This year we've seen one of the best—if not the best—rookie classes in MLS history. Just this past weekend, four rookies found the net. Meanwhile, freshmen are holding down starting positions throughout the league.
Risers and fallers, who's hot and who's not … whichever way you put it, it's the ebb and flow of form and fortune that makes soccer interesting. Just as the commercial says, "In minute 23, you hate him … in minute 32, all is forgiven."
With that, we launch Ebb and Flow, our nod to the shifting momentum of Major League Soccer. This week, with just one day remaining until voting for the 2010 All-Star selection closes, we look at how recent form may have impacted the All-Star lineup.
Feeble offensive output ranked as a major ingredient in D.C. United’s nightmare start to the season, as the Black-and-Red scored only two goals (compared to 13 allowed) during their five consecutive losses to open their 2010 campaign.
Recently, however, United have turned that horrid form around and have scored 15 goals during a 6-1-2 run in all competitions. Despite solid results, D.C. cannot afford to celebrate; sustained quality still eludes the front line, which remains a work in progress as coaches and players scrounge for the right mix of positioning and personnel.
CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: FW Calen Carr (R quad strain); MF John Thorrington (L quad strain); DOUBTFUL: FW Patrick Nyarko (concussion symptoms); QUESTIONABLE: DF Dasan Robinson (R hamstring strain)
COLUMBUS CREW -- PROBABLE: DF Frankie Hejduk (R hamstring strain); DF Gino Padula (L hamstring strain)
D.C. United's newest midfielder, Branko Boskovic meets his team mates for the first time and they talk about how he can help the team out this summer.
El delantero argentino Pablo Hernández fue presentado oficialmente por el D.C. United este martes ante los medios de comunicación. El joven atacante hablo con futboldcunited.com sobre su llegada al plantel capitalino y las expectativas de llegar a una nueva Liga tras su paso por el futbol uruguayo.
Pablo Hernandez was introduced to the media today at D.C. United's training session. Watch what United's newest summer signing had to say about the Black-and-Red.
D.C. United kicked off their midseason makeover in earnest on Tuesday morning, introducing new signing Pablo Hernandez to the media after a hot, hazy training session at the RFK Stadium auxiliary fields.
“Obviously, I’m excited to be here,” said the 23-year-old Argentinean via translator. “I’m coming here planning to work hard and give everything I have for the team, hopefully get myself into the team and just sacrifice for the club. I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
Highlights of Pablo Hernandez, D.C. United's newest forward. The 23-year old comes to United from Club Defensor Sporting of the Uruguayan first division.
Victories and points have been frustratingly scarce commodities for D.C. United this season, but the emergence of rookie Andy Najar has brought a welcome dose of excitement and hope to the Black-and-Red, and the teenage Honduran came up big again in San Jose on Saturday night, netting an instinctive second-half volley to earn his team a 1-1 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium.
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