Soehn knows DC United must win back support

DC United coach Tom Soehn is very aware that his team's performance last season was not what he, the players and supporters expected.

DC United coach Tom Soehn is very aware that his team's performance last season was not what he, the players and supporters expected.

"All of it goes together -- having the right guys, and the right mix of guys, and staying healthy," Soehn said. "I can't say it enough: I still think we had a good team last year. But we didn't have many of the same guys on the field and it was a lot of the key guys [out]. It makes the going tough sometimes."

Speaking to his team's official website Shoen made it clear taking lessons from last year was of a number one priority: "The one starting point you always want to have is an honest, hard-working group, and we definitely have some guys with flair, so we have some balance -- and a deep team.

"I know more than anybody with all the games we have, we need a deep roster and we need to have options so when guys go down we can't drop off far. That's what we've tried to accomplish this year.

"Anytime you have a group of guys with common goals, common interests, fighting for each other like a bunch of friends, great things happen," said Soehn. "I've always said the locker room is a place where championships are won -- if you have a good locker room. So we've really addressed that this year, making sure we get that right."

D.C. United face LA Galaxy on March 22nd in their season opener.

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