Finally, this Saturday, the MLS season will begin for D.C. United. It’s been a long offseason filled with coaching speculation, player arrivals, departures, and fan debates over the necessity and legitimacy of all of those things. Now it’s time to put it all to bed, as the Columbus Crew come calling.
The comings and goings of players has been well documented, and I for one am excited to see how the new pieces will fit in, and get some answers to my own questions on Saturday. Will it be Burch or Woolard at left back? How will Perry Kitchen look in the back? Is Pat Onstad the goalkeeper I’m afraid he is? Will it be Boskovic alongside (or more in front of) McCarty? Will I have to wash beer out of my clothes, or will it just be usual the smell of smoke bombs?
Columbus enters the season with a very different look than they had last season. Gone are 2008 MLS MVP Gillermo Barros Schelotto, Frankie Hejduk, and Brian Carroll, among others. Jeff Cunningham has returned to the club, and Julius James will probably be in the team after being released by DC United, even if he isn’t starting. The big question mark for this team will be over their goal scorers. Their departures took with them over 50% of the goals they scored a season ago. It will be up to players like Cunningham and Robbie Rogers to pick up the slack.
The long offseason is finally over. I have no idea what to expect tomorrow, but I’m giddy with anticipation.