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United look inward after falling 3-1 to Houston

Houston Dynamo knocked in three goals in less than 20 minutes to end in a 3-1 victory over D.C. United Saturday.

Just six minutes into the match, Houston forward Andrew Wenger headed in a corner from midfielder Alex Monteiro de Lima. None of the goals were particularly extraordinary, but they got the job done for Houston.

The Dynamo just had to sit and hold the ball for the next 45 minutes. And that’s exactly what they did.

“We were not ready to start the game,” Olsen said. “When that happens I look at myself and take some of the blame.”

Only one team in MLS history has come back from a 3-0 deficit and won, and that happened just last week when the Seattle Sounders made a 4-3 comeback against United.

To say United is having a rough week is an understatement. After cross country travel, two multiple-goal losses and last place in the East, United now look inward for some soul searching.

“Players need to look in the mirror, myself included, and realize that no one has a guaranteed spot on this team,” defender Bobby Boswell said. “You have to earn it everyday.”

Boswell scored United’s only goal of the night, heading a pass from midfielder Lloyd Sam into the back of the net.

The center-back’s goal came in the 62nd minute, which was not ample time for the Black-and-Red to stage a comeback. Boswell’s goal was one of the few bright spots for United.

The other positive came in the form of United’s most versatile players, midfielder and defender Nick DeLeon. DeLeon returned to the pitch for the first time in over three months after recovering from back surgery.

“[DeLeon] is fearless.He doesn’t blink no matter who he plays against or what position he plays,” Olsen said. “We need more guys like him.”

DeLeon immediately showed his energy when he entered the game at halftime.

“[Olsen] told me to bring a spark,” DeLeon said. “Whether my touch is good, whether my touch is bad, whether my shot is on, whether my shot is off, it doesn’t matter. [I] can always bring the energy and [I] can always play with that spark. I can always find a way to play with that fire.”

DeLeon’s coach is confident that the team will be back stronger next week. Olsen went as far as to say next week’s lineup will be “the best lineup of the year.”

United have a week of training before heading to Minnesota in a match that puts the two lowest-ranked teams on each coast, United and Minnesota United, against each other.

“They say, ‘On good teams, coaches hold players accountable. On great teams, players hold players accountable,’” Boswell said. “We have to figure it out as a team or we will die individually.”

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Emily Olsen is the D.C. United beat reporter for The Left Bench. She has also covered basketball recruiting. Emily dreams of one day traveling the world reporting on the Olympics and World Cups. In her off time, Emily enjoys coloring outside the lines.
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Emily Olsen is the D.C. United beat reporter for The Left Bench. She has also covered basketball recruiting. Emily dreams of one day traveling the world reporting on the Olympics and World Cups. In her off time, Emily enjoys coloring outside the lines.