SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

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The past week wasn' exactly a lesson in beautiful soccer for D.C. United, but for a team that recently lost reigning league MVP Dwayne DeRosario to an injury, finding a way to generate vital results in the thick of a playoff race is beautiful in its own right.

Riding some tough defending and some opportunistic finishing, D.C. United posted a pair of shutout victories last week that helped them climb into a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference. Those results made D.C. United this week's pick for SBI MLS Team of the Week.

Led by Lionard Pajoy, who scored the game-winner against former club Philadelphia Union last Thursday, then set up Branko Boskovic's winner on Sunday, D.C. United ran their record since DeRosario's injury to 3-0.

Both San Jose and Sporting Kansas City were strong candidates for the honor after posting four-point weeks, but D.C. United's pair of shutout victories made the difference.

What did you think of D.C. United's performances last week? Which team in MLS impressed you the most last week?

Share your thoughts below.

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6 Responses to SBI MLS Team of the Week: D.C. United

  1. PD says:

    As a former DCU fan (who now roots for Philly since they are closer to my hometown) it’s nice to see this legacy club turning it around… now only if they would get a new stadium!!!

  2. elgringorico says:

    So was there a timetable on a potential DeRo return in the playoffs, or did they completely rule him out for the season?

  3. Jake says:

    “Effectively out for the season” I think is what I read on Goff’s blog. It might be a situation where he could have a chance of playing in the MLS Cup if DC somehow made it, but the chances of that are pretty slim… and they were even lower a week ago before we got 9 points from 3 so I don’t think that was a realistic goal.

  4. jphubba says:

    Aah! The paradox of MLS soccer. You can win games while playing terrible soccer. Last night DCU were by any objective standard dreadful — technically, tactically, you name it. On the other hand, Chivas were perhaps worse. And then again the point of the exercise is to put the ball into the goal more than the opposition and DCU did that.

  5. MiamiAl says:

    At some point or another, DC United would have to learn how to play soccer without DeRo doing EVERYTHING for them!!! There are some very good individual parts in DC besides DeRo, and if they can figure out a way to finally integrate Hamdi Salihi and Branco Boscovic as starters, then I think ya got a team that can create some noise in the playoffs. It appears that DC United (post-DeRo) has adopted the “do what it takes to get the job done” fighting mentality that head coach Ben Olsen built his own soccer career upon.

  6. fischy says:

    He could potentially return for MLS Cup, but he wouldn’t exactly be in top shape or form.