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D.C. United hit a new low in loss to Houston

May 8, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

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The first goal allowed was ominous. The second was outright symbolic. The combination of the two, scored in front of an RFK crowd announced at 10,116 but speculated as much less, told us everything we needed to know. D.C. United was about to reach a new low.

After Wendnesday’s 4-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo, it’s difficult to imagine things getting much worse. Six months ago, D.C. United was in the Eastern Conference finals. Now they’re last in the East with four points in 10 games – a team playing so poorly that goals like this (the aforementioned second of the night) are now possible:

It’s almost as is 2012 never happened. This is pre-Ben Olsen United right here. Or maybe they’re worse. How many times did D.C., as bad as they were then, lose 4-0 at home? How many times did D.C. have both the leagues worst attack and worst defense, distinctions they hold after Wednesday’s result?

How can this get any worse?

Houston opened the scoring early through Will Bruin, with terrible D.C. defending allowing the Dynamo number nine to go in alone on goal. Barnes would add his goal 12 minutes later, and in the second half, Bruin and Andrew Driver pushed Houston’s total to four. Houston’s Dancing Bear finished the night with two goals and two assists.

D.C.’s was the type of performance that makes you wonder when the ax is going to fall. It may fall on Ben Olsen. It may fall on some of the players. It may fall on whomever gets blamed for this collection of talent. But 10 games into a season that carried high expectations, it’s clear something is broken in D.C. And after losing 4-0 at home, it appears things are only getting worse.

MSG broadcaster and NASL legend Shep Messing, broadcasting the Red Bull-Impact game when he saw the United score, had this blunt assessment:

That’s an organization in disarray. They’re in a downward spiral. Ben Olsen’s the one on the hot seat, but they’re all culpable.

  1. dubdiz12 - May 9, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Overpaying for mediocre players. Constant injuries. Our Designated Players outside of DeRo are a joke and even he has started looking old since the second half of last season. I’d like to see the MLS work to spread some of the top end talent out rather than immediately shipping these guys to LA and NY. Somehow I feel like this will all land on Ben Olsen and it shouldn’t.

    • talgrath - May 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      Anyone can pony up the way LA, NY and other big market teams have to get star players like they do. The fact of the matter is that DC United has made terrible choices in the drafts and in trades, this should fall on the general manager and not Ben Olsen. Ben Olsen has done very well with what he has been given, but until DC United is willing to pay and pay smartly for the right talent, they will continue to fail.

  2. jdvalk - May 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Ownership’s misspent and unspent resources lie at the heart of this, and they better not ax Olsen for their handiwork if they want anyone to be lobbying on their behalf in city council meetings for a publicly funded stadium for them.

  3. pensfan603 - May 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Ill be honest, i think the problem is a mix between 2 things, a young core, and a bad coach. When you look at this team you have players like the Rafeals, and such that are young and inexpierenced and it will take them time to learn, but on the other hand, how idiotic do you ahve to be to run a 4-5-1 where the 1 is Leonard Pajoy, who at 35 never has been a great goal scorer, you cant just blame the GM, he has to be consulting olsen before he makes the moves, god awful, and when you look at their draft it hasnt been terrible its just they dont use use their talent and skill. Look at defense they have good players, its just under olsen these players seem like they dont care, and look out of place and just dont know what they are doing, im sorry but olsen is running this team into the ground its time he leaves.

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