Dynamo ultimately left RFK Stadium as 3-1 winners.

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