Michael Orozco Fiscal almost always has a smile on his face.
Before sitting down for a quick postgame meal in the locker room following the Union’s 2-0 loss at D.C. United on Sunday, Orozco Fiscal took a few minutes to discuss what transpired at RFK Stadium.
There were no smiles to be found.
“I’m angry and think we all are,” he said. “The thing is, we know we’re better than this. We’ve lost or tied games this season where we played very well for big stretches. We didn’t play well at all in this one. I’m disappointed and angry. We know we’re capable of a whole lot more.”
Scoring chances were scarce and there were lapses in various areas, including a defensive mistake that put the club in an early hole.
In truth, not much went right for the Union.
The time to fix it is now.
“We need to look at the film to see our mistakes,” Orozco Fiscal said. “The film won’t be fun to watch. It’s necessary. We have to see where we need to clean things up. At this point of the season, we should be playing with more consistency. I know this about the character of guys in this locker room: we will work as hard as possible to get it right.”
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“We are not happy at all,” said goalkeeper Chris Seitz. “We keep hurting ourselves. We are determined to make this right and to right the ship. I don’t think confidence is an issue in here. We believe in ourselves. We just need to go out and do it. We need to execute the gameplan.”
Executing the gameplan was a common theme from the players. Especially the veterans.
“It’s a matter of playing at a level we know we can play at,” said forward Alejandro Moreno. “We do it for parts of games and then stop for whatever reason. We do it for 90 minutes and we’ll win games. We have the talent here to win games. I’ll be excited to see the results when we put together a complete game.”
Added defender Danny Califf: “If we put it all together for a whole game and don’t shoot ourselves in the foot, I think good things will happen. It’s a matter of just doing it now.”