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April 22, 2012
Lade: 'It happened so fast sometimes'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Connor Lade certainly won't forget his first game as a Red Bulls starter. The Red Bulls' 4-1 loss at D.C. United was a nightmare for the team and sometimes for the former St. John's University standout.

"We are not happy," he said. "You can't be happy with this result. We have to move on."

The team made defensive mistakes that let to all four United goals, three in the opening half.

"It happened so fast sometimes, but it's just little things and mental lapses that if we play a team that has good finishers, those goals happen," he said. "We are going to have to learn from these things and start putting a more consistent effort together.

Lade struggled on D.C.'s second goal. Maicon Santos beat three Red Bulls on the left side and sent a cross to the far side. Lade got a foot on the ball, but was slow to react to clear the ball out of harm's way. Chris Pontius pounced in and slipped the ball into the back of the net for a two-goal lead in 33rd minute.

The former Red Bull Academy standout got the opportunity to start after regular left fullback Roy Miller suffered a knee injury in the 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes last week.

"It felt alright," Lade said about his first Major League Soccer start. "I got to experience a game before, so I knew what the speed was like. Overall, I thought I did okay, but I'm trying to focus on the team and not myself. If I'm in the lineup, great, but if not, we have to get the result at the end of the day."

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