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DC United vs. LA Galaxy Preview

By Jeff Maurer

It's a little depressing to find out that you're another team's rock bottom. Toronto FC had been on a downward spiral for a while, but when they woke up Sunday morning and rolled over to see DC United basking in the glow of their 1-0 victory, they knew they had to make some changes. They fired their coach. They fired their general manager. They took a long look in the mirror and committed themselves to being a better team. This is what a home loss to DC United will do to you.

Actually, maybe United are finally developing a team identity. DC United: the intervention team. Lose to us and there's no longer any denying that you need to make some serious changes. We could travel the world holding intervention matches against struggling teams who need a wakeup call. West Ham...are you free next weekend? Schalke 04...we need to talk. Liverpool...you've been invited to...um...a surprise party.

As for United, we've been making some changes of our own. Carey Talley has been traded for draft picks (good move, in my opinion). Defender Carlos Varela and midfielder Junior Carreiro have been signed. Taken together, those moves aren't exactly the equivalent of throwing out your alcohol and running five miles every morning, but it might be about equal to putting a note on your calendar to look up the number to call the gym and ask about a membership.

Here's hoping that United can extend and intensify LA's recent bender when the teams meet at the Home Depot Center tonight. There are a couple of things I'll be hoping to see from United:

- Properly sized jerseys. David Beckham's headlight-enhancing batsuit from last week has been roundly mocked, and rightly so. I'm not saying we need to go back to the trash-bag-with-holes-in-it jerseys of the mid '90s, but as a player in a lovehandle-riddled rec league, I'm hoping that this particular fashion trend can be resisted. United can set a good example before the first kick is even played.

- Solid play from Perkins. I said it in my last post: the only upside of Hamid's injury is that it gives Perkins a chance to play his way into form.

- Designated player-level play from Branko Boskovic. That means frequently advancing the ball from our third to LA's third, and occasionally creating something threatening when we get there. A goal or an assist would be nice.

- A goal from Pablo Hernandez. I think he's playing pretty well, but he hasn't knocked my socks off with his play in front of goal. Strikers need to strike at some point.

- Good passing from Tino. We all love the new hardhat-and-lunchpail Santino Quaranta, but passing is one part of his game that could stand to improve.

- No giveaways from Jordan Graye. This is non-operative if McTavish plays instead of Graye...he doesn't get credit for zero giveaways while on the bench. Of course, if he somehow gives the ball away while not even in the game, that's infinitely worse.

That's it for now...vamos United! I'll be back after the game with player rankings.

By Box Seats blogger  | September 18, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Jeff Maurer, United  | Tags:  C. United-L.A. Galaxy, D  
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Comments

Shooting is another part where Santino could improve his game. Seems like all of his shots are about 20 yards high of the goal and 30 yards wide.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 18, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know where I'm supposed to comment anymore. Here? Soccer Insider? The comments section of the match report. What the Post needs is a comment aggregator site that isn't linked to facebook, twitter, or amazon.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | September 20, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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