*Dwayne De Rosario, on D.C. United’s pursuit of its first winning streak of the MLS season when it faces the Philadelphia Union on Thursday at PPL Park (ESPN2): “It’s been a roller-coaster, definitely — up and down, up and down, up and down. I know we’ve been saying this a lot this year, but if we come out with the same mentality [as Saturday] we should be fine. We can’t let the magnitude of the game get in our heads. We just have to approach it as two teams fighting for the playoffs and get into the same mental state.”
*DeRo, on the busy calendar: “To be honest, I like when the games are fast and furious — Wednesday-Saturday, Wednesday-Saturday. Because when you are out here training for the whole week, sometimes it’s long days. I like it when the games, you’re in and out, in and out, sharp training sessions, and before you know it, you’re preparing for the next match.”
*Chris Pontius is on crutches, recovering from a broken leg, but that didn’t stop him from driving the team golf cart around the field and hopping on the stationary bike for some exercise. He still will need two months before he could return (MLS Cup?!). Pontius’s brother Tim, a DCU front office intern this summer, scored for UC Santa Barbara over the weekend against Sacramento State.
*Coach Ben Olsen, on Ethan White, who has started in place of Dejan Jakovic in central defense: “We’ve asked a lot of Ethan in his first year, but overall, it’s been pretty good. He has his moments where he looks like a young defender ... because he’s a young defender. So this is to be expected. If you told me Ethan would have this many games [18 starts] when we got him in the offseason, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. He is a physical guy, great attitude, always willing to push his fitness and his mind to learn the game. He’s been a pleasant surprise.”
*Jakovic (hamstring) worked out on the side and doesn’t seem on course to play in either match this week. He is officially listed as questionable.
*Olsen, on trying yet again to win consecutive games: “It’s got to change at some point and hopefully it’s this Thursday. It’s a great night to fix that stat so you guys don’t have to ask me about it anymore.”
*Highlight of half-field training: Conor Shanosky scoring from an improbable angle to the far top corner, and seconds later going the other way, Andy Najar setting up Santino Quaranta for a one-time finish. Later, Joseph Ngwenya juked Quaranta and Kurt Morsink into a collision and then struck a shot into the far side. Practice, only practice.
*Changes in United’s TV schedule: Sunday’s match at Columbus has been moved from Comcast SportsNet to Comcast SportsNet Plus. (CSN will carry the Redskins’ postgame show.) United’s finale Oct. 22 vs. Sporting Kansas City will also appear on CSN Plus. (CSN will show the Capitals-Red Wings game.) The only remaining match with no TV coverage is Oct. 15 vs. Chicago.
*Breaking news, Olsen likes DCU’s supporters: “I appreciate the atmosphere they put on the other night. We haven’t given them much to celebrate at home. It was really refreshing to give them a real game that we could reward them for coming out. And we’re going to need them down that home stretch for three games.”