D.C. United 

United prepares for encore, at the least

The Black-and-Red had a great season in 2014, they didn’t bring home a championship, but a good year none the less. Ben Olsen led this team to a remarkable turn around, going from last place in 2013 to being the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Unfortunately it resulted in a loss in the semifinals against the New York Red Bulls due to the aggregate score. United lost the first game, but won the second, the issue was they scored one fewer goals than New York, giving the Red Bulls the victory and the reward of moving on.

United had one of the better defensive units in the league last season, anchored by net minder Bill Hamid. In front of the stellar keeper were Steven Birnbaum, Bobby Boswell, and Sean Franklin. Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva led the team in scoring, netting 11 goals a piece.

Now that they went from worst to first in consecutive seasons, the challenge this year will be to keep that high level of play going. That shouldn’t be an issue, but it is always different when teams go from being the hunter to one of the hunted.

DC United majority owner Erick Thohir mentioned that there could be an additional influx of talent during the year as well.  In a conversation with Goal.com Indonesia,  Thohir said “There are possibilities to send Inter players to help DC, maybe some hot prospect youngsters to help them get minutes. It will be a great opportunity to play in a big league like MLS.”

That is certainly a positive, a huge one at that. D.C. kicks off their preseason tonight against Orlando City SC at 7 pm EST, below is the current roster for the Black-and-Red.

 

Taylor Kemp D 2 5’11/153 7/23/90 Highlands Ranch, CO
Markus Halsti M/D 4 6’1/185 3/19/84 Finland
Sean Franklin D 5 5’10/160 3/21/85 Panorama City, CA
Kofi Opare D 6 6’2/190 10/12/90 Ghana
Eddie Johnson F 7 5’11/163 3/31/84 Daytona Beach, FL
Davy Arnaud M 8 5’11/160 6/22/80 Nederland, TX
Fabian Espindola F 10 5’9/160 5/4/85 Argentina
Luis Silva M 11 5’11/163 10/12/88 LA, CA
Chris Pontius M/F 13 6’/168 5/12/87 Yorba Linda, CA
Nick DeLeon M 14 5’10/170 7/17/90 Phoenix, AZ
Steven Birnbaum D 15 6’1/180 1/23/91 Irvine, CA
Dan Metzger M 16 5’9/155 8/6/93 Holmdel, NJ
Miguel Aguilar M 17 5’9/172 8/30/93 Sacramento, CA
Chris Rolfe M/F 18 5’8/155 1/17/83 Kettering, OH
Jairo Arrieta F 19 5’9/150 8/25/83 Costa Rica
Jalen Robinson D 20 5’9/145 5/8/94 Catonsville, MD
Chris Korb D 22 5’9/160 10/8/87 Cleveland, OH
Perry Kitchen M 23 6’/160 2/29/92 Indianapolis, IN
Jared Jeffrey M 25 5’11/165 6/14/90 Richardson, TX
Collin Martin M 27 5’11/150 11/9/94 Chevy Chase, MD
Bill Hamid GK 28 6’3/225 11/25/90 Annandale, VA
Michael Seaton F 29 6’/180 5/1/96 Capitol Heights, MD
Conor Doyle F 30 6’1/175 10/13/91 McKinney, TX
Bobby Boswell D 32 6’2/185 3/15/83 Austin, TX
David Estrada M/F 34 5’8/160 2/4/88 Mexico
Andrew Driver M 36 5’9/152 11/20/87 England
Rauwshawn McKenzie D 38 6’1/185 11/19/86 Hartford, CT
Mamadou Danso D 40 6’3/185 4/27/83 Gambia
Sean St Ledger D 41 6’/168 12/28/84 England
Rod Dyachenko F 43 6’1/185 9/22/83 Russia
Riccardo Anedda GK 48 6’2/174 7/8/93 Italy
Andrew Dykstra GK 50 6’4/195 1/2/86 Woodbridge, VA
Diego Restrepo GK 55 6’/175 2/25/88 Venezuela
Jorge Calix M/F n/a 5’7/154 2/6/96 Alexandria, VA
Eryk Williamson M/F n/a n/a 6/11/97 Alexandria, VA

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