Seattle Sounders 2, D.C. United 0

The D.C. United formula in 2013:

1. Concede an early goal by …..

a.) Getting outpaced.

b.) Being in bad position.

c.) Breaking concentration.

d.) All of the above.

2. Fail to score because …..

a.) The last pass is not good enough.

b.) The finishing touch is terrible.

c.) There is no bonafide striker on the roster.

d.) All of the above.

3. Lament the defeat by citing …..

a.) Officiating.

b.) Injuries.

c.) Weak links in a few positions.

d.) All of the above.

4. Find encouragement by …..

a.) Praising the effort.

b.) Saying a few little things are preventing success.

c.) Suggesting help is on the way.

d.) All of the above.

Each predictably dour D.C. United outing offers choices. On Wednesday night, after a 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders, the answers were, in order, A, D, C and D.

United wasn’t terrible at CenturyLink Field. But they weren’t good either.

They’re slow — not just in the way they move but in their decision-making. They’re dull and predictable. They don’t create many scoring chances, and the few that do surface are mangled. (In 18 league matches, DCU has suffered 11 shutouts, scored one goal six times and two goals once — which came in a loss. Would United score against Tahiti?)

Through it all, Ben Olsen is undeterred.

“I still like a lot about this team. I am not blowing smoke.”

…..He said while visiting a state that last fall legalized the sale of pot.

There are plenty more locker room comments, as well as game details and roster notes, in my full match report.

Next league match: at Colorado Rapids on Sunday night (9:30 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet/DC).

Next match that means something: Aug. 7 at Chicago in U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

Video package from loss at Seattle:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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