As Ben Olsen admitted, “nobody wants to hear the coach in last place complain about the referees.”
Nevertheless, we hear it tonight.
The DC United manager was absolutely livid in his postmatch presser following a 1-0 loss to Vancouver at home.
In a rant that sounded like a release of months worth of restraint, Olsen said his squad was “gutted” following the penalty given to Vancouver for Bill Hamid’s apparent foul on Matt Watson. Hamid at first got both hands on the ball to knock it away, and then tripped Watson on the follow-through.
According to Olsen, he asked everything from his squad in his seventh match of the month, and the “joker in the middle” – that would be referee Matthew Foerster – “failed those guys.”
Olsen praised Hamid’s play, and then pointed to a non-call in stoppage time where a handball in the Vancouver box was not given as a penalty.
Following his rant, Olsen was asked if he received an explanation from the referee, which he laughed off before saying “they don’t have to explain. I do. I have to explain to my owners why I lost another game.”
If you want to hear the full postmatch rant, you can click here. WARNING hide your kids before clicking, it’s not exactly kosher language.
Interestingly enough, former U.S. international and current ESPN soccer commentator Alexi Lalas defended the penalty call, saying he thinks Hamid still fouled Watson whether he got the ball or not:
Arsenal put on a superb performance against Manchester United today, flying out to a three-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes of the match.
[ RECAP: Arsenal 3-0 Manchester United ]
United was stunned by the fast-paced, free-flowing Arsenal attack, unable to recover from the Gunners’ early dominance.
All of this came on the heels of a disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the Champions League, after which many questioned manager Arsene Wenger and his side.
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Following the big 3-0 win at the Emirates, Wenger praised his team’s spirit, saying there were outstanding performances throughout the side.
You go from Petr Cech up to Theo Walcott, and we had only outstanding performances. Sometimes we have that magic side in our game.
[Against Olympiacos] maybe we lacked a little bit of urgency and discipline, and that’s why we lost the game. But let’s not forget, last Saturday we won 5-2 at Leicester. Today we beat Man United 3-0.
[The players] have shown that we have an outstanding spirit in the squad. To respond the way we did after what happened to us, you need to have an exceptional spirit.
The Gunners’ performance today immediately silenced all the critics, as Wenger’s side put out on a display that many have been waiting for all season. The combination play of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott was brilliant, as Santi Cazorla continued to impress in the center of the midfield.
Wenger’s teams have not always been known to show strong heart and resiliency, but that’s exactly what they showed today against a Manchester United side that was in great form. Now sitting second on the table, Arsenal continues to climb up the Premier League.
The game in 100 words (or less): FC Dallas clinched a playoff spot and completed the season sweep over their in-state rivals, defeating the Houston Dynamo 3-1 tonight at Toyota Stadium. Dallas won all three meetings between the two clubs, outscoring Houston 10-2 in the process. David Texeira scored a brace for the home side today, who sit atop the Western Conference, tied with the Galaxy on points. Houston remains three points behind Portland and San Jose for the final playoff spot in the West. Raul Rodriguez picked up a late red card for the Dynamo, and will be suspended for the rest of the season.
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Three moments that mattered
25′ — Mauro Diaz penalty puts Dallas ahead — Rasheed Olabiyi took down the shifty Fabian Catillo in the box, giving FC Dallas a penalty kick. Mauro Diaz stepped up to the spot and slotted it home, giving the home side a lead.
51′ — Texeira scores on a long-range strike — Ricardo Clark had drawn Houston level in the first half, but David Texeira put Dallas back ahead right after the break. Texeira picked up the ball about 25 yards out and rifled a shot off the crossbar and in, a beautiful strike from Uruguayan.
53′ — Acosta wastes no time to make it 3-1 — Immediately after Texeira had given Dallas the lead, Kellyn Acosta scored to make it 3-1. Fabian Castillo rolled a pass into the box, where Acosta buried it into the top corner.
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Man of the match: David Texeira
Goalscorers: Diaz (PEN, 25′), Clark (36′). Texeira (51′, 90’+3′), Acosta (53′)
Red card: Rodriguez (89′)