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DC United's Olsen harbours NFL ambitions

DC United head coach Ben Olsen admits he still dreams of applying professional sport.

The 36-year old former DC and Nottingham Forest midfielder has been at the helm of the Washington club since 2010 but still often gets amongst his training sessions with the playing roster.

However, it is another sport which Olsen finds himself dreaming about now that his playing career, which included 37 internationals for the USA team, is over.

After practise on Tuesday morning, Olsen punted some round balls through the football uprights from the 40-yard line at the Johnson Hagood Stadium before revealing to MLSsoccer.com that he believes he could potentially become a NFL punter.

"They pay these guys $2.5 million to put it in from there. Bring me an oval ball," Olsen said tongue-in-cheek.

He then added: "I have dreams.

"I haven't dreamed about soccer since I retired, though. You would think I'd dream about it every night or something.

"It's always a fake, a bad snap, right to me. They're just coming at me. And I'm doing my thing, you know, some spin moves and stuff. It always ends with me on my back. In the end zone.

"I'll give you different options, too. If you want to give it to me, I'm quick enough to get around the outside, too, against those big fellas. I would just pray every time."

Despite the vivid imagination, Olsen firmly has his sights on getting his career-MLS club DC back to the top of the standings following a disappointing 2013 season.

The Black-and-Reds finished 19th overall last campaign making it nine years since they last tasted MLS Cup success.

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