Troy Perkins, photo courtesy Matt Mathai
Finally, a position that just might be competitive.
For the goalkeeper position, there is no question as to which two players will make the All-Decade Team. And that is a testament to how good these two players were in a DC United uniform.
It's hard to make a choice by looking at the statistics. The most critical stat for goalkeepers is the goals against average, and these two players have the same average within one hundredth of a percent. And they've each won trophies with the team, with Rimando being the starter on the MLS Cup winning team of 2004 and Perkins winning back-to-back Supporters' Shields in 2006-2007. Each player has gone on to bigger things since leaving United. Both are actually in USMNT camp as we speak.
So with two outstanding goalkeepers to choose from, how will you decide?
Nick Rimando (2002-2006), 98 matches, 1.23 GAA
Troy Perkins (2004-2007), 77 matches, 1.22 GAA
Mark Simpson (2000-2001), 20 matches, 1.65 GAA
Louis Crayton (2008-2009), 18 matches, 1.50 GAA
The starting goalkeeper on the 2000-2009 DC United All-Decade Team should be:
Nick Rimando (29 votes)
Troy Perkins (39 votes)
Mark Simpson (2 votes)
Louis Crayton (1 vote)
71 total votes