At long last the moment is here. D.C United the most decorated club side in American soccer will be playing its first game at the Audi Field stadium after its opening this week. This is a huge project that has been going on for the past 16 months. This is a week many Black-and-Red army have been looking forward to, and against the Vancouver White Caps everyone gets a chance to finally witness a game in the 20,000 capacity stadium. The long wait is over.
In reality, this has been a miserable season so far for Ben Olsen and his men. Sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference with eleven(11) points from fourteen (14) games, The Black-and-Reds have endured playing more games away from home than any other team in the MLS due to the construction of the Audi Field stadium. Out of the fourteen games played this term, they have had to play 12 games away from home and only two around the Washington Metropolitan area.
However, all this could be a thing of the past with the acquisition of former Manchester United and England top scorer Wayne Rooney. Rooney is expected to make his debut this weekend and he will bring a whole lot of quality to the team. This comes in a whole lot of ways, from goal-scoring to leadership qualities, Rooney embodies what D.C United has been lacking for the past two seasons. Another quality Wayne Rooney will bring to the team is his versatility. He has the ability to play in both a midfield and striking role, proving Ben Olsen with an array of options on the different ways he can play the legendary English man.
In conclusion when you critically analyze the performance of D.C United this season, one will realize the two games played around The Washington Area resulted in a win and a draw. This shows that when playing at home, The-Black-and-Reds are a more difficult opposition to play against. Unlike the twelve other games they played away from home where they have a statistics of 1-7-4. Also in terms of goal scoring, D.C United have scored the fewest goals in the Eastern conference although while playing the least amount of games, the acquisition of Rooney should further make the team deadlier in attack. For the first time in a long while, D.C United fans can dream again. In the words of Ben Olsen “It’s a time of excitement, a time of turning the page”.
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