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DC United president Payne keen to keep attacking game plan

DC United president Kevin Payne wants the club to keep the same attacking game plan no matter who is in charge.

As the club sits and watches the MLS play-offs and makes their decision on who will coach next season, Payne wanted to ensure fans that DC United will continue their attack-minded brand going into the future.

"We don't want to play like Colorado or New England, which most of the season sat with eight or nine guys behind the ball," Payne said.

"How many people go to watch Colorado or New England play? That's a problem for our league.

"We can't play like we're a team desperately trying to remain in 14th place in the Premiership.

"Our market isn't there yet. They want to see something that is entertaining, and D.C. United has always had a way of playing.

"Given a choice, we would rather attack than cynically defend. You look at the way Real Salt Lake played when they came here [a 0-0 tie in May] and sat 10 guys behind the ball.

"You don't have to do that. Sometimes that is the best way to get a result -- if you don't care about the product, if you don't care about advertising your league. Long term, who wants to watch that?"

Andrew Slevison
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