It's been a few games since I was able to do one of these so I'm happy to have it back. You can see my answers to Martin Shatzer of Black and Red United right here. I talk about Dax McCarty, a player flying under the radar and David Ferreira.
1. DC United has given up the most goals in the league by quite a margin. What is the problem with the DC defense and how can they fix it?
United has let a couple of games get away from them, there's no doubt about that. With so much youth along the back line and in goal, we're not surprised to see them making some mistakes, but we just have to hope that they'll improve as the year goes on. Certainly at least the chemistry and communication will.
The defense did much better Wednesday night though against the Seattle Sounders when Perry Kitchen was moved out to the right. The rookie is supposed to be the leader of United's defense, but he'd struggled in the middle ever since returning from U-20 World Cup Qualifying. Against Seattle, he seems to have benefitted from having a little bit less responsibility, and was easily our best defender on the night.
2. Are DC fans as torn up about the season-ending injury to Boskovic as FC Dallas fans are about Ferreira’s injury? Is this a big blow to United or will they be able to survive losing a DP?
Its a big blow to our playoff hopes, but Branko Boskovic isn't nearly as important to D.C. as David Ferreira is to Dallas. Boskovic wasn't even starting most matches, but the injury occurred just as he was beginning to find himself and looked poised to make an impact in MLS.
Ben Olsen seems to have been using similar strategies with both Boskovic and Andy Najar - holding them out of the regular starting 11 until he felt they were ready. Fitness was rumored to be the reason for each, but I think there may have been some motivational aspect to it as well.
For Najar, that paid dividends as he's now looking like the Rookie Of The Year Najar we were used to seeing in 2010. For Boskovic though, it backfired as United lost him for the season in an Open Cup Qualifying match.
3. What is it about Josh Wolff and Charlie Davies at RFK that is so tough for opposing teams to deal with right now?
Both of the goals Wednesday night came from perfect runs to finish precise crosses. Wolff and Davies are both really smart players, and they both like putting on a show in front of the home crowd. The question for me is why can't these two former national teamers get it done on the road too?
Some thought that Davies' early success was a bit of a fluke since so many of his goals were coming on penalties, but I think his performance against the Sounders proved that wrong.