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Tag Archives: Ben Olsen

DC United is the Antithesis of MLS 3.0

Posted on by Robert Hay
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MLS 3.0 is in full force and the sports media have focused like a laser on the growth of the league. Soccer-specific stadiums have sprung up across the country, academies are churning out young talent, big names are coming across … Continue reading

Houston Machine Steamrolls DC to Take Eastern Conference

Posted on by Robert Hay

In retrospect, it was obvious.  Houston is so good playing with an aggregate lead in the playoffs and with DC missing Chris Pontius and a fully healthy Dwayne De Rosario, the task really was impossible.  But it didn’t feel that … Continue reading

New York and DC Driven By Own Goals to 1-1 Draw

Posted on by Robert Hay

A night after Real Salt Lake and Seattle played a tactically entertaining game that ended in a goalless draw, DC United and New York opened the formal Eastern Conference playoffs with a sloppier but as engaging one-all draw at RFK. … Continue reading

Why I Am Still Avoiding the MLS All Star Game

Posted on by Robert Hay

About a year ago on this site, I wrote an article about why I would not be watching the MLS All Stars face off against Manchester United at Red Bull Arena.  In essence, I felt that another meaningless friendly, but … Continue reading

Olsen’s Tactics Carry the Day: DCU 3, Montreal 0

Posted on by Robert Hay

Tonight’s DC United and Montreal game saw an occurrence that is become more common in MLS – both teams coached by two long-time MLS players. For the home team, that coach is legendary player Ben Olsen, who as a player … Continue reading

Pontius Hat Trick Leads D.C. Past Red Bulls Shambolic Defending

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

Two hot teams met Sunday at R.F.K. Stadium, as New York headed down I-95 to the Nation’s Capitol to face D.C. United. The home team, buoyed by the blossoming of a fit Chris Pontius, struck early and often as they … Continue reading

DC United Holds Seattle to a Scoreless Draw

Posted on by Robert Hay

Over 15,000 vocal fans packed RFK Stadium yesterday to see an inter-coastal rivalry renewed for the only time this year, and both sets of supporters walked away satisfied as on the pitch the two teams battled to a 0-0 draw.  Despite the … Continue reading

Sapong Late Goal Gives KC 1-0 Win Over DC

Posted on by Robert Hay

Who says you can’t go home? Manassas, VA native C.J. Sapong headed a corner kick into the net in the 93rd minute to help Sporting Kansas City notch a 1-0 road victory over DC United.  While KC had a majority … Continue reading

MLS Preview ’12 – DC United

Posted on by Robert Hay

Team: D.C. United Coach: Ben Olsen Last Season: 9-13-12, 7th Eastern Conference, 13th Overall Hashtag: #DCU There is a sense of anticipation around the DC United fan base this season, a sense of anticipation that fans have not had for a few years. … Continue reading

Chivas Force 2-2 Draw with United

Posted on by Robert Hay

Fans who saw the scoreline of September 10th’s 3-0 win by DC United over Chivas would assume that DCU would win handily against the Goats at home and, with New York’s loss, would move into the driver’s seat with their … Continue reading

Everton Wraps Up U.S. Tour With 3-1 Win Over DC United

Posted on by Robert Hay

Everton finished its U.S. preseason tour tonight with a definitive 3-1 win over DC United on a very hot night in front of almost 13,000 fans.  Those in attendance (about half of whom were Everton faithfuls) got to see some … Continue reading

MLS ’11 Preview : Can the Black and Red Unite Under the Fiery Olsen?

Posted on by Chris Riordan

Team: DC United Coach: Ben Olsen Last Year’s Finish: 8th Eastern Conference, 16th Overall, 6-20-4 This year’s seemingly annual retooling of DC United carries much more weight than usual.  After finishing not only the worst season in club history, but likely … Continue reading

DC United Wins Hearts, Loses Its Mind

Posted on by Robert Hay

Let me step back from my normal neutral MLS observer/blogger and enter fan mode for a few minutes.  I think this is the best way to analyze the Ben Olsen hiring. As a DC United supporter, I am ecstatic that … Continue reading

Who Will Resurrect the DC United Franchise?

Posted on by Robert Hay

As the MLS world check their passports and descend upon Toronto, the league’s premier and winningest team is searching for its next manager, its third in the past three season (if you include interim Ben Olsen).  The team let go … Continue reading

What Jaime Moreno’s Retirement Means for MLS

Posted on by Robert Hay

On Saturday night, Jaime Moreno took the pitch for the last time as a member of DC United.  The United and MLS legend is the league’s all-time leading goal scorer and the only player with triple digit goals and assists … Continue reading

What Has Gone Wrong with DC United? : League Staple in the Cellar

Posted on by Chris Riordan

The question “What’s going on in DC?” has become a recurring one among the fan circles of Major League Soccer. It’s a question that seems to be important to any fan of the game in this country. Whether it be … Continue reading