D.C. Looks to Get Back on Track

The D.C. United will look to get back on track after their bye week, with their 0-4 start. The United have allowed 11 goals, while just scoring 2 on the season; a goal differential of -9, which is the worst in all of the MLS. Jaime Moreno and Santino Quaranta are the lone players to score the goals this season. Goaltender Troy Perkins has played in each of the four games this season, allowing 11 goals on 27 shots on goal.

The United lost their season opener on March 27th to the Kansas City Wizards. In that game, the Wizards knocked off the visiting team 4-0. The next week was the home opener for the team from that nation’s capital. On April 3rd, the New England Revolution came to town and shut-out the team; 2-0. The next game for D.C. was in Philadelphia, where they scored their first two goals of the season; falling 3-2. Their last game, on April 17thcame against the Chicago Fire, where 18,407 saw the United game shut-out for the third time in four games; 2-0.

D.C. has played two games at home and two games on the road this season. In their two home games this season, they have averaged fewer than 20,000 per game, which ranks 7th in the league. Many of the problems from the United have been not getting shots on goal. Through four games, the D.C. United has been out shot 42-15.

The United will come back from their bye week on May 1st when they host the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium. That game will be the first of two home games that week, as on May 5th the Kansas City Wizards come to town. On May 8th D.C. goes to Texas, to take on FC Dallas. The remainder of May sees three out of four home games; with Colorado, AC Milan and Chivas USA, and a road game on May 22nd at the Houston Dynamo.

While the season is a long one, lasting until late October, 2010 is not a wash. But for quality players such as Christian Castillo, Julius James, Jaime Moreno and Kurt Morsink, they understand the importance of getting back on track in a hurry. For the sake of the D.C. United and their home fans at R.F.K. Stadium – let’s hope they get back on track after the week off.

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