Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
United Braces Itself For Post-Mortem
Washington Post, October 29th, 2008 1PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

D.C. United was forced by delays and cancellations to wait six hours at Columbus airport Monday, the morning after its MLS season had ended in Crew Stadium. This, writes Steven Goff, seemed a fitting end to a bad year, with the team finally making it home to D.C. via New York, the city whose team reached the playoffs in its stead. All that waiting around gave them plenty of time to ponder the long winter ahead.

"The club already has begun reflecting on what went so terribly wrong and whether another roster overhaul, as well as a coaching change, is necessary," writes Goff. General Manager Dave Kasper said the teams wants to "decompress the next couple weeks, talk about it and make all those decisions."

The post-mortem will look at how the side lost exactly half of its regular-season games, why it failed in all three international competitions it entered, and why none of its six offseason signings were in the team's starting lineup for that final game in Columbus.

"There were some disappointments," Kasper admitted of the new players. "They were all established players, but that doesn't always guarantee they are going to adapt and be successful." With the team having suffered so many injuries, he added, the club will also "take a hard look at our approach to fitness training and maintaining and preventing injuries."

"We had a lot of excuses, but at the end of the day, I don't think any of them are that good," said defender Devon McTavish. "There is not really one thing that we can point to and say we need to fix. When you lose as many games as we did, obviously something is wrong."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Legia Loses CAS Appeal     
Legia Warsaw has said it will sack the administrator blamed for the clerical error that resulted ...
Report: BVB's Sponsors to Buy Stakes     
Borussia Dortmund on Thursday announced that the club would issue up to 24.5 million shares in ...
Simeone: Atletico Can't Compete with Real, Barca    
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Atltico Madrid coach Diego Simeone emphasized that despite ...
Dzeko Signs Four-Year Man City Contract     
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on Thursday signed a new four-year deal with the defending Premier ...
FA Investigates Mackay, Moody     
Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody resigned on Thursday as the English FA opened an investigation ...
Poyet: 'I've Never Seen Jozy as Happy as Now'    
Gus Poyet, speaking ahead of Sunderland's home clash against Manchester United this weekend, says that USA ...
Ronaldo Fit for Super Cup; Di Maria, Khedira Futures Uncertain    
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to start ...
Balotelli to Join Liverpool     
AC Milan on Thursday confirmed that striker Mario Balotelli has said goodbye to the club's teammates ...
Report: Mackay Out of Palace Running    
Malky Mackay, who was considered a shoo-in for the vacant Crystal Palace job, is no longer ...
UEFA Investigates Tavecchio Comments    
Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is being investigated by UEFA over an alleged racist ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives