That’s the $2.3 million question facing DC United right now – with the value a loose representation of Major League Soccer’s alleged salary cap, which of course varies based on what player a team wants to sign, where that city is, and who owns the team, all that.
A lot of people want to believe that now that SuperLiga is over, United will just stroll back into league play (remember, they are on an unbeaten streak in the league), and life will be good. Every player will suddenly regain their form now that we aren’t playing those mean Mexican teams anymore, and everyone will say the Houston game Saturday didn’t matter because we would have needed to move hell and earth to advance for the SuperLiga semifinals anyway.
But it’s all too simplistic. United still have massive depth issues. It seems pretty sure that Quaranta is out, we know Peralta and Gallardo (going on tour later this week in Hamburg, Dortmund, and Gelsenkirchen with an act called The Groin Brothers) are out, the defense and midfield are a bit of a shambles, and there’s that whole goalkeeper thing.
United might have some fresher legs than Houston, who really went after it on Saturday since they were in a different situation than United was, but I don’t know how much of a difference that is going to make when considering the talent involved. I’m not entirely sold with Moreno as the attacking mid, and it sounded today as if that’s where he is going to play. I hope Doe gets more of a chance to play up front – I think his play and scoring touch is one of the few positives we can take from the three games in the last week.
But there are just so many questions right now. If United can simply turn it back on now, more power to them. But I’m not sure Home Depot sells those kind of switches.
For tomorrow night, count me as nervous.