Well, watching D.C. United keep its 2017 goals account closed for the time being with a 2-0 loss against Columbus Crew SC was hardly fun by any means, but in attempting to look deeper there may be some other causes of concern.
First and foremost is Bill Hamid's early game save.
When you see a scoreless draw between two teams on the first weekend of regular season such as the one D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City engaged in Saturday, it would be a problematic thing for someone to try and look at GIFs from a contest such as that.
Goals from Marcelo, Acosta, and Le Toux pace a 3-2 win over Swedish opposition
D.C. United wrapped up the first portion of their preseason with a 3-2 win over Swedish top flight side Jönköpings Södra IF on Wednesday afternoon at the IMG Academy. Fielding different lineups each half, United raced out to a 2-0 halftime lead, with goals from Marcelo Sarvas and Luciano Acosta.
D.C. United's first streaming preseason game is today
After playing their first two preseason games behind closed doors, the world will get its first glimpse at the 2017 version of D.C. United as the team takes on Sweden's Jönköpings Södra IF. After this game, United will return to DC and that is traditionally when the first round of cuts to the trialists comes, so they especially will be looking to make an impression on Ben Olsen and his crew.
Marcelo was an understated but vital piece of the puzzle in 2016
D.C. United was in need of some sort of two-way midfield help after Perry Kitchen said that he would not re-sign for the Black-and-Red at the end of 2015 (and eventually went to Scotland side Heart of Midlothian FC). They were unsuccessful in their quest to sign Antonio Nocerino from AC Milan after Orlando City tampered with D.
Lloyd Sam opened the scoring in the second half, before Lamar Neagle and Alvaro Saborio confirmed win late
D.C. United won the back to back games for the first time this season, beating Columbus Crew SC 3-0 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Four days after a season altering win over Orlando City, United finally broke through in the second half, as Lloyd Sam scored the eventual game winner in the 71st minute.
The MLS Player's Union released the list of player salaries as of May 15. Notable names over MLS include salaries for Tim Howard ($2,100,000 base compensation) and Jermaine Jones ($600,000) of the Colorado Rapids, recently acquired New England Revolution forward Kei Kamara ($1,000,000) and once almost-D.
Through injuries and suspensions, D.C. United must roll out a lineup that could be its near-term future
When D.C. United takes on New York City FC on Sunday, the formation and most of the lineup will not be in doubt. Injuries, suspensions, and the good play of certain people can basically write Ben Olsen's lineup card for him.
D.C. United found themselves missing their Designated Player (Fabian Espindola) and possibly their most consistent player (Marcelo Sarvas) headed into their game with the Chicago Fire, made doubly harder with a late illness absence from Nick DeLeon. The resulting lineup shuffling and playing 90 minutes in horrible weather made a 1-1 result feel like a disappointment and a mild larceny simultaneously.
The former Fire midfielder headed home from a short corner in the 1-1 draw with the Fire in the wind and rain
D.C. United couldn't quite manage to string together a second win in a row, but without Fabian Espindola, Marcelo Sarvas, and Nick DeLeon, United earned a point on the road in less than ideal conditions in a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
D.C. United was missing their coach due to a suspension and faced a New England Revolution side that was also inconsistent and underachieving. But the Black-and-Red persevered en route to a 3-0 win that will hopefully buoy some confidence, but in the meantime, let's look at some things that occurred during the game that caught our eye.
Lamar Neagle struck from the penalty spot in the first half, before Luciano Acosta opened his MLS account in stunning fashion
D.C. United made the most of their third straight game at home, defeating the New England Revolution 3-0 at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Lamar Neagle opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot, before Luciano Acosta and Alvaro Saborio sealed the deal late in substitute appearances.
Two goals from Fabian Espindola, two goals from Alvaro Saborio, two assists from Luciano Acota.
D.C. United's stuttering start to the 2016 season came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, as the Black-and-Red stormed past the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 4-0 win. Goals on either side of the half from Fabian Espindola had United in a good position to win their first game of the season, before Luciano Acosta assisted twice for Alvaro Saborio late in the game.
Facing a short-handed VWFC, it's high time the Black-and-Red got themselves into the win column
For the third week running, D.C. United will face an opponent missing important starters. The Vancouver Whitecaps will arrive at RFK Stadium without Pedro Morales and Matias Laba, two players who have the potential to make MLS's Best 11.
Improving a leaky defense and being smarter all over the field are among the items United needs to check off today.
This might not be the best time for D.C. United to have to play the San Jose Earthquakes on the road, but the calendar has no sympathy for United's messy situation. It's the 20th anniversary - give or take a few days - of MLS's first game, played between these two sides on San Jose's home turf.
Ben Olsen will try to right the ship after stumbling out of the gate so far
Winless so far this season, D.C. United has a tough task on the West Coast this weekend: travel to San Jose and try and wring any possible points from the Earthquakes. They will have to do so without their best player so far this season, Marcelo Sarvas, and without their best player overall, Bill Hamid.
We look back at the match with animated internet files.
Saturday afternoon's 3-0 loss to FC Dallas was not pretty, but for D.C. United seeing them in the disrepair as they were was, in a humorous topical phrase, not great Bob. But more specifically, Bobby Boswell, as we're about to illustrate.
D.C. United opens their MLS season with all eyes on the central midfield
After two games in the Concacaf Champions league, D.C. United comes back to Major League Soccer to open the regular season. They do so by taking on their old rivals out in Carson, California: the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy have gotten a lot older and a lot stranger this season, and their performance in the CCL was even worse than United's.
So close. Steve Birnbaum was robbed 3 times by Volpi, and Taylor Kemp put a dent in the crossbar with that right (!!!) footed shot. Luciano Acosta has the tools to really change some things about the attack. Marcelo Sarvas looked like the 2014 version of himself (albeit a more defensive version) than the player who was nothing special for Colorado last year.
United's rebuilt midfield may mean that DeLeon is facing a serious challenge for a starting job.
D.C. United's midfield has undergone a major overhaul this offseason. Perry Kitchen's departure required - maybe still requires? - at least one move to be made, and Davy Arnaud unfortunately appears to be on the brink of retirement.
D.C. United has their second game of the preseason this afternoon as they take on Jönköpings Södra IF of Sweden's Allsvensken. This is J-Sodra's first time back in the Allsvensken since the 1960s, and so just staying up will be their primary concern.
The veteran Brazilian central midfielder may signal several other developments.
In a trade previously reported over the weekend, D.C. United has bolstered its midfield by trading targeted allocation money and a conditional 2018 draft pick for Marcelo Sarvas of the Colorado Rapids. Before the deal, a source told B&RU that the Rapids has agreed to carry a significant part of his salary - his base pay was $360,000 in 2015 - on their books as part of the deal.
While a former New York City FC player made his first team debut in England on Saturday, the club also announced that it would be cutting loose an MLS veteran.
Angelino made his first team debut today for Manchester City in the club's 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round. The 19-year old made 14 appearances for NYCFC last season, and recorded four assists.
United may be about to take a risk on a talented but aging central midfielder.
The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that D.C. United is on the verge of trading some form of allocation money to the Colorado Rapids for Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas. United's needs in central midfield have been well-known throughout the offseason, as Perry Kitchen has opted to pursue a deal in Europe while Davy Arnaud considers retirement due to concussions.
From Bill Hamid to Collin Martin, we look at the home team's ratings in the game
EA Sports releases FIFA 17 on Tuesday, September 27th, and the FIFA Ultimate Team player database is now available, showing ratings for every player in the game. It should come as no surprise that players like Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, and Andrea Pirlo are the highest rated MLS players, but how do DCU's players rate?
Q13 Fox has coverage starting at 5 PM Pacific. It is also on Spanish radio (1360) with English audio on SoundersFC.com.
Avoid the disaster that is Seattle traffic and watch a 5 PM game between the Seattle Sounders and D.C. United. Even though the Sounders have a poor 4-7-1 record the game will be better than rush hour traffic.
We quickly review the Chicago Fire match before breaking down the most ridiculous team in MLS
It is a Tuesday, which means a downpour of Filibuster drowning your ears and making everyone drive 15 mph under the speed limit. We start by talking about another rainy day, D.C. United's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire.
Marcelo Sarvas had his knee scoped today and will miss 4-6 weeks. For a team that can't score losing its one significant established MLS offseason offensive upgrade is a big blow. Presumably we'll see Cronin and LaBrocca filling the hole this creates. In a perfect world (like one where we had an actual striker on the roster before July 1) we could drop Powers back, put Torres underneath the missing striker, and move forward but that's not really an option with our lineup.