A Three Man Prediction Thread

Discussion in 'D.C. United' started by United fury, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. United fury

    United fury Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    Woodbridge, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Since we're about a month away from the start of the season(hopefully) and we have an idea about our starting lineup, I guess its time for a prediction thread. Which three players do you guys think will be the key to the season? Here are mine:

    1. Brandon Barklage
    2. Julius James
    3. Danny Allsopp
     
  2. scruggs45

    scruggs45 Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    kp, va
    1. unknown dp buy in august

    unsure about the other 2
     
  3. The Big VA

    The Big VA Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Richmond, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1. Allsopp
    2. Quaranta
    3. Castillo
     
  4. jason1551

    jason1551 Member+

    Apr 9, 2003
    Columbus, GA
    Club:
    DC United
    1. Whoever runs the midfield
    2. Perkins
    3. Whoever partners with Jakovic as CB

    It's tempting to say Allsopp or Castillo, but neither is intrinsically essential to the offense, i.e. if either one went down we have players that can fill in. However, the three people above will dictate how our offense and defense function, and those players will have huge rules in whether or not we do well this season.
     
  5. CHICO13

    CHICO13 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 4, 2001
    SECTION 135
    Club:
    The Strongest La Paz
    Nat'l Team:
    Bolivia
    Perkins and the two dudes in front of him. He's going to get peppered like a turkey...
     
  6. JoeSoccerFan

    JoeSoccerFan Member+

    Aug 11, 2000
    Easy -

    Grillmaster
    Bootsy
    Andy

    Hell's Kitchen


    Sorry - could only have 3...
     
  7. Th4119

    Th4119 Member

    Jul 26, 2001
    Annandale, VA
    Whoever the 3 people are who keep the league from going on hiatus with a strike.
     
  8. BigKris

    BigKris Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Falls Church, VA
    Onalfo - yes, I know the OP said "player" but Onalfo is uniquely positioned to be *the* difference between last year and this year. He's in a position to take players who were underperforming last year and get them to over-perform. Will he?

    Perkins - has to not only be a stud keeper but be a leader and organizer.

    One of: Castillo, Quaranta, or Pontius. Who's going to step up and make himself a threat to opposing defenses?
     
  9. DangerMouse37

    DangerMouse37 Member+

    Jan 22, 2004
    WDC / Barra
    If I get a sports hernia, I blame you Joe.:D

    Seriously, I think both Bootsy and Grill are due for good seasons, and considering what the team pays for them, I think they are worth every penny.

    Question: Does this mean we have to regularly be in the stadium on time for kickoff??
     
  10. Lowecifer

    Lowecifer Member+

    Jan 11, 2000
    Baltimore, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Belgium
    1. Perkins
    2. The Trainer ... can we get through a season without a hernia and multiple muscle strains?
    3. Pontius
     
  11. shawn12011

    shawn12011 Member+

    Jun 15, 2001
    Reisterstown, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1. Perkins
    2. Perkins
    3. Oh and I suppose Perkins
     
  12. fatbastard

    fatbastard Member+

    Aug 1, 2003
    Lincoln (ish), Va
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Uncle Phil
    Cousin Lamar's boys
    The Don


    My choices:
    Quaranta
    Pontius
    Burch (picked mainly to make the veins in Bootsy's forehead pop out - but how he does and whether it is good enough to not replace him may be a key)
     
  13. Diceson

    Diceson Member

    Dec 21, 1999
    You . . .you . . .fatbastard! You stole my pick!

    However, I am actually rather serious about it.

    1. Burch - I've already said that this team will basically be fighting to do the 1 goal/per game and hold opponents at under 1/game GAA. If I'm Onalfo, I'm having Burch (Q1?) thump about 100 free kicks after every practice to become that "specialist" that might steal points in games from one free kick even though the team is outplayed the entire match.

    2. Perkins - He'll have to "win" some games by playing out of his mind.

    3. Eddie Johnson - What? Yes, EJ will be coming to DCUnited in the summer transfer window. Obviously this is a wild guess. I am interested in knowing what his relationship with Onalfo? If I'm not mistaken, his contract runs through Summre 2011. What type of price tag would he have put on him? Is he like Adu and refuses to think "big fish, small pond?"
     
  14. MattMathai

    MattMathai BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 28, 2004
    Annapolis
    Actually, Perkins can win us games by not making the stupid mistakes we've seen too often in the recent past. His steady play will make our back line more confident too.
     
  15. Black.White&Red

    Sep 9, 2009
    Club:
    DC United
    1. Jakovic
    2. Simms
    3. Perkins

    ps-Diceson- having Burch in the lineup almost guarantees the other team will score at least a goal, so having his once-in-a-blue freekick goal is not going to do much for DC United. EJ is a pipedream-do you have a secret stash of Columbian Gold!?!
     
  16. DCU1996

    DCU1996 Member

    Jun 3, 2002
    N. VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Korea Republic
    1. Allsopp
    2. Castillo
    3. Perkins
     
  17. John L

    John L Member+

    Sep 20, 2003
    Alexandria, VA
    Perkins
    Pontius
    Quaranta

    & Jakovic's partner in Central Defense

    yeah - thats four - but not many people here know how to count
     
  18. Eismahn

    Eismahn Member

    Sep 26, 2003
    Silver Spring,Maryla
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    skipping the three man thing, going with 3 as yet unmentioned concepts, in no particular order.

    1-Castillo and whoever fills right wing's ability to find Allsopp (and occassionally Cristman) with crosses from deep in the flank

    2-Onalfo's ability to manage Moreno's fitness and effectiveness

    3-Finding 2 2-way central midfielders with enough offense to run the engine of a car named DC United.
     
  19. BigKris

    BigKris Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Falls Church, VA
    This certainly seems to be the consensus that has emerged throughout the off-season threads. We're weak in the middle, and we need another player.

    I'm starting to get antsy that said player hasn't materialized yet.
     
  20. MattMathai

    MattMathai BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 28, 2004
    Annapolis
    I've seen no indications that we're getting another player. Unless the DCU FO is keeping REALLY tight wraps on talks, there's a chance that our team for 2010 is the one that's in training now.
     
  21. fatbastard

    fatbastard Member+

    Aug 1, 2003
    Lincoln (ish), Va
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Don't you normally take a hiatus in the off-season?

    You're bringing me down, man! ;)
     
  22. MattMathai

    MattMathai BigSoccer Supporter

    Jun 28, 2004
    Annapolis
    Yeah, I'm back to ramp up slowly. I didn't mean my comment to be a downer. I think we'll have an interesting enough team as is. We might not win anything, but I'm eager to see how our style of play has changed.


    Just watch; they'll announce Veron tomorrow.
     
  23. Bootsy Collins

    Bootsy Collins Player of the Year

    Oct 18, 2004
    Capitol Hill
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For those of us who loved the 2008 League season, and enjoyed reliving it in 2009, we get another chance in 2010!
     
  24. Bootsy Collins

    Bootsy Collins Player of the Year

    Oct 18, 2004
    Capitol Hill
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This was going to be my response, but Todd beat me here. I was going to say: Mark Abbott, Bob Foose, and Uncle Phil.
     
  25. BigKris

    BigKris Member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Falls Church, VA
    If Bob Foose is exerting any real power over the players' decisionmaking, we're screwed. He hasn't impressed me with either his grasp of the issues or his tactica acumen.
     

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