Humbled, frustrated and now short-staffed to boot, the D.C.
United back line is awkwardly positioned to attempt a rebound this week.
United are missing two defensive starters and a holding
midfielder to long-term injuries, while one crucial center back was felled by
hamstring troubles last week. Yet another faces a red card suspension for
Saturday’s meeting with the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium.
Yet winless D.C. simply must stop the bleeding at the back
in order to vanquish the three-game losing skid that threatens to ambush their
El mediocampista salvadoreño del D.C. United, Christian Castillo, habla sobre el partido contra el Chicago Fire este fin de semana.
dcunited.com's Tony Limarzi speaks with D.C. United Assistant Coach, Ben Olsen checking in on the team moral after the first 3 weeks and looking ahead to United's big home match with Chicago this Saturday.
El Técnico del D.C. United, Curt Onalfo, habla sobre el partido de este fin de semana contra el Chicago Fire.
dcunited.com's, Tony Limarzi quizzes D.C. United Defender, Lyle Adams with a series of questions in another installment of "Top of the 18".
dcunited.com went behind the scenes to capture D.C. United's first ever trek up to Philadelphia to watch United take on the Philadelphia Union.
The new MLS collective bargaining agreement, crafted on the
eve of the season, mandates a bump in club salary strictures and significantly
raises the wages paid to rookies and other young players. But to veterans of
the developmental roster designation, some frugal habits prompted by miserly
reserve salaries die hard.
To wit, D.C. United second-year pro Brandon Barklage still
cuts his own hair.
“I’ve cut my hair for the last six years, just buzzing, just
using the guards and everything,” he explained recently. “It saves a lot of
money and time.”
Every time that I think I have witnessed the last unthinkable, beautiful moment of Jaime Moreno’s glorious career, he comes up with something new and astonishing. Who else in MLS could have pulled off his shoulder fake to force the goalie to drop the ball at his foot? Chris Seitz is a good goalie, but, if he plays for 100 more years, he will never have another mistake like that one. Only Jaime could have made it happen: only Jaime.
The fluidity and effectiveness of D.C. United’s front line
has led to many automotive comparisons over the years, with playmakers like
Marco Etcheverry and Christian Gómez habitually described as drivers nimbly wielding
“the keys to the attack.”
With two goals in three matches, this year’s offensive
machine is sputtering, to say the least, with stalls and misfires suggesting
that some fine-tuning is needed. Santino Quaranta is the latest man to accept
the responsibility of a central creative role and his move into the middle has
been a bumpy ride thus far.