Despite their place in the tables, D.C. United does in fact have a chance to turn things around. Last week wasn’t a good one for the Black-and-Red, from giving up a 3-0 lead on the road in Seattle to giving up three goals in 16 minutes in a loss to Houston on Saturday night. Still, Ben Olsen had this to say after the loss to the Dynamo.
There is still belief in the nations capital, Olsen believes his group is capable and it’s about them going out to prove him right.
His comments on Nick DeLeon speak volumes, on one hand it’s no surprise that a coach loves a player with those qualities and the other is that he would like more like them. While it’s easy to speculate from that statement, it’s apparent that the insertion of DeLeon definitely gave the team a bit of a boost in the second half. His mentality is infectious and the team needs every big of that going forward. Not seen in the clip above was Bobby Boswell alluding that the players shouldn’t have to wait for a coach to fix or say something. Boswell had a wonderful quote, “Good teams, coaches hold players accountable. Great teams, players hold players accountable.”
That’s where this team lies as their season hangs in the balance, as cliche as it may seem, it’s gut check time. In a conversation with DeLeon after training on Tuesday, he echoed some of what Boswell said in terms of players having to check themselves. There is still time, but the margin for error is literally at zero. It’s all about results going forward, as disappointing as this season has been, D.C. United has a chance. It’s up to them as to what they’ll do with it.
As Olsen said, they’ll have more of their players available this week. For the first training session in a while, every fullback on the roster was a full participant. D.C. United travels to Minnesota for their game on Saturday. A must win if the Black-and-Red hope to gain ground in the standings, it’s going to require a lot of climbing to get out of this hole.