Defense wins championships, it's one of the oldest sports cliches that we have going, but it's been around so long for a reason.
United struggled the first two weeks of the season containing opposing offenses, which was then compounded by their own inept offense.
Over the last three weeks the offense has ignited, but the key has been limiting chances on the defensive end. So even in the case of the offense not fully firing, like they didn't against New York, at least the defense was there to limit the dangerous Red Bull attack.
When United completely overhauled their back line some thought (myself included) bringing in four older defenders would be a mistake. Now that they have had time to gel, it appears it was the right decision. Bobby Boswell, Jeff Parke, Sean Franklin and Cristian have brought a calmness and steadiness to the back as they have had a situation in goal.
Perry Kitchen has also held his own as a lone holding midfielder and (thankfully) has gotten help on the defensive side from his fellow midfielders, more so than last year.
United will look to extend their shut-out streak to three games, and exact some revenge from a season-opening loss, against Columbus.
News and Notes:
-- Bad news on the Chris Pontius front, he needed an additional hamstring surgery and will miss several more months.
-- With Bill Hamid injured, Andrew Dykstra has stepped in admirably replacing the number one keeper. He was nominated for save of the week, and earned the top spot in the Castrol rankings.
-- United's opponent this weekend, Columbus Crew, well, their top supporters section got in a little hot water this week thanks to this tweet. I think it's hilarious, but that's just me.