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DC United version 2.013

Following a promising 2012 that saw DC United reach the playoffs for the first time in years, Ben Olsen and his players are back and poised to go even further in 2013.

As it is with most every MLS team, DC United made a number of changes in the off season, highlighted by the transfer of Andy Najar to Belgian champions Anderlecht, the offloading of last years DP bust Hamdi Salihi and the signing of “Young DP” Rafael on loan from Bahia of Brazils Serie A.

However, the spine of DC United’s team has remained largely intact. Dejan Jakovic re-signed to resume his partnership with Brandon McDonald in the back, Perry Kitchen, as defensive center mid, and Bill Hamid, as goalkeeper, continue to grow despite their youth, and in attack Dwayne DeRosario and 2012 club player of the year Chris Pontius will continue to shoulder the work load, along with DC’s rookie of the year Nick DeLeon.

DC United’s strength in depth will no doubt be tested over the course of the long season. Last year, they were unfortunate to miss important players at key moments in the season due to injuries and/or suspensions and being able to call upon unlikely stars to perform, such as former Maryland Terrapins Casey Townsend and Taylor Kemp, will be extremely important.

DC United’s first home game is Saturday March 9 at 7pm vs Real Salt Lake. For tickets, please visit www.dcunited.com

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