MLS Opening Weekend
MLS is back and D.C United will be a team to watch this year. Rooney is with the team and on a mission to bring the MLS Cup title back to the capital. For their first match, D.C. United had to face the 2018 MLS Cup champions. They muzzled the defending champions and their star forward Josef Martinez.
D.C. coach Olsen was very pleased about the result:
I’m pleased with the overall performance. I was happy with how we started and the timing of the goals were big. It was a mature performance from us but you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt with the schedule they have. In this league, teams need to take advantage of that and I think we did that for the most part tonight.”
Forward Wayne Rooney added:
“I think we performed really well. I think a lot gets made about the preseason… the important thing for us was the fitness work which we can improve on from last year in the start of the season.
We worked hard all preseason and fitness levels were good. Once you’re back here at Audi Field, the crowd behind you, we put performances in… the Montreal game was a good game for us as players, coaching staff… we responded really well tonight.”
Much work to be done for Atlanta United
For his first MLS game in charge of Atlanta United, the Dutch former international Frank De Boer knows everyone in the League will want to beat the defending champions. They are still trying to figuring out their identity as he commented. They also had to play in Costa Rica in the Concacaf Champions League with no much rest in between games:
“You can also listen to the players and it’s the first home game and it is only two days rest we have to see how the players are feeling. Sometimes you have to make those choices but that is why we have the roster that we do.
I saw that everyone was fighting until the last second to get good results it means we are in good health.”