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DC United - The Red Eagles

Started on 28 May 2016 by Balik / First Post
Latest Reply on 3 June 2016 by BeanyUnited / Last Post
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3 yearsEdited

BACKGROUND


The capital based team, D.C. United play in the Eastern Conference alongside rivals such as New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew and New England Revolution. Their Western Conference rivals L.A. Galaxy stand alone as the top club in the US ahead of Seattle Sounders.

The MLS introduced two new clubs to compete against D.C. United in Florida based Orlando City and New York based New York City and announced the disbandment of Chivas USA after plans have been cancelled.

Although the team with the most points from both conference wins the supporters shield, the top 6 from each conference qualifies for the MLS cup with the top two teams from each conference get a buy-in into the Semis while the teams in 3rd-6th compete in the wild card.

The US Open cup is a knock-out style cup where all teams from all around the country qualify to win it and get into next seasons NACL alongside the winner of the MLS Cup and the MLS Supporters shield.

Key Players

Bill Hamid



Our star player will retain his place between the sticks as number one goalie ahead of the 2015 season as he tries to add his second consecutive goalkeeper of the year and hopefully his second winners' medal since joining us in 2007 starting as an Academy Player. He'll lead the club as Vice-Captain but will takeover as captain if he proves himself worthy



The leader of the back line is playing his 10th season as a defender and his 5th at the club after joining in the 2014 from Huston Dynamos

Marcelo Sarvas



The Brazilian is our star midfielder which'll be seen playing in the heart of the pitch behind the lone attacking midfielder and striker. The 33 year-old will play his 17th professional career and his first at the club after being traded in January from Colorado Rapids.

Álvaro Saborío



The Costa Rican will play upfront as the lone striker in his debut season for the Black and reds after joining from Real Slat Lake in the off-season. This'll be his 7th season in the MLS and his 18th season as a professional player

Next Update: Pre-Season - Estimated date - 29th/30th May
Like DC United as they were the first pro team I saw live so good luck
Hopefully you can make this team a powerhouse of CONCACAF, good luck mate!
Best of luck in the MLS my dear friend Balik!
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Pre-Season


Our pre-season was mostly on the road except for a one-off game against German side FC Schalke where we ere battered 2-0 right after our 1-0 loss to America Da Cali and the 2-0 loss to Santa Fe.

We drew with Arizona United in a 2-2 thriller right before our only win (except for the training match) which came in the hands of Orlando B but we were kept at bay by another 4 goal match against Oklahoma City Energy.

Managers Note

Pre-season was a disappointment as we lost in easily winnable matches but pre-season is usually about getting their fitness up.

Tactics

4-3-1-2


The narrow tactic will be our main one which'll see us play 3 Center Midfielders, 1 Attacking Midfielder and two Strikers instead of a lone one that was used in pre-season.

4-3-3


The tactic was used in pre-season that was created to exploit the wings as we will be crossing the ball in or cutting in when using the tactic that has 1 Defensive Midfielder, 2 Center Midfielders, 2 Wingers and a lone Striker. The tactic grew on the players as results changed for the better in the closing games of pre-season.

Next Update: March/April Review - Estimated Date - 29th/30th May
Good luck Balik!
Not the best of pre seasons but then playing teams like Schalke, you'd have been expected not to do very well so there is something to build on!
Not an ideal start...
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March/April Review

Fixtures


A mixed first 2 months as draw the opening game vs last seasons MLS Cup runners-up New England REvolution before we win vs rivals New York Red Bulls 1-0 and defending MLS Cup champions 2-0. MLS rookies earn a surprise 2-0 win as Orlando City out-shine us before we draw against NY Red Bulls facing them twice within a month. An embarrassing defeat at home vs Huston Dynamos result us to change my tactic to a 4-2-3-1 for the Vancouver Whitecaps game which results in a 3-1 win away.

League

Eastern Conference


We are currently in the Wild Card spot 2 points behind top of the table New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire and rivals New York Red Bulls

Western Conference


FC Dallas lead the Western Conference a point above Portland Timbers and 2 points above state rivals Huston Dynamos

Supporter's Shield


FC Dallas lead the competition ahead of Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers and Huston Dynamo and previous MLS-Cup runner-ups New England Revolution who top the Eastern Conference. We lay in 8th place behind rivals New York Red Bulls and Chicago Fire

Player of the Month(s)

Sean Franklin


The 30-year old native Right Back played his heart out and ending the set of fixtures with a 7.99 average rating, the highest in club and second highest in all of the MLS


He also won May POTM :)

May/June Fixtures


The next 14 games are vital as we try to push for the MLS play-off spots in our conference and win the Supporter's Shield
With it being very tight and all of the teams having played different amounts of games hard to tell how well you are doing. But good luck getting a playoff spot
No wonder Franklin is so good. His head makes him aerodynamic :D

Good luck ahead ... some interesting tests for you coming up.
Mixed start but you are still more than capable of getting into the play offs!
Very decent start, and your finances must be sky-rocketing with all them TV fixtures! Rake in the TV money, my friend ;)
For whatever reason I really do not like the name of the trophies in the MLS ha
As A DC United supporter I will be reading this and having an eye on it. FYI we are not the "Red Eagles" as black is the primary color. Anyways Vamos United!!

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