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Time to panic at D.C. United?
by Paul Kennedy, February 12th, 2014 2:47PM

TAGS:  chicago fire, d.c. united, mls


[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] It's a little early to panic, just two weeks into preseason, but when your team won three of 34 games the year before, it doesn't take much to panic. Despite a lineup overhaul, D.C. United is still struggling. Its 1-0 loss to Chicago on Wednesday morning concluded the Florida leg of preseason with the following tally: three games, three losses and nary a goal.

Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola, who arrived from Seattle and New York, respectively, have combined for 108 goals in their MLS careers, but they were starved for chances in Wednesday's loss to Chicago.

And it wasn't like D.C. threw out a bunch of scrubs. Its projected first team -- including seven first-year players -- went the first hour.

The news was better for the Fire, which finished its Florida leg with four wins in four games. Benji Joya again showed why he is of the top prospects coming up from last year's U.S. U-20 World Cup team, winning the game with a curving shot in the 75th minute.

The Fire also fielded its starters, minus MLS MVP Mike Magee.

Feb. 12 in Bradenton, Fla.
Chicago 1 D.C. United 0.
Chicago -- S.Johnson; Palmer (Franco 61), Soumare (Ianni 61), Hurtado (Berry 61), Segares (Walsh 61); Nyarko (Atouba 61), Larentowicz (Shipp 61), Alex (Joya 61), Duka (Pineda 61); Rolfe (Amarikwa 61), Anangono (Ward 61)
D.C. United -- Hamid (Willis 46); Franklin (Kemp 62), Boswell (Birnbaum 62), Parke (Shanosky 62), Fernandez (Robinson 62); Arnaud (Porter 56), Kitchen (Barnes 62), Jeffrey (Neal 48; Munoz 72), DeLeon (Francois 58); Johnson (Doyle 62), Espindola (Silva 62).
Feb. 12 in Houston
Houston vs. Houston Baptist Univ.
Feb. 12 in Jacksonville, Fla.
New York vs. Philadelphia ( stream, 6 p.m. ET)
Feb. 12  in Tucson
, Ariz.
Portland vs. Indy Eleven
Feb. 13 in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake
Feb. 14 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Colorado vs. vs. UNLV
Feb. 15 in Fresno, Calif.
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose ( stream, 10 pm ET)
Feb. 15 in Houston
Houston vs. SMU
Feb. 16 in Las Vegas
Chivas USA vs. Colorado

1 comment
  1. Dan Phillips
    commented on: February 12, 2014 at 6:14 p.m.
    And they have ugly black & red home uniforms. They should go back to the light home they used to wear.

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