Loudoun United’s Gordon Wild scored the fifth fastest goal in USL Championship history, but the team was held scoreless for the remaining 89 minutes of Saturday’s match against the Ottawa Fury.
Loudoun continues to look for its first win at its new home, Segra Field, which drew a crowd of 1,672 on Saturday.
Wild, a German-born University of Maryland grad who was picked up by D.C. United in July, scored his third USL goal 14 seconds into the match. But Loudoun was down 2-1 by the half as Ottawa recorded scores by Kevin Olveire and Christano François. Carl Haworth added a third Fury goal at thee 74th minute.
“I think it came down to one better decision, one better play.Whether itwas on the defensive side, attacking side,” saidHead Coach Ryan Martin. “It’s another mountain toclimb going into an away match against Pittsburgh next week. It’s frustrating and a tough one to swallow, but there were somereally good moments to take out of it that we improved on since last week.The guys pushedto the end, and traded some decent looks, and just needed to be better with our decision making on the field.I thought in the final third, pushing from the middle third to theattacking third was a little force. A lot of that comes with legs and tryingto changethe game.”
“I thought we had a lot of chances that we did not capitalize on. It was unfortunate results, we need to learn from this one and move forward,” Wild said. “I am happy to be playing with Loudoun and getting touches in all the games with them. If I can help the team get results while improving to be prepared for the first team then I am happy to be doing my part.”
Loudoun is 5-11-5 on the season, in 14th place and nine points outside of the playoff hunt in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference.
Martin said the road won’t get any easier in the weeks ahead.
“For us it’s the day to day process to grow and compete. Continue to get
better and that is where competition really makes a difference in the
team, and like I said we just need to keep pushing until the end and learning from our mistakes,” he said. “There areenough games left that we can find ourselves in a really good position,but it’s getting really short in the margin of error is becoming lesser andless. It comes down to our rest the next few days and getting ready mentally after a tough week.”
After playing three games in an eight-day span, the team gets a breather before traveling to Pittsburg to take on the Riverhounds on Friday.
“I think most importantly, the body relaxes and the mind gets a bit of a break. It has been a long couple of days this past week with so many games. It will give us time to regroup and learn from our previous mistakes. I think we need to build awareness of where our teammates are on the field and be smarter in ourdecision making,” Martin said.