D.C. United knew all week that their Sunday evening encounter with Orlando City SC wouldn’t be an easy task.
After using a midweek cross-country trip as a reason to field an experimental starting XI vs. the Portland Timbers on Wednesday, D.C. United coach Ben Olsen didn’t hide his feelings about his side’s busy May.
“To turn around come Wednesday, and to fly on Thursday and play on a Saturday, I’ve said it before – it’s silly to ask guys to do that,” Olsen said following United’s 1-0 loss to the Timbers at Providence Park.
D.C. United pleased with road point, despite failing to fully capitalize on two-man advantage in New England
Heading into their match-up with the New England Revolution on Saturday evening, Ben Olsen’s banged-up D.C. United side likely would’ve been content with a draw. Facing a Revs side that hadn’t lost at home in nearly a year and preparing to travel cross-country for a midweek match-up against Portland, a road point likely would’ve satisfied United, for the time being keeping them atop the Eastern Conference.
CHESTER, Pa. – Playing their third game in a little more than a week and facing a side desperate to stop their early season free fall, Sunday evening’s encounter with the Philadelphia Union was always going to be an uphill battle for D.C. United at PPL Park.