DC United is a team that is coached by Ben Olsen — a man who was made by this team. Therefore, coaching them is like a dream come true. He has the club’s as well as the fans’ trust to do a good job. However, even though the team won the US Open Cup, they were unable to taste postseason play.
This year, that is all going to change.
Firstly, the team signed a longtime Los Angeles Galaxy right-back Sean Franklin. He was picked up in the MLS Re-entry draft and could turn out to be the biggest steal as he is a true talent. Not only can he defend smartly, he makes constant runs up the right flank and can even rip shots towards frame from distance. He is the total package.
Another veteran defender they signed is none other than Bobby Boswell, a center-back from the Houston Dynamo who played a big part in their successive MLS Final runs in 2011 and 2012. He is strong in the air, on the ground and can play calmly yet efficiently when under pressure. He is expected to be a lock in that position.
A player that joined the New York Red Bulls last season from Real Salt Lake is Fabian Espindola, who is now joining DC United after a rather slow year. Here, he is expected to spearhead the attack with some old and new faces. He is strong on the ball, works hard off of it and has a knack for scoring goals with both his head and feet. He is expected to be quite beneficial.
Last but not least, we have the former Seattle Sounders‘ and US international winger/striker Eddie Johnson. EJ is phenomenal at heading home the ball in addition to scoring with his feet. He is fast, strong and smart which is exactly what the team was lacking consistently in the final third last season. This man will start almost every game as long as he avoids injury and will definitely be a huge part of their scoring.
These four guys are going to instantly improve the quality of this DC team. With Olsen coaching them, the guys can be even better than before. Look for DC to make a huge impact towards and in the postseason later this year.