by OSC Special Edition
February 28, 2017 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
D.C. United's success last year is majorly attributed to the acquisitions made by the club, the proper coaching staff, and good team management. The team had some setbacks but with the latest developments, we all look forward to this new season.
In February of last year's season, D.C played Liga MX club in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. They lost 1-3, getting eliminated from the Champions League. D.C. begun the Major League regular season without a win in their first five matches but then went on to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-0. This affected Vegas odds for the team as it was drastically lower during the start of the season but greatly increased towards the end.
D.C. United maintained the position in the Eastern Conference table during the spring and summer season. During the fall, they had outstanding plays, winning four of their final five games and making them finish fourth in the Eastern Conference. This made them qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the third consecutively time. They lost at home to Montreal Impact, which was during the preliminary round of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The match against Montreal Impact, Orlando and Columbus Crew are amongst some of the matches that the MLS pundits greatly commented about last year.
D.C. United finalized the acquisition of 22-year-old, Luciano Acosta from the Buenos Aires titans. The club paid the highest transfer fee in the organization's history to secure Luciano Acosta, one of the club's most creative players. Last year, the club was able to resign free agent and veteran defender Sean Franklin. Targeted Allocation Money was used to resign Steve Birnbaum to a multi-year contract.
It was during last year that rumors about D.C. United's contract for Jose Guillermo Ortiz (who moved from Costa Rica club, Alajuelense) started spreading among the public. This acquisition is one D.C. United fans will look forward to this new season and with it, the club odds will keep rising from the current Vegas odds.
The coaching staff consists of Ben Olsenas as the head coach and assistant coaches Chad Ashton, Nolan Sheldon and Zach Thornton - who is also the Director of goalkeeping. The four work well together and this new season all eyes will be on them to see how D.C. United will kick off and play throughout the year.
With key pieces being precisely positioned, D.C. United is playing an impressive style of soccer that captivated MLC pundits and fans across throughout the league last year and this upcoming year as well.