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D.C. coach calls it Eddie Johnson’s best game

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on June 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm with No Comments »
June 28, 2014 7:55 pm

Here is some of what D.C. United had to say (although nothing from Eddie Johnson) tonight after their 1-0 home loss to the Sounders:

D.C. United Head Coach Ben Olsen
On the World Cup break affecting the team’s performance

You can contribute [the poor result] to anything you want, but that was the reality tonight. Individually, I thought that was Eddie’s best game. I thought it was a good night and it’s a tough game sometimes when a final product isn’t good enough on the night and they sneak a goal. They had two shots, and one off frame but sometimes that’s all you need.

On playing without Fabian Espindola
Yes, I would like Fabi on the field, but I like our group. We can score goals without Fabi. We’ve had a lot of guys contribute in some form or fashion. Have we relied maybe too heavily on him? Yeah, absolutely, but we’ll be okay. We’ll score goals. I think tonight it was just the last moment that let us down.

On Steve Birnbaum’s performance
I thought he was good. For a rookie, stepping in here and doing what he is doing in a crucial spot on the field is pretty impressive. He’s everything we thought he was going to be, and he’s filled in nicely for [Jeff] Parke.

On Luis and Eddie Johnson’s chemistry up front
I thought everybody played fine. Some of the buildups were very good. They created a lot of opportunities. I think we were in their attacking third quite a number of times and the final ball wasn’t there.

D.C. United Defender Bobby Boswell
On thoughts about the performance

I just thought we kind of knew it was going to be one of those, if we can score the early goal we can control the pace of the game. And, unfortunately, they scored the first goal. It was just one of those nights where it wouldn’t go in. I thought we took the game to them for a good stretch of it, but anytime we play at home we play to win. And to lose, in my opinion, is a bit unacceptable and we kind of thought that.

On playing without Fabian Espindola
Yeah, I mean you can’t replace a guy like that. You know, there is a reason he has done so well in the League, because that is how he drives. But, you can make the argument that they were missing guys too. It is not about who wasn’t there, it was more about who was and we just couldn’t get it done tonight. We had a big opportunity tonight. It’s better to play at home than at Seattle, but we couldn’t get the win.

D.C. United Midfielder Chris Rolfe
On working with Silva

I think Luis has done a great job stepping in there. Obviously, he is a bit different than Fabi, he isn’t going to drift like Fabi does. It is going to take time to kind of get used to his movements, or his positioning.

On having several chances
You know, I thought we had a lot of good ideas tonight. Our final touch in and around the box just wasn’t good. I don’t know why that was the case, unless we were all just anxious from not having a game in a while. Again, we created a lot of chances, we just didn’t finish them.

D.C. United Midfielder Nick DeLeon
On both teams performance

You need to get goals to win. But, there were a lot of positives in today’s game so it’s alright. We came out unlucky and couldn’t get the goal. They had one chance, one goal, unlucky for us. We will get back after it against Toronto next weekend.

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