On Tuesday morning, D.C. United announced Ben Olsen had been elected to the Hall of Tradition, an honor saluting revered former players. For all practical purposes, the club could’ve unveiled Olsen’s selection three weeks ago when online balloting began.
With all due respect to finalists Tony Sanneh and Carlos Llamosa, this contest wasn’t going to be close. It wasn’t. Olsen received 81 percent of the votes to join John Harkes, Marco Etcheverry, Jeff Agoos, Raul Diaz Arce, Eddie Pope and Richie Williams with a banner on the south wall at RFK Stadium.
The induction ceremony is set for Sept. 15 before the home match against the New England Revolution.
“His service to our club has always been exemplary, and he’s now writing a new chapter in our club’s history as our coach,” United President Kevin Payne said. “He remains the heart and soul of our team.”
*The club returned to work at RFK after traveling home from Houston on Monday. Defender Emiliano Dudar, who missed the trip to Texas because of a family issue, was present.
United was scheduled to welcome a special guest to training: New York Mets outfielder Andres Torres, a 10-year major league veteran. [Photo here.] He is from Puerto Rico and a soccer fan. The Mets are in town for a three-game series with the Washington Nationals, starting tonight. No word if a Nats player will show up at a future Red Bulls practice.
*United has posted shutouts in two of the past four matches. In between, however, it has conceded three to the New York Red Bulls and four to the Houston Dynamo. Sunday’s defensive performance was DCU’s poorest since a 5-3 loss at San Jose on May 2. The four-goal margin was the largest since a 4-0 defeat at home against New York in April 2011.
*Awaiting an update on right back Robbie Russell’s injured left foot but don’t expect him to play Saturday at Columbus.
* After Bill Hamid was sent off, Joe Willis had only a moment or two to prepare for Brad Davis’s penalty kick. Willis guessed correctly and nearly got his hands on the effort, thanks in part to advice from goalkeepers coach Pat Onstad, Davis’s former teammate.
“I came close, I didn’t actually touch it,” Willis said. “I had seen him put it there a few times before. Pat knows him well and he told me that’s where he usually goes. I just didn’t leave early enough.”
With Hamid suspended, Willis is expected to start this weekend. Andrew Dykstra, the third-choice keeper who has been sent on loan to third-division Charleston numerous times this season, becomes the back up.