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Olsen Hat-Trick Leads D.C. Past NYRB

Ben Olsen isn't the kind of guy who's supposed to bag impressive hat-tricks like he did against the New York Red Bulls at RFK on Saturday. Older now (30), a more "feisty," "disruptive," "blue-collar" Olsen is expected to put in sensible, gritty performances-nothing too flashy, never leaving United exposed defensively. But for a team that hasn't had the easiest time scoring recently, Olsen on Sunday gave D.C. United exactly what it needed-a resounding victory against one of the league's better teams, not to mention one of its better defenses.

A lunging header, a clever pullback to a neat finish, and a spectacular half-volley from 25-yards capped a marvelous man-of-the-match and probable player of the week performance for Olsen, whose exclusion from the U.S. national team was made all the more conspicuous.

"It was just one of those days where I was feeling it a little bit, and it felt good," Olsen said. He had only recorded one two-goal game once in his previous 184 regular season appearances, and just eight total goals in his last three seasons. "It's been a while since I've scored that many goals. I'd have to go back to when I was 13 years old or something like that." His last two goals came from clever counterattacks after United was reduced to ten men, following Bobby Boswell's ejection for two yellow cards.

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