WASHINGTON -- The frustration of a miserable season finally got to D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen.
Following his team's 1-0 home loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Olsen went off on referee Matthew Foerster in a heated post-game press conference.
The issues in question were two vital calls in the match: A penalty kick awarded to Vancouver early in the second half, and a non-call on an alleged hand-ball by Vancouver in stoppage time.
"It's a joke. We get the same clown show every weekend," Olsen fumed, his voice rarely dipping below a shout. "They all even out, they all even out...bullsh--. They don't even out. Not this year they haven't."
D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid appeared to win the ball cleanly off Vancouver's Matt Watson early in the second half, but his body took the Whitecaps midfielder out on the follow-through. Foerster pointed to the spot, and Camilo stepped up to deliver the game's only goal.
In stoppage time, off a goal-line scramble, a Vancouver defender appeared to handle the ball inside the box, but Foerster waved away protests.
"They're easy calls. I'm not asking him to be a super referee. I'm not," Olsen said. "I'm asking him to make the right call. If Bill Hamid touches the ball, and his follow-through tends to trip the guy, it's not a PK. If the ball hits a guy's hand in the box right in front of the referee, it's a PK."
The loss dropped United to a league-worst 2-12-3, and Olsen showed every bit of frustration that comes from such a dismal season.
"Nobody wants to hear the coach in last place complain about the referees," Olsen said. "Nobody wants to hear that but I got a group of men in there that fought their tails off today and they're gutted.
"I asked them to give me everything this week. I pushed guys to the limit with three games and an [U.S.] Open Cup [match] and they gave it to me today," Olsen continued. They gave me everything they had. And the joker in the middle did not do a good job. He failed those guys. He failed the guys in the locker room."
In addition to a fine, Olsen will also eventually have to face the consequences of United's season, should the team not launch an epic turnaround, a fact the 36-year-old is well aware of.
"They don't have to explain," Olsen said of the referees. "I do. To my owners. Why I lost another game."