2009 Recap: Everyone expected United to be divided this year, so I suppose their hardcore supporters cannot be too upset with their 9-8-13 finish. Sure, they lost the tiebreaker with Real Salt Lake for the final playoff spot, so there is certainly some sore feelings, but all in all one must accept the fact 2009 was actually a step forward for this once storied franchise. They got some young talent much needed experience, and I think they can improve even more by 2010.
Top Players: Luciano Emilio may have led the squad in goals with 10, but Jaime Moreno was the MVP once again with 9 goals and 3 assists. Gomez looked better back in black than he did with the Rapids, but his 6 goals and 4 assists must be considered a bit of a disappointment. Personally, I loved watching the two youngsters, Chris Pontius and Rodney Wallace, ply their trade. These two gents have long careers ahead of them, and 2009 was just an appetizer.
Symbolic Stats: In a year with an unusual number of ties, DC United led the league in draws. This is fitting because they were a very mediocre team (not good enough to beat you, but not so bad they were easy to best either). They were 2nd to last in the league in corner kicks though, which means they missed many set piece opportunities. They also were 2nd to last in MLS when it came to winning games with a lead at the half. Next year, I bet they finish stronger.
2009 MLS Season Review: