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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by GMUgemini, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. GMUgemini

    GMUgemini Hall of Famer

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    Really bad opening day attendance. I think the season probably is starting two weeks too early this year.

    But 2-0 at home so far is a good sign.

    Arrieta was a great addition. Hopeful we get to see Halsti and Silva in the lineup soon.
  2. phoenix-arizona

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    Can those beautiful lumbersexuals, with thei skinny jeans and craft beers, from Portland re-peat as champs?

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2016/03/04/armchair-analyst-2016-mls-season-preview-spectacular

    D.C. United: Much of United’s success over the last two years was built around the play of Bill Hamid in goal and the partnership of Perry Kitchen and Davy Arnaud in central midfield. The fact that they’ll be without the first for half the season and the other for all of it (and beyond) does not bode well. There is real, honest, reason for concern among the United faithful even though new arrivals Luciano Acosta and Julian Buescher look very promising.

    The warning signs could perhaps best be seen in the opening goal by Queretaro in the CCL first leg. It came after Marcelo Sarvas – playing the Kitchen role, for all intents and purposes – pushed into the attacking third and unleashed a cross that was taken by the ‘keeper. Usually that’s fine, but the D.C. midfield didn’t rotate to cover for Sarvas’s foray, and six touches later Queretaro were leading 1-0. I’m not sure that’s a goal they concede last season.

    They need quick switches and opportunistic counters like that in order to free up guys like Fabian Espindola, Chris Rolfe, Patrick Nyarko and Acosta. All of those guys are clever, skillful attackers, but none excels at holding the ball up against a static defense..

    Finding that balance and creating back-to-front chemistry is going to be priority No. 1, because this team really is at an overall talent disadvantage compared to most of the conference. In the past they’ve overcome that by adding up to more than the sum of their parts. If they can’t do the same again, 2016 will be a long year at RFK Stadium.

    • PREDICTION: Below the red line. Buescher will have an outstanding rookie season, but there are too many holes to plug
    • Team MVP: Espindola. He'll lead the team in goals and be among the league leaders in chances created, but it just won't be enough
  3. GMUgemini

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    D.C. United so far not very good this season, but an interesting tidbit in Steve Goff's latest article about the team that might be related to Mason:

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