WASHINGTON — D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen was not happy with his team's effort on Saturday night, and he wasn't shy letting them know about it.
DCU gave up a 13th minute goal to Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla and never recovered, allowing a Montreal Impact side with just one victory on the season going in to record a relatively straightforward 1-0 away win.
In his post-match press conference, Olsen made it clear that he found his side's performance to be less than optimal.
"I thought the whole first half was brutal," Olsen said. "We were full of sh*t. We looked like posers. We looked like we thought it was going to be an easy day at the office and I think we didn't have enough courage and we didn't have enough soccer.
"And when you don't have enough of those, a team can come in this building and do what they did in the first half."
United had been on a bit of a mini-run after a rough start, reeling off a 3-1-1 record in its previous five matches to right the ship. But another slow start doomed DCU on Saturday.
For the third game in a row, United gave up a goal within the first 13 minutes of a game. Olsen has certainly taken note of the trend, and seems like he's ready to make a change or two heading into next week's match against Philadelphia.
"The second half, I thought we responded, but it's easy to respond," Olsen said. "I'm looking for guys who from the whistle can understand what it takes to win in this league. and it's not by being late and not up to speed and not good enough on the ball.
DCU midfielder Jared Jeffrey, who was beaten too easily on Tabla's goal, echoed the thoughts of his manager.
"We just came out soft and we gave up a soft goal and they're obviously very good when they can just get comfortable sitting in and countering," Jeffrey said. "It's all of us, I don't think anybody really came with it."
It may have just been an early-season match in a league where more than half the teams make the postseason, but Olsen laid down a marker on Saturday. How his team responds moving forward will say plenty about its makeup.
"It seemed like the game meant more to them than to us, and that's unacceptable," Olsen said.