We're spending the first month or so of the D.C. United offseason grading each player on the roster with an approval rating. A vote for APPROVE means you were satisfied with the player's performance and want to see him back in D.C. next season. A vote for DISAPPROVE means you want United to move on without him. There is no middle ground, so please leave salary and contract implications out of your decision.
Josh Wolff is often the forgotten member of the D.C. United attack. And yet he had five goals and seven assists while playing in 30 matches, just one off the team lead. Wolff quietly scored as many goals in 2011 as United's leading goalscorer in 2010, tripled the number of assists of the leading assister in 2010, and yet he doesn't get nearly the attention of Dwayne De Rosario, Charlie Davies, Chris Pontius, or Andy Najar.
Wolff does the little things right. Watch his work off the ball and you'll be watching a professor, teaching a lesson in how to be a professional forward.
He's qualified to be the captain, but he's not. That's De Rosario's job, and since De Rosario's had the job, Wolff's importance has faded. He scored only two goals since DeRo's arrival - one in DeRo's first match with D.C., and one a month later against the Chicago Fire. Wait. Did his importance fade? Or did he regress? Wolff is 34. He'll be 35 by First Kick.
Our ideal starting 11 for 2012 doesn't include Wolff. It includes some other unknown striker, probably from a foreign land. And Wolffy becomes a fairly high-priced and very high-experienced substitute. But given his 2011 statistics and form, perhaps he should be more.