UD: When will people start to refer to DC United in the same breath as the four major sports?
Olsen: We’re not going to take away Redskins fans or die-hard Caps fans. We can all have success. Get a new stadium and there will be sellouts every weekend. [The soccer-specific stadiums] create atmospheres like no other sports.
UD: Does style go with the territory as a soccer coach? You can’t exactly wear a team hoodie.
Olsen: I think you have to wear suits at home. I represent a city that dresses pretty well. But there is something to the soccer manager, more than other sports, where fashion does come into it.
UD: Will you have a playoff beard?
Olsen: Just because I have one doesn’t mean it’s planned.
UD: We heard you exchanged your shoes with someone.
Olsen: Some kid [in Montreal] said, “I love your kicks.” And I said, “You want ’em? You got to give me yours.” So he gave me his old stinky teenager shoes and I gave him my new Air Maxes.
UD: What’s your favorite spot in the city?
Olsen: I’ve been sneaking to Red Hen, at the bar. On 7th Street, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency.
UD: Are you guys going to take the Cup?
Olsen: To take the Cup you need some lucky bounces. You need a break or two, you need a call or two. I do think we have the personality and the moxie to win a championship. I hope so. It would be great to bring something back to the city.