DC United coach happy with Friday, eyes winning streak

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Washington DC — With a 2-0 victory over its rival New York Red Bulls, close to 20,000 singing and chanting fans at RFK stadium and good weather on a night that looked destined to be played on a wet pitch you’d think DC United Head Coach Ben Olsen would be pretty happy in the post-game press conference.

He wasn’t though. Where many fans saw good play and teamwork among United players, Olsen saw opportunities lost earlier this Spring.

“This shouldn’t just happen because it’s a rivalry game,” said Olsen.

United has 3 wins on the season to go with 4 losses and 4 ties.  That’s hard to imagine after watching the team dominate it’s home field Friday.

United played with aggression, fought for and won most free balls and pressured its opponent mostly to shots that were either off the mark or handled by goalkeeper Travis Worra.

The game was the first of three that will decide the Atlantic Cup– the trophy that signifies how bitter the rivalry is between the New York Red Bulls and United.

On the flip side of things, Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch was also visibly upset by the results of the game. He was seen smacking a corner flag on his way to halftime and after the game grumbled about how he had not prepared his team enough to play in such a heated contest with a bitter rival.

Olsen is just hoping his players are playing for more than just bragging rights against one team this season. He believes is a winning streak is needed before this team can be considered a playoff contender.

United will play in Philadelphia next before heading to Kansas City and returning to RFK for a match with Seattle June 1.IMG_0588