Apr 28, 2011

United fall to New England 2-3 in U.S. Open Cup play in match

In front of a "home crowd" at the Maryland SoccerPlex, D.C. United was unable to keep alive it's streak of playing in the U.S. Open Cup. United has played in every U.S. Open Cup since 2002 a tournament the Black and Red have won twice.

“I think we certainly showed more than [the Revolution] did in the first 50 to 60 minutes,” DC head coach Ben Olsen said Tuesday night. “It wasn’t great, I don’t think either team was great, but we certainly had the ball. We just didn’t simplify things and move the ball side-to-side and just find the open man.”

Ben Olsen must surely be starting to worry about Uniteds' back line following the last two losses.

“I think in the second half we played very good,” he said postgame. “We scored two goals and found our game. A lot of games we have problems in defense – they scored so easy against us – we must be more stronger in defense.”

One good sign for D.C. United is a possible return to the defense by defender Jed Zayner.

“[My] body feels great — just a little rusty with the feet, the movement,” he said. “Feeling pretty fit and ready to go 90 minutes. It’s all up to Ben [Olsen].”

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