It’s always enjoyable to get reaction from D.C. United after a big international match, especially a U.S. game like Wednesday’s historic 1-0 win at Mexico. The balance between straight fandom and purely objective analysis is refreshing and honest.
Here’s what United coach Ben Olsen had to say about the game: “In retrospect, you think, ‘I can’t believe we haven’t won there before. Once you break that seal, you’re like, ‘25 tries,’ you think you would’ve done that before. But it’s always a tough place to play. Even from a club standpoint it’s tough to go down there, and to break that is a big deal. To have that off our back as a country is a big deal in CONCACAF.”
Olsen certainly sounds more and more like a veteran coach these days. Perry Kitchen, meanwhile, is a player who one day could have the chance to wear a U.S. jersey in a setting like Estadio Azteca, should his career progress upward. But while he took in the movement and work from fellow MLS central midfielder Kyle Beckerman, he didn’t let it detract from his enjoyment and appreciation of the game itself.
“A great result,” Kitchen said. “I think that’s incredible that we haven’t been able to get a result there in 75 years. It’s great for this country, especially since Mexico has had great recent success at the youth tournaments. I think as far as the overall play, I think we showed great, great heart and great determination. Saying that, I think Mexico had the better of the possession. But they didn’t create too many chances, minus the one that Chicharito missed on header. Timmy Howard coming out with two huge saves, we can expect that as fans. But overall as an American player and as an American fan, it was great to see.”