What D.C.'s slow start portends

[MLS NUMBERS] D.C. United began the 2010 season with a 4-0 loss at Kansas City and 2-0 loss to New England at RFK Stadium, opening with back-to-back losses for the fourth time in its 15-year history. But D.C.'s slow starts have not always signaled poor seasons ...

D.C. United's first year under Bruce Arena began with three straight losses, but it went on to win MLS Cup 1996.

D.C. United won the Supporter's Shield for having the best regular-season record in 2007 after opening with three straight losses.

Only in 2000 could D.C. United not get on track after opening with back-to-back losses. It finished 11th out of 12 teams in the overall standings.

2007 START:
April 7 -- 1-2 at Colorado
April 14 -- 2-4 Kansas City
April 28 -- 0-1 at Columbus
Final Record: 16-7-7

2000 START:
March 25 -- 0-4 Los Angeles
April 1 -- 2-3 at MetroStars
Final Record: 8-16-6

1996 START:
April 6 -- at San Jose 0-1
April 13 -- at Columbus 0-4
April 20 -- Los Angeles 1-2
Final Record: 16-16

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