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D.C. United rewind: 4-1 loss at Houston

The 2011 season is beginning to look, feel and sound like 2010.

The crestfallen expressions in the locker room.

The coach questioning the commitment of the players.

The shambolic state of the defense.

The goals conceded on set pieces (and throw-ins!).

The overreliance on inexperienced players.

The misguided international signings.

The long-term injuries.

True, D.C. United has played just seven matches, leaving 27 on the calendar. The next three are at home. The attack is capable of scoring multiple goals. But Ben Olsen, who has preached patience with his renewed roster, is becoming increasingly exasperated. And the front office is going to have to re-assess the personnel ahead of the summer transfer window.

“Youth is one thing, mistakes are one thing, but when you are young, the one thing you can do is show up and fight,” Olsen said. “I can live with some mistakes, but I cannot live with the lack of commitment, the lack of aggression.”

For more details about Branko Boskovic’s knee injury, some colorful quotes and the scoring details, read my match report.

For the video package, click here.

On Twitter, goalkeeper Bill Hamid wrote: “Another terrible performance... It’s early in the season... Bear with us... Currently taking a look in the mirror”

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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