Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
DC United head coach Ben Olsen will have to explain more than a loss to his owners after Week 18. He lost more than a match Saturday night.
According to MLS’ official website, Olsen was livid following DC’s 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps:
It’s a joke. We get the same clown show every weekend. 'They all even out, they all even out.' [Expletive]. They don’t even out. Not this year they haven’t. Again, nobody wants to hear the coach in last place complaining about the referees. Nobody wants to hear that. But I’ve got a group of men in there that have fought their tails off today. And they’re gutted, because I asked them to give me everything this week...I pushed guys to the limit with three games and the [US Open Cup], and they gave it to me today. They gave me everything they had. And the joker in the middle did not do a good job. He failed those guys. He failed the guys in the locker room, my guys that put their heart out there...Explanation? They don’t have to explain I do. To my owners, why I lost another game.
There are a pair of calls responsible for Olsen's outburst.
A challenge from goalkeeper Bill Hamid forced referee Mathew Foerster to point to the spot in the 47th minute. Coach Olsen was looking for a karmic response in the third minute of stoppage time.
A ball headed toward goal grazed the left arm of defender Brad Rusin. But there was no intent from Rusin and no call was made.
As a result, United dropped to 2-7-1 at home this season.
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