Thursday, October 12, 2006

DC United Ready for the Playoffs???

The Washington Post has a piece cover DC United and their run of form as of late. Steven Goff highlights how the club was a juggernaut for the first 3 1/2 months of the MLS season, but have pretty much floundered since then. He has several quotes from the players and front office staff that they know what they need to do and when the playoffs arrive, they will get down to business.

Haven't we heard this before? Didn't D from DCenters and I write about how the guys are all saying the right things, talking about how they know that they need to play all 90 minutes and put forth 100% every match? Didn't we already talking about how they say this, but do something utterly different once the matches are played?

Yes, I know, and Goff says this as well, that since United raced out to such a huge lead in both the Eastern Conference and in the Supporters Shield race, their might have been some since of, "It's cool, baby! We got this shiznit wrapped up, yo!" That said, you have got to ask yourself, when does that type of mentality go away? Granted Coach Nowak said that he is using the last two regular season matches as primer's for the playoffs, will the guys have their heads on straight, when they take the field?

I have to believe, even though I am a DC United supporter and honestly cannot stand any other club in MLS, that DC United as a club, are head and shoulders above the rest of the league. As a collective team, we have the best 11 guys to go out on the field, better than the other 11 teams in the league. That said, I really want to see them start playing like that again. Hopefully, this Sunday at RFK we will start to see that team return. We better damn sure see it on the field in the first round of the playoffs.


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