After Adam Cristman opened his D.C. United scoring account with two goals in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Dallas two weeks ago, he rightly received additional congratulations on account of the fact that his first child, a baby girl named Caroline, had entered the world a few days prior.
The wry 25-year-old was quick to allocate the real credit for that achievement, however.
“Actually, my wife had her,” he deadpanned. “It was impressive.”
Colorado Rapids versus D.C. United at RFK Stadium, Washington, DC
United lead all-time regular-season series 15-11-6
What's at stake?
Just before the 2010 MLS Superdraft, D.C. United re-acquired goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Perkins had been playing in Europe, he was in the U.S. National Team mix, and he left MLS a few years earlier as one of the premier goalies in the League. There was no doubt that Perkins was United's #1 option in the goal, despite the #23 on his jersey. Then the season started and something wasn't right.
Injuries are a part of professional sports. Since most injuries are random, they tend to even out over time from team to team, no matter what league. This season, D.C. United has been bitten by the injury bug a little too often, and it has raised some red flags with the training staff. Some of D.C.'s injury problems were unavoidable, like Bryan Namoff's concussion or Dejan Jakovic's broken collar bone. The worrying part is the high number of players who have suffered hamstring injuries.
Last season, D.C. United’s roster consisted of two former MLS MVP’s in Christian Gomez and Luciano Emilio, as well as two former MLS Cup MVP’s in Jaime Moreno and Ben Olsen. Yet, the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2009 was Clyde Simms. That accomplishment represents how much Simms means to the team. Now, consider all of the player movement from the recent off season, especially in regards to key attacking players, and you will start to understand how essential Simms is to D.C. United’s on the field success.