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Luis Silva—as well as Dwayne De Rosario and Kyle Porter—was DCU's leading goalscorer in 2013.
He played just 13 matches. He scored just three goals. That's one less than the four own goals United conceded as a whole. Even worse, the club's 0.65 goals per match set the league record for offensive impotence.
Ironically enough, the record initially belonged to the 2010 version of DCU (0.70).
Don't expect that to be the case in 2014.
Futility was replaced by excitement in the offseason. With the arrival of Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola, a more potent attack is already in place. The two combined for 18 goals in 2013, almost equaling the total of all 34 United players that saw minutes last season (22).
In an exclusive interview on the club's official website, Johnson left little doubts about his expectations for 2014:
For me, [I look] to come in and be a leader, be a veteran and play a good role as far as pushing the guys week in and week out. [I look to] be that person that the team can really look up to to score goals and win very important games, get us into the playoffs and compete for an MLS Cup.
As Pablo Maurer points out on MLS' official website, even Espindola is excited about the stylistic opportunities this partnership creates:
This works great for me. I like to be outside, he's more of an in-the-box guy even though he can go outside as well. His speed is great, too – I feel very comfortable with it.
There is, however, one caveat.
The 2014 World Cup will prevent some MLS players from being with their clubs in both May and June. Early July will also be missed if they're fortunate enough to advance past the group stage. With 18 appearances for the U.S. men's national team since 2013, expect Johnson to be one of those players missing action.
Pivotal matches fill United's schedule during that two-month span, including a clash with Johnson's former club on June 28. Unfortunately for the 29-year-old, a match with Germany will be taking place just two days prior. A salivating showdown will be missing the one piece necessary to hold the narrative together.
Depth at the striker position will be tested. Less-heralded commodities will need to grab hold of an opportunity.
Listlessness awaits should they fail.