United Syndrome

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United Syndrome
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After United dropped out of the U.S. Open Cup the fans and team looked immensely drained, a symptom of the dismal season. The match on the 1st of September the one United placed all hope of their putting a dismal MLS season as a side note on a season where there is Open Cup glory. Unfortunately for the fabled club this season is a wash. The final few matches will just be practice to get in time with the core group and help build a foundation for next year.

Fans, players and the administration are all still asking what went wrong after a great pre-season run and some nice signings prior to the season’s start. All signs point to a front office that can no longer build championship winning teams. It’s unfortunate to say that with all that has been done by the same individuals over the past 14 seasons in MLS. United has a few things that need to be done to bounce back from this dreadful season. First, youthful signings that can be further developed, second, veteran players that can be the coaches on the field and third, a coach that can get the best out of this combination of talent. United has this in place but it doesn’t seem to be quite the right mixture just yet.

The veteran 15 year MLS star Jaime Moreno, the leading most goal scorer in the league’s history, is leaving MLS at the end of this year. He has had a very bad season to say the least but is this all Moreno’s fault? Moreno is still able to play and his skill on and off the ball is fantastic. He can be the play maker that United need but he needs to play in that position around the same players to build that chemistry. During the match against Chivas USA Moreno had some brilliant heel flicks and could always get himself into dangerous positions. United needs to keep him for at least one more season to help get this team on that level. Just look at Andy Najar after Moreno gave him some on the field coaching in some matches.

Youth signings that United have made are fantastic so far with previously mentioned Najar and goal keeper signing Bill Hamid. United focused on building up defense during the off season but it is still a weak point. Was Perkins really worth the payment? Fred in midfield and Hamid in goal would probably be a better choice than what we have now, Hamid in goal and Perkins on the bench.

Coaching seems to be getting more spirited results with Ben Olson in the hot seat. I don’t think there is any other man in the world that can get a team as excited to play as he does. Olson is in his first stint as a coach and has little experience in that department but his technical skills in having to change his game after injury made him able to see the game better than most players and I’m sure allows him to analyze the game and put players where they should be in order to get the most from them.

United basically needs to trim the fat and get some more core workers and they will be back on top like they were in the lat 90’s. These remaining matches can help them do just that and let’s hope that’s what happens.

Fans, you all need to continue to support this club. Without support they will never get players, a stadium or even stay in D.C. Let’s face it, the past few season’s United has had a drop in attendance and it’s in correlation with the on field performance. Let’s give the players and club what they need, support through the tough times so it’s more sweet when there’s good times again.

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