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Olsen's roster includes few gray hairs.
All that youthful talent is a great asset for forward-thinking D.C. fans. However, it also means the kids are now dealing with very adult pressures of playoff soccer.
That side of their youthfulness was on full display in the first leg.
Hamid visually tracks a soft header and plans his jump to make the elevated keeper snag. He gets bumped while jumping. No problem. In that instance, if the keeper cannot get both hands on the ball, he just palms it over the crossbar.
Hamid tried to bring it down, on his goal line, one handed, while still off balance from the initial bump.
Right back Andy Najar gets caught on the wrong side of a New York counter. The Red Bulls were in the clear with what looked like the making of a dangerous three-on-three break. Najar, from behind, tracks down the ball carrier and fouls him. It was a smart foul.
The yellow comes out. Najar's smarts go away. He throws the ball at the referee. The yellow becomes red.
While not quite as young as the above mentioned teammates, Chris Pontius is only 25. Much like and even more so than Hamid and Najar, Pontius has been a D.C. standout this season. With a New York handball in the box on Nov. 3, it was Pontius who lined up to take the penalty.
The only way for Pontius to telegraph this kick more would have been to pull a Babe Ruth and point to the bottom, left corner. Pontius hit his target, but Red Bull keeper Luis Robles by virtue of knowing which way to dive had as easy a save as any keeper could hope for on a penalty kick that otherwise would have gone in.
Not many gems here for Olsen to use in the second leg. Backe, however, now has the luxury of facing a D.C. team without Najar, who provides solid defense and dangerous attack support up the right side.