September 21, 2019

D.C. United Analysis: First-quarter evaluation, part 1 – Goalkeepers

Simply based on results, it would have been massively difficult for D.C. United to be as bad (or worse) than it was in 2013. A 3-24-7 record, just 16 points in the standings, and a goal differential of -37 added up to one of the worst seasons by any team in Major League Soccer history, even if it was capped off by a victory at Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup final – the team’s 13th major trophy.

So to say United has surpassed expectations in this first quarter or so of the 2014 MLS season isn’t necessarily earth-shattering. But even with several new acquisitions and the departure of multiple players from last year’s clunker of a squad, it’s not likely that many would have had United sitting tied for third place in the Eastern Conference after nine matches, with a winning record (4-3-2) and almost as many points (14) as all of last season. United carry a modest +2 goal differential, a serious step up to this point last season, when United was 1-7-1 (4 points) and had a goal differential of -13. [Read more…]

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