Pretty much everyone, including both writers on this blog, expected D.C. United to select either Juan Pablo Angel or Jimmy Conrad. The names Cory Gibbs and Ryan Cochrane had also come up as possibly attractive options. One big name was largely overlooked though, and United surprised most of us by selecting two-time World Cup forward Josh Wolff.
The former Kansas City Wizards player scored 11 goals in 2009, but just three goals and three assists last year as he battled minor injuries and a formation change that didn't benefit him. He's experienced and possesses leadership qualities that Chris Pontius is excited to learn from. Wolff is an immediate upgrade over Danny Allsopp, and he's likely to play a similar role with the club. The biggest difference between the two forwards is that I expect Wolff to make everyone around him better. Allsopp seemed to somehow make them worse.
Hard working. High energy. Aggressive. Intelligent. But not necessarily the most physically impressive.
Who does that describe?
Josh Wolff, yes. Also Dax McCarty. Also Ben Olsen.
The Coach is putting his stamp on this team, there's no doubt. We've been using "Olsen's Army" as a fanbase to describe ourselves as supporters of the legendary former player. "Olsen's Army" may have a greater meaning though. Benny is building himself an Army of Olsens.