Timing is everything and in 2014 D.C. United has been right in step.
Tallying 16 saves, Tim Howard's potential last World Cup appearance exemplifies how young DCU goalie Bill Hamid has been inspired by the USMNT goalie.
D.C. United coach Ben Olsen sees the growth in what was "overall…a great run" for the US Mens National Team, but felt "uneasy" after the team was knocked out.
First place D.C. United. For United supporters who endured a three-win campaign last season it probably sounds nice and it is possible.
It's rare when the home team finds themselves to be visitors in their own city, but that's the situation D.C. United will find themselves in this weekend.