WASHINGTON, D.C. - MARCH 19: Josh Wolff #16 of D.C. United controls the ball against Eddie Gaven #12 of the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
DC United is a bit of an enigma considering what we've seen from them so far this year. They certainly re-tooled over the last offseason, getting a brand new sparkling offense including Josh Wolff and USA fan favorite Charlie Davies, who currently leads the league in goals, albeit with two of those goals coming from penalty kicks. For a team whose leading scorer last year was a rookie who wound up with fewer than 10 goals that is a welcome change. Unfortunately after coming on very strong against a weak Columbus Crew team at home, they looked pretty bad against the New England Revolution last week. The referees didn't help them out much but the referees weren't the reason they couldn't find the back of the net to save their lives.
While we can certainly say already that this squad is much better than the squad which almost set records for futility last season, it's hard to say after watching them play New England that they're ready for prime time. Games against strong teams like the Rapids will probably define the season for DC United this year if they want to make a playoff berth. Until then they seem to be stuck in the 'mediocre' tier of MLS as of now.