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Overall, a really good selfless performance from the group. Across the board, we made a lot of little plays that we have not been making consistently throughout the year – little gutsy plays. … That's what I am most proud about.feedback
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NEW Aug 23 2017
Ben Olsen has most recently been quoted in an article called D.C. United manages MLS first, wins second straight game with an own goal. Ben Olsen said, “I'm not sure, but I apologize for whatever I did. I'm sure I did something. It wouldn't be the first time.”. Ben Olsen has been quoted a grand total of 89 times in 30 articles.
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Aug 10 2017

Does it heighten expectations? Yeah, hopefully. It's time for that. This is an injection of new blood, of talent, at the right age, who are hungry and represent what myself and Dave and the owners want out of players.feedback

Aug 10 2017

It's another great step for the club. We've had a lot of almost steps. And now it's real. Audi Field is here. A plan that has been enacted by Dave and ownership, you are seeing it all come together.feedback

Aug 07 2017

You'll certainly see a new player or two.feedback

Jul 13 2017

You can expect an attacking piece. Certainly an addition or two. This stuff is very fluid. We want to make a smart choice, not only for now but the future. We have some options. We have some financial means to get this team better.feedback

Jul 13 2017

Deshorn is jelling with the group. We have a whole week of training, which is crucial. When you do get new guys in, these training sessions are vital. It's been a great week of training, great commitment, spirit. Chip on shoulder, we're positive. And I think the belief is that we have a fresh start.feedback

Jul 13 2017

I can sit here and make excuses. Nobody cares. Nobody cares. Most teams have gone through it at one time or another. The reality is, we're in last place. The other reality is we're a good team that is capable of making the playoffs. If we all raise it a little bit, we get some guys back, we add some fresh blood in the transfer window, we can make a run at this thing.feedback

Jul 13 2017

A lot of this stuff is fixable. The chances have been there to win games. But again, nobody cares. This is the reality in the moment. What are we going to do about it? Where are we going to go? That's the question.feedback

Jul 13 2017

I don't think he would've been that happy about it. Not every situation is right for each player. It doesn't mean he's not good enough for the league. The situation just wasn't right.feedback

Jul 13 2017

We've been dealing with D.C. summers for a long time. They've all lived through them. … It's hot, but we need to be a little tougher. Gutting through a little heat on an off-week is not going to kill them.feedback

Jun 20 2017

He knows what he's doing with the ball and in front of the goal. But we need to give him service too.feedback

Jun 20 2017

We've gone through these before. They're not fun, but I've also been through them enough to know there's always an opportunity around the corner to change your fortune.feedback

Jun 20 2017

It's a combination. We haven't been as good on set pieces. We haven't been as good with the final pass. We haven't had anyone get hot. We've been a little unlucky. Add it all up. It's never one thing.feedback

Jun 20 2017

We don't have the luxury to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. We also know how quickly things can change in this league. You go on a little run, whether it's now or in a few weeks, you can move up the standings very quickly.feedback

Jun 14 2017

If I was a Christos fan – which I kind of am, I think we all kind of are – that goal is a great moment. They have a lot to be proud of.feedback

Jun 13 2017

As we grow as a soccer country, this is going to happen more and more – better quality amateurs out there that can make these types of runs. What's great about the Open Cup is that these stories can happen.feedback

Jun 13 2017

It's a no-win situation. Everyone's expecting us to win, and win big. I've got a lot of love for Baltimore. Their group should be very proud.feedback

Jun 02 2017

He put himself in the conversation. His speed is something we need. His ability to add into the attack is what every team needs. He's still a young guy but certainly a promising piece. It's tough to get a word out of him, and when you do, you kind of have to lean in. He's a lovely kid. That's how some guys are wired, and it probably transfers when the whistle blows. That can be a really good thing it's business as usual.feedback

Jun 02 2017

To deal with guys twice his size is something he's got to figure out. He had some moments where he will have to do better. Certainly, an above-average performance for a young kid.feedback

Jun 02 2017

He's got some stuff to learn. He has a lot of room to grow, which is exciting because he's got a lot of tools.feedback

May 20 2017

They're good, we're not – at the moment – and it's on me to fix it. I know this group. I know what they are about. I know what some of the pieces that are going to come back can do for us. We're realistic in that we understand we need to get better, and we will get better in the transfer window. All of those things combined give me the belief that this group will be okay.feedback

May 06 2017 - AT&T

I thought the whole first half was brutal. We were full of sh*t. We looked like posers. We looked like we thought it was going to be an easy day at the office and I think we didn't have enough courage and we didn't have enough soccer.feedback

May 06 2017

And when you don't have enough of those, a team can come in this building and do what they did in the first half.feedback

May 06 2017

It seemed like the game meant more to them than to us, and that's unacceptable.feedback

May 06 2017

The second half, I thought we responded, but it's easy to respond.feedback

Apr 18 2017

You feel sick. It's no different than I felt when I was 12 and saw this stuff in sports. Unfortunately, it's a part of it. We've all been around sports, you have these moments where you understand the force and danger these guys live with, especially for guys that are brave and are putting their heads in a lot of spots like Steve. He'll be fine. We'll make sure we jump through every hoop and get him back quickly, but more importantly, healthy.feedback

Apr 18 2017

He's still a touch groggy. We will go through all the proper steps to get him back when the time is right. He's got some hernia symptoms, lower ab stuff that usually clears up pretty quickly. It's not great when they go out, but when they come back in, it's nice to see. It gives a little fresh energy to the group, as well.feedback

Apr 11 2017

Jared had a great game. He didn't have his best game in New York, and I thought personally it was rewarding for him to get back out there and show that he's a very, very capable player in this league. I thought he was great – he covered a bunch of ground, his duel winning was great and he had good composure all night long. It's not an easy role to step into.feedback

Apr 08 2017

You know me: I like a real group effort. Everybody played a part in this, everybody played up to their standard and gave everything they had.feedback

Apr 08 2017

It was pretty fresh in our minds, the whooping they put on us there.feedback

Apr 07 2017

He looks like he's back. He's playing at a level better than I expected after that type of layoff.feedback

Apr 07 2017

He's one of ours and has meant a lot to the club. Everybody has continued to guide him as if he is going to be a part of this team again.feedback

Apr 07 2017

As a comeback kid, I love watching these guys come back with a new appreciation for the game and their occupation. Korb has that.feedback

Apr 01 2017

Today was a gutsy performance. The field's not good, a lot of second balls and we found a way. And that shows we still have the character we thought we had.feedback

Apr 01 2017

It had nothing to do negatively with Sean. I just thought the team needed Bobby out there. Bobby's a winner and he has a real personality.feedback

Mar 31 2017

A little extra effort in the box, an extra player in the box, a little better with our crosses – all of that stuff has to get better. It will.feedback

Mar 31 2017

Take out the New York City game, we've been okay. But okay doesn't really cut it. You've got to be good on both sides to get wins.feedback

Mar 31 2017

All the data shows that we are putting together enough stuff in the final third and putting together high-percentage chances. Eventually, they start to go in.feedback

Mar 31 2017

You're never going to have your top group all the time and you've got to make it work. We have the depth to win games in this league, but everyone has to be at a certain standard on the day. If we can do that, we'll be okay.feedback

Mar 18 2017

I didn't think it was a terrible performance. Overall, it was a step in the right direction. Some good performances, but not enough good performances.feedback

Mar 18 2017

First one I think is probably a good call and the second one's a terrible call. I'm pretty sure on both of those. Referees should be pretty sure on calling PKs.feedback

Mar 17 2017

He got through the whole week. What minutes does he have? Is he fully ready? We're still looking at him day to day, seeing how he responds after a training session.feedback

Mar 17 2017

He is a guy who you want on the ball in the final third of the field.feedback

Mar 17 2017

The first game was a very good night, the last game was not. It's more individual defending. It's not a case of that pairing not working. I think they'll respond.feedback

Mar 15 2017

He's been getting through them. So we'll see. We'll keep evaluating him every day and make sure we're moving forward. This isn't two steps forward, one step back with him. So far, so good. We're into the area, we're in the final third, we're making bad decisions and the final ball is not there. The second half [against NYCFC], we had plenty of good looks. Yes, I'd like to be scoring goals, but no matter how familiar you are with each other, it still takes some time to get those relationships back and get the quality in the final third. I'm not worried about that part – yet.feedback

Mar 15 2017

Not a great day defensively. The more I looked at the game, it just boils down to a few plays that we weren't good enough. It wasn't systematic. It wasn't how we pressed. … But can we now get a hold of the ball better, make better decisions and [improve] individual defending? To me, it was a game of 15-second moments where we didn't do a good enough job.feedback

Mar 15 2017

If he continues to be 100 percent for several days, then we'll have a decision to make. If he's ready, he's going to play. But 'ready' is a relative term. We want to make sure he is 100 percent when he gets back on the field.feedback

Mar 12 2017

We all know he is a real difference-maker. We don't have him. So that means other guys have to take some responsibility.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Turnovers against a team that is this good in transition, or one or two situations where you are late or on the wrong side of a player, forget about it. You're going to eat it.feedback

Mar 12 2017

It's an away loss in the MLS. It's happened before. It gives us a chance to evaluate ourselves a little bit and pick ourselves up.feedback

Mar 12 2017

Do I think they are 4-0 better than us? No. They were today. The scoreline does not lie.feedback

Mar 10 2017

He's a guy that knows how to maneuver in the box and he can create space one [on] one. His hold-up play is good but can get better. His athleticism is good enough for this league.feedback

Mar 10 2017

And he's Costa Rican, so he plays with that 'Pura Vida' [pure life] that I love. Costa Rican players play with a very nice edge.feedback

Mar 10 2017

When we play these CONCACAF games, it's always a scouting opportunity. The prep work going into it, the game itself, reviewing video afterward.feedback

Mar 04 2017

It was a pretty gutsy performance from us and we defended more than we would've liked – or thought we would have [had to] against them. But from a defensive exercise, it was pretty impressive.feedback

Mar 04 2017

Nicky was fantastic. He was born for that position. He just needs to fine-tune some things. If we're a little bit better in the center of the park, he gets involved the attack more. Sean was great. I don't think he did much wrong all night.feedback

Mar 04 2017

Lucho would've certainly have helped, but he wasn't out there. Julian, for a while, was very good. He started to get a little fatigued [after an injury-plagued preseason]. He's a nice young player.feedback

Mar 03 2017

We made no secret, that the offseason was about keeping this group together and letting them grow.feedback

Mar 02 2017

If you get too many young guys out there it can be problematic, so you just got to find the balance. I'm very excited about this young group we have here.feedback

Mar 02 2017

Development is about throwing them into the game and letting the game teach them. On top of throwing them into the game, it's about giving them the trust to throw them back into the game after things didn't go well.feedback

Mar 02 2017

He is always going to have a good pulse of this team. He's going to be a positive influence in the locker room, whether he's starting or on the bench.feedback

Mar 02 2017

Bobby has led this team in an admirable way the last few years, but it is simply Steve's turn to take over that responsibility.feedback

Feb 05 2017

We dropped Ian (Harkes) flat next to Jared (Jeffrey) to clog up the passing lanes to Almiron and Asad, both of whom caused us fits all night. We were extremely efficient with how we countered in the first half and got back in the game. I thought the way we handled them in the second half, for the most part, was very disciplined. We could've hit them again a few more times on the counter in that second half.feedback

Feb 05 2017

Down the stretch, legs started to play into it; it was our first real hot game, and our guys had to dig in and defend the box.feedback

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