|Yeah, I found one with the stars|
However, during this off-season, United has been the most active (apart from the expansion teams, of course) in reinventing their entire organization. Nine players in, six players out.
- INCOMING PLAYERS
- Dax McCarty (Trade with Portland)
- Joseph Ngwenya (Re-Entry Draft Stage 1)
- Ethan White (U. of Maryland)
- Josh Wolff (Re-Entry Draft Stage 2)
- Steve Cronin (Trade with Portland)
- OUTGOING PLAYERS
- Rodney Wallace (Trade with Portland)
- Jordan Graye (Expansion Draft to Portland)
- Danny Allsopp (Released)
- Juan Manuel Pena (Option Declined)
- Barry Rice (Option Declined)
- Brandon Barklage (Option Declined)
- Carlos Varela (Option Declined)
- Jaime Moreno (Option Declined)
- Troy Perkins (Option Declined)
Dang. A look at the outgoing players list and you can see a huge list of players that had playing time in 2010 (only one I don't recognize without looking up is Varela). We've lost a veteran and MLS legend in Jaime Moreno (long live #99) and even before the SuperDraft in January, United is guaranteed to have more than 50% new players come mid-March when First Kick comes to us American soccer fans. To say that new full-time head coach Ben Olsen is making his mark on this team would be an understatement. Luckily, we've got the MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar that signed a long-term contract with United, meaning he's sticking around for a while (by the way, don't mention the ROTY thing to Sam...he still thinks Tim Ream should've gotten it).
I'm super excited to see how Olsen reshapes this team. With new assistant coach Pat Onstad, I think this coaching crew is going to be working overtime to get this team in shape for our home opener in March. I think it's really exciting to see all of this happening in the off season, knowing that DC can only go up. Once the SuperDraft comes and goes and I get some more information, I'm going to attempt to see what kind of formation and Starting XI we can see don the classic black and red jerseys in March.
Here's to a better season!