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Soccer Insider – D.C. United rewind: 3-1 loss to Houston Dynamo


Almost 11 minutes of added time? Yes, it’s true. (In the past four days, Houston has played about 18 minutes of second-half stoppage time.)

Both coaches ejected for apparently shaking hands? Uh, we think so.

Andy Najar adding to his rookie of the year portfolio? Oh yes.

More D.C. United goalkeeping misadventures and an own goal? But of course.

A DCU loss, its 18th, to tie the single-season club record? Sigh.

For a match between the worst clubs in MLS (actually, with the victory, the Dynamo passed Chivas USA), it was an eventful evening along the banks of the mighty Anacostia.

United seemed on pace for a victory against the fading Dynamo, which played Wednesday in Kansas City. But unfinished opportunities and the weekly breakdowns led to another loss. When Houston drew level in the 66th minute, “That’s when the game changed, the here-we-go-again thing, the guys putting their heads down,” Santino Quaranta said. “It’s the same story all year.”

The early version of my match report is available here (and should update with the complete story soon). Video highlights are available here.

For Ben Olsen’s postgame comments…..

On the strange sideline events that led to the ejection of Olsen and Dominic Kinnear: “I kind of gave him a head’s up, apologizing for the tackle. It was a bad tackle. We went to shake hands. He came over towards me to shake hands, so I got thrown out. That’s what happens when you shake hands.”

Did you say something to the fourth official?

“After he threw me out, yeah.”

The fourth official told you to go?

“You have to ask them, but they should have press conferences. I think that we should institute referees having press conferences.”

United President Kevin Payne: “It’s a travesty they were ejected — ejected for sportsmanship.”

I requested an official explanation from referee Alex Prus. In a written response, he cited “irresponsible behavior for leaving the technical area.”

In your opinion, where does Najar rate compared to past young players to come through D.C. United?

“Number One.”

Asked about Najar’s poise and temperament at such a young age, Olsen said: “A kid like Andy could step into a World Cup venue and play the way he plays. He just doesn’t care where he is. He loves to play the game and he plays it in the proper way, and not just the goals — all the other little stuff, the way he tackles, the way he runs up and down the field. It’s wonderful to watch.”

Did you feel pretty good about the way the match was unfolding with the lead in the second half?

“With the season we have had, I don’t think I am feeling pretty comfortable at any moment in a game, especially with the lack of concentration we have had over a 90-minute span. It’s getting old, it’s getting really old. We let each other down again. I don’t know what else to tell you.”

Goalkeeper Troy Perkins had been showing some promising signs since returning to the starting lineup. Do you hold him responsible tonight?

“I am not going to get into bashing players. As a group, we let each other down.”

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By Steve Goff  | September 25, 2010; 11:20 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United, MLS  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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