DCU tries to take positives from a long season
The 2013 season may be one most D.C. United fans would love to forget, but despite the team’s struggles the players remain hopeful they could learn from this season going forward.
D.C. United reached the conference championship in 2012, but failed to capitalize on that momentum to start the 2013 season. After a 1-1-1 start, the Black-and-Red collapsed, going 0-10-2 in their next 12 games. By the end of the season, the team had set an MLS record for fewest wins with three.
“I wish we would have done better,” said goalkeeper Bill Hamid. “I wish we would have followed through with 2012.”
The team has already made some major changes as a result with captain Dwayne De Rosario sent packing as well as Lionard Pajoy, Marcelo Saragosa, Carlos Ruiz, and Syamsir Alam.
Despite all the struggles, however, there was a bright spot.
D.C. United won the 2013 U.S. Open Cup, earning the 13th trophy in team history. They did so by winning four games in tournament play, one more than they won in the entire MLS season.
As nice as winning the Cup was as the lone bright spot of the season, it is the struggles of 2013 that the team ultimately hopes to learn from.
“Hopefully we’re looking back at this year and saying like, wow, we learned this lesson and now we’re applying it,” said midfielder John Thorrington.
The good news for the Black-and-Red is that they will have the first pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft as well as extra money to work with now that they have moved on from De Rosario. Will that be enough for an improved 2014 season?
Well, it would be hard to do much worse and that in itself can be good motivation. Come 2014, this team will be desperate to put the 2013 season behind them and get back onto the field.