Ben Olsen's D.C. United ran into trouble in the form of a confident New England Revolution side. In spite of Charlie Davies converting a spot kick in the 90th minute, it was too little too late, as D.C. lost 2-1.
"Overall, I think it began with our team," Olsen told DCUnited.com. "It wasn't good enough today. The way we started the game, it looked like we thought we had arrived because we had one game at home that we were fairly good.
"All week we preached about moving on, and making sure that the same energy and commitment that we had last week was there this weekend. That's what professionals do: they show up week in and week out. We didn't do our part in that manner."
When asked of Davies possibly graduating to the starting XI for the long haul, Olsen kept mum.
"We'll see," Olsen said. "[Josh Wolff] is struggling with a little hammy, but I had plans to bring in Charlie anyways. He's done well off the bench for us. He's done a very good job of being the guy off the bench for us.
"Will he be a starter for us eventually? That remains to be seen. But, his attitude, the energy he brings to this group has been fantastic."
"We've just got to play better," Davies said after the match. "We started the game off flat. We didn't come out with enough intensity. They beat us to a lot of balls.
"It's just a learning experience...better now than later. For the next game, we have to forget about this, but learn from it, and come out with much more intensity and much more will to win the next game."
Midfielder Chris Pontius was looking for excuses for D.C. lack of form on Saturday.
"Sometimes, I don't think it was our mentality, and I know everyone gets up for every game," Pontius said. "I just think we just didn't figure things out fast enough. They played three guys in the middle and they were able to control a lot of the game, dictate it.
"They beat us to second balls, which is huge. From there, we came in here and sorted it out at halftime. It's a big hill to climb: two goals down. Obviously, we are disappointed, but we've got to move on, we've got a big game at Colorado next week."
And with Colorado tied with Real Salt Lake for first place in the Western Conference, the situation won't get any easier for D.C.
Kickoff at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., is scheduled for Sunday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Galavision.