This might be a crap thread, but there seems to be a disconnect. I don't mean whether the team can win literally. I'm sure DC can win some games this year. My problem is this: My reaction, and the reaction of others, seems to be that thus far, DC looks like a cellar team and we didn't see that coming. Granted: It's two games against teams that are supposed to be good. It may be too early for "the sky is falling" posts. However, I haven't seen anyone saying, "if only..." The defense hasn't looked quite as fragile as last year, but still is prone to mistakes, poor communication, and giveaways (and giving up 45+/90+ goals). The midfield has been a non-factor - the "stars" of this team, DeRo, Pontius, Najar, and Boskovic (insofar as he is a DP), haven't looked particularly impressive. Maicon Santos has displayed the shooting accuracy of Quaranta's later years. We haven't seen much of Salihi, but I haven't seen anything to suggest that he is going to get good service or that he can create without it. Offensively, creativity and ideas have been non-existent. Execution all over the field has been poor. Looking at the pre-season expectations thread, I don't think a lot of us saw this coming (if you did, good for you). I'm wondering if people think a turnaround toward the pre-season expectations seems realistic and if that is to happen, how would it look? What specifically would we need to see for the current DC team to look competitive against the top teams?