Ben Olsen

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Ben Olsen said : “My overwhelming emotion right now is that I have been incredibly fortunate to be associated with this great club for 22 years. No one gets that opportunity in professional sports, and I am so much richer for all the amazing experiences and relationships along the way. I will always be grateful,” External link

eagletribune Friday, October 9, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "It is now time for a change," External link

afp-en Friday, October 9, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "I spent the last 22 years waking up every morning thinking about how I could try to make this club better," "I definitely didn't get everything right, but I know I always gave everything I had to try to help this club achieve success... I'm very much looking forward to my next chapter" External link

afp-en Friday, October 9, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s tough to give up that many goals,” “It’s deflating. I don’t want to make excuses, but the guys certainly had a tough day” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think it was the right call,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We certainly have to get more out of both of them,” “And that’s partly my job and that’s partly the individual’s job. As our team grows, we will be able to make them excel in those certain areas” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Even though we’ve only been around him for a short amount of time, he’s a big part of our team already,” “He’s an older player that’s been around, and the guys have a lot of respect for him. He’s been a great teammate, he’s been a great guy for me to to have chats with on the side about our team ... because he’s a very bright guy. For him to come in and have that type of impact on our team, it’s a lot of fun as a coach to see. And I know he’s happy and his family is happy that he’s back after a long road with the injury” External link

forbes Monday, July 13, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “What his role is with us, that’s obviously what you saw today, one role,” “But he’s the type of talent that as he gets fitter and more ingrained in this group, he might be a guy that is now hard to take off the field” External link

forbes Monday, July 13, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We have to look at that, what we’re doing and what the players are doing,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:55:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "The second half, we were too anxious and didn't take care of the ball," "It ended up costing us energy and ultimately too many chances" External link

orlandosentinel Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "On the field, he needs to get available and strong and get that knee where it needs to be to help us on the field as a player, but he is also going to help us as a staff," "He will hopefully be a big brother to some people, and share his experience and knowledge" External link

orlandosentinel Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s definitely more fun shopping in the summer than in the winter, but there is always opportunity to tweak the roster,” “It’s tricky, but that’s why we have a GM who is very well-versed in this stuff, so I can worry about coaching” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s definitely more fun shopping in the summer than in the winter, but there is always opportunity to tweak the roster,” “It’s tricky, but that’s why we have a GM who is very well-versed in this stuff, so I can worry about coaching” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 6, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “If he comes back and is a full-time player and he is super-engaged and he is factoring in every week, it’s hard to put too much focus on the coaching staff,” “It will evolve. The priority is to get him back healthy and help this team on the field” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “can learn from us and we can learn from him,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We played him 45; he got through that,” “After a full week of training, he is going to be more than that [this weekend]. We are always evaluating it, whether it’s the data or just eyes on him and experience of knowing when a player is fading physically. We’ll use those two to monitor him” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:27:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Yamil is extremely motivated to get back into the squad,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:27:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "That is a good thing, but sometimes it halts them from mastering that spot or mastering some relationships," "We are slowly narrowing down where [Gressel] will fit in for us" External link

orlandosentinel Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "The goal is to get all of these guys back for the home opener," "Ideally, it is to get these guys back before so they can see minutes in what is always a crucial preseason game" External link

orlandosentinel Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is not here for his versatility,” “I’ve used that word a lot with some of our players, but he is not one of them” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We have all seen once he gets in the final third [of the field] and the options he gives you,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, January 24, 2020 1:05:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s going to be part of the preseason, figuring out who goes where and collectively where we are most effective,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think it’s a real healthy thing,” “The owners have been very supportive of what we want to do and the players we want to bring in” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “In the next couple weeks, you’ll know very clearly who our team is and what we are going to be about,” “We are not necessarily looking to the summer or two months from now to make this team whole. We are going to go for it” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s going to be part of the preseason, figuring out who goes where and collectively where we are most effective,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think it’s a real healthy thing,” “The owners have been very supportive of what we want to do and the players we want to bring in” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “In the next couple weeks, you’ll know very clearly who our team is and what we are going to be about,” “We are not necessarily looking to the summer or two months from now to make this team whole. We are going to go for it” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think he gave a lot to the organisation, he was a great teammate,” External link

thisisderbyshire Monday, October 21, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think he gave a lot to the organisation, he was a great teammate,” External link

derbytelegraph Monday, October 21, 2019 10:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He’s been a big plus for this club,” External link

tribune Friday, October 18, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He has been a good teammate and ambassador for the club,” “He is a very knowledgeable guy, whether it’s the locker-room dynamics or tactically. Picking his brain and discussing what we are doing internally, there’s always a lot of fruitful dialogue” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It just seems like that’s always the timing when you’re the coach,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ll prepare for them with Jozy,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Smell that Toronto air a little bit,” “It’s nice. It’s a little sharper, it’s a little colder up there” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s an impressive feat, and one that I am proud of,” “It’s hard to celebrate it right now because of the disappointment we won’t come back here and reward the fans” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been tough to beat on the road,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It got a little bit ridiculous,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s an impressive feat, and one that I am proud of,” “It’s hard to celebrate it right now because of the disappointment we won’t come back here and reward the fans” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 4:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been tough to beat on the road,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 4:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It got a little bit ridiculous,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 4:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s MLS, and no one is that good or that bad in this league,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Our sole focus is to win this game, and then we can move on,” “It’s everything to this group right now” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s MLS, and no one is that good or that bad in this league,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, October 4, 2019 11:31:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Our sole focus is to win this game, and then we can move on,” “It’s everything to this group right now” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, October 4, 2019 11:31:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The confidence wasn’t high enough that he was fully healed,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “That’s one side of it,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s great to see some joy at the other end,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I know it’s a little strange solidifying who you are this late in the season, but it’s been that type of season,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:05:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “That has been difficult for us to put together, that full performance,” “The last couple weeks we’ve put together good halves. … To sustain that is going to be critical if we are going to become a team that can raise silverware” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 23, 2019 7:04:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s nice to know we can be one of the better defensive teams in the league if we need to be in that structure, which is a little disrespected at times,” “There is an art to defending, and these guys put a lot of work in and made a lot of tactical decisions to solve problems and keep the ball out of the net” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everyone wants to talk about possession and how much attack [opponents] have,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen asked : “can we push the offensive side a little bit and find that balance?” “That’s the challenge we face” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s nice to know we can be one of the better defensive teams in the league if we need to be in that structure, which is a little disrespected at times,” “There is an art to defending, and these guys put a lot of work in and made a lot of tactical decisions to solve problems and keep the ball out of the net” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, September 20, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everyone wants to talk about possession and how much attack [opponents] have,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, September 20, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “can we push the offensive side a little bit and find that balance?” “That’s the challenge we face” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, September 20, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : ``Last year with the addition of the stadium, that brought a new energy to the fan base and community. Wayne doubled down on that and has energized the fan base, the team and the organization,'' External link

ahram-EN Friday, September 20, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : “Last year with the addition of the stadium, that brought a new energy to the fan base and community. Wayne doubled down on that and has energized the fan base, the team and the organization,” “He continues to be a big piece of this. He’s been a joy to manage so far and we’re looking forward to the little time we have left with him” External link

ChinaPost Friday, September 20, 2019 1:19:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We made that decision a few weeks ago where we said, ‘Okay, we have to drill down on who we are and who we are going to be,’ ” “It’s important to have a structure with the ball and without the ball that everyone is really well rehearsed in at this point in the season” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s not conclusive, and it should be conclusive,” “We have the ability and the technology is out there to make it conclusive. … Just got done [watching] U.S. Open tennis; they seem to have it down pretty well” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We made that decision a few weeks ago where we said, ‘Okay, we have to drill down on who we are and who we are going to be,’ ” “It’s important to have a structure with the ball and without the ball that everyone is really well-rehearsed in at this point in the season” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s not conclusive and it should be conclusive,” “We have the ability, and the technology is out there to make it conclusive. … Just got done [watching] U.S. Open tennis; they seem to have it down pretty well” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s nice to know you’ve got guys in the trenches willing to do what it takes to get results,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 16, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He comes with a lot of ideas,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:03:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Quincy Amarikwa ) : “That’s the minimum with Quincy,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:03:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Ola Kamara ) : “Ola, since he has come, has been sharp,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 10, 2019 11:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “A little bit of a puzzle, but it will probably be the best team we put forward for one of these friendlies because of the circumstances,” “We need the training session for some guys — meaning 30 minutes or 45 — and some guys need to get pushed and get real game time. There will be some 90-minute performances” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen added : “You go into the game scheduling the minutes, then the whistle blows and you have to adapt and still evaluate their fitness. If the data says they are fine, we will keep pushing them” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Russ was as good as anyone on the field,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 2, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We did not have a lot of time to work on it,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 2, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I wouldn’t want to say, ‘Yes, he is our starting right back,’ but I thought he did really well,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 2, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Nooo. These guys can beat me up” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We can say we were tired, but they also just kicked our ass,” “Some guys didn’t show up and maybe I didn’t prepare them the right way” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “There has been a lot going on in his world the last month and for him now to get these training sessions under his belt and try to sustain fitness and even get fitter over the next three, four weeks is important,” “So when we do come out of this, he is ready to be at his best. If he is not at his best — just like any other player on this field — we’re in trouble” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve got to have guys make sure they show up each game and play at the level that they can,” “We’ve got to finish off plays. I think there’s a group in there that can do it. But it’s got to happen soon” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “obviously with Wayne moving on, (Kamara) will be the primary No. 9” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Good movement, high energy, and he really understands how to get on the end of service,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “about scoring goals, movement and connecting the game,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve got a lot of options,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 16, 2019 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He understands who he is, he knows how to maneuver in the box,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 16, 2019 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “is available for selection like everybody else,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 16, 2019 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is still a part of this team and he is still going to play a big role in it,” “Tonight it was just a coach’s decision that on this game I didn’t choose him to be part of the group to have success. That doesn’t mean next weekend will be the same. We will evaluate each game and put the team out there we think can win” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, August 12, 2019 6:00:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Bodies were flying everywhere throughout the night. Just a lot of little plays that made the difference” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, August 12, 2019 6:00:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’re going to have a lot of interesting pieces and we’re going to have to figure out the best group and who we are going forward,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Whether we are in a 4-1-4-1, 4-2-3-1, 3-4-3, I can’t tell you right now,” “I can tell you we are doing a lot of work and figuring it out. And I can also tell you we’re not going to figure it out in the next week” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : “Because it’s Wayne, this whole thing [about him leaving] is amplified, but there are a lot of guys who might be going at the end of the year,” “This is what professional players do: You get back to work and play at the highest level you can” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I don’t know yet. This isn’t finished. His chapter here is not finished. . . . It’s his responsibility to finish his chapter in a way we know he can” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 2:55:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I don’t know yet. This isn’t finished. His chapter here is not finished. . . . It’s his responsibility to finish his chapter in a way we know he can” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : "There is no ill will toward Wayne from the club. It’s just a situation that he has decided is best for [him] and his family. It’s that simple to me" External link

irishmirror Tuesday, August 6, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “To fall back and grab something out of it when we are not at our best, when we aren’t really clicking, says something about the group,” “That’s the positive. The negative is, yeah, we’ve got to sharpen it up” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I don’t like losing like that; nobody does,” “It’s not a lot of fun, and you can write it off as they are a great team. But we are still competitors and you don’t like to eat that many goals. I don’t care if I am in my backyard with my children” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:18:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “They brought in some world-class players, and that coincides with us playing some guys — let’s be honest — who should not be set up to fail against an extremely talented team,” “That’s what happens. They don’t let you off the hook” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:18:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "It’s time to give him a mental and physical break," “There are signs of wear and tear, some little niggling things” External link

themirror Tuesday, July 23, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He has played almost every game and trains every day,” “He has been grinding along and just needs a physical break” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a good spot for him,” “He has the technical ability to really help us out on the offensive end and give great service. More times than not, it’s of great quality” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, July 21, 2019 4:18:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Chris Seitz ) : “It was Seitz’s turn to play,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 19, 2019 7:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’d like to put together a complete performance and I think the team would like to put together a complete performance,” “That has been a bit of an issue for us over the last two months, and that’s probably why we have so many ties” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Guys like [Rodriguez] have to fill some of that void,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s still disappointing we can’t get three points at home,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:44:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We were just a little unfamiliar with the structure we started the game in,” “Guys were a little timid in where they should be [defensively]. On the offensive side, we just didn’t make enough good passes and read what the game needed” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:44:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Proud they battled back and got something out of the game,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:44:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You see teams that, even if things are going okay, identify deficiencies and not be afraid to go,” “We’ll see if we can get something done” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 12, 2019 4:22:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We need to have a little more desperation and urgency about getting results in the way we had last year,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 12, 2019 4:22:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You see teams that, even if things are going okay, identify deficiencies and not be afraid to go,” “We’ll see if we can get something done” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We need to have a little more desperation and urgency about getting results in the way we had last year,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Earl has come back with a real energy about him and looks light and powerful,” “And I've seen guys also, for three weeks after they have their first child, look like s---. They look tired all the time” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Listen, neither [Stieber] or McCann were set up to succeed,” “They don’t have the minutes to be at their best. So that’s obviously part of it. That’s something you’d like to get them more minutes throughout the season to keep them sharp, and I haven’t been able to do that. So that’s on me because I pick the team sheet. But again, the second half, to grab something out of that game, it’s not the end of the world” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everybody’s missing a few players right now,” “And summer’s a whole different season. You’re never going to be at your best. You’ve got to find ways to get points and chug along” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Listen, neither [Stieber] or McCann were set up to succeed,” “They don’t have the minutes to be at their best. So that’s obviously part of it. That’s something you’d like to get them more minutes throughout the season to keep them sharp, and I haven’t been able to do that. So that’s on me because I pick the team sheet. But again, the second half, to grab something out of that game, it’s not the end of the world” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:19:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everybody’s missing a few players right now,” “And summer’s a whole different season. You’re never going to be at your best. You’ve got to find ways to get points and chug along” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:19:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Certainly, you’d like to get some fresh bodies on there, but you also want to continue with your best group,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, June 29, 2019 1:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “a piece or two here in the transfer window [which opens July 9] to really push us to the next level,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, June 29, 2019 1:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been able to amass a good amount of points, and we’re chugging along,” “We’ve shown a winning mentality … but we’ve got to get better. We have to look ourselves in the mirror and be realistic in that some of the way we’ve been playing lately over the last month or two, it’s not sustainable. We have to improve” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, June 29, 2019 1:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He just hits such a clean ball,” “He got good wood on it right away” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we weren’t able to secure the ball and dictate the game,” “So there’s a happy medium in there somewhere that we have to find if we’re going to go to where we want to go. It’s a good win. Don’t get me wrong. But we have to evolve” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m not surprised by anything he’s done here so far because I’ve had expectations,” “He seems to continue to be what we hoped he would be” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He just hits such a clean ball,” “He got good wood on it right away” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we weren’t able to secure the ball and dictate the game,” “So there’s a happy medium in there somewhere that we have to find if we’re going to go to where we want to go. It’s a good win, don’t get me wrong. But we have to evolve” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m not surprised by anything he’s done here so far because I’ve had expectations,” “He seems to continue to be what we hoped he would be” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “There were some moments where they looked comfortable, and there were some moments where they looked a little young and had some naive moments,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “added a real quality to the game,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You don’t want to lose and get out of any competition,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as we certainly want to advance and put the best team forward, we also have to be smart about how we push certain guys that aren’t 100 percent,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as we certainly want to advance and put the best team forward, we also have to be smart about how we push certain guys that aren’t 100 percent,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we didn’t go backwards with him,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “They just had a better mentality from the get-go, and then we got into the game, and it became important to us,” “But it took a little bit” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Some of the guys that haven't gotten a lot of minutes at this point in the season, it's good for them to get a run against quality opposition and then you see some young kids come in, kind of the next wave of players for the club,” “Then you have some Loudoun integration, so it was a good night. You don't like to lose 5-2, but you try to look past score and look at it as just a good night of soccer” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He’s just so comfortable in his own skin out there and the way he plays,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “For stretches of that game, we were asking for it,” “We did give ourselves a good chance -- a good start in the second half -- but again we fell apart in a quick minute or two” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Paul Arriola ) : “We wanted to get more passing in the center of the park. That’s a position Chris plays and we wanted to get Paul back to his natural position. It was in the plans going into the game and we still thought it was the move that would settle the game down. I’ll take that [blame], if we need to put that on somebody” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “When you have a lead on the road early in the second half,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We are going to have to adjust again,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “completely willing to come to Houston,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I feel bad because we wanted him to get that [Loudoun] game, but I’ve got to do what’s best for the first team,” “There is a scenario or two where I could use him” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It wasn’t genius; it wasn’t idiotic,” “It was just a matter of them coming in” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m sympathetic to the league scheduling issues and how difficult it is,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You have to look at these as a package and how you set yourself up to succeed in both games,” “There has been a lot of discussion the past two days on how to go about it. We came up with a plan. Will it work? We’ll see” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ll need a bunch of bodies to get through this,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everyone is super-excited about seeing him get back on the field,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen added : “He is such a great kid. He has handled this with such maturity” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m sympathetic to the league scheduling issues and how difficult it is,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You have to look at these as a package and how you set yourself up to succeed in both games,” “There has been a lot of discussion the past two days on how to go about it. We came up with a plan. Will it work? We’ll see” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ll need a bunch of bodies to get through this,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We had trouble breaking through their last barrier,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, May 13, 2019 7:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Making sure Chris is seeing minutes is something we think about,” “The tournament is important to U.S. soccer and to him personally. It usually works itself out. He was going to get his games, one way or another” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 11, 2019 4:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a night where those things go our way,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a night where those things go our way,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Absolutely. It’s an urgency you always have to have now in this league. That’s just the way the league is going. We’ve been able to manage the season so far and grab points, but at times we’ve gotten them the hard way” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Absolutely. It’s an urgency you always have to have now in this league. That’s just the way the league is going. We’ve been able to manage the season so far and grab points, but at times we’ve gotten them the hard way” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 7, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "I think that's what so great about Wayne," "He's not a guy that's different from day to day, or week to week, or season to season. He does what he does. He's a good teammate. He's engaged in the process. He's engaged with his teammates, it matters to him, he's competitive, he shows up whether it's in training or in games. And he makes plays. He's respected by the group. People want to know: Has he changed? It's been more of the same" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "One of our issues is we need to threaten the space behind so now we can free up Lucho and Wayne," "At times we put too much weight and responsibility on those two being our offensive production. Now we have to find ways to come out in other areas on the field, with other players and positions to be real threats that other teams have to deal with to free up what we think is a very good duo" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "We certainly view (Pedroso) as that type of player, that's his best spot on the field," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is in contention to play,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, May 3, 2019 11:47:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Training sessions have been a lot sharper just because we are adding back some quality into the group,” “With that, maybe guys are a little more on edge because of the competition for playing time. That is what you are looking for” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, May 3, 2019 11:47:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Not really, not if it isn’t an issue afterward. Things like that happen” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 29, 2019 2:11:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as I think I am a horticulturist, I don’t know how this stuff works,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:25:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as I think I am a horticulturist, I don’t know how this stuff works,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “probably his best game of the year as well” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The last couple days we had some good chats with each other about what makes us good and making sure we understand that just showing up for us is not good enough,” “We have to scratch; we have to give everything. I know it’s cliche, guys, but it’s real” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Donovan came into this year with higher expectations because of his gains and maturity,” “It doesn’t surprise me he has played a game for us at this point. And he has put himself in the conversation to get more games” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We knew he was going to be a potential starter for this team,” “When that is, I don’t know, but we certainly like what we’ve seen” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s one thing to put him on the bench and give him five, 10 minutes, but there’s maybe more value in getting 90 minutes with Loudoun,” “That will be the case probably more times than not. It’s still about development for him and, in some ways, Donovan as well. That is a balance we will have to find” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "is not at his best right now. Teams are doing a good job on him, as well. ... Now it’s about making the right decision, finding the next pocket, working that extra bit to find the game. Because everyone circles him, right? “Everyone knows he and Wayne are such a huge part of our attack. They obviously have to push and get there, but we also have to support them around the field so we don’t rely too heavily on them”. Rooney has also noticed the tactical challenges. “It’s up to us maybe to come up with new ideas and break teams down and get more on the ball,” he said, “because I don’t think either one of us [had] the ball enough today to build a connection”. After a successful formation change last week at Colorado, Olsen returned to the four-defender, five-midfielder arrangement that has carried his team since last summer. Chris Durkin retained a place in defensive midfield as Russell Canouse sat out with a minor injury. Paul Arriola, a natural midfielder, played on one corner of the back line, and Leonardo Jara returned from a shoulder injury. United, though, seemed out of sorts from the start, lacking rhythm in the attack and chasing the visitors, who identified space on the counterattack and generated several good looks in the first 20 minutes. “Defensively we need to be better,” center back Steve Birnbaum said. “They could have had a couple more on us”. United’s best chance of the half was Rooney’s header, set up marvelously by Acosta, that streaked over the crossbar. New York City took a deserved lead when Heber worked the left side of the box and supplied Mitrita for a 13-yard shot that appeared to take a slight deflection before beating Hamid to the far corner. The damage could have been worse, but in stoppage time, after Jara conceded an unnecessary foul tracking Anton Tinnerholm, Maxi Moralez stung a penalty kick off the right post. Early in the second half, a moment after the left post thwarted Moralez’s bid, New York City extended the lead. Ronald Matarrita floated a delicious ball over the defense to Heber, who, from an angle, tagged a rasping one-timer under Hamid. “It hasn’t been great the last three games at home," External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 22, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Last week was a little more out of necessity than tactical, but it’s nice to have that flexibility,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “What it allows for now is just that increased depth and guys you know you can rely on,” “It also builds a little team spirit and a little competition, which is always healthy as well” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Lucho still wants to be a great player for this team,” “Showing up [Saturday] was a good start in getting him back to where we know he can be” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Marriott ) : “I’ve gone through hundreds of hotel pens,” “This one, it’s a beautiful, bedside, run-of-the-mill Marriott pen. With a clicker. I like clickers. I have arthritis in my thumb from clicking pens. It’s a nervous habit during games” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “it was hard to enjoy even the wins you were amassing because everything was a must-win. For me, what moment stood out last year was when we made the playoffs. You could actually enjoy and breathe for a second. The pen was the backdrop” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “A bunch of crazy options for me,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Throughout the course of a season, we are going to have injuries and suspensions, and everybody has to stay in it,” “We had the luxury for a while of not living in that world and we took advantage of it. And so now we have to take advantage of these games where our depth is being tested” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s important to learn that, just because you are at home, just because you are in the comforts of Audi Field, the game is not just going to come easy and we’re going to dominate teams,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:50:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Our pulse was wrong from the get-go,” “That part is concerning. I will look to myself first because you prepare all week tactically . . . but it’s also still about some of the old-school sayings that you have to show up every game and play with a certain edge and certain desperation” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:50:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I am not concerned about the pace,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:50:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Games are going to come fast and furious over the next month — injuries and suspensions, it’s all going to pile up,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, April 5, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is a little bit of a different profile than Joseph. In some ways that can bolster us and make us better in some areas, and maybe we’ll have to change some of our positioning. . . . We were very pleased when we were able to secure Chris [in preseason]. It was for moments like this” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, April 3, 2019 12:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Days like this come around, and there is a winning spirit about the group,” “We have guys who can make plays. Hopefully we can grow from it, take some lessons. Lessons are easier with three points” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 1, 2019 6:02:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “There are a few scenarios, none of them that great,” “We’ll check with the docs tonight. It’s a shame” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 1, 2019 6:02:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “In some ways, signing Griffin without Loudoun doesn’t make a lot of sense,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 29, 2019 3:34:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been lucky. We’ve been injury-free and we have had a lot of time between games,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The game is the teacher. The games are what are going to make these guys respond,” “Ultimately, they need to see the field and stay engaged. They will, because we are going to need a good 18, 19 players over the next two months to make sure we are successful” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It was a mature second half in the way we went about it,” “The tempo was right and obviously we finished off a few plays” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:14:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The important thing is we got another shutout, and we continue to not lose games,” “This is not an easy place to come and grab something” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, March 11, 2019 3:22:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Most of the guys have played there and know what to expect,” “The focus has to be so high because things happen quickly and mistakes happen. You can’t get frustrated. Because of the circumstances, it’s not going to be perfect” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:32:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Most of the guys have played there and know what to expect,” “The focus has to be so high because things happen quickly and mistakes happen. You can’t get frustrated. Because of the circumstances, it’s not going to be perfect” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, March 9, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I sense there is a higher expectation on this team, and I am completely okay with that,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 3, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “More of the same in that he is a really well-respected player on the field and in the dressing room. He continues to be about the right things. Leaders are hard to come by nowadays in the game of soccer. He is a very good one” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 27, 2019 3:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You never want to be too dramatic about preseason games . . . but it’s a good little wake-up call for us,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a good little problem we have,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Chris Seitz ) : “Oh, that’s up in the air. We know what Chris is about; he’s been around long enough that we know his qualities. Earl doesn’t have as many games as Seitz — and he needs games — but he is also a young goalkeeper with potential to be a starter in this league” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “They are doing well. It’s a great experience for them,” “These camps are long, the intensity is high and training sessions keep coming. They have been able to hang in there, and technically they are very good young players. They aren’t out of their league physically or with some of the tactical issues and focus; that’s why it’s so great to see them with us” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a hard thing to go back to school once you turn pro,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:16:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is a very bright kid,” “He has done a good job managing soccer and education” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:16:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He’s a tough guy. He’ll be fine. It’s a bruise. It wasn’t a twist or anything. It will be a day or two, then he’ll be okay” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He was a real bright spot in the first half,” “Now he needs to understand what we need out of him to become a little more dangerous” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as a disappointment as [PSG] is for him, he loves the game of soccer,” External link

themirror Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I will sit down with him, have a chat, see where his head is,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, February 1, 2019 8:14:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I believe he is in Paris, somewhere off the Seine” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:24:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You can tell, he has already fit in,” “It instantly gives you a family within the family” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Every time I checked in with him,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:48:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We wish him the best of luck. He was a great player for us in a short amount of time. We’d like to thank him for his services” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:00:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we’re still working on it,” “Nothing is imminent . . . We return quite a few guys and we’re in pretty good shape” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:19:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "We'll take a picture of [his knee] on Monday," External link

dcist Monday, September 26, 2016 9:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "Obviously I'm disappointed to go out of this tournament, especially this early, but the guys gave me everything they had," External link

dcist Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:52:00 PM EAT



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Ben Olsen said : “My overwhelming emotion right now is that I have been incredibly fortunate to be associated with this great club for 22 years. No one gets that opportunity in professional sports, and I am so much richer for all the amazing experiences and relationships along the way. I will always be grateful,” External link

eagletribune Friday, October 9, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "It is now time for a change," External link

afp-en Friday, October 9, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "I spent the last 22 years waking up every morning thinking about how I could try to make this club better," "I definitely didn't get everything right, but I know I always gave everything I had to try to help this club achieve success... I'm very much looking forward to my next chapter" External link

afp-en Friday, October 9, 2020 1:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s tough to give up that many goals,” “It’s deflating. I don’t want to make excuses, but the guys certainly had a tough day” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think it was the right call,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We certainly have to get more out of both of them,” “And that’s partly my job and that’s partly the individual’s job. As our team grows, we will be able to make them excel in those certain areas” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 22, 2020 9:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Even though we’ve only been around him for a short amount of time, he’s a big part of our team already,” “He’s an older player that’s been around, and the guys have a lot of respect for him. He’s been a great teammate, he’s been a great guy for me to to have chats with on the side about our team ... because he’s a very bright guy. For him to come in and have that type of impact on our team, it’s a lot of fun as a coach to see. And I know he’s happy and his family is happy that he’s back after a long road with the injury” External link

forbes Monday, July 13, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “What his role is with us, that’s obviously what you saw today, one role,” “But he’s the type of talent that as he gets fitter and more ingrained in this group, he might be a guy that is now hard to take off the field” External link

forbes Monday, July 13, 2020 8:33:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We have to look at that, what we’re doing and what the players are doing,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:55:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "The second half, we were too anxious and didn't take care of the ball," "It ended up costing us energy and ultimately too many chances" External link

orlandosentinel Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "On the field, he needs to get available and strong and get that knee where it needs to be to help us on the field as a player, but he is also going to help us as a staff," "He will hopefully be a big brother to some people, and share his experience and knowledge" External link

orlandosentinel Saturday, March 7, 2020 10:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s definitely more fun shopping in the summer than in the winter, but there is always opportunity to tweak the roster,” “It’s tricky, but that’s why we have a GM who is very well-versed in this stuff, so I can worry about coaching” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s definitely more fun shopping in the summer than in the winter, but there is always opportunity to tweak the roster,” “It’s tricky, but that’s why we have a GM who is very well-versed in this stuff, so I can worry about coaching” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 6, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “If he comes back and is a full-time player and he is super-engaged and he is factoring in every week, it’s hard to put too much focus on the coaching staff,” “It will evolve. The priority is to get him back healthy and help this team on the field” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “can learn from us and we can learn from him,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12:48:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We played him 45; he got through that,” “After a full week of training, he is going to be more than that [this weekend]. We are always evaluating it, whether it’s the data or just eyes on him and experience of knowing when a player is fading physically. We’ll use those two to monitor him” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:27:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Yamil is extremely motivated to get back into the squad,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:27:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "That is a good thing, but sometimes it halts them from mastering that spot or mastering some relationships," "We are slowly narrowing down where [Gressel] will fit in for us" External link

orlandosentinel Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "The goal is to get all of these guys back for the home opener," "Ideally, it is to get these guys back before so they can see minutes in what is always a crucial preseason game" External link

orlandosentinel Thursday, February 13, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is not here for his versatility,” “I’ve used that word a lot with some of our players, but he is not one of them” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 29, 2020 7:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We have all seen once he gets in the final third [of the field] and the options he gives you,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, January 24, 2020 1:05:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s going to be part of the preseason, figuring out who goes where and collectively where we are most effective,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think it’s a real healthy thing,” “The owners have been very supportive of what we want to do and the players we want to bring in” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “In the next couple weeks, you’ll know very clearly who our team is and what we are going to be about,” “We are not necessarily looking to the summer or two months from now to make this team whole. We are going to go for it” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:52:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s going to be part of the preseason, figuring out who goes where and collectively where we are most effective,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think it’s a real healthy thing,” “The owners have been very supportive of what we want to do and the players we want to bring in” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “In the next couple weeks, you’ll know very clearly who our team is and what we are going to be about,” “We are not necessarily looking to the summer or two months from now to make this team whole. We are going to go for it” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think he gave a lot to the organisation, he was a great teammate,” External link

thisisderbyshire Monday, October 21, 2019 10:39:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I think he gave a lot to the organisation, he was a great teammate,” External link

derbytelegraph Monday, October 21, 2019 10:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He’s been a big plus for this club,” External link

tribune Friday, October 18, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He has been a good teammate and ambassador for the club,” “He is a very knowledgeable guy, whether it’s the locker-room dynamics or tactically. Picking his brain and discussing what we are doing internally, there’s always a lot of fruitful dialogue” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It just seems like that’s always the timing when you’re the coach,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ll prepare for them with Jozy,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Smell that Toronto air a little bit,” “It’s nice. It’s a little sharper, it’s a little colder up there” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s an impressive feat, and one that I am proud of,” “It’s hard to celebrate it right now because of the disappointment we won’t come back here and reward the fans” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been tough to beat on the road,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It got a little bit ridiculous,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 7:01:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s an impressive feat, and one that I am proud of,” “It’s hard to celebrate it right now because of the disappointment we won’t come back here and reward the fans” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 4:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been tough to beat on the road,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 4:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It got a little bit ridiculous,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, October 7, 2019 4:37:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s MLS, and no one is that good or that bad in this league,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Our sole focus is to win this game, and then we can move on,” “It’s everything to this group right now” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, October 6, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s MLS, and no one is that good or that bad in this league,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, October 4, 2019 11:31:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Our sole focus is to win this game, and then we can move on,” “It’s everything to this group right now” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, October 4, 2019 11:31:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The confidence wasn’t high enough that he was fully healed,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “That’s one side of it,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s great to see some joy at the other end,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, September 28, 2019 4:49:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I know it’s a little strange solidifying who you are this late in the season, but it’s been that type of season,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, September 25, 2019 11:05:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “That has been difficult for us to put together, that full performance,” “The last couple weeks we’ve put together good halves. … To sustain that is going to be critical if we are going to become a team that can raise silverware” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 23, 2019 7:04:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s nice to know we can be one of the better defensive teams in the league if we need to be in that structure, which is a little disrespected at times,” “There is an art to defending, and these guys put a lot of work in and made a lot of tactical decisions to solve problems and keep the ball out of the net” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everyone wants to talk about possession and how much attack [opponents] have,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen asked : “can we push the offensive side a little bit and find that balance?” “That’s the challenge we face” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 22, 2019 2:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s nice to know we can be one of the better defensive teams in the league if we need to be in that structure, which is a little disrespected at times,” “There is an art to defending, and these guys put a lot of work in and made a lot of tactical decisions to solve problems and keep the ball out of the net” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, September 20, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everyone wants to talk about possession and how much attack [opponents] have,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, September 20, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “can we push the offensive side a little bit and find that balance?” “That’s the challenge we face” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, September 20, 2019 11:02:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : ``Last year with the addition of the stadium, that brought a new energy to the fan base and community. Wayne doubled down on that and has energized the fan base, the team and the organization,'' External link

ahram-EN Friday, September 20, 2019 2:01:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : “Last year with the addition of the stadium, that brought a new energy to the fan base and community. Wayne doubled down on that and has energized the fan base, the team and the organization,” “He continues to be a big piece of this. He’s been a joy to manage so far and we’re looking forward to the little time we have left with him” External link

ChinaPost Friday, September 20, 2019 1:19:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We made that decision a few weeks ago where we said, ‘Okay, we have to drill down on who we are and who we are going to be,’ ” “It’s important to have a structure with the ball and without the ball that everyone is really well rehearsed in at this point in the season” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s not conclusive, and it should be conclusive,” “We have the ability and the technology is out there to make it conclusive. … Just got done [watching] U.S. Open tennis; they seem to have it down pretty well” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, September 19, 2019 3:23:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We made that decision a few weeks ago where we said, ‘Okay, we have to drill down on who we are and who we are going to be,’ ” “It’s important to have a structure with the ball and without the ball that everyone is really well-rehearsed in at this point in the season” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s not conclusive and it should be conclusive,” “We have the ability, and the technology is out there to make it conclusive. … Just got done [watching] U.S. Open tennis; they seem to have it down pretty well” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, September 18, 2019 11:49:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s nice to know you’ve got guys in the trenches willing to do what it takes to get results,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 16, 2019 3:30:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He comes with a lot of ideas,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:03:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Quincy Amarikwa ) : “That’s the minimum with Quincy,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:03:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Ola Kamara ) : “Ola, since he has come, has been sharp,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 10, 2019 11:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “A little bit of a puzzle, but it will probably be the best team we put forward for one of these friendlies because of the circumstances,” “We need the training session for some guys — meaning 30 minutes or 45 — and some guys need to get pushed and get real game time. There will be some 90-minute performances” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen added : “You go into the game scheduling the minutes, then the whistle blows and you have to adapt and still evaluate their fitness. If the data says they are fine, we will keep pushing them” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Russ was as good as anyone on the field,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 2, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We did not have a lot of time to work on it,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 2, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I wouldn’t want to say, ‘Yes, he is our starting right back,’ but I thought he did really well,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, September 2, 2019 1:36:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Nooo. These guys can beat me up” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We can say we were tired, but they also just kicked our ass,” “Some guys didn’t show up and maybe I didn’t prepare them the right way” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “There has been a lot going on in his world the last month and for him now to get these training sessions under his belt and try to sustain fitness and even get fitter over the next three, four weeks is important,” “So when we do come out of this, he is ready to be at his best. If he is not at his best — just like any other player on this field — we’re in trouble” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve got to have guys make sure they show up each game and play at the level that they can,” “We’ve got to finish off plays. I think there’s a group in there that can do it. But it’s got to happen soon” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:16:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “obviously with Wayne moving on, (Kamara) will be the primary No. 9” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Good movement, high energy, and he really understands how to get on the end of service,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “about scoring goals, movement and connecting the game,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve got a lot of options,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 16, 2019 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He understands who he is, he knows how to maneuver in the box,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 16, 2019 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “is available for selection like everybody else,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, August 16, 2019 11:18:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is still a part of this team and he is still going to play a big role in it,” “Tonight it was just a coach’s decision that on this game I didn’t choose him to be part of the group to have success. That doesn’t mean next weekend will be the same. We will evaluate each game and put the team out there we think can win” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, August 12, 2019 6:00:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Bodies were flying everywhere throughout the night. Just a lot of little plays that made the difference” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, August 12, 2019 6:00:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’re going to have a lot of interesting pieces and we’re going to have to figure out the best group and who we are going forward,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Whether we are in a 4-1-4-1, 4-2-3-1, 3-4-3, I can’t tell you right now,” “I can tell you we are doing a lot of work and figuring it out. And I can also tell you we’re not going to figure it out in the next week” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : “Because it’s Wayne, this whole thing [about him leaving] is amplified, but there are a lot of guys who might be going at the end of the year,” “This is what professional players do: You get back to work and play at the highest level you can” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I don’t know yet. This isn’t finished. His chapter here is not finished. . . . It’s his responsibility to finish his chapter in a way we know he can” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, August 7, 2019 2:55:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I don’t know yet. This isn’t finished. His chapter here is not finished. . . . It’s his responsibility to finish his chapter in a way we know he can” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, August 6, 2019 11:21:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Wayne Rooney ) : "There is no ill will toward Wayne from the club. It’s just a situation that he has decided is best for [him] and his family. It’s that simple to me" External link

irishmirror Tuesday, August 6, 2019 11:13:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “To fall back and grab something out of it when we are not at our best, when we aren’t really clicking, says something about the group,” “That’s the positive. The negative is, yeah, we’ve got to sharpen it up” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, July 28, 2019 6:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I don’t like losing like that; nobody does,” “It’s not a lot of fun, and you can write it off as they are a great team. But we are still competitors and you don’t like to eat that many goals. I don’t care if I am in my backyard with my children” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:18:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “They brought in some world-class players, and that coincides with us playing some guys — let’s be honest — who should not be set up to fail against an extremely talented team,” “That’s what happens. They don’t let you off the hook” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 25, 2019 8:18:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "It’s time to give him a mental and physical break," “There are signs of wear and tear, some little niggling things” External link

themirror Tuesday, July 23, 2019 4:58:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He has played almost every game and trains every day,” “He has been grinding along and just needs a physical break” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, July 21, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a good spot for him,” “He has the technical ability to really help us out on the offensive end and give great service. More times than not, it’s of great quality” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, July 21, 2019 4:18:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Chris Seitz ) : “It was Seitz’s turn to play,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 19, 2019 7:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’d like to put together a complete performance and I think the team would like to put together a complete performance,” “That has been a bit of an issue for us over the last two months, and that’s probably why we have so many ties” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Guys like [Rodriguez] have to fill some of that void,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 17, 2019 10:11:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s still disappointing we can’t get three points at home,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:44:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We were just a little unfamiliar with the structure we started the game in,” “Guys were a little timid in where they should be [defensively]. On the offensive side, we just didn’t make enough good passes and read what the game needed” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:44:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Proud they battled back and got something out of the game,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:44:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You see teams that, even if things are going okay, identify deficiencies and not be afraid to go,” “We’ll see if we can get something done” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 12, 2019 4:22:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We need to have a little more desperation and urgency about getting results in the way we had last year,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, July 12, 2019 4:22:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You see teams that, even if things are going okay, identify deficiencies and not be afraid to go,” “We’ll see if we can get something done” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We need to have a little more desperation and urgency about getting results in the way we had last year,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Earl has come back with a real energy about him and looks light and powerful,” “And I've seen guys also, for three weeks after they have their first child, look like s---. They look tired all the time” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, July 3, 2019 3:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Listen, neither [Stieber] or McCann were set up to succeed,” “They don’t have the minutes to be at their best. So that’s obviously part of it. That’s something you’d like to get them more minutes throughout the season to keep them sharp, and I haven’t been able to do that. So that’s on me because I pick the team sheet. But again, the second half, to grab something out of that game, it’s not the end of the world” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everybody’s missing a few players right now,” “And summer’s a whole different season. You’re never going to be at your best. You’ve got to find ways to get points and chug along” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 10:12:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Listen, neither [Stieber] or McCann were set up to succeed,” “They don’t have the minutes to be at their best. So that’s obviously part of it. That’s something you’d like to get them more minutes throughout the season to keep them sharp, and I haven’t been able to do that. So that’s on me because I pick the team sheet. But again, the second half, to grab something out of that game, it’s not the end of the world” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:19:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everybody’s missing a few players right now,” “And summer’s a whole different season. You’re never going to be at your best. You’ve got to find ways to get points and chug along” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:19:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Certainly, you’d like to get some fresh bodies on there, but you also want to continue with your best group,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, June 29, 2019 1:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “a piece or two here in the transfer window [which opens July 9] to really push us to the next level,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, June 29, 2019 1:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been able to amass a good amount of points, and we’re chugging along,” “We’ve shown a winning mentality … but we’ve got to get better. We have to look ourselves in the mirror and be realistic in that some of the way we’ve been playing lately over the last month or two, it’s not sustainable. We have to improve” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, June 29, 2019 1:42:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He just hits such a clean ball,” “He got good wood on it right away” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we weren’t able to secure the ball and dictate the game,” “So there’s a happy medium in there somewhere that we have to find if we’re going to go to where we want to go. It’s a good win. Don’t get me wrong. But we have to evolve” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m not surprised by anything he’s done here so far because I’ve had expectations,” “He seems to continue to be what we hoped he would be” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 8:54:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He just hits such a clean ball,” “He got good wood on it right away” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we weren’t able to secure the ball and dictate the game,” “So there’s a happy medium in there somewhere that we have to find if we’re going to go to where we want to go. It’s a good win, don’t get me wrong. But we have to evolve” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m not surprised by anything he’s done here so far because I’ve had expectations,” “He seems to continue to be what we hoped he would be” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 27, 2019 6:56:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “There were some moments where they looked comfortable, and there were some moments where they looked a little young and had some naive moments,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “added a real quality to the game,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You don’t want to lose and get out of any competition,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 20, 2019 6:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as we certainly want to advance and put the best team forward, we also have to be smart about how we push certain guys that aren’t 100 percent,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as we certainly want to advance and put the best team forward, we also have to be smart about how we push certain guys that aren’t 100 percent,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, June 18, 2019 7:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we didn’t go backwards with him,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “They just had a better mentality from the get-go, and then we got into the game, and it became important to us,” “But it took a little bit” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:35:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Some of the guys that haven't gotten a lot of minutes at this point in the season, it's good for them to get a run against quality opposition and then you see some young kids come in, kind of the next wave of players for the club,” “Then you have some Loudoun integration, so it was a good night. You don't like to lose 5-2, but you try to look past score and look at it as just a good night of soccer” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He’s just so comfortable in his own skin out there and the way he plays,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 23, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “For stretches of that game, we were asking for it,” “We did give ourselves a good chance -- a good start in the second half -- but again we fell apart in a quick minute or two” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Paul Arriola ) : “We wanted to get more passing in the center of the park. That’s a position Chris plays and we wanted to get Paul back to his natural position. It was in the plans going into the game and we still thought it was the move that would settle the game down. I’ll take that [blame], if we need to put that on somebody” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “When you have a lead on the road early in the second half,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, May 19, 2019 6:59:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We are going to have to adjust again,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “completely willing to come to Houston,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I feel bad because we wanted him to get that [Loudoun] game, but I’ve got to do what’s best for the first team,” “There is a scenario or two where I could use him” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It wasn’t genius; it wasn’t idiotic,” “It was just a matter of them coming in” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 18, 2019 1:29:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m sympathetic to the league scheduling issues and how difficult it is,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You have to look at these as a package and how you set yourself up to succeed in both games,” “There has been a lot of discussion the past two days on how to go about it. We came up with a plan. Will it work? We’ll see” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ll need a bunch of bodies to get through this,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 15, 2019 3:26:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Everyone is super-excited about seeing him get back on the field,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen added : “He is such a great kid. He has handled this with such maturity” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I’m sympathetic to the league scheduling issues and how difficult it is,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You have to look at these as a package and how you set yourself up to succeed in both games,” “There has been a lot of discussion the past two days on how to go about it. We came up with a plan. Will it work? We’ll see” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ll need a bunch of bodies to get through this,” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 14, 2019 11:09:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We had trouble breaking through their last barrier,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, May 13, 2019 7:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Making sure Chris is seeing minutes is something we think about,” “The tournament is important to U.S. soccer and to him personally. It usually works itself out. He was going to get his games, one way or another” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, May 11, 2019 4:10:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a night where those things go our way,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:27:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a night where those things go our way,” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, May 9, 2019 8:26:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Absolutely. It’s an urgency you always have to have now in this league. That’s just the way the league is going. We’ve been able to manage the season so far and grab points, but at times we’ve gotten them the hard way” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:53:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Absolutely. It’s an urgency you always have to have now in this league. That’s just the way the league is going. We’ve been able to manage the season so far and grab points, but at times we’ve gotten them the hard way” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, May 7, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "I think that's what so great about Wayne," "He's not a guy that's different from day to day, or week to week, or season to season. He does what he does. He's a good teammate. He's engaged in the process. He's engaged with his teammates, it matters to him, he's competitive, he shows up whether it's in training or in games. And he makes plays. He's respected by the group. People want to know: Has he changed? It's been more of the same" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "One of our issues is we need to threaten the space behind so now we can free up Lucho and Wayne," "At times we put too much weight and responsibility on those two being our offensive production. Now we have to find ways to come out in other areas on the field, with other players and positions to be real threats that other teams have to deal with to free up what we think is a very good duo" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "We certainly view (Pedroso) as that type of player, that's his best spot on the field," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, May 6, 2019 12:45:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is in contention to play,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, May 3, 2019 11:47:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Training sessions have been a lot sharper just because we are adding back some quality into the group,” “With that, maybe guys are a little more on edge because of the competition for playing time. That is what you are looking for” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, May 3, 2019 11:47:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Not really, not if it isn’t an issue afterward. Things like that happen” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 29, 2019 2:11:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as I think I am a horticulturist, I don’t know how this stuff works,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 28, 2019 2:25:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as I think I am a horticulturist, I don’t know how this stuff works,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:04:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “probably his best game of the year as well” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The last couple days we had some good chats with each other about what makes us good and making sure we understand that just showing up for us is not good enough,” “We have to scratch; we have to give everything. I know it’s cliche, guys, but it’s real” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:34:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Donovan came into this year with higher expectations because of his gains and maturity,” “It doesn’t surprise me he has played a game for us at this point. And he has put himself in the conversation to get more games” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We knew he was going to be a potential starter for this team,” “When that is, I don’t know, but we certainly like what we’ve seen” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s one thing to put him on the bench and give him five, 10 minutes, but there’s maybe more value in getting 90 minutes with Loudoun,” “That will be the case probably more times than not. It’s still about development for him and, in some ways, Donovan as well. That is a balance we will have to find” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:28:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "is not at his best right now. Teams are doing a good job on him, as well. ... Now it’s about making the right decision, finding the next pocket, working that extra bit to find the game. Because everyone circles him, right? “Everyone knows he and Wayne are such a huge part of our attack. They obviously have to push and get there, but we also have to support them around the field so we don’t rely too heavily on them”. Rooney has also noticed the tactical challenges. “It’s up to us maybe to come up with new ideas and break teams down and get more on the ball,” he said, “because I don’t think either one of us [had] the ball enough today to build a connection”. After a successful formation change last week at Colorado, Olsen returned to the four-defender, five-midfielder arrangement that has carried his team since last summer. Chris Durkin retained a place in defensive midfield as Russell Canouse sat out with a minor injury. Paul Arriola, a natural midfielder, played on one corner of the back line, and Leonardo Jara returned from a shoulder injury. United, though, seemed out of sorts from the start, lacking rhythm in the attack and chasing the visitors, who identified space on the counterattack and generated several good looks in the first 20 minutes. “Defensively we need to be better,” center back Steve Birnbaum said. “They could have had a couple more on us”. United’s best chance of the half was Rooney’s header, set up marvelously by Acosta, that streaked over the crossbar. New York City took a deserved lead when Heber worked the left side of the box and supplied Mitrita for a 13-yard shot that appeared to take a slight deflection before beating Hamid to the far corner. The damage could have been worse, but in stoppage time, after Jara conceded an unnecessary foul tracking Anton Tinnerholm, Maxi Moralez stung a penalty kick off the right post. Early in the second half, a moment after the left post thwarted Moralez’s bid, New York City extended the lead. Ronald Matarrita floated a delicious ball over the defense to Heber, who, from an angle, tagged a rasping one-timer under Hamid. “It hasn’t been great the last three games at home," External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 22, 2019 3:25:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Last week was a little more out of necessity than tactical, but it’s nice to have that flexibility,” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:52:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “What it allows for now is just that increased depth and guys you know you can rely on,” “It also builds a little team spirit and a little competition, which is always healthy as well” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Lucho still wants to be a great player for this team,” “Showing up [Saturday] was a good start in getting him back to where we know he can be” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 14, 2019 10:08:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Marriott ) : “I’ve gone through hundreds of hotel pens,” “This one, it’s a beautiful, bedside, run-of-the-mill Marriott pen. With a clicker. I like clickers. I have arthritis in my thumb from clicking pens. It’s a nervous habit during games” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “it was hard to enjoy even the wins you were amassing because everything was a must-win. For me, what moment stood out last year was when we made the playoffs. You could actually enjoy and breathe for a second. The pen was the backdrop” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:00:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “A bunch of crazy options for me,” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Throughout the course of a season, we are going to have injuries and suspensions, and everybody has to stay in it,” “We had the luxury for a while of not living in that world and we took advantage of it. And so now we have to take advantage of these games where our depth is being tested” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 8, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s important to learn that, just because you are at home, just because you are in the comforts of Audi Field, the game is not just going to come easy and we’re going to dominate teams,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:50:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Our pulse was wrong from the get-go,” “That part is concerning. I will look to myself first because you prepare all week tactically . . . but it’s also still about some of the old-school sayings that you have to show up every game and play with a certain edge and certain desperation” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:50:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I am not concerned about the pace,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:50:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Games are going to come fast and furious over the next month — injuries and suspensions, it’s all going to pile up,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, April 5, 2019 10:15:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is a little bit of a different profile than Joseph. In some ways that can bolster us and make us better in some areas, and maybe we’ll have to change some of our positioning. . . . We were very pleased when we were able to secure Chris [in preseason]. It was for moments like this” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, April 3, 2019 12:08:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Days like this come around, and there is a winning spirit about the group,” “We have guys who can make plays. Hopefully we can grow from it, take some lessons. Lessons are easier with three points” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 1, 2019 6:02:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “There are a few scenarios, none of them that great,” “We’ll check with the docs tonight. It’s a shame” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, April 1, 2019 6:02:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “In some ways, signing Griffin without Loudoun doesn’t make a lot of sense,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 29, 2019 3:34:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We’ve been lucky. We’ve been injury-free and we have had a lot of time between games,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The game is the teacher. The games are what are going to make these guys respond,” “Ultimately, they need to see the field and stay engaged. They will, because we are going to need a good 18, 19 players over the next two months to make sure we are successful” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, March 27, 2019 2:49:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It was a mature second half in the way we went about it,” “The tempo was right and obviously we finished off a few plays” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 17, 2019 7:14:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “The important thing is we got another shutout, and we continue to not lose games,” “This is not an easy place to come and grab something” External link

WashingtonPost Monday, March 11, 2019 3:22:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Most of the guys have played there and know what to expect,” “The focus has to be so high because things happen quickly and mistakes happen. You can’t get frustrated. Because of the circumstances, it’s not going to be perfect” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 10, 2019 3:32:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Most of the guys have played there and know what to expect,” “The focus has to be so high because things happen quickly and mistakes happen. You can’t get frustrated. Because of the circumstances, it’s not going to be perfect” External link

WashingtonPost Saturday, March 9, 2019 6:01:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I sense there is a higher expectation on this team, and I am completely okay with that,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, March 3, 2019 1:02:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “More of the same in that he is a really well-respected player on the field and in the dressing room. He continues to be about the right things. Leaders are hard to come by nowadays in the game of soccer. He is a very good one” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 27, 2019 3:57:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You never want to be too dramatic about preseason games . . . but it’s a good little wake-up call for us,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 24, 2019 11:34:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a good little problem we have,” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said ( about Chris Seitz ) : “Oh, that’s up in the air. We know what Chris is about; he’s been around long enough that we know his qualities. Earl doesn’t have as many games as Seitz — and he needs games — but he is also a young goalkeeper with potential to be a starter in this league” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “They are doing well. It’s a great experience for them,” “These camps are long, the intensity is high and training sessions keep coming. They have been able to hang in there, and technically they are very good young players. They aren’t out of their league physically or with some of the tactical issues and focus; that’s why it’s so great to see them with us” External link

WashingtonPost Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:40:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “It’s a hard thing to go back to school once you turn pro,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:16:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He is a very bright kid,” “He has done a good job managing soccer and education” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 8:16:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He’s a tough guy. He’ll be fine. It’s a bruise. It wasn’t a twist or anything. It will be a day or two, then he’ll be okay” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “He was a real bright spot in the first half,” “Now he needs to understand what we need out of him to become a little more dangerous” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, February 3, 2019 12:13:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “As much as a disappointment as [PSG] is for him, he loves the game of soccer,” External link

themirror Saturday, February 2, 2019 10:53:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I will sit down with him, have a chat, see where his head is,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, February 1, 2019 8:14:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “I believe he is in Paris, somewhere off the Seine” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, January 31, 2019 10:24:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “You can tell, he has already fit in,” “It instantly gives you a family within the family” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, January 31, 2019 2:12:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “Every time I checked in with him,” External link

WashingtonPost Sunday, January 27, 2019 9:48:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “We wish him the best of luck. He was a great player for us in a short amount of time. We’d like to thank him for his services” External link

WashingtonPost Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:00:00 AM EAT

Ben Olsen said : “we’re still working on it,” “Nothing is imminent . . . We return quite a few guys and we’re in pretty good shape” External link

WashingtonPost Tuesday, January 15, 2019 11:19:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "We'll take a picture of [his knee] on Monday," External link

dcist Monday, September 26, 2016 9:46:00 PM EAT

Ben Olsen said : "Obviously I'm disappointed to go out of this tournament, especially this early, but the guys gave me everything they had," External link

dcist Thursday, June 16, 2016 7:52:00 PM EAT



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