I will touch on D.C. United’s temperament and composure in the formal story for the print edition (available online this evening), but for now.....
*Chris Korb, on the exchange with teammate Brandon McDonald that was caught on camera near the end of the chaotic Philadelphia match Sunday:
“Obviously the end of the game was heated and everyone was on edge. We were barking at each other but it’s over in five minutes, once we are in the locker room. Obviously, we’ve got to take care of that a little better, but it kind of got blown out of proportion. We talked it over in the locker room – two minutes and it’s over with, back to normal. It happens all the time in practice, it happens all the time in games, and you’ve just got to work your way through it, and that’s what we did.”
*Chris Pontius, on the aftermath of the testy draw with the Union:
“When I got home, I’m sitting there, it’s one of those things, you feel like you lost the game and yet we still got a point out of it. These are the times when you want those quick turnarounds, where you can put that game behind and hopefully got off to a good note against Chicago” Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.
*Coach Ben Olsen, on integrating newcomer Lionard Pajoy, who seems likely to start up front again Wednesday:
“It’s going to take a while. That relationship needs to grow over months, and I am sure we will have to speed it up and do a lot more film with him and the others, but overall he showed a lot of what we want out of him – running in behind, work rate, held the ball up in the right way and let others come into attack. He needs maybe to simplify his game a little bit, but he also has a nose for the goal, and you saw that in the box, he finds a way to get something on it.”
*Pontius, on the Fire, which has won three straight: “They are a team that is hitting a bit of a stride. Attacking wise, they are very good. They have smart soccer players who can make things happen. We’ve got to be aware of that, but on the other side, I think at times they can get a little complacent and hopefully we can exploit some of those spaces.”
*Conor Shanosky, the Potomac Falls High graduate who signed a homegrown contract with United two years ago instead of attending George Mason University, was named NASL defensive player of the week. Shanosky, 20, is a 6-foot-4 center back who has started 22 of 23 matches while on season-long loan to the second-division Fort Lauderdale Strikers (8-8-7), who have five league matches remaining followed by the playoffs.
*United is awaiting an update on Brazilian central midfielder Raphael Augusto’s visa status. A normal timetable would lead to approval by this week. Augusto, 21, will join the club on loan from Fluminense.
*Olsen, on whether anyone gave him money to help offset a possible MLS fine for comments he made after Sunday’s match:
“Nobody gave me %$#%,” he said, with a smile. “No money. You [media] printed it, you should be the one that give me some checks. ... I’ll expense it.”