DC United's old faces in new places

DC United's old faces in new places
March 4, 2014, 11:15 pm
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D.C. United were bottom of the table in 2013, and have completely overhauled their roster to begin 2014. We'll take a look at where some of the bigger names from 2013 have gone.

MF Dwayne De Rosario: De Rosario came to D.C. United in the middle of 2011 and immediately became a fan favorite. He also turned in a historic 2011 in his debut season with United scoring 13 goals and tallying 7 assists in his half-season with United. He won MLS MVP (his first, and only time winning the award), the MLS Golden Boot (top scorer) and made his sixth appearance on the MLS Best XI list. De Rosario struggled with form and injuries in 2012-13 and had his option declined at the end of the season in 2013. He signed with Toronto FC, and looks set to appear in a starting lineup that also add U.S. International Michael Bradley and England International Jermain Defoe.

D Dejan Jakovic:  Jakovic played college soccer at UAB before joining Red Star Belgrade of the Serbian league in 2008. After spending just a year at the Serbian club, he joined D.C. United in 2009 and had been a mainstay along the backline since. He had a standout 2011 and 2012, which led to him signing an extension after the 2012 season, but like the rest of United struggled in 2013 -- which would be his last for the black-and-red. He was sold to Shimizu S-Pulse of the Japanese, they finished 9th out of 18 teams in the J-League last season.

F Lionard Pajoy: Pajoy seemed to be loved by Ben Olsen and the coaching staff, but maddened fans with his lack of production. Pajoy never quite fit within the team as he struggled to find goal-scoring form and for a forward... well, that's essential. He joined from Philadelphia Union as he was dealt for fan favorite, Danny Cruz, in August of 2012. He scored 5 goals in 20 appearances with Philadelphia, and totaled the same amount in 33 appearances for D.C. He, too, had his contract declined at the end of 2013. 

D James Riley: Riley has been an MLS mainstay since 2005 after breaking through from USL. After his release and subsequent trial and signing to LA Galaxy, he's on his sixth team in nine years within MLS. A solid fullback will be best remembered for helping save D.C. United in the US Open Cup against Real Salt Lake by deflecting Alvaro Sabario's header into the crossbar.

F Carlos Ruiz: Another MLS journeyman, Ruiz had his heyday in the mid-2000's with LA Galaxy and FC Dallas and seemingly hasn't spent more than a year in one place since leaving Dallas in 2007. Ruiz was last in the MLS in 2011 before signing with D.C. United for the 2013 season. United were desperate for striking options, but Ruiz never really worked out in the squad. Ruiz is currently a free agent.

DF Ethan White: White was a homegrown player with loads of promise, but never seemed to hold down a starting position.  He managed to make 16 appearances across all competitions for United last season. White was traded in the off-season for DF Jeff Parke, who looks to have a starting spot in the back for United in 2014.

DF Daniel Woolard: Woolard was an underdog and fought to earn a starting spot in the 2011 season, he continued to be a starter until concussion symptoms became an issue during the 2012 playoffs. Despite his perceived injury-prone status, Woolard played in at least 20 games in his three years with United (69 total). Woolard was released into the re-entry draft at the end of 2013.

Will all the changes help United in 2014? We'll find out on Saturday as United host Columbus Crew. 

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